The 2008 World of Concrete promises an even bigger and better show than last year. So get your walking shoes ready to explore more than 900,000 square feet of exhibits, seminar programs, indoor and outdoor events, and live demonstrations. Hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Jan. 21–25, WOC 2008 is the largest trade show in the industry, with more than 1700 exhibitors. Catering to contractors, manufacturers, and industry professionals, there is something for everyone. Be sure to peruse the program guide or visit www.worldofconcrete.com for a complete list of exhibitors, seminars, and events. For those too eager to wait, here is a preview of what to expect.

THE CONCRETE PRODUCER's Economic Summit
Tuesday, Jan. 22, noon to 2 p.m.

At this year's Economic Summit speakers will discuss the ups and downs anticipated in the coming year, and what producers need to do to survive them. Topics will range from a general economic forecast to details about specific materials and equipment availability. The cost is $75 per person ($125 after Dec. 20, 2007), including lunch. Last year's seminar sold out quickly, so reserve your spot early at www.worldofconcrete.com.

Editorial Tour: Hoover Dam
Sunday, Jan. 20, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday, Jan. 25, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This year, the third annual World of Concrete Editorial Tour will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the highway project that literally is changing the face of one of our country's most well-known historic landmarks: the Hoover Dam. The Hoover Dam Bypass Tour will take visitors off the paved road, over the base of the new four-lane bypass, and straight to the edge of the new Colorado River Bridge being built approximately 1500 feet downstream.

Obayashi/JSM, the general contractor, will be there to answer questions and offer project updates. Also representatives from tour sponsor Sika Corp. will provide information about the concrete admixtures essential to the project's strength and success.

Afterward, attendees can join the editors of CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION and THE CONCRETE PRODUCER on a tour of the Hoover Dam Visitor Center, the power plant inside the dam, and the observation deck. An opportunity to take photos of the stunning landscape and to enjoy a one-of-a-kind view of the new bridge construction will be available. The editorial staff and magazine contributors will host a special presentation of the history of the dam's construction more than 75 years ago.

All who attend will receive a box lunch and a World of Concrete gift. Buses will leave from and return to the Las Vegas Convention Center. The tours fill up early, so log on to www.worldofconcrete.com to register. Cost is $80 for advance registration; $85 after Dec. 20, 2007.

Women in Concrete Luncheon and Forum
Wednesday, Jan. 23, noon to 2 p.m.

The annual Women in Concrete Luncheon and Forum, hosted by CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION and THE CONCRETE PRODUCER, is an exclusive two-hour program that brings together women working in all segments of the concrete construction industry. It provides a unique opportunity to connect with peers and gain insight into the challenges specific to women in the industry.

This year the program consists of a panel of women discussing some of the “hot” industry trends. How is sustainability going to affect the way you do business? Will pervious concrete be a part of your business in this next year? How will the trends and economics affect you next year?

Join speakers Kristen Cooper Carter from California State University, Chico, Michelle Wilson from Portland Cement Association, and Shana Young from Smith's Ready Mix, for this informative presentation followed by an open discussion. The Women in Concrete Luncheon and Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23, noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $50 for advance registration; $75 after Dec. 20, 2007. Register online now, because this event has sold out for the past two years.