Thanks to all the utility people who attended CS Week in Nashville, Tenn., unfazed by the flooding because they deal with emergencies every day. Few registrants dropped out; many who did were thwarted by soaring prices on cancelled tickets.
The number of new vendors–27 of 144–rivals the top exhibit hall story this year: vendors’ showing up after the flood because of customer commitments. It was the most new exhibitors in more than a decade and reflects the greater focus on meter-to-cash and smart grid. Utilities told us they came to buy.
Canada Day was such a success that we anticipate it will be a full-day program for CS Week 2011 in Orlando, Fla. Kerry Tarasoff is already lining up topics, speakers and interested sponsors for next year.
The 2010 Expanding Excellence Awards, co-sponsored with Electric Light & Power magazine, drew powerful entries. This was the first year for the new smart infrastructure/grid category. Duke Energy Corp. and the city of San Marcos, Texas, won in the large and small utility categories.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our Standing With Nashville fundraiser. The flooding that drove us out of the Gaylord Opryland was an inconvenience for us, but it was a tragedy to thousands of people. The generosity and caring of those who attended the special event concert, employers who matched donations and vendors and utilities that contributed helped us raise $60,000.
I was honored to present checks for $30,000 each to the Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Nashville Area Command of the Salvation Army. Information on how to donate to local Nashville projects is available at http://csweek.org.
Put CS Week 2011 on your calendar May 23-26 in Orlando.
Jerry Duvall, CEO, CS Week
Rod Litke, COO, CS Week
For more information, please visit http://csweek.org