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    Name: 2019 Georgia Engineers Summer Conference
    Date: June 6, 2019 - June 9, 2019
    Registration: Register Now
    Event Description:


    Join engineering, business and community leaders for the 2019 Georgia Engineers Summer Conference from June 6-9, 2019 at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Orlando, Florida.


    Story Musgrave was a NASA Astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger’s first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia. He was the lead communicator in mission control for 25 missions. He has 6 graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, biological physics, and literature and has been awarded 21 honorary doctorates. He was a part-time trauma surgeon at Denver General Hospital for the duration of his astronaut career. Today he is a producer/director of multimedia, a heavy equipment operator, an artist/designer/engineer with Applied Minds Inc. and a Professor of Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.


    • Brad Carr, Partner, Andersen, Tate & Carr
    • Katie Cash, Vice President, Smartegies, LLC
    • David Clark, Director of Public Works, Fulton County Water
    • John Classe, CEO/ District Administrator, Reedy Creek Improvement District
    • Donna Corlew, Chief WIT Officer, C+Connect
    • Lee Edmond, Vice President, Professional Liability Specialist, Risk Strategies Company
    • Dawson Fercho, Partner, Corporate Tax Advisors
    • Cindi Filer, CEO and Founder, Innovative Outsourcing
    • Matt Frankel, JE Dunn
    • Simon Goodhead, Principal Consultant, The Coxe Group Inc.
    • Chris Haggard, Assistant Public Works Director, City of Johns Creek | Jacobs
    • Ann Hanlon, Executive Director, Perimeter CIDs
    • Tim Matthews, Senior Design Build Project Manager, Georgia Department of Transportation
    • Mike McMeekin, Chairman of the Board, Lamp Rynearson
    • Greg Ramsey, Director of Public Works & City Engineer, City of Peachtree Corners
    • Tracy Rathbone, Executive Director, Town Center CID
    • Tyler Richards, Assistant Director, Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources
    • Albert Shelby, Director of Program Delivery, Georgia Department of Transportation
    • Don Swift, Managing Partner, Andersen, Tate & Carr
    • More speakers to be announced!


    • A Model for Large Scale New Urbanism and Mixed-Use Redevelopment: The Making of Orlando’s Baldwin Park
    • Building Leaders For Your Firm’s Future
    • Building Your Brand
    • Creating Clients for Life
    • It’s Over Before It Starts: How to Position Your Firm to Win Before the RFP Comes Out
    • Knowing What Your Clients Want: How Engineers Can Provide Better Service for Their Water & Wastwater Clients
    • Knowing What Your Clients Want: How Engineers Can Provide Better Service for Their Vertical Construction Clients
    • Knowing What your Client Wants: The Future of GDOT Program and Project Delivery
    • Teamwork Makes the Infrastructure Dreams Work: How Engineers Can Help Local Governments, CIDs and GDOT Partner to Leverage Resources and Secure Funding
    • The Best of the Worst: Risk Management Strategies
    • The Future of Cities: How Smart Cities Concepts are Transforming Communities
    • The Future of Engineering: How Technology will Transform The Practice and Business of Engineering
    • Welcome to The Original Future City: Governing, Operating & Maintaining the Most Magical Special Taxing District on Earth
    • More sessions to be announced!

    PLUS, you won't want to miss our...
    Thursday Night Welcome Party
    Mix and mingle with some real characters…no, not just your fellow engineers…your favorite Disney characters too! We’ll kick things off with a Walt Disney World® themed welcome party reception, filled with food, drinks and fun.

    Friday Night Illuminations Fireworks Dessert Party
    After an afternoon in the theme parks or lounging by the pool and dinner on your own, come join us for a cocktail reception and an incredible fireworks dessert party and watch Illuminations: Reflections of Earth from the best seats in the house - our own private viewing area along the World Showcase Lagoon inside Epcot (theme park admission not required).

    Optional Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID)
    The Walt Disney World® Resort property is roughly the size of the City of San Francisco and twice the size of the island of Manhattan. It was once a remote swamp area, so secluded that the nearest power and water lines were 15 miles away. Local city and county governments were not capable of providing the services or resources needed to bring Walt Disney World® Resort to life. So, in 1967 the Florida State legislature created a special taxing district - the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID) – that was granted many of the same authorities and responsibilities of a county government. This allowed Walt Disney World® Resort to move forward with the massive engineering and infrastructure project (which was the largest private construction project ever in the United States up to that point) of turning uninhabited wetlands, swamp land and pastures, which many considered undevelopable, into a global destination resort that welcomes millions of visitors every year.

    The RCID provides essential governmental services for Walt Disney World® Resort, including operating and maintaining 167 miles of roadways, 67 miles of waterways, an environmental testing laboratory, an electric power generating and distribution system, water, wastewater and reclaimed water facilities, chilled water, hot water and natural gas utilities, a private landfill and a solid waste recycling center. Held in partnership with RCID, this “behind-the-scenes” tour will highlight the engineering and infrastructure required to support the #1 tourist destination in the world.


    Optional Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Backstage Magic
    Millions are enchanted by the legendary magic of Walt Disney World Resort, but tour participants are among the select few who receive an up-close look into the artistry, technology, mechanical marvels and backstage secrets that go into producing world-class entertainment. In addition, the tour guides provide a plethora of knowledge, little-known facts and insider insights as they whisk Guests away on an amazing 7-hour journey. For more information and to book this tour, go to Disney's website here.

    Please note that registration cancelations are not permitted after Thursday, May 30th. If you are unable to attend and would like to send a substitute, please email their name, company, and email address to Brittney Love.


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    Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
    1700 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    Date/Time Information:

    June 6 - 9, 2019
    Thursday, June 6
    Registration & Conference Kick-Off Party
    Friday, June 7 - Saturday, June 8
    Sunday, June 9

    Contact Information:
    Jennifer Head
    Early Bird (before April 30th):
    Member of ACEC of one of the GEA Organizations | $650
    Non-Member | $850

    After April 30th:
    Member of ACEC of one of the GEA Organizations | $700
    Non-Member | $900

    You will receive the information to book your hotel room and purchase discounted park tickets in your registration confirmation email.
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