THANK YOU to all who attended, supported, and participated in the first Missouri Common Ground Alliance Damage Prevention & Excavation Safety Summit November 9th & 10th. The event dramatically exceeded our expectations and we are grateful to all who took time out of busy schedules to join us! We are especially appreciative of all 60 of our Summit sponsors who boldly committed to our first attempt at bringing all stakeholders together for a common purpose.

Nearly 900 people converged in Columbia, MO for the 2-day event! Participants who attended training chose from a 14-course program and demonstrated their skills in the Equipment Rodeo as well as the Locate Rodeo. According to early accounts, this event was the largest CGA-related summit ever to be held in the nation. The success was due to our sponsors, equipment manufacturers, volunteers, partner associations and organizations, as well as those diligently listened to course instructors and presenters.

For the vendors who allied with the MO CGA, it was a valuable and beneficial venture. Steve Dunlap, Area Sales Manager for Radiodetection summarized the vendor perspective and sentiments of many by commenting, “Just wanted to tell you that, from a Radiodetection view, you did an OUTSTANDING job putting the Summit together. I have been attending shows like this for over 15 years and I can tell you I have never seen a conference that took care of every detail as you did on this Summit. As a manufacturer, we appreciate the attention to details and the number of attendees; it makes our investment in a conference worthwhile”. All vendors echoed Radiodetection’s opinion and 100% of those surveyed were enthusiastic about returning next year.

Participants were equally impressed with the first event, many indicating their intention to return next year. “I can’t begin to describe how timely and useful this conference was. I wanted to thank you for all the time and work you put into the Safety Summit from the perspective of an outsider this was a success. The speakers were well versed and entertaining, registration was a breeze, the booths provided useful information and handouts and everyone in our company agreed the food was way more than expected and delicious”, said Christina Kelly of JD Kelly Excavating.

The MO CGA group will meet in December to critique the event in detail and begin laying the foundation for 2012. Surveys have been distributed to all who attended and will be utilized to further improve the summit.

If your organization would like to participate in next year’s event, please contact the MO CGA at mocommonground or subscribe to this blog for updates on exciting news and events. Also, please remember to check the calendar for upcoming meetings and events.

Additionally, pictures, presentations, and videos will soon be uploaded to the Summit tab. Please check back in mid to late December for revised content.

Be safe!