In 2004 our event began as Underground Focus Academy, but in 2006 we changed the event name to link to the mission of our Excavation Safety Guide (over 7 million published). That same year, CGA selected our event to host their Annual Meeting. To reflect that fact, and to help build their fledgling brand, we added their logo to our events name. In 2013 we continued to reflect the growth of the industry by adding the 811 icon as well.
Our reach continues to grow within North America as well as internationally. Attracting delegates from around the world (13 countries in 2019) has helped us build an educational track that is second to none. This global influence allows us to facilitate truly meaningful discussion on damage prevention and safe excavation best practices, share ideas and learn from experts worldwide.
We regularly host meetings at this event for industry associations like NULCA, UESI, APWA, GITA, and more, who are dedicated to keeping our workers, our neighborhoods, and the public safe. If your organization would like to learn more about this opportunity, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Based on this expanded focus, we have chosen to re-brand our event to better represent all of the people and organizations, both domestic and international, who participate in this major industry event. Beginning in 2021, we are excited to begin our journey as the Global Excavation Safety Conference (GES Conference).
Alternating each year between the east and west coast allows our attendees a variety of destinations. Over the years we’ve visited many beautiful locations.
- 2021: Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL
- 2020: Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, CA
- 2019: Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL
- 2018: Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ
- 2017: Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, FL
- 2016: Mirage, Las Vegas, NV
- 2015: Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, Florida
- 2014: Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona
- 2013: Palm Beach Convention Center, Palm Beach, Florida
- 2012: Rio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
- 2011: Caribe Royale Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
- 2010: San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California
- 2009: Caribe Royale & Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
- 2008: Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
- 2007: Caribe Royale & Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
- 2006: Pointe South Mountain Resort, Phoenix, Arizona
- 2005: Los Angeles County Fair Grounds, Los Angeles
- 2004: Los Angeles County Fair Grounds, Los Angeles
As we plan for 2022 and beyond, your opinion can help us continue to grow as an important industry resource. Along with the destinations we’ve already visited and loved, here are a few other options currently under consideration:
Salt Lake City • Nashville • Savannah • Myrtle Beach • Portland • San Antonio • Daytona Beach • ??????
Where would you like to go? Click here to vote for your favorite destination(s) or to suggest an alternate location you would love to visit.
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