NAM in Minneapolis Aug. 4-7

We turn our attention to the NAM managers annual meeting and summer conference Aug. 4-7 in Minneapolis. Here is some preliminary information from conference chair Lisa Hills, executive director of the Minnesota Newspaper Association:

We’re staying downtown Minneapolis at the Kimpton Grand Hotel which is an easy jaunt from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport.  You can make reservations for the hotel by visiting their website: www.grandhotelminneapolis.com Please enter the code NEWSPA0805 in order to receive the group rate of $189.  The room block cutoff date for all reservations is July 17.

For those driving, the hotel offers valet parking at $35 per day.  Less expensive parking options are listed on the hotel website or you can call me.

Please let me know if I can help with local questions or arrangements.  You can find out all about the Minneapolis/St. Paul area here:  www.visit-twincities.com and www.minneapolis.org or visit www.exploreminnesota.com for statewide tourist information.

The weekend of August 7 is art fair weekend in Minneapolis; the largest one is the Uptown Art Fair: www.uptownartfair.com

The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is dominated by Delta but served by most major carriers. The airport is just 10 miles from our downtown hotel, light rail, cabs and shuttle services are plentiful from the airport.   All major car rental companies have operations at the airport as well. Parking downtown Minneapolis can be expensive.

TENTATIVE PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Minneapolis is on Central Time

Tuesday, August 4

8:00 a.m.            Golf outing at Rush Creek Golf Course-. Fun fact- Minneapolis has more golfers per capita than any other city in the country.

5:00 p.m.            Opening Reception at Grand Hotel

6:30 p.m.            Dine Around- Minneapolis is ranked as one of the best food cities in America

Wednesday, August 5

9:00 a.m.            NAM Board of Directors

Noon                    One System luncheon

1:14 p.m.            Welcome: NAM President Greg Sherrill Tennessee Press Association

1:30 p.m.            Open Microphone –  Group therapy

3:30 p.m.            General Session

5:30 p.m.            Walk to Reception at the MNA office – 10 South 5th Street # 1105

6:45 p.m.            Dinner (on your own)

Thursday, August 6

8:00 a.m.            Breakfast

9:00 a.m.            General Sessions

Noon                    NAM Family Lunch

1:30 p.m.            General Sessions

4:30 p.m.            Shuttle leaves for reception at the Guthrie Theatre

6:30 p.m.            Dinner on your own

Friday, August 7

8:00 a.m.           Breakfast

9:00 a.m.           General Session

11:00 a.m.         Open Mic.  A catch-all time to chew on those little issues that didn’t quite fit elsewhere on our agenda.

Noon                   NAM Business Meeting & Lunch

Afternoon (on your own)

6:00 p.m.           Closing Reception & Banquet

Introduction of Officers, Board of Directors

Resolutions

Loving Cup Ceremony

8:00 p.m.           Enjoy Minneapolis

Executive Directors meet in Nashville

NAM Presidents

Outgoing NAM President Mike MacLaren of Michigan with newly elected NAM President Greg Sherrill of Tennessee and the NAM “Loving Cup” at the conclusion of the 91st annual NAM summer conference in Nashville.

NAM Group 2014

NAM members and their family and friends on the rooftop in downtown Nashville. Reception courtesy of Athlon Media Group.

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2014-15 NAM President Greg Sherrill with esteemed NAM Clerk Morley Piper.

Links to more photos from Nashville:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ofxwv5lukxlrqls/AAAhUag_rr-EdzoslDZw04X6a#/

https://www.dropbox.com/sc/d9wpejsr17y17op/AACJVKMnCdy2CT1S0kiBhsACa