Interior Secretary Kempthorne To Speak at Annual Everglades Coalition Conference in Orlando, Jan. 18-21

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   January 10, 2007
Contact:   John Adornato, 954.961.1280 or 954.309.9307
Shannon Andrea, 202.454.3371 or 202.725.8127 (onsite)


Interior Secretary Kempthorne To Speak at Annual Everglades Coalition Conference in Orlando, Jan. 18-21

Kissimmee to the Keys. Standing Firm for Everglades Restoration

WHAT:  The Everglades Coalition will host its 22nd Annual Conference at the headwaters of the Everglades Ecosystem.  Hosted by Audubon of Florida, the conference will bring together leaders, elected officials, community and environmental activists to discuss the many opportunities and challenges that continue to face restoring this entire unique ecosystem. The Coalition will announce its essential restoration priorities and goals for 2007 at a press conference on Friday, January 19 (see details below).

WHO:  Confirmed conference speakers include:

Thursday, January 18
Harris Rosen, president, Rosen Hotels and Resorts-7 p.m. (Wekiwa Room)

Friday, January 19
Mike Sole, Florida Department of Environmental Protection-10:30 a.m. (Wekiwa Room)
Department of the Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne-7 p.m. (Sandlake Room)

Saturday, January 20
Secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs Tom Pelham-7:15 a.m. (Wekiwa Room)
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works John Paul Woodley-10 a.m. (Wekiwa Room)
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson-11:30 a.m. (Wekiwa Room)
Invited Florida Governor Charlie Crist-7:30 p.m. (Butler Room)

WHEN:  Conference Dates:  January 18-21, 2007
Evening Reception:  Thursday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. (Wekiwa Room)
Plenary Sessions Begin:  Friday, January 19 at 9:30 a.m. (Wekiwa Room)
Dinner and Keynote Speaker Secretary Dirk Kempthorne:  January 19 from
7-9:30 p.m. (Sandlake Room)

*Press Conference:  Announcing the Everglades Coalition essential restoration priorities and goals for 2007 will take place on Friday, January 19 at 11:45 a.m. in Suwannee Room 11.

WHERE:  Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and Golf Club
9939 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL  32819

The Everglades Coalition annual conference seeks to raise critical, timely issues to the surface for in-depth debates in an open, accessible forum. Senators, Members of Congress, and political figures come to discuss their positions, pledge their support and offer challenges to the community. Conference session's focus on topics such as growth management, political and public partnerships, endangered and invasive species, wildlife habitat, energy policies, water quality and flow plans.  It is the largest annual forum for debate of Everglades conservation and restoration.  For more information, visit: www.evergladescoalition.org.

For press credentials, registration information, fees, and hotel information, contact Ms. Patti Carr, Carr Communications, at 954-646-4276.

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