Marquee Events Provide Opportunities to Showcase NEO’s Business Assets

First-Time Events Coming to Region Highlight Growing Business Interest in NEO

Over the last few months, Northeast Ohio has successfully attracted several events and conferences that will provide added opportunities for business investment in the region. These events represent an array of diverse sectors where Northeast Ohio is especially competitive. From additive manufacturing, to energy storage, to smart devices and systems, these first-time events for the region cut across a number of growing areas.

Below is a snapshot of some of the events slated to make their Northeast Ohio debuts over the next year. Please follow the links included below to learn more about these many events.

Industry Week – Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Expo

Feature: The three-day event focuses on the key elements of the future of manufacturing: technology integration, leadership, continuous improvement, operational excellence, design/engineering, talent development and supply chain.  The unique event will offer facility tours to give attendees a behind-the-scenes look at continuous improvement initiatives, use of technology, and workforce best practices.  The newly expanded M&T expo allows attendees to experience some of today’s most disruptive technologies and industrial products/solutions first-hand. Attendees will have opportunities to experience drone contests, software demos, augmented reality and live 3D printing.

NABE 59th Annual Meeting (National Association of Business Economics)

  • Date: September 23-26, 2017; Hilton Hotel, Downtown Cleveland
  • Attendees: 300-400 business economists

Feature: Keynote by Janet Yellen – Chair of the Federal Reserve
NABE is the premier professional association for business economists and others who use economics in the workplace. Since 1959, NABE has attracted the most prominent figures in economics, business, and academia to its membership with highly-regarded conferences, educational and career development offerings, industry surveys, and its unrivaled networking opportunities. Past presidents of NABE include former Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System, Alan Greenspan, several former Federal Reserve Governors, and other senior business leaders. The NABE membership is organized into subject-oriented Roundtables including: Corporate Planning, Financial, Health Economics, International, Manufacturing/Industry, Small Business/Entrepreneurship, Real Estate/Construction, Regional/Utility, Technology and Transfer Pricing.

Meeting of the Minds

  • Date: October 23-25, 2017; Global Center for Health Innovation, Downtown Cleveland
  • Attendees:  350-450 urban sustainability and technology leaders
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Feature:  Meeting of the Minds is a global leadership network and knowledge sharing platform based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Since it was founded, Meeting of the Minds has been dedicated to a singular proposition: bring together a carefully chosen set of key urban sustainability and technology stakeholders and gather them around a common platform in ways that help build lasting alliances. We believe that such a platform is a vital ingredient for smart, sustainable and equitable urban (re)development strategies.

Now in its 11th year, the annual fall summit brings together 400+ opinion-shapers, policy-makers, leading thinkers and innovators from 20+ countries for 2+ days of intensive immersion in thought leadership and cross-sector partnership building.

Energy Storage Association & EPRI – 2017 STUDIO Conference (Storage Technology and Uses, Deployment Integration and Operations)

Feature:  Produced in partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), STUDIO will bring together stakeholders from across the energy industry for a unique meeting that explores the real-world technical experience of rapidly accelerating energy storage deployments.

Fastener Fair USA

As the world’s largest meeting place for this industry, the exhibition covers the complete spectrum of fastener and fixing technology: industrial fasteners and fixings, construction fixings, assembly and installation systems and fastener manufacturing technology.

Fastener and fixing technology is required in a variety of industry sectors, such as construction, automotive, electronics, electrical and household goods, machine building, furniture production and many more.