More than 20 U.S., Canadian and worldwide trade associations, as well as leading U.S. state and federal government agencies, are lending their support to the World of Asphalt 2007 Show and Conference.
This participation enhances the networking, exhibits and educational opportunities available at World of Asphalt, and their support contributes to the show's reputation as the industry gathering place for asphalt, highway-maintenance and traffic-safety professionals from around the globe.
World of Asphalt 2007 will be held March 19-22 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta.
The U.S. Federal Highway Administration and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials are assisting in development of the Asphalt Pavement Alliance's (APA) Asphalt Pavement Conference being held at World of Asphalt. "HMA Construction-Moving Forward," will be the theme of the APA conference.
In addition, the Georgia Department of Transportation is involved in planning the APA conference along with the APA alliance partners: the Asphalt Institute, National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and state asphalt pavement associations.
Active industry participation also is helping to ensure that the show's People, Plants and Paving Training Program is targeted to meet industry professionals' needs. The training program is sponsored by NAPA with the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association, Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association and International Slurry Surfacing Association.
World of Asphalt education has expanded for the 2007 show with certification courses being conducted by industry and government groups, such as the Traffic Control Technician Course of the American Traffic Safety Services Association and the OSHA 10-Hour Course for Construction Workers, a safety course developed by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The National Center for Asphalt Technology is opening its doors to World of Asphalt 2007 attendees for a special educational tour in conjunction with the show. Tour participants will receive continuing education credits.
A complete list of groups in the World of Asphalt 2007 "supporting organization program," as well as the show's education line-up, is available online at www.worldofasphalt.com.
Also, in recognition of the increasingly global scope of the World of Asphalt Show and Conference, show organizers will offer a variety of services to assist international visitors.
World of Asphalt 2007 will feature exhibits of the latest product technologies and innovations plus extensive industry-specific educational opportunities.
More than 15% of attendees at the last World of Asphalt, held in 2006, came from countries outside the U.S. International delegations from Russia and China are already planning to attend World of Asphalt 2007, and show organizers are working to bring additional delegations from other countries.
For the convenience of international visitors, the World of Asphalt 2007 website includes a special section with show information in selected languages and information on the visa application process. International attendees also may request an official letter of invitation from show management in support of their visa application.
A special information desk and visitors lounge with multilingual staff will be available onsite at World of Asphalt 2007 to further assist international show attendees.