IMI adds marina tour to Chicago workshop

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The International Marina Institute is adding a tour to this fall’s 2013 Marina Makeover: An Interactive Experience.

The tour, which will take place on Nov. 16, just prior to a two-day workshop set for Nov. 16-17 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare, will now include the 31st Street Harbor in Chicago.

Marina Makeover, which is open to everyone, is based on the methods IMI uses in its advanced marina management courses to train hundreds of certified marina managers worldwide. Guided by a workshop facilitator, along with marina industry professionals and vendors, Marina Makeover participants will choose one of five marina facilities from different parts of the United States and work in groups to perform a case study analyzing all aspects of the property.

Through intensive group discussion focusing on marina redesign and operations, participants will provide ideas for improvement and prepare a presentation to share with other groups at the workshop. This is the IMI’s second Marina Makeover workshop.

The new optional tour, scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 16, stops at the 31st Street Harbor, the newest and most anticipated addition to the Chicago harbor system. Completed in 2012 with slips for 1,000 boats, the marina is LEED Gold-certified and was just named Illinois’ first Clean Marina.

The tour is included for all participants who register for the Marina Makeover. Transportation will be provided and will depart from the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare at 10 a.m. The tour will arrive back at the hotel at noon. The Marina Makeover workshop will begin at 1 p.m.

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