2024 SERPPAS Principals Meeting

May 8 - 9, 2024 | Gulfport, MS

The 2024 SERPPAS Principals Meeting will take place on May 8-9, 2024, in Gulfport, MS.

Purpose: To continue to build relationships among the SERPPAS Principals, to engage them on partnership activities and progress on the various focus areas in the SERPPAS Strategic Plan and to inspire continued advancement of the SERPPAS mission in the region.  

Additional information on meeting logistics will be provided closer to the meeting.

Lodging & Meeting Location

Courtyard Gulfport Beachfront 
1600 E Beach Blvd.
Gulfport, MS 39501

A block of rooms is being held at the Courtyard Gulfport Beachfront for the federal per diem rate ($107/night) on the nights of Tuesday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 8th.  Please use the following link to book your room by Tuesday, April 16, 2024: Book your group rate for 2024 SERPPAS Principals Meeting

After April 16th, the rooms will be released so be sure to make your reservation prior to that date. You can also call the hotel directly at 1-228-864-4310 and reference Group Code: SPM to book within the room block.

**Important Cancellation Information: Room reservations can only be cancelled without penalty 14 days prior to arrival, April 23rd or earlier.  If you need to cancel your reservation within those 14 days, please reach out directly to Hannah Sodolak (hannah.sodolak@ag.tamu) so that she can work with the hotel to cancel your reservation.

Meeting Schedule & Dress Code

The dress code for the Tuesday welcome reception is casual. 

The dress code for the Wednesday mobile meeting is field tour appropriate. Attire should include shoes appropriate for walking across multiple surfaces (e.g., bus steps, uneven outdoor terrain, etc.). If you have any accessibility concerns, please indicate those on the registration form or contact Addie Thornton (addie.thornton@ag.tamu.edu).

The dress code for the Wednesday evening dinner event is Business Casual.

The dress code for the Thursday business meeting is Business Professional (or equivalent military attire).

The meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, May 7th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm ET
    • Welcome Reception
  • Wednesday, May 8th, 8:00am – 5:00pm ET 
    • Breakfast begins at 7:00am in the Crystal Ballroom at the Courtyard Gulfport Beachfront.
    • SERPPAS Principals Meeting officially begins in the Crystal Ballroom with a presentation followed by a “mobile meeting” with Keesler AFB, the Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR, and local partners.
    • Transportation (by bus) is provided.
  • Wednesday, May 8th, 6:00pm – 8:30pm ET
    • SERPPAS Dinner
  • Thursday, May 9th, 8:00am – 1:00pm ET
    • SERPPAS Principals Meeting continues in the Crystal Ballroom at the Courtyard Gulfport Beachfront.