It won’t always be remembered as the year of the mask but for the foreseeable future that will be one of the memories of Mississippi 811’s 2020 Summit.

It was a celebration of sorts in that so many of the attendees were visiting face to face for the first time in many months. The sessions were lively and interactive. Ideas were challenged and options discussed in an open and free environment for ideas. Many told me that from a content perspective, they thought this to be one of the best. The exhibit hall was hopping, it had the atmosphere of a country family reunion. All that was missing was a horseshoe tournament and a drunk uncle nobody could find. People were excited to be part of a live event promoting damage prevention and public safety with stakeholders who have become close friends over the years.

The 2020 Summit became a teenager as we also celebrated 13 consecutive events laying the groundwork for all underground utility owners/operators to be members of Mississippi 811, for electronic positive response and fair and effective enforcement, as well as other relevant initiatives. Part of what makes the Summit grow in Mississippi is that we aren’t afraid to share new ideas or perspectives.

Session ideas, coming from attendees who offer suggestions, have led to lively discussions and certainly 2020 was no different. The thing that was very different this year was the face masks, social distancing, and the smell of hand sanitizer. All signs that we’re in this together.

A special thanks to all our attendees, sponsors and exhibitors who stepped out on a limb to make this one of the most memorable Damage Prevention Summits ever. It has always been about you and you kept it safe!

Mark your calendar for November 3 – 5, 2021. Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve attended the Mississippi Summit?… Well, that’s too long! Hope to see you in Biloxi!