Texas Groundwater Summit is going VIRTUAL!
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted life for all of us and like you, the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts has faced challenges. The difficult decision was made to transition the Texas Groundwater Summit to a virtual event for 2020.
This decision was not taken lightly, but rather was made after careful consideration and with the best interest of the health and safety of all our attendees and participants in mind. While we are disappointed that we will not be able to gather in person for this signature groundwater event, we are nevertheless excited about the possibilities that a virtual platform presents. We are working hard behind the scenes to make this pivot and create a virtual event that will provide attendees with the full conference experience. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work out the details of this transition.
What can you expect at the Virtual Texas Groundwater Summit?
- We’ve been working diligently to adjust our agenda to a virtual platform. We will continue to have timely and thought-provoking panel discussions, excellent keynotes, and informative and educational breakout sessions.
- The agenda will be modified slightly to more evenly spread the timing of our sessions out over the three days (September 1 – 3).
- All the sessions will be recorded and remain posted for multiple months after the conference, to provide for maximum viewing flexibility.
- We will continue to offer CLE credit for select sessions for our attorneys in attendance.
- We are exploring the possibility of including a virtual exhibit hall that will give you the opportunity to (virtually) visit the exhibitors that have continued their support of the conference and also play online exhibitor games for a chance to win some amazing door prizes.
- We recognize the value of the socializing and networking components of our event and are investigating virtual evening networking activities for attendees.
- Sponsors, speakers, and exhibitors will be receiving an additional communication from TAGD/IEM staff regarding continued participation/adjustments to address the changed circumstances.
How does this affect registration?
- Registration for the virtual event has been reduced to $225 for TAGD members and $275 for non-TAGD members, regardless of when you register for the event (there will be no additional fee for late registrations).
- All reservations made to the hotel room block will be automatically cancelled and a notification sent to the email address on the room booking. Please allow 1-2 weeks for the hotel to complete the cancellation process.
- If you have already registered for the Texas Groundwater Summit at the in-person or livestream rates, you have a number of options:
- making a one-time donation to TAGD, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, for the difference in the registration rate paid and the adjusted registration rate;
- receiving a second FREE registration to the Texas Groundwater Summit;
- receiving a $150 (in-person) or $100 (livestream) discount on registration for the 2021 Texas Groundwater Summit; or
- requesting a partial refund for the difference in the registration rate paid and the adjusted registration rate.
You can also email your preference or any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31. Selecting either option 1 or 2 will help TAGD mitigate the negative financial impact of this transition. If we do not hear from you by then, we will default to a $150 discount off registration for the 2021 Texas Groundwater Summit. Per our modified cancellation policy, full registration cancellations may be requested in writing prior to August 1 with a $25 fee.
These are very challenging times, and TAGD is striving to preserve and continue its mission to promote and support the sound management of groundwater based on local conditions and good science. Your support, now more than ever, is what makes TAGD such a great organization. THANK YOU!