Here at ITEA headquarters we are "off to the races" in terms of conference preparations. It's been a hectic few months, but today the loaded truck of conference materials left our office to head off to Kentucky - where ITEA's annual conference will begin one week from today.
Based on our preregistration numbers, quite a few of you will be attending the conference, so I thought I'd post a few helpful links pertaining to Louisville.
Since food is uppermost in many people's minds, I'll start with this helpful link to a site that allows you to search for restaurants based on a number of criteria (including location and type of cuisine). That link is: http://www.gotolouisville.com/restaurants-search.aspx
The weather in Louisville today is 64 degrees and sunny - which is fairly typical for mid-March. For the latest weather forecast, as you prepare to pack, check the following link: http://www.weather.com/outlook/events/sports/local/USKY1096?from=enhsearch_loc
Another helpful site is called "Hello Louisville" (http://www.hellolouisville.com/). Here you can look up a variety of information about the city including things to do, maps, restaurants, facts and places, and entertainment.
And just for fun, take a look at a live webcam shot of Fourth Street Live: http://www.hellolouisville.com/WebCam.Cfm.
Fourth Street Live is a large complex of dining, entertainment, and shopping. According to the website (http://www.4thstlive.com/info.cfm):
Fourth Street Live! is Louisville’s premier dining, entertainment and retail destination located on Fourth Street, between Liberty Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, in the heart of historic downtown Louisville, KY. Just a short walk from downtown hotels, waterfront park, Main Street, Slugger Field, and other major attractions, Fourth Street Live! is your one stop destination for dining, entertainment, and shopping!
Restaurant and entertainment venues include Hard Rock Cafe, Red Star Tavern, The Improv Comedy Club, TGIFriday’s, The Pub, Sully’s, J. Gumbo’s and the world’s first Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge. Bars and nightclubs include; Tengo Sed Cantina, Angel’s RockBar, Hotel, Saddle Ridge, and Sully’s. Live music is featured nightly at Howl at the Moon.
Fourth Street Live! also features a major food court with restaurants such as Wendy’s, Subway, and Rocky Rococo’s Pizza. Retail amenities include Borders Books & Music, Foot Locker, T-Mobile, Ginny’s Hallmark, and GameStop.
Hopefully these sites will give you a taste of all the great things we'll be experiencing next week as we prepare to descend on Louisville. For last-minute conference-specific information, please visit ITEA's website at http://www.iteaconnect.org/Conference/conferenceguide.htm.
The ITEA staff and Board of Directors looks forward to seeing all of you in one short week!