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Fourth Annual Conference on
State Politics and Policy
Laboratories of Democracy: Public
Policy in the American States
Co-Sponsored by Kent
State University, Department of Political Science, and State
Politics and Policy Quarterly
Conference Program is now Available
(includes links to
On April 30 and May 1, 2004, the Department of Political Science
at Kent State University and State Politics and Policy Quarterly
will co-sponsor the 4th Annual Conference on State Politics and Policy,
to be held at Kent State University and Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga
The State Politics and Policy conference will run parallel to a national
conference on state term limits (see
their website) hosted by the University of Akron.
Sessions for both conferences will be held at the Sheraton Suites
in Akron/Cuyahoga Falls (http://www.sheratonakron.com/).
Attendees can easily attend sessions at both conferences, and there
will be shared breaks, lunches, dinners and excursions. You may reserve
your rooms as soon as you like at Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls,
located a short 15-minute drive from Kent State University (phone
330.929.3000). Indicate you are part of the state politics
conference in order to get special room rates. The conference-negotiated
rate is $115.00 night is for a single, $125 for a double or $135 triple
occupancy. The hotel overlooks consecutive waterfalls on the banks
of the Cuyahoga River and rooms for conference participants have a
river view. All rooms at the Sheraton are suites with a living room
and a sleeping area, as well as a sliding door that can split the
room, giving roommates additional privacy. The hotel is located next
to a park in a safe area of numerous shops, restaurants and coffeehouses.
Each morning guests will be served a full buffet breakfast in the
hotel restaurant, for no additional charge.
The Akron Canton Regional Airport and Cleveland Hopkins International
Airport are served by all major airline carriers as well as discount
airlines such as Southwest Airlines and AirTran (previously ValueJet).
Akron/Canton airport is 15 minutes from the hotel. Cleveland Hopkins
airport is 35 minutes from hotel. Shuttle service can be arranged
via the hotel to transport participants from the two airports to the
conference hotel. Private shuttles are also available.
Local Travel Solutions (800-206-6961) will be providing shuttle service
from the airport to the Sheraton Suites hotel at a reasonable rate
for this area. We have used this service frequently over the years,
and they are efficient and polite. Indicate you are part of the state
politics conference. Rates are $20 each way from Cleveland Hopkins
airport to the hotel and $15 each way from Akron-Canton airport. The
hotel does have one van, and if you are flying in at an odd time,
contact the hotel directly for a pick-up times (330.777.2245).