2020 Technical Conference & Expo


Schedule

Monday
8:00am - 5:00pmRegistration
8:00am - 5:00pmOps Challenge Events
8:00am - 5:00pmPlant Tours
Noon - 6:00 pmExhibitor Setup - Ballroom & Corridoor
1:00 pm - 5:00pmGolf Outing
6:00pm - 8:00pmWelcome Reception
Tuesday
7:00am - 5:00pmRegistration
8:00am - 5:00pmOps Challenge Events
7:30am - 9:30amBreakfast
9:00am - 9:30amExhbitor Seminar
9:45am - 10:15amExhibitor Seminar
9:45am - 12:00pmRound Table Seminar
10:00am - 11:00 amExhibit Hall Tour (earn one contact hour)
10:00am - 6:00pmExhibit Hall Open
12:00pm - 1:00pmLunch
12:00pm - 1:30pmPresident's Lunch (by invitation)
1:00pm - 2:00pmExhibit Hall Tour (earn one contact hour)
2:00pm - 3:00pmExhibit Hall Tour (earn one contact hour)
4:00pm - 6:00pmExhibitor Reception - Including Ops Challenge Awards
6:00pm - 9:00pmExhibitor Tear Down
6:30pm - 10:00pmMeet & Greet 
Wednesday
7:00am - 5:00pmRegistration
7:00am - 9:00amBreakfast
7:00am - 8:00amCrystal Crucible Breakfast (by invitation)
7:00 am - 7:45 amEarly Bird Technical Session
8:00am - 11:45amTechnical Sessions (6 concurrent sessions)
Noon - 2pmAwards Lunch
2:00pm - 3:45pmTechnical Sessions (6 concurrent sessions)
2:00pm - 3:00pmWomen's Networking Event
5:00pm - 6:00pmYP Mixer
5:30pm - 6:30pmReception - 5S Induction
6:30pm - 8:00pmNetworking Reception
Thursday
7:00am - 11:00amRegistration
7:00am - 7:45amEarly Bird Technical Session
7:00am - 8:00am5S Breakfast (by invitation)
7:00am - 9:00amBreakfast
8:00am - 11:30amTechnical Sessions (5 concurrent sessions)
 Attendees

Packages

EarlyLateOnsite
3/2/20-7/15/207/16/20-8/17/20
Full Conference
Full Conference Member$325$375$395
Full Conference Nonmember$445$495$515
Retired Member$175$225$235
Student Member$50$75$85
Partial Conference
One Day Member$195$225$235
One Day Nonmember$275$305$315
Budget Option One Day Member w/lunch only$100Not available after 7/15/20
Budget Option One Day Nonmember w/lunch only$175
Extras
Tuesday Meet & Greet$100
Wednesday Awards Lunch$40
Wednesday Evening Networking$65
Guest Package$185

Register Here

Please Read in Full Prior to Registering:

  1. Early Bird pricing is available through July 15, 2020 at midnight.
  2. Starting July 16, 2020 pricing will go up $25-50 depending on the package.
  3. The cutoff for budget options is July 15, 2020 at midnight. Budget options will no longer be available after this point. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  4. Online registration closes August 17, 2020 at midnight. Any registrations after this point will:
    • Need to occur onsite and could involve a significant wait time.
    • Will incur additional walk-in fees.?
  5. To ensure contact hour accuracy we require a unique email address for every attendee.
  6. Contact Hours: If you are a certified operator you will need to provide your Core ID at the time of registration. If you are not registering yourself, please be sure to provide your Core ID to the person registering you. This is pivotal to ensure you receive proper credit for the courses you attend.
  7. All memberships will be verified. If you are unsure of your membership number or if your membership is current, please contact the office at 614-488-5800 or at megan@ohiowea.org prior to registration.
  8. I understand that no CEU/attendance verification will be given by OWEA if I do not scan in and out of each session, and provide a correct email address and Core ID (if applicable).
  9. By registering you agree to OWEA's cancellation policy which can be referenced below.
  10. Substitutions are welcomed without penalty. Written substitution must be submitted by the original registrant by August 17, 2020 in order to be processed before the conference. Substitutions needed after August 17, 2020 must be done onsite. Partial substitutions are not allowed.  Registrants must transfer their entire registration to a new person, not just a portion.
  11. I am agreeing to my image being published in conjunction with this conference.

OWEA Attendee Refund Policy?
  • Cancellations received August 17, 2020 or later or no-shows will be billed in full and will not receive a refund.

  • Cancellations received between August 7 - August 16, 2020 will receive a 65% refund minus any credit card processing fees. 

  • Cancellations received by August 6, 2020 will receive a full refund minus any credit card processing fees.

