SOBA’s 34th Annual Boating Access Education
and Training Symposium

Envisioning the Future and Partnering for Success

August 31st – September 3rd, 2020

The Riverside Hotel
Boise, Idaho



SOBA’s 2020 Annual Boating Access Education and Training Symposium will be hosted by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The conference theme is “Envisioning the Future and Partnering for Success.” Having the creativity to envision new and improved boater access and infrastructure projects, often only comes to fruition on the heels of excellent partnerships. Come hear about the successes and challenges of partnerships. Come to Boise and tell us your story about that special partnership and outstanding (or not so outstanding!) project. Come and learn how you can leverage partnerships to your advantage and develop award winning infrastructure for our boating public. Help us celebrate and learn from the powers of partnerships!

Check back for agenda updates soon.

The Riverside Hotel is SOBA’s 2020 Education and Training Symposium home. Our room rate is $137 plus taxes, which is the federal per diem rate, and is open until August 7, 2020. To make your reservations, please call 208-343-1871 and ask for the States Organization for Boating Access group rate. We do not have a hotel link this year so please call the hotel directly!

2020 Registration Pricing:

  EARLY BIRD ends July 31st Registration After Aug. 1st
Member $395 $495
Non-Member $495 $595
Alumni $195 $195
Professional Credit $25 $25
Daily Registration $195 $225
Contributor (Non-exhibiting consultant) $500 $500


For exhibitor and sponsor opportunities, please contact Libby Yranski, or 202-737-9766.
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 200 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and
Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

Subpart E - Cost Principles
§200.432   Conferences.

A conference is defined as a meeting, retreat, seminar, symposium, workshop or event whose primary purpose is the dissemination of technical information beyond the non-Federal entity and is necessary and reasonable for successful performance under the Federal award. Allowable conference costs paid by the non-Federal entity as a sponsor or host of the conference may include rental of facilities, speakers' fees, costs of meals and refreshments, local transportation, and other items incidental to such conferences unless further restricted by the terms and conditions of the Federal award. As needed, the costs of identifying, but not providing, locally available dependent-care resources are allowable. Conference hosts/sponsors must exercise discretion and judgment in ensuring that conference costs are appropriate, necessary and managed in a manner that minimizes costs to the Federal award. The Federal awarding agency may authorize exceptions where appropriate for programs including Indian tribes, children, and the elderly. See also §§200.438 Entertainment costs, 200.456 Participant support costs, 200.474 Travel costs, and 200.475 Trustees.

§200.454   Memberships, subscriptions, and professional activity costs.
(a) Costs of the non-Federal entity's membership in business, technical, and professional organizations are allowable.
(b) Costs of the non-Federal entity's subscriptions to business, professional, and technical periodicals are allowable.
(c) Costs of membership in any civic or community organization are allowable with prior approval by the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity.
(d) Costs of membership in any country club or social or dining club or organization are unallowable.
(e) Costs of membership in organizations whose primary purpose is lobbying are unallowable. See also §200.450 Lobbying.
§200.474   Travel costs.

(a) General. Travel costs are the expenses for transportation, lodging, subsistence, and related items incurred by employees who are in travel status on official business of the non-Federal entity. Such costs may be charged on an actual cost basis, on a per diem or mileage basis in lieu of actual costs incurred, or on a combination of the two, provided the method used is applied to an entire trip and not to selected days of the trip, and results in charges consistent with those normally allowed in like circumstances in the non-Federal entity's non-federally-funded activities and in accordance with non-Federal entity's written travel reimbursement policies. Notwithstanding the provisions of §200.444 General costs of government, travel costs of officials covered by that section are allowable with the prior written approval of the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity when they are specifically related to the Federal award.

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