Over the past years, the Jekyll Island Authority has been working diligently to revitalize the Island and is looking forward to bringing many Georgians back to Jekyll Island and establishing a bright future. The Authority embraces the concept of limited development and fully supports the state law which preserves 65 percent of the Island as undisturbed and natural. In creating the Convention Center and surrounding facilities and projects, Jekyll’s delicate and fragile ecosystem has been totally respected as you will experience during your stay. “The mission of the Jekyll Island Authority is to maintain, develop, beautify, and promote the Island as a unique vacation and meeting destination.” We believe you’ll appreciate and be proud of their revitalization efforts thus far and will look forward to continued projects to enhance the Island.
ROOM RESERVATIONS Make Your Room Reservations by Friday, May 22, 2015.
Room Reservations: Book Online by clicking on link below or call 1-800-WESTIN1 (1-800-937-8461) and ask for the Georgia Telecommunications Association room block to receive the group rate of $209. The Westin has extended the rate beginning June 9th if you would like to come earlier and (3) days after our event.
The theme for GTA’s 2015 Annual Meeting is “ALL THINGS INTERNET.” The program Opening General Session this year will be highlighted by a “National Policy Forum.” Five years ago the program focused on the newly released National Broadband Plan. Since then, broadband has been redefined, video has gone “Over the Top,” the Connect America Fund is still in a developmental stage, and more recently on the same day, the FCC adopted Open Internet and Community Broadband Orders with far-reaching and yet to be quantified consequences.
The “National Policy Forum” will begin with a Keynote Address by John Jones, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations, CenturyLink, who will set the stage for a lively discussion among distinguished guests including: Matt Polka, President, American Cable Association; Genny Morelli, President, itta; Harold Furchtgott-Roth, former FCC Commissioner, President, Furchtgott-Roth Economic Enterprises, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute; and Steve Kraskin, Communications Advisory Counsel and Rural Broadband Alliance. This distinguished panel will share its insights and assessments of recent policy initiatives and their impact on the telecommunications industry and consumers.
On day two, there will be two concurrent Roundtable Discussions. The first Roundtable Discussion, “Company-to-Company,” will give attendees an opportunity to learn about new and expanded activities from fellow telecommunications company operators and Georgia's Broadband Program Manager. Steve Kraskin will serve as moderator for this Roundtable discussion. Frank Holcomb, Regional Market Manager, TDS, will discuss TDS’s rollout of 1Gig service in Camden County and other markets; Jason Smith, Vice President of Business Development, ETC, will discuss opportunities to collaborate with potential competitors; Johnny Zoucks, Chief Operations Officer, Darien Telephone Company, will share the value of community involvement and the prospects for growth; and Bill Price, Broadband Program Manager, Georgia Technology Authority, will discuss the Broadband and Internet Demand Drivers in Georgia.
The second Roundtable Discussion titled “Strategic Operating Essentials” will be moderated by Tom Moorman, Partner, Woods and Aitken. He will be joined by presenters Manny Staurulakis, President, JSI, and John Greene, CEO and General Manager, New Lisbon Telephone Company. With the myriad of operational, planning and implementation issues in the current broadband and IP environment, this Roundtable Discussion will focus on active participants in the communications industry and the top issues that an operating company executive should be monitoring. The presenters will discuss why they believe these issues are relevant to company executives regarding their on-going operations. Attendees will learn about the practical implications of such issues as IP interconnection, FCC rate of return reform, and pending court actions. Attendees should come prepared to hear from presenters that deal with these issues on a daily “roll-up-your-sleeves” basis.
Sunday, June 14, 2015 8:00 - 2:00 p.m. Golf Tournament/Awards 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Registration 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Children's Program Dinner on Your Own 8:30 - 10:00 p.m. After Dinner Reception
Monday, June 15, 2015 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Pre- General Session Breakfast 8:30 - Noon Registration 9:00 - Noon Children’s Program 9:00 - Noon General Session
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Dolphin Tour
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Historical Tour 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Children's Program Dinner on Your Own
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. GTA Business Meeting 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Associates Business 9:00 - Noon Children’s Program 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Roundtable Sessions
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Dolphin Tour
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Historical Tour
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Georgia Sea Turtle Center Tour 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Reception 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. Dinner & Entertainment
Note: Children's Program Participants Join GTA's
Closing Banquet for Dinner & Entertainment.
Jekyll Island is highly prized for its tranquility. There is a unique sense of calm to this Island, stretching out over eight miles of sandy beaches. The Island is approximately 5,700 acres and the smallest of Georgia’s barrier islands. The western side is fronted by Jekyll Creek and salt marsh while the eastern edge is defined by its beach and the Atlantic Ocean. The natural environment is a live oak and magnolia forest canopy with a forest floor dominated by palmetto and scub oak. The island offers an amazing degree of privacy and nearness to nature due in part to the Island’s strict conservation clause which limits future development to preserve wildlife and protect natural habitats. Additionally, Jekyll is also teeming in meaningful history. It has been appreciated for its historic landmark district - coined the “Millionaires’ Village” which is one of the largest, ongoing restoration projects in history. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel and surrounding cottages were once home to America’s most influential. It was used as a hunting and golf resort and has been the setting of many historic moments, including the making of the first transcontinental telephone call and the first meeting of the Federal Reserve. Jekyll Island has received numerous awards and recognitions for its preservation work including being named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This historic district stands fully restored, offering a wide variety of family-friendly activities. No wonder the Island has been described as “The Nearest Faraway Place.”
While the Island may be small, there are so many things to discover, see and enjoy. You’ll want to MAP OUT your plans during your stay. This map is in a change mode until we arrive. The shopping area as currently shown is being moved to the Village Shopping area next to The Westin. Also new restaurants are scheduled to be added.