With just over 200 days until National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey 2017, the Odyssey Team has kicked event preparation into high gear.

Site coordinators have begun to sign up to host local Odyssey events; the Odyssey Team has chosen a graphic theme and slogan for the year; and a new Odyssey website, including tools to streamline event planning for local site coordinators, has been launched.

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The NAFTC has launched an updated Odyssey website. Credit: NAFTC.

Odyssey is a nationwide celebration, created by the NAFTC to promote the use of and educate the public on alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Odyssey is the largest event of its kind – promoting all types of alternative fuel vehicles and fuel sources.

While in previous years, Odyssey event hosts were given a comprehensive Site Coordinators’ Notebook and graphics templates to help in planning their events, the updated website features a more streamlined design and enhanced event tools and templates – making hosting an Odyssey event easier than ever.

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The new Odyssey website features an expanded Coordinators’ Corner. Credit: NAFTC.

The expanded tools include informational event handouts, additional video files, social media graphics, advertising templates, promotional material order forms, and required post-event documentation.

NAFTC Assistant Director – Communications and Outreach Judy Moore commented, “The updated Odyssey website gathers together everything site coordinator’s need to plan their Odyssey event. The Site Coordinators’ Notebook can be viewed online, with hyperlinks pointing to relevant graphics and templates within each section. Or it can be printed out and taken to planning meetings and distributed to team members.”

If you are interested in hosting an Odyssey event, here are some of the tools that will be available to assist with your planning:

  • Site Coordinators’ Notebook – Site coordinators are given access to event planning and coordination resources. The Site Coordinators’ Notebook contains everything that an organization would need to host an Odyssey event. Designed to help tailor events to accommodate local needs while meeting the national goals and objectives of Odyssey, the notebook can be used by novice or experienced event planners.
  • Graphics and Templates – Site coordinators are given access to graphic files and promotional templates to help advertise local events. The files and templates are fully customizable to promote the unique aspects of each local Odyssey event.
  • Event Handouts – Site coordinators are given access to handouts and online tools for use during Odyssey events. Created by the NAFTC and other AFV organizations these handouts and tools will provide Odyssey attendees with information about clean vehicle choices.
  • Order Forms – Site coordinators will be able to purchase promotional items such as notepads, tote bags, pens, posters, brochures, t-shirts, polo shirts, and banners for use at Odyssey events. Each item is branded with the Odyssey logo and graphic theme.
  • Video Files – Site coordinators will be given access to the NAFTC-produced Odyssey video and other informational/education AFV videos. The Odyssey video features footage from past Odyssey events and can be used as an advertising tool or shown at local events.
  • Post-event Materials – Site coordinators are given access to information on post-event requirements, including the Host Survey, used to report on the effectiveness of the nationwide event activities. Here site coordinators can also find the Attendee Survey to be completed by attendees at local events.

The NAFTC has coordinated Odyssey for fourteen years, and during that time has accumulated a wealth of information and resources to assist event hosts with planning their Odyssey events. In addition to the new website, site coordinators also have access to the Odyssey Team for additional assistance in planning local events.

Join us as we continue the drive toward a clean, secure energy future by signing up to host an event in your area. 2017 Sponsors are also being recruited. Please visit our website at afvdayodyssey.org for more information or contact Judy Moore, National AFV Day Odyssey Coordinator, at 304-293-7882 or Judy.Moore@mail.wvu.edu.




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