 Exhibitors

Exhibitors


Exhibitor
Until 8/17/20 or sold outOnsite
Exhibitor Member$800Not available onsite
Exhibitor Nonmember$975
Exhibitor Passport$200
Booth Attendant (max 2) $165$185
Premium Booth Space+$75
Extras
Tuesday Meet & Greet$100
Wednesday Awards Lunch$40
Wednesday Evening Networking$65
Guest Package$185

Register Here


Your Exhibit Booth will Include:
  • One full conference registration for primary exhibitor

  • Draped and skirted table (6')

  • Two chairs

  • Wastebasket

  • Company sign

Here are some special items to note before you register:

  1. After you complete the attendee information page you will be redirected to our interactive booth map. Select one booth and upload your logo so others will see where you are! If you are registering more than one booth, please only select one per registration. i.e. if you are getting two booths, register Bob Smith, select one booth, hit Add another attendee on the summary page, then register John Smith and select one booth for him. Continue until you have all of your booths selected. This is pivotal to make sure your booths are reserved correctly and all of your booth personnel will have the proper badges/tickets at the conference.

  2. You do not need to pay at the time of your registration but we do require payment in full by July 15th or your booth will be released.

  3. You will receive a confirmation email with your booth number.

  4. If you have any questions or need any assistance please contact Megan Borror at megan@ohiowea.org

Terms and Conditions:
1. No part of your exhibit may extend out of your 8' x 8' space.
2. No loud music may come from your exhibit that distracts from others booths.
3. Your exhibit must remain up during exhibit hall hours.
4. No part of your exhibit can be used to distract from others exhibits.
5. All exhibit personnel must be registered and wear their name badge.
6. Exhibitor services information will be available closer to the conference.
7. Any additional furnishings or services outside of those mentioned above must be directly contracted with the show decorator. Any additional charges are the sole responsibility of the exhibiting company including drayage. 
8. No access will be available to the exhibit hall prior to Monday, August 31st. Exact access hours will be published prior to the conference.
9. OWEA is not responsible for any property loss associated with your exhibit.
10. No outside food or drink may be distributed from your booth. All food and drink for attendees must be contracted through Holiday Inn Independence.
11. Exhibit personnel may not enter another exhibitors booth space without obtaining permission. At no time may anyone enter an unstaffed booth of another exhibitor.
12. Cancellations must be received by July 15th, 2020 in order to be eligible for a refund minus applicable credit card fees. Any cancellations or no shows will not be eligible for a refund.

 Accommodations

Holiday Inn Independence

6001 Rockside Rd.

Independence, OH 44131

Group Rate: $119/night

Reserve Rooms Here

or call 216-524-8050 and reference Ohio Water Environment Association

Plant Tours

Monday, August 31, 2020

1:00 PM

Bus departs from Hotel (meet in the lobby)

1:20 PM   

        

One Hour Tour of Easterly Tunnel Dewatering Pump Station

2:40 PM

Half Hour Tour of West Basin of Woodland Central

3:30 PM

One Hour Tour of Southerly WWTP

4:40 PM

Arrive back at Hotel

Pending 2.5 Contact Hours

Attendees must wear closed toed shoes.

Please bring your own hard hat, safety goggles, and safety vests if possible. If you do not have them, some will be available.

You must participate for the duration of the tour

Tour is only available for Full Conference attendees



 Golf


Golf
Golf - Team$360Not available onsite
Golf - individual$90
Hole Sponsor$250

Seneca Golf Course

975 Valley Parkway

Broadview Heights, OH 44147

Register Here

Please Read in Full Prior to Registering:

  1. Substitutions are welcomed without penalty. Written substitution must be submitted by the original registrant by August 17, 2020 in order to be processed before the conference. Substitutions needed after August  17, 2020 must be done onsite. Partial substitutions are not allowed.  Registrants must transfer their entire registration to a new person, not just a portion.
  2. Cancellations must be received by August 4th, 2020 in order to be eligible for a refund minus applicable credit card fees. Any cancellations or no shows will not be eligible for a refund and will be billed in full. By registering you agree to this cancellation policy.
  3. I am agreeing to my image being published in conjunction with this conference.

 Volunteers

OWEA could not put on a conference without their volunteers!

Fill out this form to sign up!

 modation

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Thank You 2020 Sponsors!

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FAQs

I can't remember my member number. Who do I call?

Please contact OWEA at 614-488-5800 between 9 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday or email info@ohiowea.org.

I can't remember my username or password. Who do I call?

You can use the "Forgot Your Password?" feature under the login bar. If you get an error, please contact OWEA at 614-488-5800 between 9 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday or email info@ohiowea.org.

Where and when is the 2020 Technical Conference?

Conference: August 31st - September 3rd, 2020

Exhibition: September 1st, 2020

Holiday Inn Independence

6001 Rockside Rd.

Independence, OH 44131

How can I register for the conference?

Online registration will be available until August 17th, 2020. After August 17th all registrations will need to be made onsite and will incur additional fees. For more information and to register please click HERE.

