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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bloomington Welcomes Alliance of Indiana Rural Water

Categories: press releases

March 10, 2010

Media Contact:
Laura Vidal, 317-789-4200 or lvidal@inh2o.org

Bloomington Welcomes the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water

The group’s annual Spring Conference will bring approximately
400 attendees to the Bloomington Convention Center.

Bloomington – The Alliance of Indiana Rural Water is bringing their annual Spring Conference to the Bloomington Convention Center, beginning March 15. This year marks the seventh consecutive year that the group has met at the Convention Center, bringing approximately 400 attendees to the Bloomington area.

The Alliance of Indiana Rural Water is a non-profit membership association of over 650 water and wastewater systems and related professionals and is Indiana’s only representative to the National Rural Water Association. The organization provides onsite technical assistance to water and wastewater systems in Indiana that are under 10,000 in population.

The Spring Conference brings together board members, clerk-treasurers, office personnel and operators from cities, towns and utilities across the state of Indiana. With part of the president’s economic stimulus package focused on water and wastewater infrastructure repair and projects, the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water conference is more important than ever. Attendees are facing choices on what products and services to use for improvements to their systems and are looking to the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water conference for the opportunity to meet with multiple vendors in one place. Vendors, in turn, are looking for a place to meet and speak with many current and potential customers at the same time. This conference fills both needs.

According to alliance of Indiana Rural Water spokesperson Laura Vidal, “This conference is panning out to be one of our biggest ever. We have an almost sold out exhibit hall, and more pre-registered attendees than ever! We should have close to 400 people at this conference.”

Julie Warren, the Director of Convention Sales and Services with the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau, says “This is the seventh year that the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water has met in Bloomington and we enjoy having them each year. They’re an important part of our convention business, bringing an estimated economic impact of $48,800 to the community. This is exactly the type of group we want meeting here: the perfect size, great time of year and their attendees enjoy the Bloomington culture. We are thrilled to have them and want to continue this great relationship.”

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