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ACRA 15th Annual Conference
Providence, Rhode Island



Thursday, September 17th 2009



8:45 am – 5:00 pm          

ACRA Board of Directors Meeting
8:45 am – 5:00 pm

WORKSHOP: Engaging a Changing Workforce: New Game, New Rules

Taught by Learning Café

You probably notice subtle changes every day – differences in work ethic, communication, career outlook, expectations of bosses, retention factors, what keeps people engaged in their work – and on and on.

If you are working today, you are part of the New Game – the dramatic change to four generations working side by side, cubicle to cubicle, and network to network.  This generational mix has potential for conflict and misunderstanding -- and huge opportunities for productivity, creativity, and knowledge sharing.

The game of work has changed and we need new roles and new rules to succeed with the four generation workforce. This workshop focuses on what every employee and manager can do to get in and stay in the game, and how they can create productive, energizing workplaces.

Engaging a Changing Workforce looks at talent through a generational lens.  We’ll examine the "touch points” – the places where leaders and team members connect (or clash) in every phase of the work:

·    Attracting and retaining the talent that your organization needs
·    On-boarding with ease and "gluing” new hires to your team
·    Boosting productivity and work satisfaction
·    Improving communication and reducing conflict
·    Maximizing contribution and sharing knowledge

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Break sponsored by Sagebrush Consultants, LLC

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Break sponsored by ASC Group, Inc.
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

TOUR: Historic Rhode Island Tour: Arnold House and Canal

Built by Eleazor Arnold in 1693, the Arnold House is a rare surviving example of a "stone-ender," a once common building type first developed in the western part of England. With an exposed fieldstone end wall and pilastered chimney, the Arnold House was originally a two-story structure with an integral lean-to and four rooms on each floor. A front gable, possibly original, once topped the structure. The result was a much grander dwelling than the typical Rhode Island stone-ender. Donated to Historic New England in 1919 by Preserved Whipple Arnold, the house has undergone two phases of restoration. In 1920, stabilization efforts were directed by Norman Isham, a leader in architectural restoration, and in 1950, a complete structural rehabilitation of the house and chimney was undertaken. It was during the latter work that the decision was made to remove later alterations and return the building to its 17th century appearance. While some details, including the leaded glass windows and the front door and surround, are 20th century replacements, the overall image of the building is still a recognizable icon of early settlement in Rhode Island. 


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  Welcome Reception and Dinner

Friday, September 18th 2009



7:15 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
sponsored by New South Associates
8:30 am – 9:30 am

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act & Section 106
Keynote Speaker –
Reid Nelson

Reid Nelson, Director of the Office of Federal Agency Programs at the
Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, ACHP  

Historic Preservation and the Recovery Act

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) requires that federal agencies
implement a broad array of federal projects and programs in a short period of time to support job
creation and stimulate the economy. Many of the programs funded through ARRA, both existing and
new, have the potential to support the preservation and productive use of historic properties. Federal
agencies are responsible for ensuring that historic preservation values are integrated into their
decision-making and that impacts to historic properties are fully addressed through the Section 106
process. The ACHP has encouraged federal agencies to tailor Section 106 reviews to facilitate creative
approaches that can be implemented within ARRA deadlines. In order to achieve preservation outcomes
that are in the public interest, the Section 106 regulations provide for the involvement of stakeholders—
including local, state, and tribal governments; developers; preservation advocates; and private citizens
—in historic preservation reviews for federal projects. Federal agencies that embrace the principles of
consultation with diverse stakeholders are more likely to achieve the goals of ARRA while considering
opportunities to protect historic properties and integrate cultural resource management into project planning. 

9:30 am - 10:15

"The Stimulus Package and CRM, what is the effect on your business"

Ray Pasquariello, Gray & Pape, Inc.
Cinder Miller, Gray & Pape, Inc.

Reid Nelson, ACHP

Mike Hebert, Rhode Island Department of Transportation
Sonny Trimble, United States Army Corps of Engineers
James Harmon, National Parks Service, Northeast Region Archaeology Program
Ron Maldonado, Navajo Nation
Edward Sanderson, Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission

10:15 am - 10:30 am Break sponsored by Archaeological Consultants, Inc.
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Stimulus Package Panel continued
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Liason Luncheon and CRM Business Updates
sponsored by Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc. & Richard Grubb Associates

"RPA & ACRA: Common Ground" - Ian Burrow, RPA
"ACHP Archaeology Task Force" - Reid Nelson
"SAA's 75th Anniversary and ACRA" -Mike Polk
"Government Affairs Update" - Nellie Longsworth

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

"Beating the Recession”

Most CRM companies began to feel the effects of the recession in the last part of 2009.
This session brings together panelists from different-sized companies to discuss how the
economy and political climate have impacted marketing, personnel issues, operations, and
other areas of business management. The moderators and panelists will set the stage by
discussing their experiences and the strategies their companies have used to cope with the
challenges brought about by the recession.

Robby Heckman, Statistical Research, Inc.
Robert Wegener, Statistical Research, Inc.

Loretta Lautzenheiser, Coastal Caroline Research, Inc.
Tom Motsinger, PaleoWest Solutions in Archaeology
Lucy Wayne, SouthArc, Inc.

