Inaugural Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference Draws Nearly 340 Attendees
The 2013 Midwest Damage Prevention Training Conference (MWDPTC), hosted by title sponsors Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811, was held Nov. 5 – 7 at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind., and was a huge success. This inaugural event drew nearly 340 facility operators, locators, excavators, regulators, engineers and other professionals who work near underground utilities from around the region for networking opportunities and damage prevention education.
Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811 were joined by 27 sponsors and 36 vendors from across the country. The conference kicked off with a welcome reception featuring the 811 Bike of "American Chopper" fame and the Kentucky 811 bass boat, as well as a golf tournament at the French Lick Resort's Donald Ross Golf Course.
Other highlights of the 2014 MWDPTC included a special presentation by Bob Kipp, president of Common Ground Alliance, and a keynote speech by Jeff Saturday, former center for the Indianapolis Colts and current ESPN analyst. During the three-day conference, attendees had the opportunity to participate in fourteen different educational sessions focused on damage prevention best practices and workplace safety for industry professionals. The following training sessions were offered at this year's conference:
Click here to access links to PDFs of presentations from this year’s event.
"We are thrilled that our inaugural conference has been such an overwhelming success," said Dan Meiners, executive director of Underground Safety Alliance, Indiana 811 and Kentucky 811. "It is clear by the level of participation in this year's event that our region has a dedication to damage prevention, and we look forward to returning for our second event in 2014. I would like thank our sponsors, exhibitors and speakers for making this event possible."
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