Dear Port Directors:

The Annual WPPA Port Director’s Seminar is one of the most valuable events that you can attend each year, and it is time to mark your calendars and make hotel reservations for this year’s gathering.  Many of you have mentioned over the years that this peer-to-peer interaction is the most valuable seminar that you attend.  This year we also face unprecedented turnover in the ranks of port directors.  Nine of your peers have left the port community in the past twelve months. That’s twenty-five percent turnover in one year (and over the past five years it has been fifty percent).  Several of the ‘newbies’ will attend this year, and I need you to put on your mentor-hats.

This year’s Port Director’s Seminar will be held at the Adrift Hotel and Spa in beautiful Long Beach on July 13 and 14.  Hotel information is listed below.  In keeping with recent tradition, we are also having an optional off-site reception the evening prior to the event.  More information will follow (updated 4-19/2017).

More information will be coming soon, but we wanted to get this onto your calendars.

The Adrift Hotel and Spa rooms are $115 per night for one queen bed (25 rooms of this type are available in our block) or one king bed (10 rooms of this type are in our block).  The lodging cutoff date for room reservations is Thursday, June 29.  Please make your room reservations now in order to take advantage of the special group rate; our block may sell out prior to the reservation cut-off date.  Reservations can be made by calling (360) 642-2311 or (800) 561-2456, reference the Washington Public Ports Association when reserving your room.  Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m.

A map and driving directions are available on their website.  Please click here to access that information.

We look forward to seeing you in Long Beach …and remember, casual dress is required!

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