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Welcome Conference Exhibitors


Thank you for supporting the New England Development Research Association!


We are pleased to announce the 30th Annual Conference, featuring keynote speaker Julissa Arce.


We look forward to seeing you in the beautiful seaside town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire - please find details about the Conference below.



NEDRA 2017 Annual Conference

Dates:  Thursday and Friday, April 27th and 28th, 2017
Location:  Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, 250 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH  03801
Overnight Rooms:  $145 per night with the NEDRA rate if booked before Friday, March 23rd at 5:00 PM. Please book your room by following this link.


***Please note that the hotel sold out for last year’s conference, and we expect it to do so again this year. Please make your reservation early!***



Conference Registration :
Sponsors receive complimentary registration for one (Silver Sponsors), two (Gold Sponsors), or three (Platinum Sponsors) guests.

  • To register your complimentary guests, please click on the link below, and select the registration type "Sponsors, Faculty, Prepaid, and Staff." When prompted, enter the following code: 30years
  • All other employees may register as a member or non-member.
  • For non-complimentary registrations, the fee is $349 for members and $448 for non-members for the full two-day conference. 
  • Please ask about our discounted rate for additional booth attendants, as those registering to provide booth support may be eligible for a discounted rate.

Register today!  Follow this link to register your employees.


Directions and Parking:

(http://www.sheratonportsmouth.com/directions)


Overnight Parking – Guests staying overnight will choose from valet parking for $24 per night when you pull up to the front door, or self-parking for $19 per night. The self-parking is located in the outdoor lot adjacent to the Sheraton. Guests will get a white ticket upon entering the lot; when departing, the guest will use their room key to depart the lot.


Day Use Parking (for guests not staying the night) - Guests will choose from valet when you pull up to the front door, or self-parking. Valet parking is a $10 daily charge. Self-parking is in the outdoor lot adjacent to the Sheraton, and is $6 per day only if it is charged to the group master bill. Guests will get a white ticket upon entering the lot. When departing the lot, the guest will insert the white ticket and guest will use either a blue validation ticket (offered by group if group is paying for parking charges) or guest will pay the electronic reader at the parking gate upon departure (self-pay) at $2 per hour.


PLEASE NOTE: Based upon business demands, the gated lot may reach capacity - should this happen during the conference, metered on-street parking or the City of Portsmouth’s parking garage located downtown are available options. Please also note that parking rates are subject to change.



Conference Schedule and Information:

The full Conference Schedule is available here.


NEDRA will host an information desk in the front lobby of the hotel on both days - when you arrive, please check in with our staff and pick up a name badge.

NEDRA will post company logos on the NEDRA website as they are received, including a hyperlink to your company’s website - we will also submit your logo to the printer to be included in sponsor signage in the conference area.  If you’ve recently changed or replaced your logo, please send us a new one. It will be included in a variety of conference materials.


We are excited to host Julissa Arce, a former Goldman Sachs analyst and immigration and education advocate who founded the Ascend Educational Fund, as our keynote speaker. Julissa, whose book My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive was published in September 2016, offers a new perspective on what it means to achieve the “American Dream.” NEDRA has partnered with RiverRun Bookstore, an independent bookseller in Portsmouth, to sell copies of Julissa's book. To learn more about Julissa, visit the NEDRA website here.

The conference offers 24 educational sessions as well as plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues and vendors. For those new to the field, NEDRA is once again offering its popular Research Basics Bootcamp in conjunction with the annual conference on Wednesday, April 26th.



Table Assignments:
The placement of sponsors at exhibit tables is decided first by the level of sponsorship, and then by the date on which we receive the sponsorship payment in full. No tables will be assigned to sponsors who have not paid in full. Two weeks before the conference, we will contact you regarding your exhibitor table selection. Sponsor representatives can report to the Ballroom Lobby on the Lobby Level any time after 6 AM on Thursday to find their table and set up. Please see the
Conference Schedule for more information. If you wish to set up your table the night before please contact the NEDRA office to make arrangements at office@nedra.org.



