IAMC Picks Cleveland for 2015 Conference
Five hundred corporate real estate executives and economic developers will come to Cleveland in the fall of 2015 for the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) professional forum.
“This is great news for Northeast Ohio because the attendees of the IAMC forum are the very business location decision makers we target every day,” said Jay Foran, Team NEO’s Senior Vice President for Business Attraction. “We will leverage this opportunity to give these senior-level decision makers a first-hand look at the assets of Northeast Ohio.”
Team NEO led the effort to bring the IAMC conference here, along with Positively Cleveland, the convention and visitors bureau for Greater Cleveland. Others in the local economic development and philanthropic community, including BioEnterprise, NorTech, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Greater Akron Chamber, Stark Development Board and The Fund for Our Economic Future got behind the effort by writing letters of support to persuade the selection committee to choose Cleveland.
IAMC conducted an extensive review of potential cities before selecting Cleveland. They cited the re-branding and resurgence of the area as well as the impressive, diverse industrial base as reasons for bringing the conference to Northeast Ohio.
“We first got the attention of the IAMC Selection Committee with the creative theme of our initial proposal, ‘There’s a Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,’” explained Foran. “The proposal was delivered in the actual Jerry Lee Lewis album cover with the song title on the cover. This theme illustrates the undeniable energy and resurgence of the area, the superior industrial companies that have called Cleveland home for decades, and that we are the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.”
The forum, designed for the experienced manufacturing real estate and facilities portfolio management executives, their service providers and suppliers, and economic developers, also selected Cleveland because of the off-site venue options, superior conference centers, and the RTA rail access from the airport.