The National Ground Water Association, Westerville, Ohio, concluded Groundwater Week 2020 Dec. 11. Groundwater Week 2020 was NGWA’s first all virtual annual trade show.
Hosted annually by NGWA, Groundwater Week is the industry’s trade show and conference designed to provide educational and networking experiences to groundwater professionals.
While traditionally held in-person and attracting thousands of attendees, restrictions on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic led to the decision to move to a virtual format.
“While the format was different this year, the event still provided many of the great experiences our industry expects from Groundwater Week,” says NGWA CEO Terry Morse, CAE, CIC. “I’m extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish and look forward to getting started on planning our in-person event next year in Nashville.”
Groundwater Week 2020 was attended by more than 2,500 groundwater professionals from 59 countries across the globe and offered four days of educational sessions, product demos and opportunities to visit the virtual exhibit hall. The show also featured keynote speaker Kevin McGinnis’ speech, “Establishing Social Distancing Between Contamination and Drinking Water Systems,” and the 2020 NGWA Industry Awards Ceremony.
Franklin Electric, a Diamond Sponsor of Groundwater Week 2020, donated $50 to NGWA for every non-exhibiting attendee who visited their virtual exhibit booth during Groundwater Week and raised $25,000 in total donations.
“This year's Groundwater Week was unchartered territory, but everything went very well! From educational sessions to private meetings, we were able to connect with professionals in the industry and have meaningful conversations,” says Travis Bradley, Franklin Electric director of sales. “While we missed seeing everyone in person, we were able to connect with some attendees who had not participated in prior years due to the required travel.”
Groundwater Week 2021 will return to an in-person event from Dec. 14-16 in Nashville, Tennessee.