02 Aug 2016 TechNet Militray Trade Show Returns to Augusta – Bigger than Ever
TechNet Augusta Military Trade Show Returns.
The biggest names in military communications and electronic warfare will be rubbing shoulders downtown this week for TechNet Augusta 2016.
The fourth annual trade show at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center has exceeded the exhibit hall’s floor space, requiring organizers to put up outdoor exhibits in the surface parking lot at 10th and Reynolds streets.
“It keeps growing every year,” said Barry White, the president of the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Registration for the event, which runs Tuesday through Thursday, could hit an all-time high of 3,000, which White said is a sign of the region’s growing prominence in military cyber affairs.
Fort Gordon is home to the Army’s signals intelligence and cyberdefense missions, as well as the site for one of the National Security Agency’s three global surveillance
“The people coming in for TechNet love it and think that Augusta is the natural place to do it,” White said. “With the relocation of Army Cyber, this is the place they want to be. It’s a perfect fit for Augusta.”
TechNet grew out of the old Signal Symposium, which was last held in Augusta in 2005. TechNet was revived in 2013 by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, better known as AFCEA International.
The organization was founded in Augusta in 1946, when the fort was known as Camp Gordon.
In addition to providing key armed services personnel with a forum for discussing doctrine and best practices, TechNet provides an opportunity for military contractors to demonstrate new cyber technologies and services to government, industry and academic leaders.
The event generates a $1.4 million economic impact, according to Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates.
White said this is the third year officials from Augusta, North Augusta and Columbia County have staffed a joint exhibit at the event to promote the region. Known as the Greater Augusta Communities Partnership, the initiative highlights the area’s
low cost of living, large health care sector and abundant recreational opportunities.
Trade Show Executive magazine named TechNet one of its “Fastest 50” growing trade shows last year.
White said he believes the event will only grow larger and possibly create spinoffs.
“I think we’ll see more things like this coming in the future,” he said.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle
Author: Damon Cline/Business Editor