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SC&RA moves back to live meetings


September 29, 2020
By Crane & Hoist Canada staff

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The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) is planning on holding live events in 2021. The events will follow CDC guidelines and local and state guidance including social distancing, mandatory masks, hand sanitizing stations, a no-handshake policy, and utilizing as many outdoor spaces as possible for activities.

“COVID-19 has created great challenges and unusual circumstances for all of us; 2020 is likely a year none of us will ever forget but one that delivered some valuable lessons,” the SC&RA stated. “Through direct experience and member feedback, we know with total certainty, no matter how hard we try, technology is no substitute for our live events. We are pleased to report that based on member input and board-direction, we are moving back to our live meetings for 2021.”

The association stated health and safety is a top priority and is now at the stage of establishing proper direction to begin to restore operations, knowing that recovery from 2020 will not be immediate or easy.

“If any single term can describe our position, it would be a balancing act,” stated the SC&RA. “In terms of restoring operations, one of the most difficult decisions we have been faced with is when to open our live meetings. While responsibly following COVID guidelines and putting the politics of the pandemic aside, based on national trends, direct member feedback and ongoing dialogue with our hotel partners and related service providers.”

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The SC&RA we will be hosting its 2021 events as follows:

  • January Board and Committee Meetings, Sun Valley, Idaho, January 6-9
  • Specialized Transportation Symposium, Birmingham, Alabama, February 16-18
  • Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 12-16
  • Crane & Rigging Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, September 14-16

“After straight 10 years of healthy growth in our meetings and exhibits, we know live meeting attendance will not be its norm for 2021 but with consistent focus, your continuing support, and our ongoing commitment, we are confident our meetings business will be back to healthy levels by 2022. At the end of the day, it’s all about delivering solid value to our members,” stated the association.