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Alaska Regional Ports Conference set for Nov. 18

ANCHORAGE - U.S. Senator Mark Begich and Alaska State Senator Bert Stedman will key note the second Alaska Regional Ports Conference on Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Summit Hall Lower Level Meeting Room, Egan Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage. Senator Begich will speak from Washington, D.C. via video teleconferencing.

The Alaska District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities host the event. Conference registration fee is $30.

Other speakers include Frank Richards, Deputy Commissioner of DOT&PF; Trish Opheen, the Corps' Chief of Engineering Division; Michael McKinnon of the Denali Commission; Rear Admiral Christopher Colvin of  the Coast Guard District 17; Amy Holman and Captain Bob Pawlowski (Ret.) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Jeff Ottesen of DOT&PF; and Patrick Burden of Northern Economics Inc.

Col. Reinhard Koenig, Commander of the Alaska District, will provide introductory and closing remarks.

The speakers will review and discuss the outcomes of the 2010 Alaska Regional Ports Study. Topics include strategic trends, baseline assessment of Alaska ports and harbors project needs, regional port hubs identification, policy and planning recommendations and port and harbor projects from the Corps of Engineers, Department of Transportation, Denali Commission, port and harbor managers, and other users.

Register online at http://www.poa.usace.army.mil/en/cw/AKPortsStudy.htm Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for registration. For more information, you can email at Akregports@usace.army.mil or telephone (907) 957-5643.

For more information about the Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, visit our web site at: http://www.poa.usace.army.mil.

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