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The Rapid Excavation & Tunneling Conference (RETC) is the premier bi-annual international conference and trade show for 1,500+ industry professionals in tunneling and underground construction, as well as thousands of UCA of SME members. RETC sponsorships offer a variety of digital and onsite solutions to drive brand engagement, visibility, thought leadership and sales for your company.

Sponsorships are customizable based on your market goals and objectives. Stand out from your competition at RETC by leveraging the diverse pre-conference, during and post-conference engagement and brand-recognition sponsorship opportunities at the RETC 2023.


Overall Conference Sponsor – $30,000

Become the Overall Conference Sponsor of RETC 2023 to leverage brand exposure, stakeholder engagement and drive industry dominance in a 6-month conference promotional cycle. The Overall Conference Sponsor has unique access to more than 1,500 tunneling owners, contractors, engineers and vendors from around the world, as well as the larger tunneling and underground construction audience.

*$5,000 credit towards additional sponsorship

Pre-Conference:

  • Pre-Conference attendee list (opt-ins)
  • 1 Full Page advertisement in spring 2023 edition of Tunneling & Underground Construction Magazine (mailed to 12,000+ members worldwide)
  • Premier logo placement on all prominent pages of RETC 2023 website
  • Premier, front page logo recognition on all promotional materials for conference (includes all print and digital promotions: e-news, social media, emails, Tunneling & Underground Construction print and digital magazine)
  • Logo prominently displayed on all mailed promotional collateral for conference
  • Co-branded, cause-marketing social media campaigns before, during and after conference promoting your Overall Sponsorship
  • Logo, company description and contact information listed on your own featured page in the print and digital conference ShowGuide, sent to all RETC 2023 attendees and Tunneling & Underground Construction magazine subscribers
  • Diamond package enhancement on the Map Your Show interactive floorplan

Onsite:

  • 3 full registrations to RETC 2023
  • Brief speaking (or video) opportunity during opening Keynote Plenary session (circa 800 in attendance)
  • Exclusive recognition on branded signage throughout conference venue
  • Large Overall Conference Sponsor recognition floor cling in front of your exhibit booth
  • Interactive, customizable mobile app banner advertisement with engagement reporting data
  • Company name, logo and bio in featured listing in conference mobile app
  • Your branded give-away in more than 1,000 attendee bags

Post-Conference:

  • Post-Conference attendee list (opt-ins)
  • Premier logo recognition and thanks given in post-conference email sent to all attendees, exhibitors, speakers and sponsors
  • 8 priority points awarded for NAT 2024 booth space draw

*Additional customizable benefits to the Overall Conference Sponsor are available

Become a Sponsor

 

Gold-level sponsorships listed below. Any combination of sponsorships valued $10,000 and over.

Pre-Conference:

  • Pre-Conference attendee list (opt-ins)
  • Gold-level logo recognition with hyperlink on RETC 2023 website
  • Gold-level logo recognition on all print and digital promo for conference (e-news, social media, emails, Tunneling & Underground Construction print and digital magazine)
  • Gold-level logo recognition on mailed promotional collateral for conference
  • Social media call outs on SME social channels
  • Company name, description and contact information listed on your own featured page in the print and digital conference ShowGuide, sent to all RETC 2023 attendees and Tunneling & Underground Construction magazine subscribers

Onsite:

  • 1 full registration to RETC
  • Gold level logo recognition on branded signage throughout conference venue
  • Gold sponsor recognition floor cling (2x3ft) in front of your exhibit booth
  • Company name, logo and bio in Gold-sponsor listing in conference mobile app

Post-Conference:

  • Post-conferenceattendee list (opt-ins)
  • Logo recognition in post-conference email sent to all attendees, exhibitors,speakers and sponsors
  • 6 priority points awarded for NAT 2024 booth spacedraw

Conference Lanyards

$15,000 Exclusive Sponsor or $7,500 Co-Sponsorship

Lanyards will be distributed to all attendees at the registration counter and worn throughout the conference. Sponsoring company will have exclusive right to put logo design on conference lanyards.

