Michael Toohey to Deliver Keynote at WorkBoat’s 2015 New Orleans Inland Waterways Summit

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One-Day conference to focus on inland towboat designs and trends, the economic outlook for inland waterways, and issues facing inland operators, including Subchapter M, WRRDA, the Barge Tax.

Michael Toohey, President & CEO of the Waterways Council, Inc., will deliver the keynote address at the WorkBoat Regional Summit: “Future of the Inland Waterways”. The one-day event, focused on keeping inland operators abreast of industry changes and trends, will be held in New Orleans on Tuesday, March 31 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, New Orleans, LA.

Toohey’s keynote will address the inland waterway industry’s most top-of-mind issues, including WRRDA (The Water Resources Reform & Development Act of 2014), infrastructure and affordable energy.

With 30 years’ industry experience behind him, Mike Toohey joined the Waterways Council in August, 2011. Prior to that, he was a consultant for The Livingston Group from 2007 to 2011, providing legislative representation before Congress and the Executive Branch for clients from the chemical and transportation sectors. He also served as Vice President, Director of Government Relations, Associate Director of Government Relations, and Senior Washington Representative for Ashland Inc. from 1998 through 2007. For more information on Michael Toohey’s extensive background, read his bio here.

Other topics featured in the one-day Summit include, “Inland Towboat Design & Trends”, “Economic Outlook for Inland Waterways and Subchapter M, WRRDA, the Barge Tax, and Other Issues Facing Inland Operators”. Participants will also enjoy a networking breakfast and luncheon, included with each registration to attend.

Participation at the 2015 WorkBoat Regional Summit: Future of the Inland Waterways, can be reserved at http://www.workboat.com/regional-summit-louisiana.aspx. Registrations on or before March 2 qualify for an early-bird reduced price of $395, after which, advance registration before March 30 is $425. Day-of-event registration (March 31) is $495.

About WorkBoat
WorkBoat is part of the Diversified Communications portfolio of commercial marine events, publications and e-media products. The WorkBoat brand has been connecting qualified buyers with leading suppliers for more than 45 years. WorkBoat delivers high quality information to all segments of the marine industry in North America, WorkBoat magazine, online at WorkBoat.com, face-to-face at the International WorkBoat Show and WorkBoat Maintenance & Repair Conference and Expo, and through education with the Professional Series. For more information, visit http://www.workboat.com.

The WorkBoat Professional Series is a combination of events, both face-to-face and online, designed to help marine industry professionals overcome challenges and stay on top of what’s going on in the workboat industry. In 2014, the WorkBoat Professional Series introduced Regional Summits, one-day conferences that address topics impacting a specific region and market sector. These Summits allow for in-depth discussion and solution-driven conversations.

About Diversified Communications
Diversified Communications, based in Portland, Maine, provides information and market access through face-to-face events, publications and eMedia. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management. Diversified operates divisions in Australia, Hong Kong, India, the UK and Canada. For more information, visit: http://www.divcom.com.

Media Contact:
Karyn Gilbert, Marketing Manager
Diversified Communications / WorkBoat
kgilbert(at)divcom(dot)com | (207) 842-5619

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