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Where will the Private Sector Program Annual Meeting and the Alliance All Hands Meeting take place?
The meetings will be held consecutively at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center at 1001 Killarney Street, Urbana, IL 61801. The PSP Annual meeting will begin on Sunday, April 27 at 10:00am with an optional golf outing. Registration and a Hospitality Suite will start at 6:00pm in the Holiday Inn Atrium. The Alliance meeting will begin on Wednesday, April 30 at 12:00pm. Online registration will begin February 28.

Are there Maps to the Holiday Inn?
Map to Holiday Inn Urbana

The Holiday Inn
1001 Killarney St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Tel: 217-328-7900
Fax: 217-328-7941
Check-In Time: 03:00 pm
Check-Out Time: 12:00 pm

***NOTE: Alliance All-Hands attendees (not Private Sector Program attendees) must make their own room reservations at the Holiday Inn by April 21 using the group name "Alliance".

What is the closest airport?
Willard Airport (CMI) is the closest commercial location.

What are some other nearby airports?
Indianapolis International Airport (IND) — Indianapolis, Indiana - 117.02 miles away
      Directions from IND to the Holiday Inn Urbana

O'Hare International Airport (ORD) — Chicago, Illinois - 152.83 miles away
      Directions from ORD to the Holiday Inn Urbana

Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI) — Bloomington, Illinois - 53.65 miles away
      Directions from BMI to the Holiday Inn Urbana


If I need assistance, whom do I contact?
Private Sector Program Annual Meeting:
Deb Stauffer,, 217-244-1966
Carol Burwell,, 217-244-5296
Alliance All Hands Meeting:
Beth McKown,, 217-244-0078
On-site at the Holiday Inn there will be staff members at the Registration Desk.

Whom do I contact in case of emergency or to leave a message?
The registration desk direct phone number is 217-328-4367. For Private Sector Program attendees, you may call 217-721-0292, 24 hours a day.


PSP Annual Meeting
Monday, April 28
Buffet breakfast, luncheon, and an evening reception

Tuesday, April 29
Buffet breakfast, Grand Challenge Award luncheon, and evening reception

Wednesday, April 30
Buffet breakfast and luncheon

Alliance All Hands Meeting
Wednesday, April 30
Buffet breakfast, luncheon, and an evening reception

Thursday, May 1
Buffet breakfast, luncheon and poster session

Friday, May 2
Buffet breakfast, box lunches


PSP Annual Meeting information can be found in the PSP Meeting agenda.


Will there be Internet access at the conference?
Yes, wireless Internet will be available. Bring your laptop and wireless card with you. There will also be some wireless cards available for check-out. For those of you who don't bring laptops, we will have an email bank set up.

NCSA wireless access information
IEEE 802.11a and 802.11b wireless access will be available in the meeting rooms and lobby during the All Hands Meeting for users who have laptops, PDAs, and other devices with compatible wireless cards. A small number of 802.11b wireless network cards will be available for checkout. Please direct inquiries to the registration desk. The SSID will be Alliance, but the wireless network will also be set up to not require an SSID from the clients.

In order to provide as reliable a wireless network as possible to the meeting attendees, no wireless equipment at 2.4 Ghz or 5.2 Ghz except client cards may be used at the Holiday Inn without prior approval from We appreciate your cooperation in eliminating potential interference.


Will the Alliance meeting be broadcasted on the Access Grid?
Yes, the Alliance All Hands meeting will broadcast via the Access Grid on Thursday, May 1, from 8:00am to 5:00pm central and Friday, May 2, from 8:00am to 12:00pm central. Details, including the virtual venue, will be posted soon.


Parking is complimentary at the Holiday Inn. We recommend using NCSA-provided transportation to agenda meetings that will be held at campus locations, as parking is restricted.


Does the Holiday Inn have shuttle service?
Yes, they do have complimentary shuttle service. If you know your travel arrangements, you can call in advance to schedule pick up service at 217-328-7900. Otherwise, call the Holiday Inn upon arrival at Willard Airport.

What is the phone number for local taxicab services?
Yellow: (217) 355-3553
Campus Taxi: (217) 359-4520
Checker: (217) 355-0200
Andy's Limousine: (217) 352-3859
Corky's Cab: (217) 352-3121


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Champaign-Urbana information can be found at


605 East Springfield Avenue
Champaign, Illinois 61820