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break sponsored by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
3:15 pm – 5:00 pm

"Women-Owned CRM: Our Strengths and Challenges"

An update and discussion about the growing number of women-owned CRM firms and the business
philosophies that have led to their success. 

Organized by Ellen Marlatt, Independent Archaeological Consulting, LLC

Joyce Clements, Gray & Pape, Inc.

Joan Deming, Archaeological Consultants, Inc. (Southeast)
Margerie Green, Archaeological Consulting Services Ltd. (Southwest)
Nancy Farrell, Cultural Resource Management Services (West coast and Pacific Islands)
Kathleen Wheeler, Independent Archaeological Consulting, LLC (Northeast)

Marine Remote Sensing: A Hands-on Demonstration

In a demonstration led by Lee Cox, Dolan Research, this session examines the range of remote sensing
applications available to marine-based researchers. Lee will give a brief overview of the equipment and
technology, and will discuss how data collection methods are developed and applied.
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Reception
Sponsored by Public Archaeology Lab
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Open House at Gray & Pape, Inc.


Saturday, September 19th 2009



8:45 am – 10:15 am

"Alternative Mitigation Strategies"

Representing member firms and government agencies, this panel will explore creative approaches
to mitigation for a variety of resource types. The diverse perspectives include thoughtful reconsideration
of standard approaches, incorporating many voices and points of view, developing strategies that
maximize public benefit, and innovating new solutions.

Hope Luhman, Ph.D., The Louis Berger Group, Inc.

Reid Nelson, ACHP

Mary Alfson, Cultural Heritage Resource Services, Inc.
Susan M. Chandler, Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc.
Catherine Glidden, Surface Transportation Board
Derrick J. Marcucci, Landmark Archaeology, Inc.
John Mullin, Fort A.P. Hill
Duane Peter, Geo-Marine, Inc.
10:15 am - 10:30 am Break sponsored by Independent Archaeological Consulting, LLC
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

"The Client Speaks"

This session is designed to provide guidance and feedback to CRM professionals from a client's perspective.
The session features speakers who will discuss their experiences working with CRM firms. Two of the speakers
employ CRM firms to work on projects in the private sector and the third works for a government agency that
contracts CRM work. Each of the speakers will also provide a brief update on the current economic outlook of the
industries in which they work. The presentations will be followed by a question and answer period. 

Jon Berkin, Natural Resource Group, LLC
Michael A. Hebert, Rhode Island Department of Transportation
Jameson R. Paine, Tidewater Environmental Planning, LLC
Ron Maldonado, Navajo Nation
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

"Viewsheds and CRM - Developing Technologies and Regulations"

With the advent of wind and solar energy as strong markets, coupled with increasing demand for
electrical power and its concomitant transmission lines, state, federal, and local regulations regarding
the visual effects of projects on historic resources have become increasingly complex. This session
is devoted to a review of existing regulatory and jurisdictional issues in the east and west, the application
of viewshed modeling to projects, and a demonstration of the various technologies used in presenting
viewshed analyses.

Rita Walsh, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Carol Weed, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Edna Feighner, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources
Ginny Adams, Public Archaeology Lab
Nadine Peterson, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources
Colleen Sievers, Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming
John W. Guariglia, RLA, Saratoga Associates
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Past Presidents Lunch
sponsored by Sagebrush Consultants, LLC

Lunch on your own
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

"Maximizing GIS in the CRM Industry"

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has become an integral mapping and data management tool for
most CRM companies. This session will explore how CRM companies can successfully integrate GIS
into their businesses to serve their client’s needs best.  In addition, we will explore how companies can
gain the most value from GIS for various types of projects.  In particular, the session will include case
studies demonstrating the use of GIS and related applications for business management, survey, testing,
and mitigation projects.

Jon Berkin-Natural Resources Group, LLC

Joe Flannery, Natural Resources Group, LLC
Bill Chadwick, John Milner and Associates, Inc.

Robby Heckman, SRI, Inc.

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break sponsored by Natural Resource Group
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm ACRA Business Meeting, Mike Polk
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm ACRA Board of Directors Meeting
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Dinner Cruise

Enjoy the first class amenities of the Majestic combined with the unsurpassed beauty of
Rhode Island's Newport Harbor & Narragansett Bay. Delight in your favorite cocktail on one
of the 3 outside decks while watching the sunset. Then savor a delicious three entrée buffet
with 5 star service. After dinner, enjoy the ship’s entertainment while taking in the spectacular
vista of Newport at night.

Sunday, September 20th 2009

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Small Wonders: Shannock and Kenyon Villages

This tour of Shannock and Kenyon Mill (still operating), in South County, RI will highlight industrial engineering and the
original architecture of the Clark Family homesteads, as well as river restoration and public access initiatives.

Picturesque Shannock is a hidden gem that was once a hub of industry and a bustling village. Sited on the Pawcatuck River, the Carmichael Company and Colombia Narrow Fabrics generated 400KW of energy, powering the mills and the villages that housed hundreds of employees. This tour of Shannock and Kenyon Mill (still operating) will highlight industrial engineering and the original architecture of the Clark Family homesteads, as well as river restoration and public access initiatives.






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