42nd Annual Conference
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42nd Annual Conference - February 20 - 22, 2017

Attendee Information

Location: Veterans Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
833 Fifth Ave
Des Moines, Iowa


Registration/Cancellation Policy
All conference participants must register. A full registration includes all training sessions (Mon-Wed), admission to the Exhibit Hall, Monday Best Tasting Water Lunch, Monday Welcome Reception, Tuesday Awards Lunch, Tuesday Night IRWA Event and Wednesday Lunch.  Register earlier (before February 1st) using the Super Saver Full Registration option to receive a full registration discounted fee. 

If written/faxed notice of cancellation is received by February 1st, 2017, you will receive a full refund minus a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be issued after Wednesday, February 1st, 2017. Meal Tickets are not guaranteed for on-site registrations.

If you have special physical or dietary needs, please indicate so on the registration form.

Hotel Information
Holiday Inn logoRooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Des Moines.  Your reservations can be made by calling (515) 283-0151 or on-line. To register online, click on the Holiday Inn logo and follow the online procedures.  A maximum of two reservations per person will be taken. Please DO NOT reserve more rooms than you will need as you will be charged a cancellation fee. Simply mention that you are with the IRWA Annual Conference to receive the special conference rate of $97.00.  Deadline for reservations is Saturday, January 28, 2017.  Additional rooms are available at the Marriott Downtown Des Moines.  For reservations at the Marriott, call (515) 245-5500 and mention IRWA to receive the $124.00 conference rate. 

Complimentary self-parking is provided for overnight guests of the Holiday Inn Downtown hotel.  Parking is also available at the Iowa Events Center for an entrance fee of $7.00.  Free Shuttle Service will be provided to and from the Holiday Inn Downtown and Veterans Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Conference Center.  If you are staying at the Marriott Downtown, the overnight parking fee is $24.00 per night.

CEU Information
Up to 1.5 CEU credits (15 hours) can be received for water treatment, water distribution or wastewater if you attend the entire annual conference. These may be split depending on which sessions you attend. Monday equals 0.5 CEUs, Tuesday equals 0.5 CEUs and Wednesday equals 0.5 CEUs.  CEU forms must be completed before you leave (if you leave before Wednesday) or at the end of the conference on Wednesday, February 22nd. 

Sportsman Raffle
The opportunity to purchase raffle tickets will be on Monday Evening and Tuesday Morning/Early Afternoon of the conference.  Proceeds benefit the IRWA Equipment Loan Program. Tuesday from 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM in the Exhibit Hall, all raffle winners will be announced.  Thank you in advance for your support of IRWA’s efforts for Iowa communities.

First Timer Meet & Greet
If you are a first time attendee of the conference visit our First Timer Meet & Greet on Monday, February 20th at 8:30 AM or Tuesday, February 21st at 8:00 AM.  During this short meeting, IRWA Staff will give you a brief overview of the conference and insider’s prospective.  Also, we will introduce you to a few IRWA conference veterans.  This is the perfect time for you to ask any questions you may have about the upcoming conference schedule and events.

Best Tasting Water Luncheon
Monday, February 20th at 11:30 AM we will enjoy a buffet lunch together in the Grand Ballroom B at the conference center.  In addition, our “Best Tasting Water” contest will be held during the lunch.  Our panel of judges will sample all entries and judge them on Taste, Bouquet and Clarity.  See the Best Tasting Water flyer for additional details and the requirements for submitting your city or system’s water sample.

Welcome Reception
Be sure to join us for the Monday Night Welcome Reception from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM in the Exhibit Hall at the conference center.  Don’t miss this chance to relax and visit with our vendors.  We have also invited Iowa legislators to attend and have the opportunity to connect with their constituents.  In addition, games and prize drawings will be held.

Awards Luncheon
The IRWA Awards Luncheon will be held Tuesday at 11:30 AM in Grand Ballroom B and is included with a Full Registration.  The meal will be a plated meal you can enjoy with your colleagues in a casual atmosphere.  Our luncheon is an opportunity to honor key system and community leaders for their commitment to the industry.Tim Bedore

IRWA Tuesday Night Bash
Join us on Tuesday Evening at the Holiday Inn Downtown starting at 6:30 PM for our IRWA Bash.  Enjoy a social night with IRWA Staff and Board Members.  There will be an IRWA Bar and Italian buffet for supper.  And, to add to the fun, we have invited Comedian Tim Bedore to come and offer his theories on the “Animal Conspiracy”.  Over the past 30 years Tim Bedore has spent thousands of hours entertaining audiences on the radio and as a stand up comedian in comedy clubs and theaters across the country. Tim has kept his hand in the radio business through his commentary feature Vague But True®, heard on public radio's prestigious Marketplace program and in a weekly slot on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show.

PAC Breakfast –
The chairmen of the House and Senate Ways and Means Committees have been invited to speak to attendees about the issues before their committees.  This is a great opportunity to discuss elimination of the sales tax on water, other tax issues and water quality (which can become a tax issue) with Senator Randy Feenstra and Representative Guy Vander Linden.  Contribution expected (not included in registration).

Wednesday Lunch
Join us in Rooms 305 – 308 for a soup and sandwich luncheon before the close of our conference.