World of Concrete opened with style on Tuesday, with former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman drinking a martini and flanked by showgirls in high heels and sequined dresses. “World of Concrete is one of our favorite conventions and meetings,” said Goodman, who was the bubbly, publicity-generating mayor from 1999 to 2011.

Tom Cindric, vice president of World of Concrete, announced at the ribbon-cutting ceremony that the show will be in Las Vegas for years to come. “We thank you for making Las Vegas its permanent home,” said Goodman, who also read city and county proclamations, congratulating WOC on its 40th anniversary.

WOC’s first show in Las Vegas was in 1976; there were 103 exhibitors compared to more than 1,250 today. No city has hosted more World of Concretes. The first was in Houston in 1975. Since then all of the show’s attendance and square footage records have been set in Las Vegas.

Also Tuesday, Cindric announced that WOC has started a World of Concrete Legacy Award, whose first recipient is Bob Weatherton, who also was selected as one of Concrete Construction magazine’s Most Influential People in its January 2014 issue. In addition, a $5,000 World of Concrete Weatherton Scholarship was been started.