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Calendar of Industry Events

August 2 - 4, 2017
Sponsored by
Charlotte, NC
The annual SMART Airports & Regions conference and exhibition will explore the catalytic effect and critical success factors covering the economic development ecosystem of SMART Airports and the Regions they serve, integrate and connect with.
August 24 - 25, 2017
Sandton Convention Centre- Ballroom
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Africa Property Investment Summit & Expo (API) is Africa?s largest and most premier real estate event. It connects the most influential local and international Africa property stakeholders, driving investment and development into a wide range of real estate and infrastructure projects and developments across the continent.
September 17 - 20, 2017
Sponsored by
Toronto, Canada

With the emergence of new global markets, communities need to work together to encourage competition and advance economic growth. This must-attend event for economic developers - IEDC's first annual conference outside of the United States - will focus on how to Connect, Collaborate, and Create at the global level to contribute to the transformation of local, state, and regional economies.

Toronto and its surrounding region are consistently ranked at the top of international indexes for competitiveness, innovation, and liveability. Few cities in the world can offer such multi-sector strength or depth of talent. The region prides itself on an environment that is committed to nurturing and supporting businesses.

September 26 - 29, 2017
Swissotel The Bosphorus
Istanbul, Turkey
IASP is the worldwide network of science parks and areas of innovation. It connects the professionals managing science, technology and research parks (STPs) and other areas of innovation and provides services that drive growth and effectiveness for all members. IASP members enhance the competitiveness of companies and entrepreneurs of their cities and regions, and contribute to global economic development through innovation, entrepreneurship, and the transfer of knowledge and technology. IASP is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, as well as being a founding member of the World Alliance for Innovation - WAINOVA. IASP coordinates a very active network of professionals that manage areas of innovation and science/technology parks, enhances new business opportunities for companies and research organizations located in these areas, assists the development and growth of new parks and other areas of innovation, increases the international visibility of IASP members and sponsors.
October 7 - 11, 2017
Richmond Marriott
Richmond, VA

From the rise of smart operations to geopolitical changes, will you thrive or just survive? Flexible manufacturing facilities ? data ? logistics ? workforce ? ecommerce ? we are living and working in an age of transformation.

Designed to create value for you and your company, programming will focus on core corporate real estate practice areas including:

  • Transactions Management
  • Global Operations
  • Surplus Property Disposition
  • Site Selection
  • C-Suite Issues
  • Technology Applications

Keynote speakers will tie it all together inspiring and informing with big pictures views of trends in both economic and business climates and the ongoing manufacturing renaissance.

In a time when the only constant is change, join IAMC in a CRE-educational epicenter to explore tools, trends and best practices to excel in the new industrial real estate.

October 9 - 12, 2017
Huntsville, AL
The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) is over the moon excited to be heading to Huntsville, Alabama for our 2017 International Conference. You are invited to share your insight with leading research park professionals from around the world. Hosted by Cummings Research Park, AURP's International Conference is THE event for networking and presenting research park best practices. Interesting approaches and creative solutions to challenges surrounding university research parks regarding the conference theme of Launching Cities Catalyzing Legacies, are sought for presentations.
October 22 - 24, 2017
Sponsored by
Des Moines Marriott Downtown Hotel
Des Moines, IA
CEOs, site selection consultants, economic development leaders and other economic analysts and experts will come together to discuss the economic resurgence and vitality of the Midwest region. Join these industry leaders from October 22 ? 24, 2017 and hear how Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wisconsin are winning the economic development race in the United States.
November 6 - 9, 2017
Chicago, IL
FABTECH provides a convenient venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing needs. The annual event at McCormick Place will offer more than 1,700 exhibitors and 50,000 attendees full access to over 750,000 net square feet of floor space.
November 7 - 9, 2017
Bogota Chamber of Commerce
Bogota, Columbia
The 20th TCI Global Conference will bring together cluster managers, economic development policymakers, opinion leaders, academics, consultants, development agency representatives, ministries, businesspeople and multilateral agencies among others. The 20th TCI Global Conference will allow interactions between cluster and competitiveness professionals of multiple countries and regions, looking for an interchange of experiences and building synergies that can lead to better: Productive development policies ? Modern industrial policy. Experiences in the implementation of these agendas. Business and joint activities between clusters from different regions and countries.
November 7 - 9, 2017
Bogota Chamber of Commerce
Bogota, Columbia
Hosted by the The Bogota Chamber of Commerce and organized in collboration with TCI, the 20th Anniversary Conference The future of clusters through cross-country & cross-region collaboration aims at emphasizing the importance of deepening collaboration among countries and between regions, in order to further improve competitiveness. Participants can: ? Review the evolution experienced during the last 20 years in local competitiveness policies and cluster agendas and the results of their implementation. ? Get insights on how cluster development is implemented in different world contexts. ? Discuss the relevance for global development of local competitiveness agendas implemented in developing countries. The conference will feature cluster tours, a range of high-level keynote speakers, parallel sessions and interactive workshops. In addition, you can meet and network with new and experienced cluster practitioners during social events. A special TCI 20th anniversary celebration night will be a unique opportunity for participants to get immerged in TCI's history and reflect on the future of cluster initiatives in an ever changing world.
November 8 - 9, 2017
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC)
Boston, MA
Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The ideals and passion of the green building community come alive at Greenbuild. The buzz is contagious. Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work, and a unique energy is sparked. Participants are invigorated. Inspired. They find themselves equipped to return to their jobs with a renewed passion and purpose.
December 5 - 7, 2017
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA
The heart of Brownfields 2017 is a dynamic educational program of speakers, discussions, mobile workshops, films and other learning formats that are calibrated to provide you with case study examples, program updates, and useful strategies for meeting your brownfield challenges head on. Featuring dozens of educational sessions and mobile workshops including many showcasing the Steel City and the redevelopment in the surrounding region, the exceptional training offered by the conference has something for both beginners and seasoned professionals.

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