About Sea Grant Week
On behalf of the organizing committee, it is my pleasure to invite you to attend Sea Grant Week 2014, in beautiful Clearwater Beach, Florida, from September 7-12. We have an outstanding conference venue, located on a white sand beach of the Gulf of Mexico, just minutes from the Tampa International Airport, providing easy access from all locations in the USA.
In addition to regular business meetings of the Sea Grant Association and the various network committees and groups, we are developing a meeting process that will allow you to learn innovative approaches to a variety of issues, from fund raising and program marketing to writing impacts and working with Congress. This will be accomplished through a number of concurrent workshops led by volunteers from the network. The program is “outcomes oriented.” We aim for every participant to be able to go back to their state program and take at least two or three specific actions that will enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and impacts of their program.
There also will be a variety of optional excursions that you and/or your partner can enjoy before, during or after the meeting, such as kayaking in the coastal mangrove zone. There are numerous nearby venues of interest including the Florida Aquarium, the Salvador Dali Museum, Tampa Bay Rays baseball games, and the beach! The conference hotel is located within steps of numerous restaurants and shops.
I look forward to seeing you at the meeting and participating with you as we navigate the waters towards innovative solutions for the coastal zone.
Organizing Committee Chair for Sea Grant Week 2014