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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Tampa Boat Show and the International Marina & Boatyard Conference.

The 2010 Tampa Boat Show is holding a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony with the Tampa Fire Rescue Team.

The ceremony will be led by Tampa Fire Chief Tom Forward, and it begins at noon outside the Tampa Convention Center.

A flag that flew over Ground Zero during Sept. 11 recovery efforts, and is part of the nationwide "Follow the Flag" program, is on loan to the Tampa Firefighters Museum and will be raised this year in conjunction with several other commemorative flags across the country.

Visitors to the boat show also can see and tour The Patriot throughout the three-day event. The 69-foot, 52-ton vessel can shoot water 100 feet in all directions, and it allows firefighters to work quickly and safely and to be responsive to the large number of cargo ships and passenger vessels that travel daily to and from the Port of Tampa.

The Patriot will be showcased at the new Discover Boating Dock.

And, to thank active-duty military, law enforcement and firefighters for their service, the show is offering free admission on Sept. 11 to those who present a valid active ID upon admission.

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Planners of the International Marina & Boatyard Conference have posted a "Return on Investment Toolkit" on the event's website to assist marina professionals as they assess the financial and business-development gains associated with attending the conference.

IMBC, organized by the Association of Marina Industries, is scheduled for Jan. 26-28, 2011, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.

The toolkit includes a sample letter that attendees can fill in and submit to their supervisors, tips to use and keep in mind when asking for time off and the funds to attend, a cost comparison that highlights the value of your time and money, and a calculations worksheet to help attendees determine the cost of attending.

"Anyone who has attended IMBC understands the added value in face-to-face networking and the big-picture rewards you obtain by meeting with like-minded professionals, but those who haven't attended IMBC may not recognize that immediately," AMI president and chairman Jim Frye said in a statement.

"We created this toolkit for attendees to bring real data to their employers as they seek approval and funding to attend the marina industry's premier annual event. When you consider the seminar topics, networking opportunities and industry chatter at IMBC, the return is nearly priceless. You can't duplicate this experience anywhere else," he added.

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