Education Was the Big Success Story at this Year’s FOWA Show

Florida Onsite Wastewater Association (FOWA) Executive Director Roxanne Groover was beyond pleased with the turnout this year at the association’s annual convention and trade show. Held at the Volusia County Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida on August 4-6, FOWA’s Director of Financial & Business Management Sherrill Parr says, “There were approximately 370 industry related attendees, plus their families who visited the exhibit hall overall, which is approximately the same number we had in 2010.”

One huge standout at the show was the education portion, where attendance was up from last year. “We were delighted to see a six percent increase this year in the number of CEU students for a total of 275, plus five students auditing classes who attended the education program,” Parr says.

Throughout the year, FOWA members enjoy guest speakers, but they are typically local to the Florida area. This year saw speakers coming from all over the country, which was a first. FOWA put out a call looking for people interested in speaking to issues that would benefit Floridians, and to share their technology and know-how. “Our membership enjoyed having national speakers present,” Groover says. Especially to hear what people had to say relating to land application, since the Ban on Land application is a big issue in Florida right now. Groover thought it was great to hear how the speakers are dealing with similar issues in their area of the country.

Groover was pleased with the overall turnout of the 2011 FOWA Show, but she was especially pleased with the educational turnout, “We want to thank all those who came out to speak this year.”

Story by Megan McClure

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