Registrations for NGVAmerica’s 2012 NGV Conference and Summit are ahead of same time last year and are expected to exceed 2010 and 2011 levels. NGVAmerica’s event will be held October 3–5 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois, just 10 miles northwest of O’Hare International Airport. Themed “Vision-Leadership-Growth,” it has been timed and co-located with Bobit Business Media’s Green Fleet Conference & Expo 2012, where NGVAmerica is a major co-sponsor and is hosting a large multi-booth NGV Zone on the Green Fleet Expo floor (see below for more information about participation in the NGV Zone). Green Fleet attracts progressive public and private fleet managers with a track record of implementing alternative fuel and AFV transportation technologies, and past participation in their expo has been rated well by NGV industry stakeholders. Co-locating our two events back-to-back at the same location and tying into their expo makes the most of our members’ and our mutual target audiences’ time and budget resources.
NGVAmerica’s 2012 NGV Conference and Summit program begins with Wednesday afternoon’s Technical Committee meeting and briefing hosted by CVEF, beginning at 2:45 p.m. That evening, all 2012 NGV Conference and Summit registrants are invited to an NGVAmerica-sponsored reception at the nearby Westwood Tavern where Green Fleet participants also will be in attendance.
Thursday’s program comprises the ever-popular Market Development Peer Exchange, lunch, and informative afternoon at the NGVAmerica Annual Meeting and Board Meeting (open to all members). At those meetings, staff and committee chairs will brief all industry stakeholders about ongoing activities and future plans, and they’ll seek additional input regarding the industry’s coordinated efforts. That evening, we’ll all be heading for reception at the nearby Arlington Park Racecourse, considered by thoroughbred racing enthusiasts to be one of the most beautiful grandstands and courses in the nation.
Friday’s Summit has been re-worked to include general plenary session presentations and panels, supplemented by a dozen breakout sessions covering technical, market development,political, and public advocacy topics. That evening, attendees will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Terrace of Sam & Harry’s steakhouse at the Renaissance.
At this year’s conference, NGVAmerica is planning a series of “poster presentations,” static single-board easel-mounted presentations of successful market development efforts, technology initiatives, advocacy programs, and other topics of interest to our attendees. Posters will be displayed in the ballroom foyer where Continental Breakfast and refreshment breaks are held. Members interested in securing one of these limited number of poster presentation slots are encouraged to prepare a 100-word abstract describing the proposed poster presentation and submit it to Stephe Yborra for peer review by a volunteer team of industry associates. Poster presentations are a great way for our industry partners and customers to be exposed to interesting developments that our limited agenda timing cannot accommodate.
Conference Venue and Registration Logistics
NGVAmerica has negotiated a favorable room rate with the Renaissance and blocked rooms in cooperation with Bobit’s Green Fleet team. Whether booking under “Green Fleet” for those arriving early to participate in the NGV Zone on Tuesday and Wednesday, or under “NGVAmerica” for those arriving Wednesday, your room rates are the same. Room rates are based on the government per diem for all attendees (currently set at $190/night). In addition, NGVAmerica and Bobit have coordinated registration logistics through a single common vendor (Custom Registration Inc.) and offered discounts to attendees who register for both events. Furthermore, pricing has been set to discount registration rates for NGVAmerica members even more so. Registration for NGVAmerica’s 2012 NGV Conference and Summit (alone, without registering to attend or exhibit at Green Fleet) is $795 with a $300 discount for NGVAmerica members. NGVAmerica members who exhibit at Green Fleet and register for the 2102 NGV Conference and Summit will enjoy an additional discount of $200 off the price of registering for the two events individually. More information about NGVAmerica’s 2012 NGV Conference and Summit, including program information, hotel and venue links, and registration rates is available at http://www.cleanvehicle.org/conference/2012/index.shtml. For additional information, contact Stephe Yborra at 301.829.2520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.