Attending a conference can be an incredible learning experience, no matter what industry you’re in. Experts come together from all over the country to trade information and come up with new strategies. Just about anyone can benefit, from new hires seeking training to long-time workers in need of a refresher course.
Across the nation, there are many different conferences for the trucking industry. In fact, there are nearly 500 separate events over the course of the year. Some of the biggest conventions in the country make this list, and anyone in the trucking industry should consider attending the following.
The National Safety Council Congress and Expo
October 17–19, 2016
This event takes place each year in Anaheim, California, during October. The conference focuses on health and safety, including advancements and regulations for the trucking industry. The event hosts an estimated 14,500 people from all walks of life.
The Transportation Research Board
January 8–12, 2017
This meeting will convene for the 96th time in January of 2017. It takes place in Washington, DC, and is hailed as the “largest event in North America for US DOT and State DOT” personnel. It covers every transportation mode in the States, with over 5,000 presentations and an estimated 12,000 attendees.
The Work Truck Show
March 14–17, 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana, becomes a hub for the trucking industry every March. 10,000 people come together to experience the newest products and information. Visitors can go through a variety of training courses, set up supplier meetings, meet with professionals, and more.
The Atlantic Truck Show
June 9–10, 2017
Nebraska’s largest trucking event takes place every two years in June. It is the biggest conference of its type in the region, drawing around 13,000 people. Experts and novices from every aspect of the industry can come together to experience the environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient future of tractor trailers.
The Mid-America Trucking Show
March 23–25, 2017
This event is one of the largest in the nation, taking Louisville, Kentucky, by storm each March. An astounding 75,000 people visit this conference, which is known as the largest trucking industry event in the world. Exhibitors come from the US and abroad, making the MATS a truly unique experience.
The Great American Trucking Show
The GATS takes place each August in Dallas, Texas. It’s second only to the MATS, bringing is 56,000 attendees each year. The conference is host to a variety of events such as Overdrive’s Pride and Polish Truck Beauty Competition and several different seminars.
Trucking is the blood of our economy, and it’s nice to know that the industry is working hard to come together. There’s always room for improvement, and gatherings like these get all the top minds together in the name of appreciation and progress.