The 17th annual Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators’ Training Conference (also known as the Roadeo) will be hosted by the Mississippi Department of Transportation in Biloxi, Mississippi, on September 17-19, 2019. Contestants from each participating state will compete in six categories in the operation of heavy equipment. The purpose of the event is to promote skill advancement for employees whose jobs require the operation of heavy equipment, to increase the safety awareness level of employees working in or around work zones, to increase employee morale and value, to strengthen presence of team spirit and teamwork, and to recognize the best equipment operators in a friendly, competitive atmosphere.  Aside from the competition, operators are required to attend safety training classes, including judging horizontal and vertical clearances while operating equipment and testing the knowledge of employees regarding pre-trip inspections.