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SAS Global Forum 2009

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Conference Home Page

Count down the days to SAS Global Forum

Here are just a few reminders before you arrive.

Conference Registration Hours
To make your registration check-in a breeze, bring a copy of your confirmation e-mail. Conference Registration will be located on the Convention Center level of the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center.

Registration will be open:
Saturday, March 21 Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 22 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Monday, March 23 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25 7:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Registered attendees can now access the complete list of conference proceedings online.

Wireless Capabilities and Internet Café
All conference attendees will be able to access wireless free of charge in the public areas on the Convention Center and Prince George levels during conference hours. An Internet Café will also be available during these times.

Evening Activities
Don’t miss your opportunity to meet and network with other conference attendees. Complete details about these events will be available in your conference program:
• First-Timers’ Session
• Get Acquainted Reception
• Opening Night Dinner
• Night Out
• Mixer Hosted by SAS
• Kick Back Party

For more information regarding the conference, please visit the SAS Global Forum Web site.
I'm looking forward to seeing you in Washington, DC

SAS® Global Forum 2009
Lori Griffin, Quintiles Inc.

Early Registration Deadline Extended

Don't delay! Register by Monday, March 2, to save up to $250 off the on-site registration fee.

The early registration deadline for SAS® Global Forum 2009 has been extended to March 2. This two-and-a-half-day conference is the premier event for SAS® professionals worldwide.

Other ways to save:
 Bring your colleagues to get a team discount.
 Sign up for the Special Meal Deal -- save $15.
 Purchase the Conference Plus Package.

For your convenience, you can now register for the conference and make your hotel reservation in one session. Reserve your hotel room by Feb. 20 to receive the special conference room rate.

Lori Griffin
Conference Chair
SAS Global Forum 2009

Conference Updates (November)

Registration and Housing Now Open! Take a moment to register at Conference Home Page. Take advantage of the money saving registration packages available this year.

New this year on the Conference Home Page is the opportunity to speak to a representative through on-line chat. If you have a question, don't hesitate to ask. This is a wonderful addition to the website and registration process.

Please plan on joining your fellow SAS professionals and choose from over 300 papers and presentations, workshops, panel discussions and demonstrations.

You should be receiving the Preview informational materials about SAS Global Forum 2009 this week. As this year's Conference Chair, I think you will be pleased with the Conference Offerings. Everyone involved has been working to provide the attendees with an unforgettable value packed educational and networking opportunity.

Don't wait, start making your plans and join us in Washington, DC on March 22-25, 2009!

Lori Griffin
Conference Chair
SAS Global Forum 2009


SAS Global Forum is organized and run by volunteers. Read about how you can Volunteer for SAS Global Forum, and become part of the conference.

The call for volunteers is open! Volunteer now or learn more about volunteering for SAS Global Forum here.


The conference will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, a just-opened (early 2008) facility which is the anchor for the equally new National Harbor development just outside Washington DC. Both National Harbor and the Gaylord have received considerable attention in the local media, for two reasons:

  • They are both really, really big.
  • National Harbor is located in a part of metropolitan Washington which had previously seen little major development, and virtually no upscale development.

Feature Story about the Gaylord, by Hank Stuever of the Washington Post

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Tips from Locals

Thoughts about lodging, from Mike Rhoads

Howard Schreier checked out public transportation

Parking tip: All-day parking at the Gaylord is $19 (at least for non-guests). At other National Harbor garages, off the Gaylord property, it's just $10. Two of these garages are very close to the Gaylord. The St. George Garage is across the plaza from the Gaylord front entrance. The Mariner Garage is behind the Residence Inn.

Restaurant suggestions

Alexandria is primarily accessible by water taxi, which does not start running until April. Alternatively, Dianne Rhodes suggests the special shuttle to Georgetown on Monday night. I grew up in DC, and Georgetown was a favorite place to hang out, smoke cigarettes, and pan handle. If you're old enough to remember that one hit wonder "Afternoon Delight" you will enjoy the inspiration for the double entendre, Clyde's of Georgetown. Clyde's is famous for its burgers and crab cakes, and the monthly specials are a good value. Save room for dessert.

New in 2006, Hook serves only sustainable seafood. It's sister lobster shack Tackle Box down the street is quite informal and fast.

Hugely popular Mie N Yu serves Asian fusion fare.