SOLD
 

Tuesday Exhibit Hall Opening Reception

$15,000 Exclusive Sponsor or $7,500 Co-Sponsorship

Attracting more than 900 people, this event kicks off the opening of the Tuesday exhibits day. We will host heavy hors d’oeuvres and a hosted bar. Come and mingle with colleagues and friends.

Promotional Benefits Include:

  • Name and/or logo in digital and print promotions and branding for Monday reception
  • Recognition of company name on signage on food & beverage stations, bars, etc.
  • 1 push-notification sent out via mobile app thanking you as a sponsor and directing people to your booth on exhibit floor
  • Opportunity to provide branded cups/koozies/napkins, etc., for attendees to utilize during reception
  • Recognition in Thank You announcements made during reception
  • Drive impressions and distribute branded collateral to all attendees at food and beverage stations in the hall
 

Pre-Print USB Drive

THE DEADLINE TO RESERVE USB DRIVE ADVERTISING IS April 1, 2023
All full conference attendees will receive a proceedings USB flash drive, branded with your colored logo. You will be included on all signage and digital/print marketing for the proceedings drives. Proceedings drives are utilized by attendees for many years after the conference.

SOLD
 

Monday Exhibit Hall Opening Reception

$15,000 Exclusive Sponsor or $7,500 Co-Sponsorship

Attracting more than 900 people, this event kicks off the opening of the Tuesday exhibits day. We will host heavy hors d’oeuvres and a hosted bar. Come and mingle with colleagues and friends.

Promotional Benefits Include:

  • Name and/or logo in digital and print promotions and branding for Monday reception
  • Recognition of company name on signage on food & beverage stations, bars, etc.
  • 1 push-notification sent out via mobile app thanking you as a sponsor and directing people to your booth on exhibit floor
  • Opportunity to provide branded cups/koozies/napkins, etc., for attendees to utilize during reception
  • Recognition in Thank You announcements made during reception
  • Drive impressions and distribute branded collateral to all attendees at food and beverage stations in the hall

Tuesday exclusive sponsor only:

  • Opportunity to show looping video on monitors in exhibit hall
  • 2 full registrations to RETC 2023
  • Your branding on interactive, customizable mobile app banner ad (with engagement reporting data)
Become a Sponsor
 

Conference WiFi

$12,000 – Exclusive

Promotional Benefits Include:

Customizable landing page branded by you, customizable password for attendees to utilize when connecting to WiFi throughout the duration of the conference. You will be included in all of the digital, print and signage promotions for the conference WiFi.

Become a Sponsor
 

Hotel Key Cards

$14,000 – Exclusive

Place your branding, logo and name in the hands of all RETC hotel guests! Fully customizable design on each attendee’s hotel keycard at the headquarter hotel. Option to include your booth number, website, QR code, etc.

Promotional Benefits Include:

  • Your branding on interactive, customizable mobile app banner ad (with engagement reporting data)
SOLD
 

Water Bottle Sponsor

$12,000 – Exclusive

Promotional Benefits Include:

  • Your logo on a high-quality water bottles given to each attendee upon visiting registration. Water bottles are also distrusted at water stations throughout exhibit hall and utilized by attendees for many years to come.
SOLD
 

Conference Mobile App

$12,000 – Exclusive

Sponsor the RETC 2023 mobile app for impressionable engagement on the popular conference mobile app. Mobile app includes information about exhibit hall, floor plan, technical sessions, speakers, and you as the sponsor.

