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 2018 Conference

            Sponsor Packet

Dear Stakeholder:

For over 24 years, the National Association for State Relay Administration (NASRA) has been an advocate for Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) promoting accessibility and quality telecommunication services to residents with hearing and speech loss. TRS is a vital service that allows an often disenfranchised population to experience independence through the use of technology. While the landscape of Relay has drastically changed throughout the past 25 years, it remains that NASRA has been involved every step of the way, lending expert advice and support to ensure that those with hearing and speech loss have the freedom to communicate effectively through telecommunication services.

NASRA is currently in the early stages of planning the September 2018 annual conference in the beautiful state of Minnesota. The conference will be held Sunday, September 9, 2018, through Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Bloomington, MN. Members and stakeholders will gather not only to discuss the current trends of Telecommunication Relay Services, but to also peer into to the future of what these services will look like with the ever expanding use of technology. Topics may include Real Time Text, telecommunications access for individuals who are deafblind, the IP transition and its impact on consumers, emergency services for people with hearing and speech loss, and updates from the Federal Communications Commission.

Our success in providing an exemplary conference program is dependent upon sponsors. We would like to ask that you consider becoming one of our 2018 Corporate Sponsors at “Beyond the Horizon”. As a sponsor, we invite you to join the conference not only to learn alongside of us as we explore the future of Relay, but also to network with government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors involved in the field. We have included a sponsorship fact sheet with a variety of sponsorship proposals for your review. We look forward to your support, and the opportunity to learn more about the services that you provide. Should you have any questions regarding sponsorship or the conference, please do not hesitate to reach out to Nathan Gomme, Vice Chair, at 505-796-5441 or Nathan.gomme@state.nm.us.

*Sponsor Registration should be completed by July 15th using the Eventbrite Registration*

Sincerely,

NASRA Board:

Holly Bise        Nathan Gomme

Chair        Vice-Chair

Gary Widerburg        Eric Jeschke

Secretary        Treasurer


SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

Standard Package: Includes logo in conference app and on NASRA’s website

Lake Superior

$2,500

Mississippi River

$1,500

Lake Minnetonka

$1,000

Minnesota River

$400
Refreshment Breaks or Happy Hour

Pricing Varies

Conference Deadlines & Important Dates

2018 NASRA Conference: “Beyond the Horizon”

KEY DATES:

How To Register

Please make check payable to:

National Association for State Relay Administration (NASRA)

Please mail check to:

Eric Jeschke, NASRA Treasurer

c/o PA Public Utility Commission

Bureau of Technical Utility Services

P.O. Box 3265

Harrisburg, PA 17105-3265

NASRA Conference Logistical Information

Conference Dates

Sunday, September 9, 2018 – Registration

Monday, September 10, 2018 – Conference

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – Conference

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – NASRA State Members Business Meeting

HOTEL INFORMATION

Hotel

Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis

3200 East 81st Street

Bloomington, MN 55425

952-922-1234

https://bloomington.regency.hyatt.com

Hotel Rate

$145 (plus 14.285% tax subject to change)

Group rate will be honored for the nights of September 7 – 15, 2018 (based on availability).

Hotel Reservations

Call In: contact reservations at 888-421-1442 and ask for the “NASRA Annual Conference” room block.

Online: use this weblink to make online reservations NASRA 2018

(or https://book.passkey.com/event/49620306/owner/14538675/home)

Under “Please select your guest type”, click on “Attendee”.

A credit card number will be required to secure a room out of this block. Cancellations made within 48 hours of arrival will forfeit one night's room and tax.

Cut-Off Date

Reservations must be made by Monday, August 20, 2018, in order to receive the group rate.

If Attending Both TEDPA and NASRA

If you are also attending the TEDPA conference, please reserve any guest room nights

through September 8, 2018, under the TEDPA Group. You must make your TEDPA and NASRA reservations under the same exact name – this way we can try to have your room pre-assigned to avoid your needing to change guestrooms.  On the date that your TEDPA reservation ends, you will need to go to the hotel front desk to get your key rescanned for the NASRA conference.

Shipping Packages to Hotel

All events packages being shipped to the Hyatt must follow the below address label standards to prevent delays. Schedule your shipment to arrive 2 days prior to the event start date to avoid additional storage fees. Include the name of the hotel on-site contact.

Address packages is as follows:

Hold for (Onsite Name/Company)

Hyatt Regency Hotel

3200 East 81st Street

Bloomington, MN 55425

Event Name: NASRA Conference

Event Date: September 9-11, 2018

Package Handling and Storage Fees:

Shipping charges must be prearranged and paid by company. The Hyatt does NOT accept a “COD” basis. The Hyatt does not bill shipping charges to a master account.

A labor fee of $70.00 per hour will apply for breaking down/moving pallets.

Package Handling Fees are as follows:

  • Envelopes/Packages/Boxes - $10.00 per item
  • Pallet - $150.00 per pallet

If shipping out:

You are required to pack, tape, and have pre-paid shipping labels taped on boxes and call for a pick up.

TRANSPORTATION

Airport

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (Airport Code: MSP)

https://www.mspairport.com/

MSP has two terminals: Terminal 1 (Lindberg) and Terminal 2 (Humphrey)

Hotel Shuttle

The Hyatt offers complimentary shuttle service to MSP airport and the Mall of America.

Airport Shuttle:

  • To Hyatt from Airport Terminal 1: Follow signs to Ground Transportation (near baggage claim) to Hotel Pick-up area.  Look for the Hyatt Regency Bloomington–Minneapolis Shuttle Van.
  • If at Terminal 2, call the Hyatt at 952-922-1234 to request pickup.

  • To Airport Terminal 1: Shuttle service departs the Hyatt at :00 and :30 of the hour from the Lobby.
  • Terminal 2 drop-off is upon request only

Mall of America Shuttle:

  • Shuttle Service departs the Hyatt at :20 and :50 after the hour, during regular mall hours.

Hotel Parking

Complimentary parking is available at the hotel.

Ground Transportation

HOSPITALS, PHARMACIES, and GROCERY STORES

Hospitals

  • Fairview Southdale Hospital (7.2 miles) 6401 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital (10.8 miles) 800 E 28th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
  • Regions Hospital (11.5 miles) 640 Jackson St, St Paul, MN 55101

Pharmacies

  • HealthPartners (.5 miles) 952-967-6972
  • Walmart (2.1 miles) 952-854-8850
  • Walgreens (2.3 miles) 952-881-1253
  • CVS in Target (3.2 miles) 612-252-0474
  • Cub (3.7 miles) 952-346-8625

Grocery Stores

  • Walmart (2.1 miles) 700 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55420
  • Target (3.2 miles) 6445 Richfield Pkwy, Richfield, MN 55423
  • Cub (3.7 miles) 8421 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

AREA ATTRACTIONS

Shopping

Restaurant Areas

HELPFUL LINKS