A Utilities Technologies Convention
The Tennessee Association of Utility Districts (TAUD) will hold its annual Business Conference and Exhibit Hall at the Gatlinburg Convention Center from August 12 to August 14. The association serves water, wastewater & gas utility members along with businesses that provide products and services to these utilities. Representatives from across the state will gather to learn about changes, updates, and new technologies available for utilities. The exhibit hall will feature the newest products and innovations that are impacting the industry.
Tennessee Association of Utility Districts Mission:
To provide the highest quality technical, legal and operational support to assist water and gas utility members in delivering safe and efficient services in the public interest. Our staff of water, wastewater, and cross connection experts is available to assist you and answer your questions. On-site technical assistance is available at your utility by TAUD staff, specializing in water and wastewater operations.
As the largest of TAUD’s indoor conferences, “The Business of Running a Utility” conference will offer ample opportunities for continuing education on both the administration and operational sides of utilities. Over 100 vendors will be displaying products, allowing for plenty of opportunities to discuss trends with colleagues and industry representatives.
Before the formal proceedings of the conference begin on Wednesday, conference-goers can take part in either the Tennessee Utilities Political Action Committee (TUPAC) Golf Tournament or Trap Shoot Tournaments. The TUPAC Golf Tournament will be held at the Sevierville Golf Club, with a 6:30 a.m. breakfast just prior to the 8 a.m. shotgun start. The TUPAC Trap Shoot will begin with an 8:30 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. start at the Gatlinburg Sportsman Club.
During conference proceedings on Wednesday and Thursday, conference participants can bid on items in the TUPAC Silent Auction. The Best Tasting Water Contest will take place on Thursday.
With sessions ending at 4 p.m. on Thursday, conference-goers will have plenty of time to take in the sites in Gatlinburg, like one of the many Ripley’s Attractions, The Ole Smokey Candy Kitchen, or the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community. Friday’s sessions end at 11:30, so lunch on the Parkway is an option. Try one the steakhouses within easy walking distance of the Convention Center: The Peddler Steakhouse, Cherokee Grill & Steakhouse, or Howard’s Steakhouse and the Wild Boar Saloon.
After the conference is over, the weekend will be wide-open for adventure. Rent a cabin and spend Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday exploring the myriad possibilities for fun in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas. You can see all of Pigeon Forge from atop the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island, then spend the rest of the day in and out of quirky shops, ice creameries, and restaurants.
Learn more about the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts and register for the annual conference online.