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We’re very excited for what you’ll soon be experiencing: stimulating conversation; informative, cultural, and fun evening events; and superb interactive sessions. With only a few days until the conference kicks off, you’ve probably popped onto weather.com to see what to pack. If not, rest assured—the weather’s going to be brilliant.

To get the most from the three days, please make note of these bits and bobs:

  • We posted arrival tips on the conference blog. Go to https://ccm2010.wordpress.com. You’ll find a link to the information right on our home page.
  • We’ll be live-tweeting throughout the conference using the hashtag #10CCM. Follow our commentary and add your own.
  • We’ll also be publishing a daily rundown on the blog and posting information and video to our Facebook group: Council of Communication Management.
  • We have terrific events planned for each night:
    • Wednesday: Expo and cocktail gathering at The Four Seasons Philadelphia
    • Thursday:  Museum tour and dinner at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
  • Unlike last year, there are no planned dine-arounds. This doesn’t mean you can’t dine around on your own. You’ll find plenty of restaurant recommendations on our blog under “Food & Entertainment.”
  • It’s not too late to sign up for a spectacular pre-workshop deal. For $99, you can attend a three-hour pre-conference workshop on change communication with a senior leader from Deloitte. Register online at http://ccmconnection.com.
  • Dress: business casual
  • Daily start times:
    • Wednesday, May 5: 9 a.m. for pre-conference workshop; keynote at 1 p.m.
    • Thursday, May 6: 8:30 a.m.
    • Friday, May 7: 8:30 a.m.

While you’re with us, we’re at your service. If you have a problem, send a DM to @CCMers. Or find Fred Droz. Fred knows all.

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Arrival tips

Traveling to the CCM 2010 Annual Conference will be really simple, thanks to the numerous ways you can arrive and how navigable Philly is. Here are a few tips that can further ease your way:

Plane arrival: You can travel from the airport directly to the hotel via taxi, rental car, or train. Taxis charge a flat $28.50 rate, adding $1/person for each additional person ($3 max). Another option is catching the train from the airport to Suburban Station, which is only a short walk from the hotel. PHL’s ground transportation page provides additional detail.

Car: The hotel provides excellent directions. If you are driving, overnight valet parking is $49.00. There are alternative lots in the area, plus limited paid on-street parking.

Train: All trains come into Philly’s beautiful 30th Street Station. Taxis are available outside the east entrance. Fares should hover around $10, plus tip.

Bus: Philly is served by MegaBus, Bolt Bus, and Greyhound bus lines. MegaBus bus stops vary, so please refer to their bus stop informationBoltBus lets off near 30th Street Station. You’ll walk a few short blocks to catch a taxi or take SEPTA public transportation from the station. The Greyhound station is located at 10th and Filbert and taxis are available outside the station.

Questions? Leave them in the comments.

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