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STC is sensitive to the impact of a downward economy on members’ ability to attend the 2009 Technical Communication Summit, 3–6 May in Atlanta, GA. As part of its own economic stimulus plan, the Society will extend the Early Bird discount rate for members until 21 April.
“I am so proud of our Finance Committee for approving this extension,” exclaimed STC Executive Director Susan Burton, CAE. “This will keep the registration rates affordable and, in effect, give a $200 credit to every member who missed the original deadline and wants to attend the conference.” The Early Bird discounted rate is $200 less than the standard rate of $995 that was originally effective 18 February. Member Early Bird registration rate for the conference is $795; the onsite registration rate for members is $1,095. Conference room rates at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta are also affordable at $174 for single or double accommodations, 21 percent less than last year’s room rates.
The Summit is comprised of more than 100 education sessions organized into six tracks: Applying Research and Theory to Practice; Designing and Assessing the User Experience; Designing and Developing Content; Developing Your Skills and Promoting Your Profession; Managing People, Projects, and Business; and Producing, Managing, and Delivering Content.
Top practitioners, academe, consultants, and researchers in the field of technical communication will present new material on cutting-edge technology, trends, and issues, mixed in with the staples of solid communication techniques and topic areas.
A Preliminary Program is available on the STC website in PDF form, as well as a live database of titles, speakers, and descriptions for all sessions being presented. Members who wish to have their company pay for their professional development may find the document Help in Justifying Your Attendance beneficial.
Complete details about the conference schedule, registration rates, hotel information, and registration can be found on the STC website.