2014 NCRA Registration
2014 National Conference of Regulatory Attorneys Registration Form
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2014 National Conference of Regulatory Attorneys
June 15-18, 2014
The NCRA 2014 registration form may be completed online below or may be completed by downloading the PDF form and submitted via mail. Your registration will be complete after we have received payment. Please note that unfortunately, we cannot accept electronic payment. Please indicate below if you require an invoice.
Excursions Details (click here for a printable version)
Downtown Brewery Tour
Spend an afternoon on a brewery tour of the Short North and Downtown areas. Tours includes some of the most well established and acclaimed breweries in Columbus, as well as some of the newest and most exciting micro-brewers. This tour spans the area stretching from the historic Brewery District to the vibrant Short North neighborhood, with stops in between at breweries in the heart of the city center. Check out the Columbus Brew Adventure: http://columbusbrewadventures.com/2013/tour/downtown-brewery-tour.
Historical Tavern Tour
Visit three local taverns and enjoy the atmosphere, drinks & a bite before you board a shuttle and head to the next stop. A shuttle will transport you from stop to stop, returning to the starting point at the end of the tour. Drinks and food are not included in the price of the tour, but sparkling narration, historic gossip, and architectural knowledge of the taverns and their environs is cheerfully included. Tours are led by Doreen Uhas Sauer and/or Tom Betti, co-authors of Historic Columbus Taverns.
Excursions On Your Own:
There are a number of sites to see around Columbus that are a short walk or a cab ride away. Here are some options you may be interested in.
Visit COSI, a dynamic hands-on science center that is fun for all ages. COSI features more than 300 interactive exhibits throughout a discovery-based and themed exhibition areas – Ocean, Space Gadgets, Life, Progress and the outdoor Big Science Park. Learn more here: http://cosi.org/.
The Ohio Statehouse is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed holidays. Free guided tours are offered Monday through Friday on the hour from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 3 p.m. Groups of 10 or more are requested to call 614/728-2695 in advance to ensure a guide is available for your group. Self guided tour brochures and audio tour wands are available in the Statehouse Museum Shop in the Map Room.
The Wilds, a conservation center in Southeastern Ohio, provides a safari opportunity to learn about rare and endangered animals from around the world roaming freely in a large, natural habitat. Animals include rhinos, giraffes, zebras and antelope. [approx.. 75 miles (1 hour, 30 minutes) from Columbus] Learn more here: http://www.thewilds.org/default.aspx.
Enjoy a Columbus Clippers ballgame, as they take on the Buffalo Bison – Blue Jays in the evening. The Columbus Clippers are a minor league baseball team, and they play Huntington Park, an ideal location to have hotdogs and popcorn while taking in a game. Learn more here: www.Clippersbaseball.com.
Food and Drink
The Crowne Plaza is located in the downtown and Short North areas. There are many bars and restaurants in the areas. Experience Columbus maps with shopping and restaurant maps will be provided at the conference. Below is an excerpt of an article on Columbus’ food scene. Bring your appetites!
Forbes Travel Guide Names Columbus in Top Five Secret Foodie Cities
Known more for its businesses than its food, Columbus is quickly transforming that reputation, particularly in the Short North Arts District near downtown. Last year, restaurateur Cameron Mitchell opened The Pearl, an oyster bar and gastropub serving classic cocktails such as the barrel-aged Manhattan and a stout list of entrées such as ricotta dumplings with acorn squash, toasted walnuts, crispy kale and crimini mushrooms. The nearby, and more established, North Market offers locals and tourists a European-style, indoor food vendor market, where the James Beard Award winner for best baking and desserts book in 2012, Jeni Britton Bauer, got her start churning splendid, full butterfat treats that can be savored today at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. And don’t miss James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best Chef: Great Lakes in 2012 Kent Rigsby’s delectable oysters diavalo at Rigsby’s Kitchen. This Italian-American treasure served with Tabasco cream and crispy eggplant will leave you licking the bowl. Source: http://blog.forbestravelguide.com/five-secret-foodie-cities
Go on a Distillery Tour of central Ohio. The tour includes visits to two distilleries, Middle West Spirits and Watershed Distillery, where you can sample products and hear their stories, as well as local meadery Brothers Drake. Learn more here: http://columbusbrewadventures.com/2013/tour/columbus-distilleries-tour.
Guided Food Tours are available through either Columbus Food Adventures or A La Carte Food Tours. These groups offer back-of-the-kitchen access to local independently owned businesses, markets and workshops, where you can sample some of their best menu items and learn about the history of the foodie culture in Columbus. Learn more here: www.columbusfoodadventures.com or www.alacartecolumbus.com.
Easton Town Center is located just 15 minutes from downtown, has garnered Columbus the title of #4 Best City for Shopping in America by Forbes magazine, and offers Nordstrom, Macy’s, and hundreds of specialty stores, along with one of the city’s best collections of restaurants and pubs. Learn more here: www.eastontowncenter.com.
North Market hosts a variety of vendors selling everything from fresh baked bread to hand-churned ice cream, chocolates and exotic spices. Sign up for a guided tour or pick and choose your favorites. Learn more here: www.northmarket.com.
The Kelton House Museum & Garden, located in the East Town Street Historic District, interprets urban life and the decorative arts in Columbus, Ohio during the second half of the 19th century, largely through the collection of the Sophia and Fernando Cortez Kelton family. Reflecting the culturally diverse nature of the past and present, the Museum preserves and develops its facility and collections, interprets local history, educates the community and trains volunteers. The Museum provides a tangible representation of the mission of the Junior League of Columbus, Inc.
Bringing the family to Ohio? From theme parks to historical landmarks, Ohio offers many opportunities for family fun. To learn more visit Discover Ohio: http://consumer.discoverohio.com/default.aspx.
Here are some highlights. Northeast Ohio has the Pro Football and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Northwest Ohio is home to Cedar Point the world’s biggest roller coaster. Southeast and Southwest Ohio offer outdoor adventures, including Old Man’s Cave in the nearby Hocking Hills and Fort Ancient featuring 18,000 feet of earthen walls built 2,000 years ago by the American Indian, Hopewell culture.
Website Resource Guide Planning Your Trip
Discover Ohio: http://consumer.discoverohio.com/default.aspx
Experience Columbus: http://www.experiencecolumbus.com/
Official Visitors Guide: http://issuu.com/experiencecolumbus/docs/wvg_lr
Forbes Travel Guide to Columbus: http://www.forbestravelguide.com/columbus-ohio
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Angela Hawkins or Becky Glover at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-466-3016.