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2013 USGO 36th Annual Meeting


On behalf of the Utilities State Government Organization (USGO) Southern District, it is my pleasure to provide you with the opportunity to either join or renew your membership in USGO for 2013 and attend the 2013 Annual Meeting.

The 2013 Annual Meeting will take place July 7-10 at the AAA Four Diamond beach resort in Point Clear, Alabama, the exquisite Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa, one of the most stunning hotels Coastal Alabama has to offer.

Please find below the 2013 Preliminary Meeting Agenda (for planning purposes), USGO Membership Form, and Annual Meeting Registration Form. Please process these today!

By June 7th , please print, complete and mail the forms, along with a check payable to "Utilities State Government Organization," to:

Giff Ormes, President, USGO
Mississippi Power Company
PO Box 4079
Gulfport, MS 39502-4079

Also by June 7th, please make your hotel reservations at the Marriott Grand Hotel to ensure availability at the discounted USGO group rate of $199/night, plus tax. This is a firm deadline.

To make your reservations, call 1-251-228-9290 and reference "USGO Conference" or simply use this link: Bayview Room $199.00 per night
Book Bayview Room at Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa for $199.00 per night

The Federal Tax ID number for USGO is 31-0949179.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. My office number is 228-865-5869.

We look forward to hosting you on the beautiful Gulf Coast!

Giff Ormes
2013 President, USGO
   USGO Annual Meeting & Membership Registration Form 2013
   2013 USGO Annual Meeting Information Packet
USGO 2013 Annual Meeting
Marriott Grand Hotel & Spa
Point Clear, Alabama
Draft Agenda (as of May 10, 2013)
(For Planning Purposes Only)
Saturday, July 6, 2013
3:00 5:00 PM Registration
6:30 9:00 PM Board Dinner
4:00 6:00 PM Hospitality Suite Open
9:00 11:00 PM Hospitality Suite Open
Sunday, July 7, 2013
9:30 AM 3:00 PM Optional Golf: The Lakewood Golf Club Dogwood Course (Tee times begin @ 9:30 AM) Pro Shop (251) 990-4279
3:00 5:00 PM Conference Registration
3:00 PM Hospitality Suite Open
4:30 6:00 PM Annual Board Meeting
6:00 7:30 PM Opening Reception
Dinner on Your Own
Monday, July 8, 2013
7:30 9:00 AM Breakfast Buffet for All Attendees
General Session
8:30 8:45 Opening Remarks
Giff Ormes, 2013 President
Manager, Legislative Affairs, Mississippi Power
8:45 9:15 AM Mississippi Happenings
The Honorable Jim Beckett, Miss House of Representatives
Chairman, House Public Utilities Committee

The Honorable Terry Burton, Mississippi Senate
Chairman, Senate Energy Committee
9:15 10:00 AM Billy Thornton, Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Kemper Lignite Integrated Gasification Combine Cycle Plant Briefing
10:00 10:15 AM Break
10:15 10:45 AM Nuclear Update
Mike McGarey
Director, State Outreach
Nuclear Energy Institute
10:45 11:30 AM State Legislative Reports Southern District
11:30 11:45 AM Announcements
1:00 - 5:30 PM USGO Annual Golf Tournament: Lakewood Golf Club Dogwood Course
6:00 9:00 PM Cookout (Dinner served 6:30 7:30 PM)
9:00 11:00 PM Hospitality Suite Open
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
7:30 9:00 AM Breakfast Buffet for all Attendees
8:15 9:00 AM Speaker (Gas Issues)
9:00 10:00 AM Daniel F. Ford, CFA
Electric Utilities Equity
10:00 10:15 AM Break
10:15 10:45 AM Coal Update
Randy Eminger, Vice President, South Region
American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity
10:45 11:15 AM State Legislative Reports Northeast District
11:15 11:45 AM State Legislative Reports Midwest District
12:00 1:00 PM Lunch Keynote Address
John Ashford, CEO
Hawthorne Group, Washington DC
1:15 2:15 PM Update on State Legislative Conferences / Emerging Issues
Brian McCormack
Vice President, Political and External Affairs
Edison Electric Institute
2:15 3:00 PM Special Speaker (To be announced)
3:00 3:15 PM Break
3:15 4:15 PM USGO Annual Business Meeting
-Treasurer's Report
-USGO Membership Report
-Election of New Officers
-By-Law Updates
6:00 7:00 PM Reception
7:00 9:00 PM Annual Banquet, Awards, Announcements 2014 Meeting News
9:00 11:00 PM Dancing Entertainment by
11:00 12:00 AM Hospitality Suite Open
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
7:30 9:00 AM Farewell Buffet Breakfast for all Attendees
  • 2 daily shuttles to downtown Fairhope for shopping
  • Complimentary horseshoes, croquet and bayside putting green
  • Board games for use upon request
  • Food for resident ducks
  • Turndown service upon request
  • Complimentary non-motorized beach rentals (kayaks, hobie cats and sail boats)
  • Complimentary bike rentals
  • Complimentary afternoon tea, coffee, cookies daily at 4:00pm
  • Complimentary tennis court rental based on availability
  • Complimentary range balls at the golf club
  • Fishing poles and bait supplied for fishing from the Grand pier
  • Daily Canon Firing to commemorate the Grand's military history 3:45 pm
Notes regarding the hotel:
Check-in and Check-out
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Express Checkout
High-Speed Internet
  • Public Areas: Wireless
  • Guest Rooms: Wired, Wireless
  • Meeting Rooms: Wired, Wireless
  • Complimentary on-site parking
  • Valet parking, fee: 12 USD daily
City of Fairhope, AL Visitor's website

Malbis, AL (Shopping approximately 20 miles or 30 minutes)
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