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For my first duty as 2016 SWPBA president, I would like to offer a prodigious thanks to my South Carolina colleagues for putting on a good meeting (and a good time) in Myrtle Beach.

 So, we had beach in 2015 which leads me to believe that we should do mountains in 2016. Since the 2016 meeting will be in North Carolina, and mountain terrain seems to make sense (to me at least), Asheville then seems like the logical meeting location (that definitely makes sense).

 Luckily, there are hotels in Asheville. Also luckily, I have procured an excellent property which is conveniently located in the midst of downtown. What that means for you is that you will be a 5 to 15 minute walk to nearly everything worthwhile to see, eat, drink or do in Asheville (and if you have been to Asheville, you know that encompasses a great many things). In other words, you can leave your vehicle parked in the (free!) parking lot for the entirety of your stay and walk to where you want to go. In fact, when we NC folks go sampling in the Asheville area, this is where we stay. In short, itís a very good spot. If you are unfamiliar with the area, or itís been awhile since your last visit, or you were here last week and forgot what you did (it happens) feel free to find out more about Asheville here: http://www.ashevillechamber.org/asheville/visit, or even here: http://www.exploreasheville.com/.

 The specifics: the meeting will be held November 7-10, the hotel is The Four Points by Sheraton: http://www.fourpointsashevilledowntown.com/. The banquet will also be held on site at the hotelís fine dining establishment:  http://chophouseasheville.com/ and they will also be catering the breaks. In addition, the hotel has agreed to give the group a 10% discount on all food items at the Chophouse for the duration of the meeting. Of course, there will also be two (connected) corner rooms which will serve as the hospitality suite.

 OK, back to business: the room rate will be $119 per night (2D or 1 KG). Book it here: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1512170555&key=2EA92C70
Registration will be $115 and will include your banquet ticket and your t-shirt.

 Additional information on the agenda, T-shirt specifics, and fun things to do while you are in town (other than attending the talks of course) will be posted here as the meeting draws nearer. Of course, I will noisily email the group as well. 

 If you should have any questions about the 2016 SWPBA meeting, feel free contact me at 919-743-8469, or if you prefer that I actually respond to you, my ever astute staff recommends that you email me instead: eric.fleek@ncdenr.gov.

 Thanks, and hope to see you in Asheville.





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