This morning, I’m on a plane to Raleigh, North Carolina. There, North Carolina Construction News and South Carolina Construction News publisher Bob Kruhm will meet me, and we’ll drive to Wilmington, to attend the FedCon Summit 2013, hosted by Senator Richard Burr and the North Carolina Military Business Center. The summit includes a social reception (this afternoon) and then a combination of trade show exhibits and conference presentations about military contracting opportunities and challenges in North Carolina.
Of course, this event occurs as the US is on the verge of default, presumably to be resolved or escalated as the summit occurs.
This is the sort of experience that gets my journalistic adrenaline flowing, although our original intentions at this event were much more grounded in commercial opportunities. There are plenty of relevant suppliers, services and relationships for a regional construction publication. The opportunity to ‘face-to-face’ with other exhibitors translates to potential advertising sales.
However, my passion has always been (and will continue to be) on the journalistic side of the business. Although accidental, the timing of this event correlates with history and I’m certainly interested in observing the interplay, reactions, and activities here as the story unfolds in Washington.