Promotional Benefits Include:

  • 2 scheduled notifications sent out via mobile app, thanking sponsor and driving traffic to your booth at RETC
  • Customizable, hyperlinked flash screen that appears when app is opened
  • Your branding on interactive, customizable mobile app banner ad (with engagement reporting data)
  • Logo and name recognition in all digital, print and onsite promotions for the mobile app
Become a Sponsor
 

Gold Sponsorship

$12,000 – Exclusive

Your logo and company name branded on premier marketing items, including all RETC emails, on all large RETC meter board standing signs and print/digital RETC marketing.

Promotional Benefits Include:

  • ALL benefits listed on page 3
Become a Sponsor

 

Silver-level sponsorships listed below. Any single or combination of sponsorships valued between $4,001 and $9,999.

Pre-Conference:

  • Pre-Conference attendee list (opt-ins)
  • Silver-level logo recognition with hyperlink on RETC 2023 website
  • Silver-level promotions on specific print and digital promo for conference (e-news, social media, emails, Tunneling & Underground Construction and Mining Engineering print and digital magazine)
  • Social media call outs on all UCA social channels
  • Company name, description and contact information listed in the print and digital conference ShowGuide, sent to RETC 2023 attendees, Mining Engineering magazine subscribers and Tunneling & Underground Construction magazine subscribers

Onsite:

  • Silver-level logo recognition on branded signage throughout conference venue
  • Silver-level recognition floor cling (2x2ft) in front of your exhibit booth
  • Company name, logo and bio in Silver-level listing in conference mobile app

Post-Conference:

  • Post-Conference attendee list (opt-ins)
  • 4 priority points awarded for NAT 2024 booth space draw

Welcome Luncheon

$8,000 – Exclusive

Sponsor the key networking luncheon of the 2023 RETC Conference! Luncheon will feature prominent speaker.

Promotional Benefits Include:

  • Exclusive 2-minute speaking opportunity at luncheon
  • 1 VIP table at the luncheon
  • Opportunity place pop-up banner at entrance to luncheon
  • 1 customizable push-notification sent out to attendees via mobile app on your behalf
  • Thank you recognition and remarks given during luncheon
  • Exclusive logo recognition and signage at luncheon

*sponsorship includes all general Silver-level sponsorship benefits listed on page 5-6

SOLD
 

Veloxity Power Pax

$8,000 – Exclusive

Sponsor a brand new attendee experience at RETC 2023! Veloxity Power Pax offer you fully customizable branding on our portable mobile or tablet device charging packs, available for attendees to utilize throughout the conference. Power Pax branded with your design will be available for attendees to rent near registration AND your booth (if you choose). For a visual representation of this sponsorship, please visit: https://veloxity.us/power-pax-portable-phone-charging-stations/

Become a Sponsor
 

Hosted Coffee Breaks

$6,000 – Exclusive for Monday
$6,000 – Exclusive for Tuesday
$6,000 – Exclusive for Wednesday

Reach industry decision makers and prominent speakers as attendees gather for coffee and conversation in between sessions.

Promotional Benefits Include:

  • Logo on signage at each coffee station
  • Ability to distribute promotional collateral on tables during coffee breaks
  • Logo and/or name in all pre-conference and onsite promotions and signage for coffee breaks (digital and print)
Become a Sponsor
 

RETC 2023 Daily Conference e-Newsletter Sponsor

$8,000 - Exclusive

Join us as the sole, exclusive sponsor of RETC 2023 e-newsletter, delivered to 1,500+ inboxes every morning with pertinent updates and info to the conference day ahead. Your customizable graphic design embedded into the email template, which we can place lead-tracking info on for your reporting.

Become a Sponsor
 

RETC Technical Sessions Sponsorship – full week

$7,500 – 4 Opportunities Available

Build and amplify your brand to highlight your industry leadership by sponsoring a set of 5 technical sessions at RETC. Select from 20 technical session themes at RETC specific to your target audience and market. Engage 5 directly with attendees as a Technical Sessions sponsor to deepen your market share and drive real-time ROI with an audience that matters most to you.

