Dec 31, 2009

NGWA: 2009 Ground Water Expo Provided New Educational Offerings, Exhibitors

Event featured 50 educational offerings, including new track for high capacity pumps and wells

More than 250 exhibitors--including 36 new ones--spotlighted their products and services at the National Ground Water Assn.’s (NGWA) 2009 Ground Water Expo in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The Expo offered more than 50 different educational offerings, including the new track for high capacity pumps and wells, as well as sessions on geothermal technology. Both were well attended, NGWA said.

Among the final registration numbers this year were 890 contractors, 263 suppliers and 288 scientists and engineers. The number of scientists and engineers is better than the historical average for attendance at the Expo, while the number of contractor firms represented--416--was a substantial increase compared to the last two non-Las Vegas events.

There were also 807 registered manufacturers, not including all exhibit personnel. Companies showed their wares on nearly 53,000 square feet of exhibit space. The total attendance was 2,372.

“Of course, like everyone else, we wish more could have made their way to the 2009 Expo and New Orleans, but we hear what the industry’s market is like, so we understand the smaller turnout,” NGWA Executive Director Kevin B. McCray, CAE, said. “In preparation, we treated New Orleans like any other city in which we conduct the NGWA Annual Meeting and Ground Water Expo. The quality of the program, particularly the continuing education events, was the equal to any other year and in some ways, better. Our new education efforts, such as the track for high capacity pumps and wells, were very well received. In fact, the high capacity interest group is already at work planning an expansive and more in-depth session for Las Vegas 2010.”