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wasn't there an email address on the nationals survey?
why not email these suggestions in. I didn't see Dallas on the list of options.
 

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wasn't there an email address on the nationals survey?
why not email these suggestions in. I didn't see Dallas on the list of options.
Because no one wanted to drive down here in the SUMMER! The Texas event we were toying around with was durring Oktoberfest, in Austin, near the bat caves.
 

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I'd come down there, even in the summer. Of course I'm in Oklahoma and we get almost as hot as you do.
While not quite centrally located Texas is close enough and there is plenty to do.
 

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Smart let us know where the biggest concentration of smarts are.
California
South East (FL)
and Texas.

Prove to the rest of the country you got something to offer by getting together a Large regional event like the Dragon, Dells, FL, or the Dam.

Then the rest of us will want to come. The further North in TX you get the event, the more attendees from around the country you will get.

You may notice all the events I mentioned above are NOT held at a smart center. A smart centers direct involvement is not a requirement unless they offer a world class BBQ. Yummy


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One thing I remember distinctly from some of the past planning was most people were only willing to travel about 500 miles for an event. The more people you get within a 500 mile radius the more people you will get to attend an event. If you put an event on a coast you only get a semicircle of attendees.
 

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I think Dallas would be a great spot. Its just down the road (I-35 starts in Duluth) Good luck in the planning stages!
 

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If this event is next year or the year after (preferably in the fall but not on the same weekend as the Dragon), I would be very interested in driving to Texas.
 

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Love Dallas, great town. Lots to do there. Only 507 miles / 816 km from Kansas City. Straight down I-35. Go for it Jedi!!!!!!!!!
 

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Just my .02 here but for a national event having not only an enthusiastic smart center on board but an active local owners group are "must haves." No way the KC event would have been as successful without the two local centers and the MO-KAN Smart Car Club doing the heavy lifting at the event. When people say east and west coast that doesn't have to be on the waterfront - Las Vegas would be a good western location, as would Atlanta for the east. Plenty of flexibility here if people "open their minds." :)
 

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We also talk about someplace in Colorado, at the 2010 Nationals for the next National event. Lots of beautiful driving tours though the mountains. My wife and I went camping there after the Nationals event. There were smart cars everwhere, in Denver, Boulder and Estes Park. Lots of green folks.

I also agree, with jwight, after being a past promoter of the last Nationals. the dealerships, and smart usa really made the event happen.
 

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Just my .02 here but for a national event having not only an enthusiastic smart center on board but an active local owners group are "must haves." No way the KC event would have been as successful without the two local centers and the MO-KAN Smart Car Club doing the heavy lifting at the event. When people say east and west coast that doesn't have to be on the waterfront - Las Vegas would be a good western location, as would Atlanta for the east. Plenty of flexibility here if people "open their minds." :)
+1. Coastal events do not need to be "on the coast" unless it just happens to work better that way. However, somewhere mid-coast (north to south) would be preferable, I would think. So, a southern VA or northern NC type location for the East Coast (there is the triangle of smart centers in NC and VA Beach isn't too far off).
 
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