Tim Gregorski
Tim Gregorski

Wait a minute, what happened to summer? It's hard to believe that fall is here, football season is starting, and World of Concrete is a mere five months away.

Already we've had meetings with our co-workers in Hanley Wood Exhibitions to discuss the 2010 version of World of Concrete, scheduled for Feb. 1–5 in Las Vegas.

Many readers have asked how the tempered residential and commercial construction markets will affect World of Concrete 2010. Reflecting on shows past, and looking at some of our plans, I believe that this year's show could be our finest yet.

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We have a bevy of new features to introduce in 2010, but I am not going to let the cat out of the bag quite yet. Instead, I'll highlight a few of the staple programs attendees and exhibitors alike should check out.

  • Entries for the 2010 Most Innovative Products (MIP) contest currently are being accepted online at www.mip2010.com. The $250 entry fee goes up $50 after Oct. 16, so submit your entries today. Editorial coverage of the MIP contest includes the World of Concrete DAILY NEWS editions, CONCRETE & MASONARY CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS magazine, CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION magazine and its sister publications, as well as ConcreteConstruction.net. Quite frankly, the $250 entry fee is a steal when you consider the amount of editorial coverage your MIP entry receives preceding, during, and following World of Concrete.
  • The annual Artistry in Decorative Concrete demonstrations will take place in the Silver Lot. Always popular, the Artistry Demos offer attendees the latest residential and commercial decorative concrete techniques demonstrated by the leading contractors and artisans, as well as product and equipment manufacturers. In years past, demonstrations included concrete staining, color hardeners, stamping, and polishing. To view a slideshow and overview from the 2009 Artistry Demos, go to www.concreteconstruction.net, scroll down to the Decorative Concrete section, and click on “2009 Artistry Demos.”
  • The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) National Steering Committee again is planning their unreserved auction at the 2010 World of Concrete. The event is sure to draw some popular concrete-related items and prompt excellent bids. Proceeds benefit the CIM program.
  • The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) recently announced it is accepting nominations for its professional achievement awards, which recognize commitment to the tilt-up industry. There are five different awards that recognize either an individual or corporation, each of which will be presented during the TCA's annual meeting on Feb. 4, in conjunction with World of Concrete. For more information, visit www.tilt-up.org.

As I mentioned, the core programs and events that make up World of Concrete are being finalized within the next couple of months. For new programs and features, keep an eye on our Web site www.concreteconstruction.net, as well as www.worldofconcrete.com, for regular updates to the 2010 program.