Attendee Lists:

After the event, sponsors can expect to receive a list of conference attendees following the conference.


Shipping:

If you are shipping equipment or materials to the hotel, below is the address where all materials should be shipped. NEDRA cannot be held responsible for any missing, damaged, or late packages. Exhibitors are responsible for all arrangements and expenses pertaining to shipped materials, merchandise, exhibits or any other items to and from the hotel. The boxes must be appropriately labeled to ensure acceptance of these items upon arrival at the hotel.


It is important that no shipment arrives more than 48 hours prior to the Conference. Shipments received before April 24th will be rejected by the hotel.


To ensure that all the arrivals stay organized for your group, it’s also important that each box is labeled with the same information (see label provided below) - this will prevent an unforeseen loss of material or equipment. All shipments must be prepaid, no COD’s will be accepted.


Label:

ATTN:  Dan Witham

c/o NEDRA Annual Conference; April 27-28, 2017

Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel

250 Market Street

Portsmouth, NH  03801



Wi-Fi:

The Sheraton Harborside provides complimentary WiFi access throughout all areas of the hotel.



Thursday Evening Reception:

Be sure to join us for the evening reception sponsored by iWave on Thursday, April 27th from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Portsmouth Gas Light in downtown Portsmouth.  This reception is open to all NEDRA members (not just conference attendees) and is a good opportunity to get to know the NEDRA community. Courtesy of iWave, this reception will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar (drink tickets available on a first come, first served basis.)



Contact Information:

Your onsite NEDRA contacts will be Bill Gotfredson, Carrie Winchman, and Melanie McHugh. There will also be an AV manager from Advanced Solutions LLC who can help with technical questions. While onsite, please don’t hesitate to ask any of the NEDRA staff or board members for help. 
 

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions:


Bill Gotfredson

william.gotfredson@chtrust.org

857.318.3125 (work)

203.273.8279 (cell)

 

NEDRA Office:

Carrie Winchman or Melanie McHugh

office@nedra.org

781.894.1457 (office)



Benefits:

PLATINUM SPONSORS:

Platinum Sponsor benefits are listed here.


30 MINUTE PRESENTATIONS

Platinum Sponsors have the option to give TWO 30-minute presentations, coordinated in conjunction with the NEDRA Sponsorship Committee. The Sponsorship Committee will be in touch with you about the time and particulars of your presentation. Please send a digital file of your presentation to office@nedra.org by Friday, March 31, 2017. NEDRA maintains a backup of all presentations on thumb drives.

 

EMAIL BLASTS

Platinum Sponsors may also send three email blasts to conference registrants either before or after the conference. If your e-blast has not yet been submitted to NEDRA office, please send the contents to office@nedra.org – this can be in any format including Word or email message – including an indication of the preferred date(s) on which you would like your blast sent.  If we do not receive the contents of your blast by Monday, April 10th, we will assume you would prefer to send it after the Conference.


NEDRA INDUSTRY NEWS BLOG AD

Platinum Sponsors can also submit a 4x5 inch ad for posting on the NEDRA Industry News blog, either before or after the conference. For best visibility, this should be in a JPG format (color or black and white formats are accepted). This blog posting will be accessible to all NEDRA members for one full year. We will notify you later this month if we have not yet received your ad.

RAFFLE

Platinum Sponsors will also be sponsors of a conference raffle (prize valued at $250) to be held during conference general session. We will encourage attendees to place their business card into a small bowl at your table. You will then randomly select a card, which will be the raffle recipient. Please choose your raffle recipient by 10:15 a.m. on Friday, April 28th, as Bill or another board member will stop by your table at that time to collect the winning business card.   


SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS

NEDRA now offers social media communications with our sponsorship packages. Platinum Sponsors are entitled to 12 separate pieces of social media communication. If you have not already taken advantage of this benefit, please contact Bill to learn more.