Is this the One Water Conference?

The One Water Conference is a partnership between OWEA and OAWWA that has previously occured every four years. From 2021-2026 it will be held annually. While One Water isnt available this year, please consider participating in the OWEA Conference on August 31st - September 3rd at Holiday Inn in Independence, OH.

My spouse/family/children/friend are coming with me to the Conference. Do I need to register them?

We require a ticket for everyone--regardless of age--for all of our events. You can either purchase the Guest Package which includes all event tickets or you can purchase a singular event ticket a la cart. If your spouse/family/children/friend will not be attending OWEA events then no further action is necessary.

I need extra event tickets. How do I purchase them?

We encourage you to purchase additional event tickets ahead of time through your conference registration. If you need to add tickets after you have registered, but before August 17th, 2020, you can contact the office to add them for you. Tickets can also be purchased at the registration desk during the conference but could involve significant wait times.

Is there a penalty for substitutions?

No. Substitutions are welcomed without penalty. Written substitution must be submitted by the original registrant by August 17th, 2020 in order to be processed before the conference. Substitutions needed after June 15th must be done onsite. Partial substitutions are not allowed.  Registrants must transfer their entire registration to a new person, not just a portion.

What form of payment can I use to register for the conference?

  • OWEA can accept VISA, MasterCard, Discovercard, and American Express credit cards payments

  • OWEA can accept company, personal and travelers checks payable in US dollars, to the "Ohio Water Environment Association" or "OWEA"

  • Cash is accepted onsite only.

I need a W-9 to process payment. Where can I request one?

You can download our W-9 here.

What is included in the different registration packages?

Please click here to view our "What's Included?" Chart.

What is your cancellation policy?

OWEA Attendee Refund Policy 

  • Cancellations received August 17, 2020 or later or no-shows will be billed in full and will not receive a refund.

  • Cancellations received between August 7 - August 16, 2020 will receive a 65% refund minus any credit card processing fees. 

  • Cancellations received by August 6, 2020 will receive a full refund minus any credit card processing fees.

OWEA Exhibitor Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by July 15th, 2020 in order to be eligible for a refund minus applicable credit card fees. Any cancellations or no shows will not be eligible for a refund.

When does registration open onsite?

Registration will open at 7 AM Monday - Thursday.

How can I make hotel reservations?

Please click this link for hotel booking information.

I am interested in advertising at the 2020 Technical Conference. How do I advertise?

Although we do not have conference specific advertisements, many companies choose to sponsor in the May Issue of our Buckeye Bulletin for added exposure prior to the conference. More information can be found at this link.

I'm interested in Sponsoring at the 2020 Technical Conference. Who do I call?

Sponsorship information can be found on our website here. Our detailed advertising prospectus should answer the majority of your questions and is located here

When does early bird pricing end?

Early bird pricing ends at midnight on July 15th, 2020. At 12:01 on July 16th, 2020 late pricing begins. There are no exceptions.

How many contact hours/CEU's are being offered at the 2020 Technical Conference?

  • Monday's Plant Tours offers 2.75 contact hours.

  • Tuesday offers 6 contact hours.

  • Wednesday offers 5.5 contact hours.

  • Thursday offers 3.75 contact hours.

The total conference offers up to 18 contact hours.

Where is the Meet & Greet on Tuesday night located?

This year the Meet & Greet will remain onsite at Holiday Inn Independence. No transportation is necessary. 

Where is the Golf Outing on Monday?

Golf will take place at Seneca Golf Course. More information can be found here

What is the dress code for the conference?

Casual to business casual is acceptable. Please keep in mind that the temperature can fluctuate from room to room, so dressing in layers is a good option. 

What is the dress code for the Meet & Greet?

Casual attire is acceptable. 

What is the dress code for the Networking Event on Wednesday night?

Business casual attire is acceptable. The event is not formal.

I'm interested in helping out at the conference. How can I sign up?

Please fill out this form to tell us your availability.

What should I bring to the conference?

That is up to you! In general, business cards, pen, notepad, and a refillable water bottle are a great start.

Why do you require a unique email address for every attendee?

To ensure proper credit is given to our operators and engineers alike, we require a unique email for any communication regarding your hours after the conference.

Can you accommodate special dietary requests?

We strive to provide diverse food options at each meal and will have vegetarian options available. 

What counts as a Retired Member to receive the discounted rate?

Individuals must be completely retired to utilize this rate. This includes no part time work or paid consulting. If you are unsure if you qualify as a Retired Member, please call the office at 614-488-5800 and we will assist.

I'm interested in speaking. Are you still accepting abstracts for the 2020 Conference?

Our Call for Abstracts ended in November. Any open Call for Abstracts can be found on this link. A Call for Abstracts for our 2021 One Water Conference will be opening in the fall of 2020. Thank you for your interest!