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April 2013

It is time to make final preparations for our 2013 annual SCAPA meeting in the “Windy City.”  This year, the EMI SIG and its subcommittees will be meeting on May 6-9 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois.  Our conference hotel is centrally located near the Illinois Center and Magnificent Mile.  

Hyatt Chicago

Hyatt Regency Chicago

A room block has been reserved for the EMI SIG meeting participants at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  Reservations can be made online at http://resweb.passkey.com/go/emisig2013 or by calling
1-888-421-1442 and referring to the EMI SIG room block. The room rate is $171 per night plus tax (currently 16.4% percent). The deadline to make hotel reservations is April 12; however, reservations should be made as soon as possible to ensure the government per diem group rate at the Hyatt Regency.

The SCAPA meeting will be held on Monday, May 6. Our program begins at 11:00 AM CDT with a short joint session with the DOE Meteorological Coordinating Council (DMCC) and the Hazard Assessment Subcommittee (HASC).  SCAPA’s meeting will resume after lunch at 1:15 PM CDT and conclude before 5:30 PM CDT. 

For those who cannot join us in Chicago, the afternoon session of the SCAPA meeting will be broadcast via webinar (as will most EMI SIG-related meetings).   Webinar information will be emailed to all SCAPA members well before the meeting. 

Information on the EMI SIG conference sessions and subcommittee meetings is provided on the EMI SIG 2013 Annual Meeting web page.

Magnificant Mile

The Magnificent Mile

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field

The SCAPA working groups will not have their individual meetings during this year’s EMI SIG; however, SCAPA will have a booth at the EMI SIG TRADEing Post.  Key SCAPA working group members will be available during conference breaks on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss their activities and demonstrations will be provided for several key products of interest to SCAPA members.