CGA Annual Meeting to Launch Another Big Year for Damage Prevention

Common Ground Alliance (CGA) is thrilled that an expected 1,000 damage prevention stakeholders are joining us for the annual CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center, March 6-8. Many of you may be reading this article right here in Phoenix, and if that’s the case, we welcome you to an action-packed week that celebrates a year of hard work by damage prevention  stakeholders and fully launches the next year ahead.

As we do every year, we’ll be gathering the industry’s
best and brightest for several days of education, training, networking and celebrations of our collective accomplishments in the shared responsibility of damage prevention. Below are some details of key highlights you’ll  find if you’re joining us here in Phoenix. If you couldn’t join us this year, we hope you may be able to see us in 2019, when the event moves to Tampa, Florida for the first time.

Committee Meetings
On Monday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 6, CGA’s dedicated committee members will gather for two days of meetings. CGA invites any of its members interested in deepening their commitment to damage prevention to attend one or more committee meetings during conference week to learn about the important collaborative work they’re doing.

Annual Meeting and Breakfast
CGA invites its full membership to attend the CGA Annual Meeting and Breakfast from 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7 to hear about 2017 successes and key initiatives planned for 2018. In addition to hearing from CGA leadership about the
association’s business and goals, members can look forward to the unveiling of the new 811 Hot Air Balloons, a keynote address, presentations by CGA committee leadership and our annual presentation of CGA Awards.

Wednesday Night Networking at Culinary Dropout
Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s Wednesday evening networking reception open to all conference registrants, the 2018 CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo is pleased to announce the return of a special Wednesday evening event in 2018!

This year’s networking event will be held at Culinary Dropout, which is located 10 miles east of the Phoenix Convention Center in Tempe. Attendees will enjoy creative food and drink, live entertainment, the annual Australia Trip giveaway (courtesy of PelicanCorp) and plenty of other surprises. Complimentary motor coach transportation will be provided
for all event attendees from downtown Phoenix to the Culinary Dropout.

“Expo Only” and “Exhibitor” registrants may purchase a ticket to attend this event onsite in Phoenix by visiting the conference registration table, while supplies last.

Call Before You Divot Golf Outing
CGA will host its fifth annual Call Before You Divot golf outing from 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 at the prestigious Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix. The four-person scramble/best ball tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m., and will
culminate with an awards reception at the course. Team prizes will be awarded to the first, eighth and 11th place teams. Skill holes and prizes including longest drive, closest to the pin and others will also be up for grabs. Registration is $150 for a single and $600 for a foursome. Please visit the conference registration table to inquire about registering for this event while spots remain.

Our industry’s annual March conference and annual meeting is just the beginning of what’s shaping up to be another year full of national campaigns and opportunities for stakeholder partnership.


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