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Preregistration is now CLOSED!

Please register ON-SITE at the TLPA registration desk
located in the Hyatt Regency Savannah on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

The Invitation

TLPA President William "Bill" Rouse invites you to come experience the unmistakable Southern charm of Savannah, Georgia, at the 2013 Spring Conference and Expo, April 24-27, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Savannah.

Savannah Historic District Mansion

Savannah Carriage Tour

The Destination: Savannah

Savannah is the largest city and the county seat of Chatham County, in the state of Georgia. Established in 1733, the city of Savannah was the colonial capital of the Province of Georgia and later the first state capital of Georgia. A strategic port city in the American Revolution and during the American Civil War, Savannah is today an industrial center and an important Atlantic seaport. It is Georgia's fifth largest city.

Each year Savannah attracts millions of visitors, who enjoy the city's architecture and historic buildings: the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (founder of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America), the Georgia Historical Society (the oldest continually operating historical society in the South), the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (one of the South's first public museums), the First African Baptist Church (one of the oldest African American Baptist congregations in the United States), Temple Mickve Israel (the third oldest synagogue in America), and the Central of Georgia Railway roundhouse complex (the oldest standing antebellum rail facility in America).

Visitors Enjoy Breakfast on a Porch

Factors Walk overlooks Historic River Street

Savannah's downtown area, which includes the Savannah Historic District, the Savannah Victorian Historic District and 22 park like squares, is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States (designated by the U.S. government in 1966). Downtown Savannah largely retains the original town plan prescribed by founder James Oglethorpe (a design now known as The Oglethorpe Plan). Savannah was the host city for the sailing competitions during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.

Savannah Carriage Tour and Historic Inn

Historic District Trolley Tours

The Spring Expo

The Exhibit Hall for the 2013 TLPA Spring Conference & Expo is now officially sold out as of March 1, 2013! There is currently a waiting list for anyone that is still interested in exhibiting, and we will contact you should more space become available. If you would like to have your company added to the waiting list, please send your request in writing to Michelle Hariston at If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Hariston, manager of meetings, at or (301) 984-5700.

The exhibit hall will feature tabletop and floor exhibits from vendors eager to show you their newest products and services. As always, our exhibit hall will be the location of the food & beverage functions including the opening cocktail reception, breakfast, and lunch. The Spring Expo allows for a more intimate setting than does our Annual Trade Show and our exhibitors take advantage of that time concentrating on you, their customers, in a more relaxed atmosphere.

If your company is a provider of goods and services to transportation companies and you have not yet exhibited at TLPA's annual trade show, our spring exhibition is a good place to start. Approximately 250 industry leaders will attend the conference to set the association's focus for the coming year. Make sure your company's products and services are in front of the transportation fleet owners—and watch your profits soar.

Festive Outdoor Dining at Savannah's City Market

Savannah's Charming Skyline

The Agenda

This year we'll be meeting on a Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The conference is currently scheduled to begin Wednesday, April 24, with the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Foundation Board meeting 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. The Taxicab and Paratransit committees will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit hall opens with a Cocktail Reception from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday morning we will begin with a breakfast buffet in the exhibit hall followed by a general session. After a luncheon buffet with our exhibitors, the Women In Transportation Committee will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., followed by three concurrent breakout sessions offered during the remaining afternoon hours.

Friday morning begins with breakfast followed by an open meeting of the TLPA board of directors is planned for Friday morning. The board will discuss what course the association will take for the coming year including establishing the legislative agenda; review the status of the strategic plan and future meeting site selections.

Click here for a copy of the tentative agenda.

Host Operator Tour:

Founded in 1922, Yellow Cab of Savannah is the city's oldest and largest taxicab company. Owner Larry Green is pleased to invite TLPA members attending the Spring Conference & Expo in Savannah to go behind the scenes and visit his offices, maintenance facility, and the latest in computer-dispatching technology featuring the first mobile taxi booking app in Savannah. Yellow Cab of Savannah's new TaxiHail app, developed by its taxi dispatch technologies partner, Mobile Knowledge, enables users to book a trip in seconds and then watch the dispatched cab moving toward them on their "smart" devices. Round-trip transportation for the tour will be provided by Yellow Cab of Savannah, and will depart at 12:45 p.m., Friday afternoon, April 26, from the main entrance of the Hyatt Regency Savannah.

To participate you must check the box under "Optional Events" on the Spring Conference & Expo registration form.

Shopping at River Street Open Air Market

The Talmadge Bridge Connects Downtown to Hutchinson Island

Hotel Highlights

Spring Conference & Expo Hotel Availability Alert
Due to overwhelming response to the Spring Conference, we have limited availability in our room block at the Hyatt Regency. You are welcome to book the nights available and call us to put your name on a waiting list for extended days should anyone cancel. However, you should still reserve a room at an alternative property for your entire stay in case nothing becomes available.

Overflow rooms are available on or before February 15, 2013, at

    Holiday Inn Express Savannah - Historical District
    199 East Bay Street
    Savannah, GA 31401

    • Rate: $175 T/W/Th and $209 F/Sat nights
    • Cut off: March 22, 2013
    • Reservations by call in only: (912) 231-9000
    • Cancellations accepted 24 hours prior to arrival

Other nearby hotels that you can try for availability (TLPA does not have a block of rooms at these hotels):

  • The Bohemian Hotel - (912) 721-3800
  • Hampton Inn - (912) 231-9700
  • Andaz Savannah - (912) 233-2116

Forsyth Park Fountain and Azaleas

Hyatt Regency Savannah
2 W. Bay Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Tel: (912) 238-1234
Fax: (912) 944-3678

Please make your reservations at the Hyatt Regency Savannah early.

Uniquely located near the River Front Plaza, the Hyatt Regency Savannah offers unequaled access to the largest historic district in the United States shops, golf, and entertainment centers. Take a leisurely stroll through the fable neighborhood surrounding the hotel to view stately Georgia homes, landmark architecture, and sights that have made Savannah famous.

Behind the Southern charm, you will find all the modern amenities you need like high-speed internet access in the guest rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi in the public areas, a 24-hour StayFit fitness center, and full-service 24-hour business center.

Reservation Procedures

The hotel has reserved a limited number of rooms for the group until Friday, March 22, 2013, or until the block sells out. The special group rate is $165 per night. Room rate is exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, which are currently 13%, as well as the City of Savannah occupancy fee of $1.00. You can reserve a room in two ways:

By Phone: You can call the hotel direct at (912) 238-1234. Since this number goes directly to the property, the agents will be able to answer any questions you have about room choices. Please tell the agent that our group code is TLPA and the conference dates are April 24-27, 2013.

On-line: Click here to be directed to the Hyatt Regency Savannah reservations page.

Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 p.m.

The Waving Girl, a Popular Monument at the East End of River Street

Just a 20 Minute Drive from Savannah, Tybee Island is the City's Beach

Transportation to the Hotel

The Hyatt Regency Savannah is located 10 miles from the Savannah International Airport. Taxi fares listed as approximately $27 from the airport to hotel. If driving to the hotel, valet parking is available at $22.00 plus tax per night with in/out privileges. Self-parking is available in the Whitaker Street Garage at $16 per night. In/out privileges do not apply.

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