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Welcome to the inaugural year of the Louisiana 811 Connection! This 1.5 day educational event will bring industry partners and stakeholders together to learn and network about safe digging practices.
Thank you to everyone who came out and made the first annual Louisiana 811 Connection such a huge success! Check back soon for updates on next years event.


Registration open now!

Golden Nugget

2550 Golden Nugget Boulevard
Lake Charles, LA 70601
(337) 508-7777
Room Rate: $115/night

Lushly landscaped grounds, a championship golf course, private marina, lakefront beach, and a sprawling two-acre tropic pool paradise with slides and lazy river lend a resort feel to this exhilarating Lake Charles hotel, all just two hours from Houston.

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Keynote Speaker

Gary Norland

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Gary Norland’s message is about life after 12,500 volts. Because of his lack of focus for just a moment, his choice to avoid the use of proper safety equipment and rushing the clock led to a life changing injury. Gary talks about the impact of this accident on not only the people close to him, but also how it impacted his community.


Please note: this agenda is a draft and is subject to change at anytime.


Estimated Time

Exhibitor/Sponsor set up
8:00am - 4:00pm
12:00pm - 7:00pm
Welcome Event
5:00pm - 7:00pm Event


Estimated Time

Continental breakfast, gather and seating
Speaker: Jim Holzer
8:00am - 8:30am
Louisiana 811 Welcome
Speaker: David Frey
8:30am - 8:45am
The Louisiana Board
Speaker: James Martarona, Chairman
8:45am - 9:45am
9:45am - 10:00am
Louisiana Mobile App
Speaker: Adam Franco
10:00am - 10:30am
IMAP - Mapping by Satellite
Speaker: Shana Fleming
10:30am - 11:30am
Speaker: Exhibitor Introductions
11:30am - 1:00pm
Crisis Management
Speaker: Cathy Clark
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Impact of an Injury - What are you Risking?
Speaker: Gary Norlund
2:00pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 3:45pm
Louisiana Dig Law Updates
Speaker: Attorney Emory Belton
3:45pm - 4:15pm
Networking Event with Exhibitors
5:00pm - 7:00pm


Estimated Time

Continental Breakfast
Speaker: Jim Holzer
8:00am - 8:30am
NextGen - Stepping into the Next Generation
Speaker: Charlene Ellison and Nakeytha Williams
8:30am - 9:15am
Enforcement - What's New?
Speaker: Office of Pipeline Safety
9:15am - 10:15am
Break - Exhibits
Speaker: Exhibitor Farewell
10:00am - 10:30am
OCC Product Catalog
Speaker: Jim Holzer
10:30am - 11:30am
Closing Comments, Prizes, and Wrap-up
Speaker: Jim Holzer
11:30am - 12:00pm




As an 811 Connection Sponsor, you are recognized for taking an active role in helping to prevent damages and improve safe digging. When you become a Meeting Sponsor, your organization publicly demonstrates its commitment to making Louisiana a safer place to live, work and play.



  • Promotional Social media posts and updates,
  • On-site banners and programs, speaker presentations
  • Promotional emails, and
  • Other public facing materials, such as t-shirts, giveaways, etc.
  • Inclusion of company flyer / promotional material item in registration packet. (Must be received by 11-2-18)
  • List of registered attendees

Contact Event Manager, Corrine Sullivan to discuss how you can partner with us and sponsor this brand new event.

Corrine Sullivan

Sponsorship deadline is Friday, Oct. 12, 2018


Interested in becoming an exhibitor? Exhibit space is available.

Be a part of this exciting inaugural event. Partner with us in connecting the stakeholders in the industry and strengthening relationships. Connect with industry professionals and decision makers. We have targeted the audience and are bringing them to you to display your products and services to help increase your on-site visibility and build brand equity with your target audience.