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NAPT SUMMIT
October 30 — November 4


2010 NAPT Summit: Pre-Conference Message

Dear Friends,
Conference planning has come together and we are excited about making our way to the great Northwest! We sincerely hope you will be joining us in Portland, Ore., from Oct. 30 — Nov. 4th.

The weather forecast may be chilly and rainy; but there is plenty to keep you busy inside the Oregon Convention Center as we kick off with the LED program on Saturday (and professional development courses, of course); and you will also hear terrific nationally-known speakers like Martin Daum of Daimler and Matt Roloff from TLC's "Little People, Big World." Also on tap we have Hall Davidson from the Discovery channel and the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug Free Schools, Kevin Jennings, who will be discussing Obama administration plans to help keep our students safe from bullying. Monday afternoon we have assembled a panel of national experts on the issue of bullying. Monday evening Thomas Built Buses will sponsor an NFL night — so you can show your team spirit by wearing your team jersey! — Tuesday and Wednesday we invite you to tour the ever-popular Trade show. Many more activities and events are planned, as well! See the Conference Agenda online at www.napt.org under the Annual Summit tab.

If you haven't registered for the conference — there is still time! Please go to our website at www.napt.org or give us a call at (800) 989-6278. We are in the office this week through Oct. 27th and will be happy to help you.

Please note:
— All programs will take place in the Oregon Convention Center.

— Attire: Business Casual is appropriate for all functions. [You may want to dress more formally for the Sunday evening awards banquet.]

— The Doubletree Hotel will serve as the convention headquarters hotel. It is about 5 blocks from the convention center, but is accessible by light rail for no charge.

Other hotels that are close and within walking distance to the convention center are the Crowne Plaza, Red Lion, Courtyard by Marriott and the La Quinta Inn.

Travel and Transportation
The hotels and convention center are located approximately 15-20 minutes from the Portland International Airport (PDX. You have several options for getting from the airport to the Doubletree Hotel and hotels in the area.

Light Rail — The Light Rail operates from the airport every 15 minutes. The station is close to the baggage area. Tickets may be purchased at the Light Rail station. The cost is $2.05 and you get off at the Lloyd Center stop for the Doubletree Hotel or the convention center stop for other nearby hotels.

Shuttle Service — Blue Star Services provides shuttle service from the airport to the Portland, Ore. area. The fare is $14.00 one way and $24.00 round trip. You do not need to make reservations in advance, unless you are part of a large group. After picking up baggage, cross over to Island #2 and go to the information booth that has a sign that says scheduled buses and vans. They operate on the hour and half hour. They operate between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. You will need to make return reservations 24 hours in advance of your planned departure.

Taxi — Taxi services is readily available and is approximately $35.00.

We look forward to seeing you there!



NAPT is climbing the summit in Portland, Ore., this year and our 36th Annual Conference & Trade Show offers something for everyone. View the newly released and updated tentative agenda for a list of Workshop Topics and download a copy of the Conference Registration form. For additional information visit NAPT's home page.


"Beyond the Bus" Field Trip — Sponsored by IC Bus

Join IC Bus for a "field trip" to learn how a school bus purchase can provide you with more than just the bus. You'll take a trip to the Navistar Portland Parts Distribution Center, enjoy lunch, go on a tour of the Center to see the state of the art process for parts distribution, then learn from Navistar and IC Bus experts on how Navistar and IC Bus go "beyond the bus" with parts, service, and training programs you can use to lower costs and maximize your school bus operations.

Who can attend? All full conference Summit attendees and their registered guests. Attendance is limited to the first 105 to register. If you are unsure of your registration status for the Summit, please contact NAPT Headquarters at 800-989-6278.

Date: Monday, Nov. 1

Time: 11:00 a.m. PST — Pick up from outside Oregon Convention Center
2:00 p.m. PST — Return to Oregon Convention Center (approximately)

Cost: Free

Agenda is as follows:
11:00 a.m. — Depart Oregon Convention Center
11:30 a.m. — Lunch
12:00 p.m. — Session 1, Parts Support
12:30 p.m. — Session 2, Parts Support
1:00 p.m. — Session 3, PDC Tour
1:30 p.m. — Depart from Navistar Parts Distribution Center
2:00 p.m. — Arrive Oregon Convention CenterB

Registration: In order to pre-register for this event, please click "Register for this Event" below. You will be prompted to login to the NAPT site. Once logged in, you will need to fill out and submit a simple form in order become registered.

Any questions regarding this event can be directed to Keith Kladder, keith.kladder@navistar.com.

Registration started Sept. 1 and ends Oct. 29.
Late registration starts Oct. 30.
All times are 12:00 a.m. (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (U.S. & Canada).

Register for this event





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