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Idaho State selected as 2009 Nationals host

FROM DARREN ELLIOTT, as posted on eDebate:

It is my pleasure to announce that CEDA Nationals 2009 will occur on the campus of Idaho State University in the beautiful city of Pocatello, ID. Sarah Partlow-Lefevre submitted a model bid and has coordinated tremendous support for the tournament from University Administrators, Vice-Presidents, the University President, the Mayors, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

As this year's Tournament Director I am looking forward to working with this year's Host, Sarah, and her staff. The CEDA Executive Council was very impressed with the bid brought forward by Idaho State and is excited to be going to ISU next March.

Let me highlight some details briefly:
1. The potential tournament hotel(s) in Pocatello appear to be prepared to give us excellent rates. Perhaps some of the lowest rates in recent memory for a top-tier CEDA Nats hotel.
2. I have committed to spend a significant amount of time working with members of the Council and Sarah to ensure that travel costs are kept to a minimum for anyone who has that concern. In fact as of yesterday, myself, Kelly McDonald, ML Sandoz, and Sarah have already begun soliciting bids from shuttle companies for those who might be interested in transportation to and from Salt Lake City airport and/or in and around Pocatello. Additionally, Sarah is working to find low cost housing for those interested.
3. CEDA will continue to work to make this one of the best National Tournaments. We hope you and your teams plan on joining us in Idaho in March.

The dates for the tournament are as follows:

Thursday March 19th--Arrival of Tournament Officials
Friday March 20th--Arrival of teams, registration, opening night assembly
Saturday March 21st--First full day of debates
Sunday March 22nd--Second full day of debates
Monday March 23rd--First day of Elims, Awards Assembly
Tuesday March 24th--Second day of Elims, Final Round
Wednesday March 25th--Remaining teams depart

I want to thank Jackie Massey for also bringing an excellent bid from OU. I hope to be able to return to OU in the future. The Council feels it important to rotate the tournament throughout the country. We feel that the Rocky Mountain Region has not hosted CEDA in recent memory, and never at Idaho State, and we feel this is an important event for them in a Region where we can hopefully have debate continue to grow. I encourage you to join us in Idaho and support the Rocky Mountain Region!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.