Annual Meeting Of NWC To Be Held In St. Louis September 16-18

More than 500 leaders from business, government, and waterway user companies are expected to attend the 21st annual meeting of the National Waterways Conference scheduled for September 16-18 at Stouffer's Riverfront Towers, St. Louis, Mo.

Conference chairman James A. Skinner Jr. of Nashville, president of T.L. Herbert & Sons, Inc., announced that Secretary of Transportation Drew Lewis will deliver the main address. Other guests participating in the program include William R. Gianelli, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), Missouri Governor Christopher S.

Bond, Adm. John B. Hayes, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, and Maj. Gen. E.R.

Heiberg III, civil works director, Army Corps of Engineers.

The National Waterways Conference was founded in 1960 to promote a better understanding of the public value of the American waterways system. The theme for this year's three-day meeting is "National Economic Recovery: The Vital Role of American Waterways." The 1981 conference will host concurrent meetings of four other organizations: the American section of the Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses, the Arkansas Waterways Commission, Inland River Ports and Terminals, Inc., and the Propeller Club of St. Louis.

Mr. Lewis will be the keynote speaker at the opening luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 17.

He will discuss "America's New Beginning: Shaping Waterways Policy to Fit National Economic Recovery Goals." Mr. Skinner said the annual meeting program will provide an authoritative, up-todate analysis of current developments in waterways policy: the prospects for passage of the Reagan Administration's "user charge" proposals, the points of view of Congress and the White House on water resources policy, the impact of federal budget cuts on waterway programs, and shifts in water resources and transportation inherent in the nation's economic recovery program.

The program features three panel discussions focusing on these and other issues confronting the waterways.

Jacques Cunningham of Catoosa, Okla., port director of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, will moderate a panel on the topic, "Waterway Transportation: Key to Expanded Export trade." Richard A. Wilson of Sunset Hills, Mo., president and chief executive officer of Agri-Trans Corporation, will lead a panel assessing "The Push for Higher Waterway User Taxes: Will Economic Impacts Be Considered?" The third panel will focus on "The Changing Nature of National Water Resources Policy." Its moderator will be Charles I. McGinnis of St. Louis, senior vice president and general manager of Fru-Co Engineers, Inc., and chairman of the Water Policy Task Force of the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Full program details and registration materials are available from the National Waterways Conference, 1130 17th Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 638- 0090.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 57,  Sep 1981

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