Huge Crowds Jam Exhibit Hall at NLC Exposition: City Leaders Go on a Shopping Spree

By Fletcher, Jeff | Nation's Cities Weekly, December 22, 1997 | Go to article overview

Huge Crowds Jam Exhibit Hall at NLC Exposition: City Leaders Go on a Shopping Spree


Fletcher, Jeff, Nation's Cities Weekly


Thousands of city officials got a head start on their holiday shopping earlier this month at the National League of Cities' exposition in Philadelphia, Pa. 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 one of the largest in the history of the show, with 207 exhibitors occupying 30,500 square feet of floor space in the modern and spacious Pennsylvania 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 7,000 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 enjoyed seeing sleight-of-hand by the Browning-Ferris Industries magician, lined up to make street signs with their own names on them at 3M Company's display of reflective sign sheeting material, toured the inside of a NASA space station, 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 was something at the exhibit for even, city and town. …

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