June 18, 2013
NSPE 2013 Leader Conference & Annual Meeting
Minneapolis Marriott City Center Hotel
Minneapolis, nicknamed "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and the "Mill City", is the county seat of Hennepin County, the largest city in the state of Minnesota, and the 48th largest in the United States. Its name is attributed to the city's first schoolteacher, who combined a Dakota Sioux word for water, and the Greek word for city.
As of 2011, the estimated population of the city of Minneapolis is 387,753. Minneapolis lies on both banks of the
As of 2011, the estimated population of the city of Minneapolis is 387,753. Minneapolis lies on both banks of theMississippi River, just north of the river's confluence with the Minnesota River, and adjoins Saint Paul, the state's capital. Known as the Twin Cities, Minneapolis-Saint Paul is the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the U.S., with approximately 3.3 million residents.
The city is abundantly rich in water, with over 20 lakes and wetlands, the Mississippi river, creeks and waterfalls, many connected by parkways in the Chain of Lakes and the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. Among cities of similar densities, Minneapolis has the most dedicated parkland. It was once the world's flour milling capital and a hub for timber, and today is the primary business center between Chicago and Seattle, with Minneapolis proper containing the fifth highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies.
Minneapolis has cultural organizations that draw creative people and audiences to the city for theater, visual art, writing, and music. The community's diverse population has a long tradition of charitable support through progressive public social programs and voluntary agencies, as well as private and corporate philanthropy.
The recently renovated Minneapolis Marriott City Center is in the center of it all. Marriot City Center is conveniently established at the central part of downtown Minneapolis. By means of the world-famous skyway, this hotel is connected to the business, entertainment, and shopping region of the city. Some of the places people can visit in the area are the Theatre District, Block E, Minneapolis Convention Center, Target Center, and the Metrodome.
Besides shopping and adventure in the locality, rooms of the hotel are smoke-free, and offer Internet access (complimentary in sleeping rooms and in meeting rooms for NSPE) and panoramic views of the city. Guests can also take advantage of the fitness room and business center. As a perfect shopping location, City Center Shops, Nicollet Mall, Gavidae Commons, and Macy's are within reach.
The hotel is conveniently located 2.5 blocks from Light Rail Transit (LRT) - Nicollet Station. LRT provides convenient and inexpensive access to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).
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MinneapolisSt. Paul International Airport (MSP; www.mspairport.com) is approximately 15 miles southeast of downtown Minneapolis. MSP is a hub for Delta Airlines. Twelve commercial passenger airlines service MSP:
In summer, June through September, visitors to Minneapolis will enjoy hot weather and a humid climate. July is the hottest month of the year in Minneapolis, with plenty of sunny weather and daytime temperatures of around 28°C / 83°F. Summer weather may be wet at times and heavy showers can occur. Check the weather report for Minneapolis before you pack!
The dress code for the NSPE Leader Conference & Annual Meeting is business casual (i.e. slacks, casual dresses) to business attire (i.e. neckties, business suits). Meeting room temperatures will vary, so wear layered clothing to ensure your personal comfort. We also recommend attendees wear comfortable shoes. Please note that certain events may have specific details on attire, and you should refer to the event for more information.
For more information on Minneapolis or the surrounding area please contact the Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association directly.
NSPE supports a "No Smoking" policy. Smoking is prohibited in the Minneapolis Marriott City Center Hotel and all venues hosting NSPE events.
You may earn PDHs, which are nationally recognized units of record, by attending conference concurrent sessions and short courses. Please note there are differences from state to state in continuing education requirements for professional engineering licensure. Each state licensing board has the final authority to approve courses, credits, PDHs, and other methods of earning credits in that state. NSPE strongly recommends that individuals regularly check with their state licensing boards for specific continuing education requirements in their jurisdictions that affect professional engineering licensure and the ability to renew licensure. Contact your state/territory licensure board to find out about licensure requirements.
Tours will depart from the lower lobby of the Minneapolis Marriott City Center Hotel to take you to your destination, so plan to arrive promptly (recommend arrival 15 minutes prior to departure) as tour guides will leave on time. Tours are available on a first come, first serve basis and have limited capacity. A separate ticket fee is required to offset the costs involved with the tours. NSPE reserves the right to cancel a tour if the minimum registration is not met.