Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Bloomington Welcomes Alliance of Indiana Rural Water

Categories: press releases

Media Contact:

Laura Vidal, Alliance of Indiana Rural Water
317-789-4200 or lvidal@inh2o.org

Note to editors:
AIRW personnel will be accessible to local media to discuss this year’s award winners and/or larger issues pertaining to the rural water and wastewater industry.

Bloomington welcomes Alliance of Rural Water
back to town for their Annual Spring Conference

The event will bring 200 attendees and an
estimated economic impact of $73,200 to the community.

Bloomington – The Alliance of Indiana Rural Water will hold their Annual Spring Conference at the Bloomington Convention Center on March 17-19. A centerpiece of the event will be the presentation of awards to rural water and wastewater utilities from across the state. Awards for Water and Wastewater Operator of the Year, Clerk-Treasurer of the Year and Manager of the Year will be presented on Tuesday morning, March 18th. During the course of the conference, operators and superintendents from water and wastewater utilities from nearby towns will be on hand to answer questions about what kinds of issues they are currently facing and how the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water helps them cope. On Tuesday afternoon an all expense paid trip will be awarded for two to attend the National Rural Water Association’s Annual Conference. The National Rural Water Association is the parent organization for the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water.

According to Laura Vidal, spokesperson for the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water, the Annual Conference in Bloomington “allows suppliers and vendors specific to the rural water and wastewater industry to directly interact with Indiana rural water and wastewater utility decision makers. It also gives anyone with a water or wastewater license an excellent opportunity to obtain their required continuing education hours to maintain that license.”

The Bloomington/Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau works with the AIRW to bring the Annual Conference to town each year. This year’s event is expected to bring an estimated economic impact of $73,200 to the Bloomington area. Director of Convention Sales and Services Julie Warren says that “the AIRW conference has been held at the Bloomington Convention Center since 2004. This annual event brings approximately 200 attendees from around the state to Bloomington. It’s a great fit for our community in terms of the size of the event and the resources available to them during their visit. The attendees of this event really have an appreciation for our city and during their free time they are able to explore our vibrant downtown area, eat at local restaurants, shop in various stores and enjoy the beauty of Bloomington.”

# # #