Dec 13, 2012

2012 Groundwater Expo Shows Increased Numbers

Expo records increases in every attendance category

NGWA 2012 Groundwater Expo Attendance Increase

The National Ground Water Assn.’s (NGWA) 2012 Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting showed increases in every attendance category and once again topped 300 exhibiting firms.

The event took place Dec. 4 to 7 in Las Vegas.

“Excellent business opportunities and strong educational offerings really brought people out in all sectors of our membership,” said NGWA CEO Kevin B. McCray, CAE. “In case after case, exhibiting manufacturers said they had a very good expo. Many of the workshops were packed, which is another good sign for the groundwater industry.”

Highlights included:

  • The total attendance was up 2% from a year ago;
  • Suppliers in attendance increased by 12%, followed by scientists and engineers, who were up 4% over 2011;
  • The number of water well system contractors increased nearly 2%, to 1,810; and
  • Manufacturers attending were up slightly more than 1%, to 1,300.

After three consecutive years in Las Vegas, the NGWA Groundwater Expo will be held in December 2013 in Nashville, Tenn.’s new Music City Center — the most expensive publicly financed complex in the state’s history. The $623 million downtown convention center is the length of more than a dozen football fields. At its 1.2 million sq ft of total space, it is among the largest convention centers in the South.