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2011 Conference

When the time came to plan the SRAPPA annual conference in a tough economic climate, Wayne Goodwin, SRAPPA President-Elect, knew exactly what to do. He charged his team with one simple mission—to plan an informative and engaging conference with a focus on energy awareness all while providing a “taste” of Mississippi’s best culture and cuisine. With that, the team went to work, and on October 16-18, 2011, their mission was accomplished!  The 60th Annual SRAPPA Conference, hosted by Jackson State University, was held in in Jackson, Mississippi with its theme “Energy Lights the Way” and more than 175 participants from over 100 colleges, universities, and businesses. The conference got off to a great start on Saturday with golf at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in Philadelphia, MS while companions and other attendees enjoyed a historical tour of the city. The day ended with a Jazz Reception in the historic Old Capitol Inn. On Sunday, it was down to business as the Business Partner Expo began. Mayor Harvey Johnson thanked participants for selecting Jackson as the host city. Over 58 business partners shared their products, services, and industry knowledge.

The education sessions also kicked off on Sunday with three tracks: Sustainability, the Power of Our People, and Effective Facilities Management. Speakers from across the region were invited to provide practical, hands-on knowledge and empower members to transform the institutions they serve. With a productive first day behind them, attendees thoroughly enjoyed the “Catfish & Blues Revue” that evening. Local bluegrass and blues artists showcased Mississippi’s rich musical heritage. On Monday, a general session on Climate Change was led by Entergy More breakout sessions followed before attendees returned to the Business Partner Expo. The day ended with Monday Night Football in the Walter Payton Complex on campus. Attendees were treated to a live performance by the university’s marching band, the Sonic Boom of the South.  Tuesday morning’s General Session included a presentation of compelling national and regional facilities data and trends. The session was followed by the final breakout sessions.

During the President’s Gala later that evening, outgoing president Dan Young bestowed several leadership awards and congratulated the Jackson State Team for a job well done. Incoming President, Paul Wuebold spoke of the strategic mission and exciting things to come in the year ahead. The night ended with more entertainment and fond farewells.

This is just a sample of pictures from the conference. To see all of the pictures, visit SRAPPA JSU on Facebook