2022 FL/AL Joint Conference in Review

The Exhibitors began setting up their booths on Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of the busy atmosphere that followed. Registration was jumping as attendees arrived ready for the show to begin. After a quick breakfast, attendees joined the crowd already gathered in the Opening Session. Dignitaries from both Florida and Alabama's Rural Waters and both of the states primacy agencies as well as the USDA directors from both states updated attendees on the developments that they should be aware of in the industry. Everyone enjoyed an old fashion hot dog lunch in the Exhibit Hall as we walked around and viewed the latest in innovations and spoke with friends that we have not seen in a while.

After lunch, it was back to class as we broke out into concurrent water and wastewater sessions. Presentations given by experts in their field regarding the latest news in the industry kept attendees in the loop on what is really going on on issues affecting their systems. Young and old alike gathered for the annual Seafood Boil. The line was worth the wait as we helped ourselves to huge containers of salad, potato salad, tomato and cucumber salad, and seafood boil. We can't forget the deserts that topped off a perfect meal!

The next morning, we took a few moments for a quick bite of breakfast and a cup of coffee before heading back to the concurrent sessions. At noon, we enjoyed a box lunch and then we all gathered one last time to hear from our speakers about topics that interested both aspects of the industry.

It was a busy schedule, but we hope that you had time to enjoy the beach! It's always a great time when we get to reminisce with your friends from Alabama and network with our peers. We hope you enjoyed this year's Conference and will join us next year as Alabama Rural Water hosts the 2023 Alabama/Florida Joint Conference in Orange Beach, Alabama in May of 2023. See you there!