A GREAT Reason to Change the Name of National Pavement Expo West

Yes, Cygnus Business Media is changing the name of NPE West to... ah, ah, ah....not just yet. We're going to make that announcement on Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction's Facebook page (www.facebook/PavementMagazine) soon, so keep checking there if you want to be the first to know. What I can tell you is the reason behind the change, and it's a pretty cool reason: The show is undergoing a major upgrade that includes an additional day, a move this year to San Diego, and...wait for it... an opportunity for exhibitors to demonstrate their equipment outdoors on a parking lot. Sometimes you get what you ask for... For years contractors and exhibitors have been asking for live equipment demonstrations but contract ties to the Las Vegas Convention Center made that virtually impossible...so when Cygnus had the opportunity to relocate the conference and trade show space for demonstrations was a "must." Weeks of research by Cygnus Expos' Dave Odden uncovered the Town & Country Resort in San Diego, and that's where the show will be held this year from Nov. 30-Dec. 3. That's a day longer than in the past, meaning we can offer 39 conference sessions -- 8 more than normal -- and also more exhibit hours. I'll be heading out there with Dave in early June to scope out the parking lot and get a handle on demonstration logistics (too bad it can't be this week to get out of 40 degree and rainy Chicago weather) and will provide regular updates here and via our Facebook page. Until then here's what the new schedule will look like: Wednesday, November 30 9-Noon, Conference 1:00-4:30, Conference 4:30-5:30, FREE Roundtables Thursday, December 1 8:00 -11:30, Conference 11:00-3:30, Exhibits 2:30 -5:00, Live Demonstrations 5:00-6:00 FREE Roundtables Friday, December 2 8:00 -11:30, Conference 11:00-5:00, Exhibits 1:30 -4:00, Live Demonstrations 3:00-5:00 Network Nite Reception (on Exhibit Floor) Saturday, December 3 8:00 -11:30, Conference 9:00-Noon, Exhibits