2018 COSDA Annual Meeting

Date

September 30, 2018 - October 3, 2018

Venue

Courtyard Richland Columbia Point

480 Columbia Point Drive
Richland, WA 99352

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/psccy-courtyard-richland-columbia-point/

Contact

Hector Castro

hcastro@agr.wa.gov

360-902-1815

About the Event

Seattle may be known for its rainy weather, but we’re headed to Eastern Washington for this year’s COSDA conference where they enjoy over 300 days of sunshine a year. From the center of the state, a short drive can lead to an ocean shore, a mountain peak, or wide open fields of farmland. Thanks to this varied climate, the state offers one of the most diverse array of crops in the nation. Besides apples, top crops include milk and cattle, potatoes and wheat, as well as hops and grapes. The 37,000 farms in Washington are spread across 39 counties. And while Washington is home to some large farming operations, 95 percent of Washington farms are family farms and 89 percent are small farms. There are more than 7,500 female farmers in Washington and, with a growing interest in local foods, there are 171 farmers markets across the state. Washington was the first state in the nation to have a certified organic program and a robust organic farming community has led to more than 700 certified organic farms here.

Washington agriculture has something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you in Richland, Washington on September 30 - October 3, 2018 for days packed with networking, professional development, and getting to see – and taste! – Washington’s agricultural bounty.

Membership

Join COSDA to become eligible for the member rate!

Associate Membership ($50): Any individual interested in furthering the goals and objectives of COSDA is eligible for associate membership. Associate members have all rights and privileges, except voting privileges, extended to full members. Associate members may participate in all discussions and activities of COSDA, except hold office.

Full Membership ($100): The chief communications officer, authorized or designated by the commissioner, secretary or director of any state Department or Agriculture, is eligible for full voting membership. Each state may have only one full member.

Hotel Reservations

Update 8/23/2018: The conference block of hotel rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott has SOLD OUT! If you are still in need of a room, here are some options. Please keep in mind that the two additional hotels below that offer the state rate have LIMITED ROOMS at this rate, which will likely quickly sell out from overflow from our conference.

  1. Courtyard by Marriot – This is the hotel where the conference will be held. Although the block of hotel rooms is sold out, there are still rooms available at their standard rates. Current rates: $159 - $237
  2. The Lodge at Columbia Point – This hotel is directly next to the Courtyard by Marriott. They offer the state rate for government employees for some rooms, but you have to call. (844) 200-8641
  3. TownePlace Suites by Marriott – This hotel is about a 5-10 minute walk from the conference location. However, it is closer to our Saturday and Tuesday night dinner spots than the conference hotel. The hotel currently has rooms available at the state rate for government employees.

COSDA is holding a block of rooms as the Courtyard Richland Columbia Point for $96-126/night+tax. The block expires on August 29, 2018. The room block could sell out well before this date so you are encouraged to book your room as soon as possible. You can also make reservations by phone at 509-942-9400 and mentioning the 2018 COSDA Annual Meeting.

Sponsorship

As a national volunter-led organization we cannot generate professional events like these without the support of our generous sponsors. All levels of sponsorship are available. Learn more here.

Transportation

Air

Flights can be booked into the local airport, the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco (PSC.) There are several flights each day from Seattle as well as other locations to the Tri-Cities Airport. The airport is small but recently renovated, which makes getting through the airport a breeze. If you’d like to see more of the country, consider booking a flight into Seattle, Portland, Spokane, or even Boise and driving to the Tri-Cities with a rental car!

Driving

Richland is one of three cities (locally called the Tri-Cities) where several major interstate highways converge, allowing for easy driving from a variety of locations. See the Getting Here flyer from Visit Tr!-Cities for estimated drive times from several Pacific Northwest locations.

Getting Around Town

Options for transportation once you arrive in the Tri-Cities, include:

Washington State Agriculture

A visual representation of agriculture in Washington and the people who grow our food and care for our livestock!