Kick up your heels with American Idol finalist Josh Gracin

A Michigan native who grew up listening to country and R&B music, Josh Gracin catapulted to fame after auditioning for the second season of the hit television series American Idol. Josh, who was serving in the United States Marine Corps at the time, quickly became a fan favorite and won the hearts of viewers with his strong fourth place finish on Idol.

Following his appearance on the series and the completion of his military service (he was honorably discharged in 2004), Josh released his self-titled debut album that summer. Three Top Five singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart later, the Recording Industry Association of America certified the album gold. “Gracin Nation” was wanting more, and Josh delivered in the form of his sophomore album, We Weren’t Crazy, which was released in 2008. The album produced five more chart singles, including a top ten in its title track. Redemption, Josh’s third album, was released in 2011 and showcased his growth as a writer, artist and producer with the hit single “Long Way to Go” making its way up the adult contemporary charts.


Don’t miss your chance to exhibit — 90% of the Expo exhibit hall is sold!

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The Groundwater Expo is still months away, but the exhibit hall is already 90% sold out! You can learn more about each one by visiting the Groundwater Expo exhibitor list!

The Expo is the only event bringing together the top groundwater industry decsion-makers in one place! Make sure your company is part of the action! The exhibit hall will be open for two days to allow attendees to learn about the latest products and services you have to help you grow their business.

Check out the exhibitor page and the Groundwater Expo 2014 floor plan to see all of the current exhibitor opportunities.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us now to learn more about the benefits to your business.


Innovation, Inspiration, and Entertainment!

Alex Bandar, Ph.D.

Alex Bandar, Ph.D.

In addition to the outstanding educational lineup and hundreds of exhibitors you’ve come to expect at the Groundwater Expo, this year’s event  has an opening session not to be missed!
Join Alex Bandar, Ph.D., founder and CEO of the Columbus Idea Foundry, as he presents the H2O Talk “Improving the World — One Idea at a Time” a journey into the exciting world of the Maker Movement. Explore how new opportunities such as free online education, open-source software, digital prototyping resources (think 3-D printers), and crowdfunding, combined with more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts, are empowering people like never before. Bandar presents the history of the “makerspace” and provides examples of how “makers” of all types — from scientists and designers to entrepreneurs and inventors — are coming together to bring about the next generation of products and innovations to improve the world…one idea at a time. You’re sure to leave feeling encouraged, creative, and emboldened to rediscover your own DIY spirit.

Next up are the NGWA award presentations. After all, there’s no better way to recognize innovation in the groundwater industry than with the awards that spotlight the best and the brightest.

Josh Gracin

Josh Gracin

To round out the morning’s events– and get you in the mood for the opening of the exhibit hall — is country music’s Josh Gracin. A member of the U.S. Marine Corps at the time, he skyrocketed to fame after becoming the fourth-place finalist in the second season of American Idol. Following his appearance on the series, Gracin completed his military service, was honorably discharged in 2004, and then released his self-titled debut album that summer. Three Top Five singles later, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

So come to Vegas this December and be inspired at The Complete Groundwater Event!


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