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Preparations under way for EXPO at Civic Center

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The 34th annual West Virginia Construction and Design Exposition gets under way today at the Charleston Civic Center.

More than 340 exhibitors representing construction and design firms from around the region are expected at this year's event, show manager Pat Parsons said.

 "It's the most companies we've ever had, so we're very pleased about that," Parsons said.

Most of the exhibitors were hauling equipment and setting up the more than 480 indoor booths at the Civic Center Tuesday.

EXPO, as it is known, is the largest construction and design show in the region. Engineering, construction and public works representatives from businesses and organizations in 30 states are expected to attend this year's event.

More than 5,000 people attended last year's show.

In addition to booths and exhibits showing off equipment and technology, the event will feature scores of seminars designed to educate participants on the latest industry trends.

Sessions will also provide attendees the opportunity to earn continuing education credits that can be applied in various fields.

"One reason for our success is that we're very focused on education here," Parsons said. "It's really about education all the way round."

He said there would be more than 70 seminars and meetings offered over the two-day event. While most are focused on continuing education in fields like drinking and waste water treatment, others provide attendees a chance to interact with state and industry leaders.

The Contractor's Association of West Virginia will have their annual state meeting this morning at the show.

Contractor's Association executive director Mike Clowser said state Senate Finance Committee Chairman Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, and House Finance Committee Vice-Chairman Doug Reynolds, D-Cabell, will address the association and answer members' questions about state public works funding.

For the second year in a row, EXPO will host the Marcellus to Manufacturing Ethane Development Conference.

Hundreds of natural gas industry leaders are expected to attend this year's conference to learn about business opportunities available through Marcellus Shale development.

EXPO begins at 10 a.m. today and ends at 8 p.m. The event will last 8 a.m. to noon Thursday.

EXPO is a private industry trade show open to qualified attendees only.

Parsons said qualified attendees include those who work directly in the construction, design, public works or infrastructure construction and maintenance industries, or individuals who own or purchase goods for businesses involved in those industries.

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Contact writer Jared Hunt at or 304-348-4836.



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