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Phoenix Conference Update

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Susan Bowden


Hyatt Regency Phoenix

122 North 2nd Street

Phoenix, AZ 85004-2379

The Hyatt Regency Phoenix
has been chosen as the official location for the 2009 BPD Annual Conference. Located in the center of downtown- steps from the Phoenix Convention Center, Symphony Hall, and Herberger Theater- the Hyatt Regency places you near spectacular sports, arts, culture and attractions.


BPD is proud to announce the start of online registration for our conference beginning in October 20, 2008. Online registration will be available for student volunteers and individuals paying by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). Paper registration will still be available for individuals paying by check. Stay tuned to the new BPD website for additional instructions.

The following registration rates are available for the conference:

Early:           Oct. 20- Dec.12, 2008       $295- Members      $525- Non Members

Regular:       Dec.13- Jan. 31, 2009        $345- Members      $575- Non Members

*Regular rates will apply during onsite registration from March 17th-22nd of the conference.

Registration forms must be sent in with payment in order for registrations to be processed. Registrations must be received in the office no later than January 31st. If for any reason you think your registration will not be received in our offices by January 31st, do not mail them. Simply bring the form and payment with you to the conference and it will be processed on site.

Please note that all processed registrants will receive an emailed receipt for their registration. This is the only confirmation that participants will have to show that you are registered for the conference.

Hotel Reservations

The BPD Reservation website will open at the end of September. Please stay tuned to the BPD website and list serve for more information. The Hyatt Regency Phoenix is offering the following room rates for the conference:

Single   $159

Double $159

Triple   $179

Quad    $199

Hotel reservations may be made electronically beginning September 15, 2008. To make your hotel reservation, log on to https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_gi_new&groupID=144212. The cut off date for hotel reservations is February 22, 2009. Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the group rates.

Student Volunteers

The Conference Planning Committee is seeking volunteers to assist with carrying out the 2009 Annual Meeting. Student volunteers can sign up by registering online for the conference. On the registration page, they will be able to indicate which day(s) they are interested in serving.

Student volunteers will be assigned to 4-6 hour shifts during their selected day(s) of service.  

Ground transportation

Ground transportation is available to and from the airport for $10 per person, with a minimum of 2 people per car ($20 minimum fare). This service is available 24 hours a day. Use the courtesy phone in the baggage claim area.

Phone: (888) 604-6552

Fax: (602) 286-6164

Taxi Service is available for approximately $16-$20.00 each way.

Avis Rent-a-Car has been chosen as the official airline for the 2008 Annual Conference. Participants can save 5-25% off of their car reservations for the meeting. To reserve your vehicle, visit www.avis.com or call 888-754-8878 and reference the Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) Number G027908.

Driving Directions from
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (3 miles): Take 24th Street exit north to Washington Street. Turn left on Washington (one way). Follow to 2nd Street and turn right. Entrance is 1.5 blocks on left.


March high temperatures average around 74 degrees with lows around 51 degrees. Visitors are most comfortable with light jackets or coats.

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