Important Update: TIA Capital Ideas Conference
Dear 2020 Capital Ideas Attendees,
Over the course of the past three months, as the COVID-19 crisis has persisted and much of the nation still finds itself under stay-at-home orders or subject to extensive restrictions on public gatherings, we have been working with the hotel and our vendors, sponsors, exhibitors, lawyers, insurers, and board of directors to assess the situation at hand. Due to these continued restrictions, it has become impossible for TIA to hold an in-person meeting at this time. As such, we have officially canceled the TIA 2020 Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition.
“We recognize all of the time, effort and hard work that so many people – from our amazing TIA Staff and confirmed speakers, to the more than 80 exhibitors and sponsors – have put into preparing for the TIA 2020 Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition,” said Douglas A. Clark, TIA Interim CEO. “This is the last thing any of us wanted, but when TIA says we care about our members and our industry, it’s not an empty statement – it’s a commitment to doing what’s in their best interest, and in this instance, that means canceling this year’s conference.”
As a result of the cancellation, all existing conference registrations will be refunded, and hotel reservations at the JW Marriott Austin will be canceled.
This is not a decision that was made lightly, with TIA leadership having closely monitored the continuously evolving situation since early March. During this intervening period, TIA’s Meetings & Events team has remained in regular contact with the City of Austin, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the JW Marriott Austin and has closely examined the applicable state, county, and local restrictions on large gatherings. Additionally, TIA has been following the health and safety prevention guidelines and protocols as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) as they are updated.
Having already postponed the conference from April to August and with the situation still not being under control, it is simply impossible for TIA to hold its conference in 2020. With international and domestic travel restrictions and an inability to ensure the health and safety of our attendees and staff, coupled with social-distancing restrictions that defeat the very purpose of the conference, cancellation was our only option.
Our next major event this year is the 3PL Technovations Conference, taking place November 19-20, 2020 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. You can register here for that event, which was oversubscribed last year. It offers a series of quick looks at cutting edge technologies available to the industry, and a chance to talk at greater length with the people developing them.
We’ll be back and better than ever next year, as TIA heads to Phoenix. Registration is scheduled to open on October 15, 2020 for the 2021 Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition, taking place April 7-10, 2021 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona. We hope to see you there!