Preliminary Program

REV 6, 9 Feb 09

MON RIVER SUMMIT IV:
A FORUM ON OPPORTUNITES AND ISSUES OF THE MON RIVER:
Commerce, Infrastructure, Water Quality, and Recreation.

Barry Pallay, Summit Program Manager, Chair, Mon River Recreation & Commerce Committee, Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce, and, Vice President, Upper Monongahela River Association.

Summit Organizing Committee:

Barry Pallay, Chair.
Ken Busz, President, Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce.
Peggy Myers-Smith, Executive Director, Greater Morgantown Convention & Visitors Bureau.

MORNING SESSIONS

7-8AM Set up River Communities Displays.

8-8:30 a,m. Foyer F-H  Registration and River Communities Displays. Coffee & refreshments. 

8:30-8:40 a.m. Salons E-H  Welcome and introductions, Ken Busz, President, Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce.

8:40-8:55 a.m. Salons E-H  Mon River Summit III recap, and, events on the Mon in the past year, Wallace Venable, Chief Technical Officer, Upper Monongahela River Association.

8:55 a.m.-9:15a.m. Salons E-H  Keynote address, WV intramodal transportation infrastructure, commerce, and recreation. Patrick Donovan, Executive Director, WV Public Port Authority. 

9:15 a.m.-9:35 a.m. Salons E-H, The federal stimulus program and status of Pittsburgh District infrastructure,  Col Mike Crall, District Engineer, Pittsburgh District, US Army Corps of Engineers. 

9:35 a.m.- 10:05 a.m. Salons E-H, River industries/commerce: How / why we are dependent on infrastructure. Consol Coal, Greer, Allegheny Energy, Corps of Engineers. (This event is still being structured).  

10:05 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Break & River Communities Displays. Coffee.

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Salons E-H Panel discussion on boating, fishing, and water related recreation on the Upper Mon, Chaired by Frank Jernejcic, Fisheries Biologist, WV Division of Natural Resources.  5 panelists.

11:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m. Morning wrap up and questions. Chaired by Barry Pallay, Chair of Summit organizing committee.

11:45 a.m.-12:00 a.m. Foyer F-H Break and River Community Displays.

AFTERNOON SESSIONS

12:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. Salon D Lunch, with remarks by Jim McCarville, Executive Director, Port of Pittsburgh Commission.

1:00 p.m.- 1:15 p.m. Break and River Communities Displays.

1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Salons E-H  Panel discussion on Mon river water quality issues, Chaired by Paul Ziemkiewicz, Director, West Virginia Water Research Institute, WVU. 5 panelists.

2:30 p.m.-2:50 p.m. Break & River Communities Displays. Soft drinks.

2:50 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Salons E-H  Panel Discussion on Mon River activities and initiatives, chaired by Barry Pallay.  FOCUS: Allegheny Power, Longview, hydropower, water bus, Granville riverfront development, river commerce, tourism, Everetteville Miner’s Memorial, WVU initiative. Panelists: TBD.

3:30p.m.-4:15 p.m. ORSANCO, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Big Sandy: Can this work on the Mon?

4:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Salons E-H. Mon River Summit IV recap and questions, Wally Venable, Chief Technical Officer, Upper Monongahela River Association.

4:30 p.m. ADJOURNMENT.