Promotional Benefits Include:

  • Naming Rights – your company name and brand associated with all marketing for the presentations of your choice (email, social media, website, conference mobile app, ShowGuide, onsite program, prominent conference signage, etc.)
  • Logo and company name included in all marketing and announcements for technical track.
  • Logo on all PPT screens in between your sponsored sessions
  • Logo on signage directly outside the room and inside on session room tables
  • 6ft. table in the room dedicated to your promotional items
Become a Sponsor
 

Attendee Bag Giveaway

$7,500 – 4 Opportunities Available

Items include water bottle, notebook, mask, hand sanitizer, pens, gift card or item of your choice.

Promotional Benefits Include:

  • Get your logo and branding on a small memorable attendee give-away gift of your choosing!
  • Gifts will be provided in conference bags at registration.
  • Sponsor to provide 1,000 small gifts
Become a Sponsor
 

Attendee Ribbon Wall Sponsor

$6,000 – Exclusive

RETC attendees love to customize their name badges with ribbons highlighting their achievements and personality. The ribbon wall will be prominently displayed near the high-trafficked registration area. Ribbons are worn throughout the event and long after the event is over. Your logo will be recognized on all signage and promotions for ribbon wall.

Become a Sponsor

 

Bronze level sponsorships listed below. Any single or combination of sponsorships valued between $1,500 - $4,999

Pre-Conference:

  • Pre-Conference attendee list (opt-ins)
  • Bronze-level logo recognition on print and digital promo for conference (e-news, social media and RETC website)
  • Company name, description and contact information listed in print and digital conference ShowGuide distributed to RETC attendees, Mining Engineering magazine and Tunneling & Underground Construction magazine subscribers

Onsite:

  • Bronze-level logo recognition on branded signage throughout conference venue
  • Company name, logo and bio in Bronze -level listing in conference mobile app

Post-Conference:

  • Post-Conference attendee list (opt-ins)

Bronze+ Sponsorship

$4,000 – Multiple Opportunities Available

Promotional Benefits Include:

Pre-Conference:

  • 2 full RETC registrations ($1,800 value)
  • Bronze-level logo recognition on print and digital promo for conference (e-news, social media, and RETC website, Mining Engineering magazine and Tunneling & Underground Construction magazine)
  • Bronze-level logo recognition on branded signage throughout conference venue
  • Company name, logo and bio in Bronze-level listing in conference mobile app
Become a Sponsor
 

UCA Young Members Reception

$3,000 – Multiple Opportunities Available

Network with the future leaders of the industry by sponsoring the UCA of SME Young Members reception.

Promotional Benefits Include:

  • Logo and/or name in all pre-conference and onsite promotions (digital and print) and signage for UCA Young Members Reception
  • Thank you remarks given during introduction at event
Become a Sponsor
 

Mobile App Banner Advertisement

$2,000 – Multiple Opportunities Available

Customizable, scrolling banner advertisement shown on the RETC 2023 mobile app each time attendees access information on the exhibit hall, technical sessions, speakers, etc.

Promotional Benefits Include:

  • Post-conference engagement reporting provided on views/clicks of your advertisement
Become a Sponsor
 

UCA Women in Tunneling Breakfast

$2,500 – Multiple Opportunities Available

Connect with the UCA Young Professionals and future leaders in the tunneling industry by sponsoring this fantastic event networking event. Open to those 35 and under, no tickets necessary to attend. Sponsoring companies may pre-register a limited number of employees.

Promotional Benefits Include:

  • Opportunity to speak for 30 seconds during intro of program
  • Logo and/or name in all pre-conference and onsite promotions (digital and print) and signage for Women in Tunneling event
  • Thank you remarks given during introduction at event
  • Ability to distribute promotion items to attendees at reception
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Over four decades of conferences, RETC provides both the experienced tunneling professional and the individual just starting in the business the opportunity to stay connected while integrating new ideas and innovations into contracting, design, and construction.

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