Bonus event!(INdustry INroads) (Calendar)

Author:Bailey, Denise A.

The next few months should be busy ones for NDTA on the educational and conference fronts. Three major events are scheduled that will involve our industry members. First is the SDDC Training Symposium and NDTA Training Symposium Expo in Orlando (28-30 April); Expo dates are 29 and 30 April. Most of our corporate members have already signed up to attend and exhibit, but if you haven't done so yet, there is still some limited booth space available. You can register for the Symposium on site once you arrive.

During the third week of May, all of the National Transportation Week (NTW) activities are planned, leading up to National Defense Transportation Day on 16 May. The national NTW observance will be in Detroit this year. Full details are at

For the folks in the Midwest, our Scott/St. Louis Chapter is partnering with the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) to be a co-sponsor of the "Technet Mid-America Conference," which runs from 21-23 July, 2008, in Collinsville, Illinois. Further details are available at the chapter's website:

And, on the breaking news front, we are excited about a new initiative NDTA has planned for 2008--the re-establishment of the Regional Forums concept. In the 70s and 80s this was a very popular way of getting more members involved in the Association who might not be able to attend national meetings because of time or money. To bring the Forum to the members, the concept of regional meetings was established, and at its peak the Association was scheduling 10 to 12 events per year throughout the US and overseas.

A one-and-a-half-day format seemed to be the most popular. A modest table top Expo along with greatly reduced registration fees proved to be just the ticket to incentivize NDTAers, individual and corporate, to participate. Most regional events were held within a two- to three-hour drive of the member's home, and when scheduled on a Friday and combined with a desirable location, many attendees remained over the weekend, which added a mini vacation to the business event.

NDTA's corporate members should especially welcome the return of this concept because it will provide them with several new opportunities throughout the year to network with their military and government counterparts, at very minimal expense. The low cost of a table top display (versus a full sized booth), plus the ease and convenience of transporting, setting up, and...

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