Attendees were excited to learn and meet new people. - Photo: Lexi Tucker

Attendees were excited to learn and meet new people.

Photo: Lexi Tucker

The Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) opens today in Orlando with an enticing events and ample networking and education opportunities. The conference, which runs through Wednesday, takes place at the Orange County Convention Center.

The Block Party gave attendees the opportunity to test drive a variety of different vehicles. - Photo: Lexi Tucker

The Block Party gave attendees the opportunity to test drive a variety of different vehicles.

Photo: Lexi Tucker

The day began at 9 a.m. local time with the traditional first timers' orientation, where attendees met with other newbies and show veterans alike and received an inside look at upcoming show highlights. This proved to be a helpful transition to the block party and experience, where attendees participated in ride and drives, hands-on training, experiential learning, and a technology showcase.

MEMA hosted a number of panels - pictured here are (L to R) Dan Berlenbach, CPFP, City of Long Beach, California; Eric Winterset, City of Long Beach; Sara Burnam, CAFM, Palm Beach County, Florida; and Bob Stine, Hillsborough County, Florida. - Photo: Thi Dao

MEMA hosted a number of panels - pictured here are (L to R) Dan Berlenbach, CPFP, City of Long Beach, California; Eric Winterset, City of Long Beach; Sara Burnam, CAFM, Palm Beach County, Florida; and Bob Stine, Hillsborough County, Florida.

Photo: Thi Dao

Later in the day, the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) will host three educational sessions: Life after COVID - Fleet Best Practices; Lean Times -Maintaining Excellent Services; and Electrification Pitfalls - What to Watch Out For. A keynote presentation by fleet consultant Mike Brennan will follow, where he'll discuss key areas fleet operations are focusing on and the steps fleet managers can take to ensure their operation’s success.

The first day of the event will conclude with an opening party at the pool. Educational sessions and the exhibit hall open on Tuesday, November 16. The GFX website lists the full event schedule.

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