Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

City Leaders Go on A Shopping Spree

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

City Leaders Go on A Shopping Spree

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Crowds Jam Exhibits at NLC Expo

Thousands of city officials got a head start on their holiday shopping earlier this month at the National League of Cities' exposition in Los Angeles. 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 203 exhibitors occupying 28,800 square feet of floor space in the spacious Los Angeles 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 7,900 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 welcoming reception and a buffet luncheon for delegates were held on the exhibit floor.

The show was fun as well as informative. Delegates lined up for gourmet coffee at the Waste Management display, stopped for stress relief at the American Massage Therapy Association booth, and putted for prizes and had luggage nametags made from their business cards at numerous exhibits.

From sewer liners to graffiti removal systems, from stump grinders to computer hardware and software, from street sweepers and decorative lighting systems to precast concrete pavers and prefabricated timber bridges, from banners and pins to high tech telecommunications equipment, from document imaging equipment and red light photo enforcement systems to city-customized maps and quilts--there was something at the exhibit for every city and town. …

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