NEDRA MEMBERSHIP

Platinum Sponsors are entitled to two complimentary NEDRA annual memberships. This membership will automatically be set up in the name of your primary contact(s) (as submitted on your sponsor agreement) unless otherwise noted by the sponsoring organization. If you wish to transfer it to another name, please let us know the name of the person who will accept the membership.



GOLD SPONSORS

Gold Sponsor benefits are listed here.


30 MINUTE PRESENTATION

Gold Sponsors have the option to give a 30-minute presentation, coordinated in conjunction with the NEDRA Sponsorship Committee. The Sponsorship Committee will be in touch with you about the time and particulars of your presentation. Please send a digital file of your presentation to office@nedra.org by Friday, March 31st, 2017. NEDRA maintains a backup of all presentations on thumb drives.

 

EMAIL BLASTS

Gold Sponsors may also send two email blasts to conference registrants either before or after the conference. If your e-blast has not yet been submitted to NEDRA office, please send the contents to office@nedra.org – this can be in any format including Word or email message – including an indication of the preferred date(s) on which you would like your blast sent. If we do not receive the contents of your blast by Monday, April 10th, we will assume you would prefer to send it after the Conference.


NEDRA INDUSTRY NEWS BLOG AD

Gold Sponsors can also submit a 4x5 inch ad for posting on the NEDRA Industry News blog, either before or after the conference. For best visibility, this should be in a JPG format (color or black and white formats are accepted). This blog posting will be accessible to all NEDRA members for six months. We will notify you later this month if we have not yet received your ad.


RAFFLE

Gold Sponsors will also be sponsors of a conference raffle (prize valued at $100). Raffle recipients will be announced during our Friday Luncheon. We will encourage attendees to place their business card into a small bowl located at your table. You will then randomly select a card, which will be the raffle recipient. Please choose your raffle recipient by 10:15 a.m. on Friday, April 28th, as Bill or another board member will stop by your table at that time to collect the winning business card.   


SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS

NEDRA now offers social media communications with our sponsorship packages. Gold Sponsors are also entitled to six separate pieces of social media communication. If you have not already taken advantage of this benefit, please contact Bill to learn more. 


NEDRA MEMBERSHIP
Gold sponsors are entitled to one complimentary NEDRA annual membership. This membership will automatically be set up in the name of your primary contact (as submitted on your sponsor agreement) unless otherwise noted by the sponsoring organization. If you wish to transfer it to another name, please let us know the name of the person who will accept the membership.



SILVER SPONSORS

Silver Sponsor benefits are listed here.


30 MINUTE PRESENTATION

Silver Sponsors do not receive a 30 minute product presentation.

 

EMAIL BLASTS

Silver Sponsors may send one email blast to conference registrants either before or after the conference. If your e-blast has not yet been submitted to NEDRA office, please send the contents to office@nedra.org – this can be in any format including Word or email message – including an indication of the preferred date on which you would like your blast sent. If we do not receive the contents of your blast by Monday, April 10th, we will assume you would prefer to send it after the Conference.


NEDRA INDUSTRY NEWS BLOG AD

Silver Sponsors can also submit a 4x5 inch ad for posting on the NEDRA Industry News blog, either before or after the conference. For best visibility, this should be in a JPG format (color or black and white formats are accepted). This blog posting will be accessible to all NEDRA members for six months. We will notify you later this month if we have not yet received your ad.


RAFFLE

Silver sponsors do not participate in the conference raffle.


SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS

Silver Sponsors are also entitled to three separate pieces of social media communication. If you have not already taken advantage of this benefit, please contact Bill to learn more. 


NEDRA MEMBERSHIP
Silver sponsors are entitled to one complimentary NEDRA annual membership. This membership will automatically be set up in the name of your primary contact (as submitted on your sponsor agreement) unless otherwise noted by the sponsoring organization. If you wish to transfer it to another name, please let us know the name of the person who will accept the membership.

 


Thank you again for your support, and we look forward to

meeting you in person at the Conference! 




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