LVEDC Attends Event By Leading Industrial Real Estate Trade Association
By Colin McEvoy on September 12, 2018
The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) is sponsoring and attending an event this week hosted by the nation’s leading industrial and manufacturing real estate trade association.
LVEDC Vice President of Economic Development and Marketing Matthew Tuerk will be attending the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) Fall 2018 Professional Forum in Philadelphia this weekend.
The theme of this year’s event is “The Manufacturing Renaissance” and will focus on trends driving the ongoing resurgence of manufacturing, as well as other core corporate real estate practice areas like global operations, site selection, and facilities management.
The event also offers LVEDC the opportunity to directly market the Lehigh Valley to international site selection consultants and business representatives from around the nation that may be considering expanding or relocating their companies.
“IAMC is a relationship builder, and there is no better place to experience that than at a Forum,” said J. Tate Godfrey, Executive Director of IAMC. “Our networking events are fantastic opportunities to forge connections and make friends with fellow leaders in industrial real estate.”
This is one of several prestigious conferences and trade shows that LVEDC is attending this month and in upcoming months to market the economic assets of the Lehigh Valley to those directly involved in corporate site selection decisions.
LVEDC President & CEO Don Cunningham this week attended the Site Selectors Guild Fall Forum in Greenville, South Carolina, giving him the opportunity to network directly with many of the world’s top location consultants and economic development professionals
“It’s really an effort to get them to know us and our market,” Cunningham said. “We want these people to be as aware of the Lehigh Valley as they are of any market in the Lehigh Valley, so when they are advising a company on a location, the Lehigh Valley is at the top of their mind.”
LVEDC representatives next month will also be attending the CCIM Global Commercial Real Estate Conference, the CoreNet Global Summit, the Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference, and the CREW Network Annual Meeting, among others.
IAMC is the leading industrial and manufacturing real estate trade association, offering dynamic professional development, networking opportunities and resources for its members, particularly in the areas of manufacturing and distribution properties.
IAMC has more than 600 members, including more than 200 senior corporate real estate end users. Forty-four states in the U.S.. are represented by IAMC members, and the organization also has a growing global presence across Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
In the past three years, IAMC member companies have participated in more than 1,185 projects worldwide, invested $66.5 billion, and created 176,032 jobs, according to the organization.
The event will include an opening keynote presentation by Doug Conant, former CEO of Campbell Soup Co., and the current Founder and CEO of ConantLeadership, who will be providing “a CEO’s perspective on commercial real estate.”
Other event speakers include Frits van Paasschen, former CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Coors Brewing Company, who will discuss what individuals and organizations can do to prepare for changing work environments; Nancy Giordano, a strategic futurist and corporate strategist who will what businesses can expect in the future amid widespread changes in technology.
The event will also include deeper dive workshops on core corporate real estate practice areas, including C-suite issues, transactions management, technology applications, surplus property disposition, site selection, facilities management, and global operations.
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