Sep. 26, 2013

Conference registration is NOW OPEN

The 37th annual WERC Conference will be held in Chicago next April. The committee members are busy lining up speakers on topics that you need to know about. It's not too early to register online or by phone at 630-990-0001.

WERCouncil events

  • Oct. 7, Michigan WERCouncil Port Lansing & Foreign Trade Zone Seminar/Tour, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 7, Atlanta WERCouncil UPS Tour & Dinner, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 16, Phil/Delaware Valley WERCouncil Special Tour & Networking Event, 4:30 to 9 p.m.
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