A crucial time for our industry
Ask anyone in the industry how this last year has been and you’re likely to hear the same thing: busy and challenging. As COVID-19 restrictions began to subside and the economy and the housing market began to move forward, almost every aspect of the groundwater industry began to see an uptick in business. But, due to supply chain issues, new regulations and labor shortages, this new business was not always easy to service. Plus, environmental factors such as drought, severe storms and hurricanes threaten many of the clients our industry serves. There’s no doubt the next few years will offer us all a lot of opportunities and present a lot of obstacles to success.

Groundwater Week provides industry professionals the opportunities to better face these challenges head on. In the span of three days, you can learn new skills, demo the latest tools and technology, and form valuable connections that will allow you to grow your business in these uncertain times. The groundwater industry is invaluable to our nation’s health and economy, and the best way to move it forward is by sharing our knowledge, tools and desires to bring safe and healthy water to those we serve. So, take the next step in growing your business and your skills. Visit Groundwaterweek.com to register today- and let’s Focus on The Future.

The National Ground Water Association’s annual trade show, Groundwater Week, is back this year as in-person event and will take place in Nashville, TN, from December 14-16. Groundwater professionals from around the world will descend on Music City for a week of educational opportunities, a packed exhibit hall with the latest from the industry’s leading manufacturers and suppliers, networking opportunity and of course, a lot of fun.

Groundwater Week 2021 will be complying with all local COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, and we expect the show to be safe, productive and fun. The last two years have been a challenge for the entire industry (and the entire world) and we are sincerely looking forward to the opportunity to reconnect with our friends and colleagues. This year, NGWA debuts the new slogan, Focused On The Future, and that is exactly what the upcoming show is about—our industry moving forward together.

The following are just some of the opportunities offered at the show:

Educational opportunities. Groundwater Week 2021 will feature a diverse collection of educational opportunities, all designed with the goal of making you better groundwater professionals. All Groundwater Week registrants are welcome to attend the professional development opportunities. For a full listing, please visit groundwaterweek.com.

NGWA Welcome Party. December 14, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Meet up with old friends and make new ones at this annual crowd pleaser that takes place at the Grand Ballroom in the Music City Center. It’s a great way to unwind after a full day of educational offerings.

Exhibit Hall. The Exhibit Hall will be packed with the latest products from the groundwater industry’s manufacturers and suppliers on thousands of feet of exhibit space. Make sure you leave plenty of time to be in the hall during the 11 hours it is open, December 15, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and December 16, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. While in the Exhibit Hall, make sure you head to the activity area to see manufacturer product demonstrations on Wednesday and activity area sessions on Thursday.

Keynote Presentation and Awards of Excellence Ceremony. Wednesday, December 15, 8 – 9:45 a.m. Welcome the winners of this year’s NGWA Awards that spotlight the best of the groundwater industry and then listen to an enjoyable morning of music from some of the top songwriters today. The morning will be filled with unforgettable moments of music, stories and connection. You will hear hit songs from the actual songwriters who created them and experience the compelling stories of how the songs came to life and found their way to your favorite recording artists. The songs will be classics and favorites that have won Grammy, Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards. You will be able to connect and participate with the songwriters in a fun and engaging setting and get behind the scenes and into the heart and soul of the music.

The morning is also when NGWA will award individuals and companies who have made a significant contribution to the industry. Award recipients are recognized for their contribution through service, innovation, research, safety and projects of scientific and technological importance affecting the growth and well-being of the industry.

Early/new career meet-up. Students and young professionals are invited to share their experiences on getting started in the groundwater industry with new friends and acquaintances. Long-time NGWA members will also be on hand to answer any questions on how young people can grow professionally and get ahead in their chosen field.

Groundwater Foundation McEllhiney lecture. Kevin McGinnis, President of Cotey Chemical Corp., will address both new and established processes for drinking water treatment that will enable well drillers, hydrologists, water system operators and managers, and other stakeholders to work their way through the maze of water quality uncertainty.

Beer & Brats Fest, December 16, 1:30 – 3 p.m. Celebrate the conclusion to another successful Groundwater Week in style! Have a cold beer and tasty brat while visiting with fellow attendees one last time before the show wraps up.

New products showcase. Conveniently located in the lobby area of the convention center, the New Products Showcase is open throughout Groundwater Week and allows you to get a sneak peek at the latest in products, services, and technology from select exhibitors.

NGWA Bookstore. The NGWA Bookstore is where you can get the latest books, DVDs and information products from the groundwater industry. The bookstore will be open during all show hours and is in the lobby of the convention center.

We will see you in Nashville!
Registration for the Groundwater Week is available at www. groundwaterweek.com. We encourage everyone to secure your spot now as hotel rooms are running out! Check back at our website often for news and updates to our schedule and we will see you in Nashville!

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