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President's Message: January 2008

Craig M. Hanchey, P.E.

It is with great anticipation that I look forward to 2008. The year started off well – as an LSU graduate, all is right in the world of college football. But seriously, we have a lot to look forward to in the Southern District of ITE. This message will highlight some of the activities of the District this year.

First, we should have another great Annual Meeting this Spring. I encourage each of you to attend the 56th Southern District Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina on March 30th to April 2nd. As usual, the meeting will feature a good mixture of technical knowledge and southern hospitality. Spring time is a great time to enjoy the historically charming and beautifully serene South Carolina Lowcountry and nearby surrounding coastal areas. This year’s meeting will be held at the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston. The spouse program will include a Festival of Houses & Gardens tour, a visit to Middleton Plantation and a carriage ride through the historic district. The Monday evening ABD event is planned to be a “Carolina Beach Party” at The Citadel’s Beach House located on the front beach at Isle of Palms.

This year we have added two technical workshops during Sunday afternoon. The keynote speaker for the opening session will be the Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Mayor of the City of Charleston who is a nationally recognized champion of responsible urban growth and balanced transportation infrastructure. Technical field trips are being planned to the new Cooper River Bridge and South Carolina State Port Authority. Please visit the meeting website at for more details and to register.

This meeting will be my 21st straight Annual Meeting and I have honestly found each one to be better than the last. Jeff Davis, Colin Kinton and the rest of the LAC have worked countless hours to ensure that the meeting will be both one that the SDITE can be proud of as well as one that is beneficial to all who attend.

Beyond the Annual Meeting, this will be a busy year. Most of you should know that the Southern District has undertaken a strategic planning initiative called SDITE 2010. If you haven’t heard about it yet, please view the short video introduction prepared by the SDITE Strategic Planning Committee on the new SDITE website. SDITE 2010 has four major areas of emphasis – Technical Knowledge, Workforce Development, Leadership Development and Communications. Representatives from each Section serve on a committee overseeing each of the emphasis areas.

This year, I hope to focus on cementing the implementation of SDITE 2010 and making organizational changes to allow existing committees and the SDITE 2010 committees to work together in order to better serve the District membership.

In addition, I plan to continue to improve the SDITE website to include additional features. I also will work to improve or develop policies and procedures for SDITE Board members.

Finally, I would like to try to improve communications between the SDITE Board and membership. For my part, I intend to write a monthly column which will be placed on the new SDITE website. In the column, I will keep you up-to-date on the activities of the Board and SDITE 2010. And if possible, I would like to attend at least one meeting of each Section this year to get your input.

I hope to see you in Charleston!

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