Huge Crowds Jam Exhibit Hall at NLC Expo
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 San Antonio, Texas. 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 191 exhibitors occupying some 30,000 square feet of floor space in the Henry B. Gonzalez 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 the 10,500 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, buffet luncheon, and ice cream social 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, posed as race car drivers next to the PSG "Watercar," and putted for prizes at numerous exhibits.
From sewer liners to graffiti removal systems, from stump grinders to computer software, from banners and pins to high tech telecommunications equipment, from purchasers of delinquent property tax liens to manufacturers of laser radar speed guns - there was something at the exhibit for every city and town. …