TTW Conference Agenda

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Wednesday, August 9th

10:00 AM                                4-Man Golf Scramble – Dogwood Course, Lakewood Golf Club

                                                RAIN OR SHINE – BOX LUNCH PROVIDED

                                                Mr. Will Sanders, Tournament Coordinator


4:00 PM – 6:00 PM                Registration Opens – Grand Ballroom Foyer


5:30 PM – 7:00 PM                Chairman’s Reception – Grand Ballroom Patio

                                                 Host – the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Council

                                                (Shorts and polo shirts acceptable)


                                                Dinner on your Own

Thursday, August 10th

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM               Bayside Breakfast Buffet – Hosted by Yellow Creek Port, Mississippi

                                                Grand Ballroom


8:30 AM – 8:40 AM               Welcome – Mr. Mitch Mays, Administrator TTWDA, Mr. John McConnell,

                                                Vice Chairman TTWDA and Mr. Mike Williams, Chairman TTWC


8:40 AM – 9:40 AM               Creating Big Opportunities for Small Towns

                                                Mr. David Thornell, CEcD, NDFP, IOM

                                                Owner – Small Town Solutions


9:40 AM – 10:00 AM             Port Infrastructure Development Program – UPDATE

                                                Mr. Timothy Pickering, Director, Office of Ports & Waterways Planning

                                                Maritime Administration (MARAD), US Dept. of Transportation


10:00 AM – 10:15 AM           Break


10:15 AM – 11:00 AM           United States Congressional Update

                                                The Honorable Roger Wicker – United States Senate

                                                The Honorable Jerry Carl – United States House of Representatives


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM           Riverworks Discovery: A Journey of Exploration

                                                Ms. Errin Howard, Executive Director


12:00 PM – 1:30 PM              Lunch on Your Own


12:00 PM – 12:30 PM           Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Council Business



1:30 PM – 2:30 PM               Charting Your Success – National Trends in Site Selection & Investment

                                                Ms. Tess Fay, Principal & Mr. Cedric Colbert, Consultant

                                                Global Location Strategies


2:30 PM – 2:45 PM                Break


2:45 PM – 3:45 PM                Trade Wars and Freight Flows: Understanding the Transportation

                                                 Impact of the Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

                                                Dr. Bethany Stich, Director & Ms Carol Short, Associate Director

                                                University of New Orleans, Transportation Institute


3:45 PM – 4:30 PM                America’s Great Loop

                                                Ms. Kim Russo, Executive Director

                                                America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association


4:30 PM – 5:00 PM                Inland Rivers Ports & Terminals

                                                Ms. Aimee Andres, Executive Director


6:00 PM – 7:00 PM                Reception and Silent Auction – Grand Ballroom


7:00 PM – 8:30 PM                Dinner – Grand Ballroom

                                                Mr. Dick Burleson, Retired SEC Football Official


Friday, August 11th

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM               The Great Oaks Breakfast Buffet – Hosted by Yellow Creek Port,


                                                Magnolia Ballroom


9:00 AM – 10:30 AM             US Army Corps of Engineers Update

                                                Colonel Jeremy Chapman – Commander USACE Mobile District

                                                Mr. Nelson Sanchez – Chief of Operations Division, Mobile District

                                                Mr. Justin Murphree – Operations Manager, Tennessee-Tombigbee


                                                Mr. Anthony Perkins – Operations Manager, Black Warrior Tombigbee

                                                Mr. Timothy Fudge – Chief of Operations, Nashville District

                                                Asian Carp Update

                                                Mr. Craig Carrington – USACE Nashville District


10:30 AM – 10:45 AM           Break


10:45 AM – 11:15 AM           US Coast Guard Update

                                                Capt. Ulysses Mullins – Commander, USCG Sector Mobile


11:15 AM                                41st Annual Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Conference Adjourned