More Than 400 Industry Professionals Attend 11th Annual Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference in Ocean City

For the 11th consecutive year, hundreds of damage prevention professionals gathered at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City, Md., for the 2019 Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference (GCDPTC), hosted by title sponsors Miss Utility/District One Call and Miss Utility of Delmarva.

The conference, which had more than 400 registrants, was the collaborative effort of partners across the Greater Chesapeake region, including 39 sponsor organizations and more than 40 exhibitors. The conference kicked off with a keynote speech from Gary Norland, who engaged the audience about how using shortcuts on the jobsite and forgoing safety can cause devastating consequences. Breakout session topics included a stakeholder project showcase on the ambitious Purple Line project, which will use 16.2 miles of light rail to connect the Red, Green and Orange lines of the Washington Metro outside of the city center and will also connect to the MARC Train; a national pipeline perspective from the American Gas Association about efforts that impact stakeholders in the region; and the importance of electric and natural gas safety through interactive outdoor demonstrations.

Many attendees participated in the conference’s multiple networking events, including the annual cornhole and golf tournaments, as well as the second annual cooking class with an authentic Italian chef. Through generous donations at the cornhole tournament and a 50/50 raffle, GCDPTC attendees and sponsors raised a total of $2,539 for Construction Angels, which provides assistance to families who have lost a loved one as a result of a work-related accident.

The conference also honored some of the safest contractors in Maryland and Washington, D.C., for the 2018-2019 Dig Smart Awards, including: NPL, Excellence Award Winner; Gaines and Company, Maryland Winner; and Anchor Construction Corp., Washington, D.C. Winner. The GCDPTC’s first-ever “$811 Dig for Cash” game – where two lucky attendees had the opportunity to dig for money and got to take home all the cash they could scoop up and carry in 30 seconds – closed out the conference during grand door prizes, making for a very memorable final day.

Save the date for next year’s conference! The GCDPTC will return to Ocean City, Md., from Oct. 27–30, 2020.

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Click here to view photos from the 2019 GCDPTC.


  • When

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - Friday, October 25, 2019

  • Where

  • Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel
    10100 Coastal Highway
    Ocean City, Maryland 21842

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