Plan to join us at our 21st Annual WOSSA Education Conference and Trade Show. Our focus this year is "Going the Distance"! In part, it reflects that while it has been a tough 10 year recovery, some of the prime economic indicators are telling us that things are definitely better. Like a marathon runner who has pushed through the "wall" at the 16 mile mark, we are setting our sites on the finish line as we plan into our future. But you must have a race strategy to run the next 10 miles ... Are you ready to "Go the Distance?"
We will have a full two days of education for Designer, Installer and Service Provider CEU's as well as a Business Owner track to talk about managing the chaos. Our Keynote Speaker Ellen Rohr – The Plumber’s Wife – Makes Business UN-Complicated with her perspectives on successfully picking up and running her husbands plumbing business with ideas that she has learned and lived through. Ellen is the author of four un-fussy business books: Where Did the Money Go?, How Much Should I Charge?, The Bare Bones Biz Plan and The Weekend Biz Plan. Followed by a full schedule with national speakers, new product presentations and ideas on how to run your business better and faster while still keeping it fun.
...and like a good marathon runner, you have to feed the beast and pace yourself to get to the end. Our program this year will feature some great food during both the exhibitor reception and dinner on Friday night along with the entertainment of comedian Susan Rice during our annual auction and fundraiser for the scholarship program and legislative initiatives.
Don't forget to renew your 2017 Membership when you register .
Tacoma offers a full range of restaurants - from fine to casual dining, as well as nightlife options. The GTCTC maintains a current list of these establishments and is pleased to provide them to you.
Interested in the arts? Three world-class museums are located in the core of downtown Tacoma; Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, Washington State History Museum and now the Children's Museum also has a new location downtown. A vibrant theater district provides many options for entertainment.
For those ready to shop, boutique-style shops line the downtown core and Tacoma’s "Antique Row" is a fun way to spend the day. Prefer to spend the day outdoors? Explore the areas parks, stroll along the waterfront promenade, take a short train ride to Seattle or explore Mt. Rainier National Park.
Tacoma, Washington 98402
(253) 830.6601 or toll free (888) 227.3705
map and directions
The following hotels have provided discounted rates for conference attendees. In order to receive the discounted rate, you must let the hotel know that you are attending the 2017 Washington On-Site Sewage Association (WOSSA) Conference. These discounted rates are available until Friday January 4, 2017 or until the room block fills, whichever comes first.
1320 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 238.8000 or (888) 862.3255
Single/Double Occupancy King: $152.00
Wake Up Inspired at this Downtown Tacoma Hotel. Welcome to Hotel Murano, a luxury downtown Tacoma hotel located adjacent to the Tacoma convention center and steps from the city’s best museums and restaurants. Tacoma is the epicenter of the American glass art movement and, honoring that heritage, Hotel Murano pairs luxurious guestrooms and well-appointed event space with a museum-worthy collection of glass art from around the globe.
1515 Commerce Street
Tacoma, Washington 98402
Group Rate: $144.00 - $154.00
UPSCALE. DOWNTOWN. Located in the heart of Tacoma's financial and theater districts, this upscale hotel is just steps from the city's convention center, museums, popular restaurants and the University of Washington-Tacoma campus. Light Rail trams run from the hotel to attractions such as the Tacoma Dome, Chihuly Bridge of Glass and Washington State History Museum. Friendly service and thoughtful amenities await you at award-winning Pacific Grill Restaurant and luxurious Pacific Avenue Salon and Spa. After a day of meetings or sightseeing, guests can relax in the fireside library or be refreshed with a swim in the indoor pool.
Although this year’s 2017 Conference “Going the Distance” is in the rear view mirror, many of the themes are still evident in the economy in Washington. Our program this last year had some great highlights with our Keynote speaker, Ellen Rohr – “Business Uncomplicated” and her popular breakout session on the importance and creation of a business plan. The technical sessions of the conference program expanded to include some new approaches in each of our industry segments and added new elements to support business owners with current information on DOT inspections, insurance costs and coverage along with ideas on taking advantage of opportunities (and mistakes to avoid) growing your business in an economy that is heating up.
Our legislative lobbyist, Tim Johnson updated both our efforts in Olympia and outlined a new attack on our industry by citizen political activist groups like COOMWA (Citizens Opposed to Onsite Sewer System Management in Washington) and CAPR (Citizens Alliance for Property Rights) that piled on to several bills that would have very badly impacted our industry.
This year’s conference also saw the biggest increase in new exhibitors in recent years, and the fundraising auction to support our WOSSA legislative efforts and the Scholarship program in 2017. With $20,000 in scholarships being awarded to successful applicants, this will surpass all of our previous scholarship levels since the beginning of the program.
We have included contact information for all of the exhibitors that were at the Conference and encourage you to reach out to them for your equipment, technology and supply needs. Doing business with the companies that support the industry is just good business. Looking forward to a growing economy and thinking about how you will succeed in “Going the Distance”, let us know at WOSSA what you need and how we can help!
Nearly everyone attending this year's Conference was able to witness WOSSA’s “X-games event,” the Roe-D-Hoe. This year's Class Scheduling allowed all those in attendance to participate or view this exciting machine operator skills competition. A thanks goes out to A Advanced for organizing the event, and to NC Machinery for providing the necessary equipment to hold the event.
The WOSSA Scholarship Program has enjoyed great success in years past and this year was no different. This year’s 19th Annual Conference Scholarship Auction and Raffle will add more than $15,000 to the Scholarship Program. Because of businesses and individuals like those listed, our program has delivered nearly $120,000 in scholarship grants since inception.