By Fletcher, Jeff
Nation's Cities Weekly , Vol. 21, No. 50
Thousands of city officials got a head start on their holiday shopping earlier this month at the National League of Cities' exposition in Kansas City, Mo. On sale at the NLC municipal government shopping mall: The latest in equipment, services, and technologies for cities and towns.
This year's exposition was a large one, with nearly 200 exhibitors occupying 27,000 square feet of floor space in the spacious Kansas City Convention Center.
Exhibitors displayed the wide variety of products used by local governments, and local leaders gave those products close scrutiny.
Informative and Fun Exhibits
As always, the exposition attracted a large, interested, and influential group of city elected and top appointed decision-makers, which makes it a "must" show for suppliers of the municipal market.
Traffic in the exhibit hall was heavy throughout the two days of the exhibit, as some 7,100 registered delegates and guests attending the NLC convention made the most of their opportunities to visit with suppliers and see state-of-the-art products and services that could benefit their communities. A reception and a buffet luncheon for delegates were held on the exhibit floor.
The show was fun as well as informative. Delegates lined up to make street signs with their own names on them at 3M Company's display of reflective sign sheeting material, stopped for stress relief, at the American Massage Therapy Association booth, and putted for prizes at numerous exhibits.
From sewer liners to graffiti removal systems, from stump grinders to computer hardware and software, from banners and pins to high tech telecommunications equipment, from document imaging equipment and laser speed guns to city-customized maps and quilts--there there was something at the exhibit for every city and town. …