Next month, from April 9-12, the NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) stages the NAFA 2011 Institute & Expo (I&E) in Charlotte, N.C., at the Charlotte Convention Center. NFL Hall of Fame coach and NASCAR owner Joe Gibbs will provide the keynote address at the NAFA I&E. This site has the detailed NAFA I&E program.

A couple of sessions of interest to government fleet managers:

New Product Information: Light Duty Public Safety Vehicles
Saturday, April 9

Attendees at the session will learn:

  • About new products available from each manufacturer
  • What the future holds for law enforcement vehicles in public fleets
  • About new accessories and fleet equipment available from original equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)

Michigan State Police and LA Sheriff's Office: Police Vehicle Evaluations
Monday, April 11

Attendees at the session will learn:

  • What the test criteria is
  • What the results are and the new models
  • What makes a "pursuit vehicle" in police fleets

Doing More With Less: The Challenges of Government Fleet Managers
Tuesday, April 12

Attendees at the session will learn:

  • How to handle the added workload and cost that has been generated by stretching lifecycles related to shop operations
  • How to handle the added workload without additional staff
  • How to find new revenue sources and creative ways to save money without hindering fleet service levels
  • How to keep service levels high and meet customers' expectations along with helping reduce their cost

The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) will co-locate its annual conference at the NAFA event.

NCSFA activities at the NAFA I&E include:

  • Attendee/vendor welcome reception (Friday, April 8 at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Tee-shirt swap (Saturday, April 9 at 5:00 p.m.)
  • NCSFA awards ceremony (Monday, April 11 at 5:00 p.m.)

Here's the site for details on NCSFA events at the NAFA I&E.

There are many conferences for government fleet managers coming up in 2011. Some are mentioned on the calendar.

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