06-17-20 | News

HNA Trade Show Puts on the Brakes

GIE Makes No Plans to Do So

The ICPI decides that conditions are too uncertain to proceed with their show this year but promises a bigger show in 2021.

Due to the current concerns and uncertainties of the pandemic, the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute has announced the postponement of this year's Hardscape North America trade show, which is held in conjunction with GIE+EXPO.

The press release from ICPI, which produces the show, read, "Hardscape North America is known for attracting thousands to a dynamic event that includes one-on-one interaction, networking, hands-on demonstrations and social gatherings."

Charles McGrath, ICPI executive director stated, "Because we cannot currently guarantee the experience our attendees and exhibitors have come to expect, our board has decided to postpone the in-person event for 2020 and set our sights on how we can best serve our audiences this year. And we've already begun planning for an even bigger and greater HNA trade show and learning event alongside the GIE+EXPO in 2021."

The ICPI Board of Directors earlier this year also committed to continuing Hardscape North America in conjunction with the GIE+EXPO through 2023.

ICPI wanted you to know that over the last two years, they have developed online versions of the following strongly popular courses:
aEUR? Concrete Paver Installer Course and Certification
aEUR? Residential Specialist Course and designation
aEUR? Commercial Specialist Course and designation
aEUR? PICP Specialist Course and designation
aEUR? Commercial Professional Course and designationA
aEUR? Residential Professional Course and designation

ICPI also has a vast library of recorded webinars that are easily accessed 24/7 from their Hardscape Institute atA In addition, the association is leading a workforce development campaign to attract students and career-seekers into hardscaping trade. Many resources are available to parents and students considering this stable and growing profession atA reached out to representatives for the GIE+EXPO and was directed to their website that contains this message:

"We are all living in a time of great uncertainty, and we want to keep you updated on what's happening with GIE+EXPO. While we continue to take prudent measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our team by working remotely, our plans for GIE+EXPO are moving forward. The show is still scheduled to take place October 21-23, 2020 in Louisville.

"Exhibit sales are strong, and we have several new opportunities for attendees this year, including expanded in-tree arborist training in Freedom Hall, hands-on drone sessions, and a UTV test track. We are also planning a robust schedule of education programming, featuring an expanded slate of technology sessions and business-focused programming, as well as education for hardscaping, snow and ice management, irrigation, landscape lighting, and more." will continue to follow this story and report all updates.


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