FINAL PRINT PROGRAM
VRA28 Conference Contacts
VRA President: Allan Kohl
Program: Heidi Raatz
Arrangements: Brian Shelburne
Registration: Marcia Focht
Payments: Jane Darcovich
Sponsorship: Steven Kowalik
VRAffle: Patricia McRae
Web Site: Mark Pompelia
Local Resources: Frank Jackson
The 28th Annual Conference of the Visual Resources Association will be held from March 17 (Wednesday) through March 20 (Saturday), 2010, in Atlanta, Georgia.
VRA Conference 28 will offer unprecedented bang for your precious travel and professional development bucks. In order to minimize our members’ hotel nights (and days away from our workplaces), we have implemented a compact schedule concentrating the core of conference programming into a 72-hour period extending from mid-day Wednesday to mid-day Saturday. These will be busy days, packed with interesting, relevant, and timely experiences. At the same time, acknowledging the budget stresses so many of us face, we have planned Conference 28 to be an affordable experience.
Our Conference headquarters will be the landmark Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel. This contender for the title of “tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere” (when first built in 1976 it was the tallest hotel in the world) is conveniently located mere steps away from a MARTA rapid transit stop, giving visitors an easy, safe, quick and inexpensive trip from Hartsfield International Airport, a hub for Delta/Northwest and AirTran airlines. In fact, Atlanta boasts more nonstop flights, to more destinations, than any other airline hub worldwide, making your flights to and from the “Big Peach” both convenient and affordable.
This gracious and charming (and, in March, warm!) host city will provide an attractive setting for our program, guest speakers, and special events. VRA Conference 28 will cover topics of significance to our profession, including metadata issues, emerging technologies, resource sharing initiatives, and strategies for enhancing professional viability; it will attract professionals from major academic institutions, cultural organizations, and the commercial sector. Our conference organizers, Vice-Presidents Heidi Raatz and Brian Shelburne, assisted by the VRA Southeast Chapter’s local arrangements committee, have planned a program of sessions and events not to be missed.
Highlights will include:
All this in a mere 72 hours over four days (and only three nights)!
Still on the fence about your overall costs? We have been able to negotiate a substantial reduction in the hotel’s room rates for our attendees. Once again, that’s fewer nights, at a much lower rate per night, than has been the case over our past several conferences. And don’t forget that most of our members attending the full conference will have several of their meals included in their basic conference registration fees as well.
VRA 28 will offer an excellent opportunity to network, acquire new skills, and share experiences with your enthusiastic and knowledgeable professional colleagues--all in a convenient venue located in an accessible and gracious Southern setting.
Please plan now to join us in the “Athens of the South” for what promises to be a memorable conference experience.
Allan T. Kohl