SOBA's 2016 Annual Boating Access Conference
Better Access Better Boating


October 10 - 13, 2016

The Chattanoogan Hotel
Chattanooga, Tennessee


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

ROOM BLOCK FULL AT THE CHATTANOOGAN HOTEL  

PLEASE RESERVE YOUR ROOMS AT THE STAYBRIDGE SUITES, SOBA’S OVERFLOW HOTEL


Our room block at the Chattanoogan Hotel has been filled for SOBA’s upcoming 30th anniversary conference.  We have contracted additional rooms at the Staybridge Suites Downtown Chattanooga, which is located within walking distance to our host hotel.

Our conference room rate of $100 at the Staybridge includes a hot breakfast.  Parking is available at $5 per day.  Rooms will only be held until September 23rd.

When reserving your room, please include your arrival and departure dates, and opt for the “state government US” rate in the drop down menu to ensure you receive the $100 group rate.  Click HERE to reserve your room, or call 423-267-0900 or 800-238-8000 (and reference SOBA).


View the Conference Agenda HERE.

Register for the Conference HERE.

Early Bird Registration Ends September 1st.

NOTE:
USE OF USFWS FUNDS TO HELP YOU ATTEND THE CONFERENCE

SOBA reminds conference attendees that certain costs are eligible under USFWS grants (Boating Access, CVA), in particular, memberships and certain conference costs. See excerpt below from the applicable OMB Circular.

2 CFR 225 Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments (OMB Circular A-87).
 
27. Meetings and conferences. Costs of meetings and conferences, the primary purpose of which is the dissemination of technical information are allowable. This includes costs of meals, transportation, rental of facilities, speakers’ fees, and other items incidental to such meetings or conferences. But see section 14, entertainment costs, of this appendix.
 
28. Memberships, subscriptions, and professional activity costs.  A) Costs of the governmental unit’s memberships in business, technical, and professional organizations are allowable. B) Costs of the governmental unit’s subscriptions to business, professional, and technical periodicals are allowable. C). Costs of membership in civic and community, social organizations are allowable as a direct cost with the approval of the Federal awarding agency.  D). Costs of membership in organizations substantially engaged in lobbying are unallowable.
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LACY NICHOLS EDUCATION FUND:

Did you know that you can use the Lacy Nichols Education Fund to help you attend the conference?

 

We are now accepting applications through July 22nd for attendance at SOBA’s 30th Anniversary Conference in Chattanooga later this year.

 

We encourage you to apply for this grant, and any questions can be directed to Al Wolslegel (Chair) at al.wolslegel@parks.wa.gov.

 

Here’s HOW to apply.

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SAVE THE DATE:  SOBA 2017
August 28th – 31st, 2017

The Hilton Anchorage Hotel
Anchorage, Alaska




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