Police Fleet Expo 2018

Police Fleet Expo 2018
Aug. 20-23, 2018
St. Louis, MO

By Police Fleet Manager Staff 

Police Fleet Expo returns to St. Louis, Aug. 20-23, 2018! St. Louis was also host to PFE in 2010 and 2011. Centrally located in America’s heartland, St. Louis is an easy drive or quick flight away. With an average of 500 daily flights and 68 non-stop destinations, St. Louis Lambert International Airport is just minutes from downtown with quick and easy access to interstates and the MetroLink light rail system.

For PFE 2018, we are expecting more than 85 exhibitors and 550 attendees. Our host hotel is the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel (formerly Renaissance Grand St. Louis). This Marriott is conveniently located across the street from the America’s Center and connected via a pedway. Both venues underwent extensive renovations in the last couple of years.

The Ride & Drive will be held on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 at Gateway Motorsports Park, from 10:00am – 3:00pm. This popular event will showcase the usual events where attendees can test-drive vehicles from Chevy, FCA and Ford as well as motorcycles and alternate vehicles. We’ll also have use of the dirt track for off-road testing.

Training and classroom sessions will span three days, from Aug. 21-24 at America’s Center. We have sessions tailored to the new Fleet Manager a well as those who’ve held the position for some time. Exhibit hall hours are on Wednesday, Aug. 23 and Thursday, Aug. 24.

 

St. Louis Attractions

St. Louis provides Police Fleet Expo attendees a world-class experience with many diverse dining options. Attendees will enjoy Peruvian, Italian, French, Mediterranean and more cuisine from around the world. The tallest monument in the U.S is just steps away from America’s Center. Attendees can experience the $380 million transformation of the 90-acre Gateway Arch grounds featuring a fully renovated museum, new spaces for performances, events, and paths for biking and walking. A new underground-glass entrance will feature natural lighting and face the park over the highway. This west-facing entry plaza gives visitors an easier way to enter the Gateway Arch and its Museum of Westward Expansion. The park site will increase with 11 new acres, a renovated historic Old Courthouse, and an expanded Museum of Westward Expansion. The museum will explore America’s western journey and the important role St. Louis and its people played in the growth of the United States.

St. Louis also boasts miles and miles of green. In addition to the Gateway Arch National Park along the Mississippi River, there’s Great Rivers Greenway (a 600‐mile network of trails), Forest Park and much more. Home of the Blues, St. Louis celebrates the opening of the National Blues Museum adjacent to America’s Center. Every night, St. Louis is alive with the rhythm of live music including jazz, country and rock featuring both national and local acts.

Another must-see venue is Ballpark Village, a world-class dining and entertainment district in the heart of downtown. Opened in 2014, this multi-purpose event destination is a mix of sports and nightlife sure to create lasting memories for PFE attendees. This 100,000-square-foot venue can easily accommodate groups from 10 to 5,000 and is open year round, regardless of the season and weather. Ballpark Village is within walking distance of the convention center, and is within a four-block radius of five hotel properties and the MetroLink station is right across the street.

Anchored in the rich tradition of Cardinals’ baseball and Anheuser-Busch, Ballpark Village sets the bar for exceptional service and offering unique experiences for groups of all sizes. Amenities include full entertainment production and event coordination, five music stages, Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, interactive tap wall, a mechanical bull, and the Bud Deck and AT&T Rooftop Stadium experiences. 

New developments are underway at historic St. Louis Union Station. At its height, the station was once the world’s largest and busiest railroad station. Today, St. Louis Union Station offers an exclusive and authentic experience for meeting attendees that will not be found anywhere else. The highly anticipated St. Louis Aquarium is the latest attraction to add to the appeal of this historic landmark. The 75,000-square-foot St. Louis Aquarium, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2019, will be part of a $70 million entertainment complex at St. Louis Union Station. The attraction will feature one-of-a-kind exhibits and tanks with one million gallons of water housing thousands of aquatic species. A shark tank holding one of the largest collections of sharks in the Midwest will be a highlight of the new attraction. The exhibit will feature a Shark Bridge, a unique rope bridge that will suspend visitors just inches above the 385,000-gallon shark-filled tank. In addition, the venue will include an 8,500-square-foot private event space featuring the Shark Tank as a backdrop for a memorable meeting experience and one-of-a-kind photo opportunities. Other components of the entertainment complex at St. Louis Union Station will include the St Louis Wheel, a 200-foot-high wheel offering views of the St. Louis skyline, a boardwalk, a Train Park, and an impressive fire and light show along the property’s scenic water feature.

Police Fleet Expo is THE police fleet industry event. As many of you already know, St. Louis has a lot to offer PFE attendees. Visit www.policefleetexpo.com for show information and easy online registration. We look forward to seeing you there in August of 2018! 

 



Published in Police Fleet Manager, Sep/Oct 2017

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