City Nation Place Americas is the forum for place branding and place marketing for state, county and city marketing boards, mayoral teams, DMOs and EDOs, and BID teams across the USA and Canada. Now in its third year, we are excited to host the 2019 Forum in West Hollywood, providing delegates with the opportunity to add place-making tours of this exuberant and ambitious city to their event itinerary.

These are challenging and exciting times for those responsible for driving economic development, attracting tourism, promoting investment opportunities, attracting talent, and shaping the attractiveness of the states, regions, counties and cities of North America. City Nation Place Americas provides the perfect opportunity to come together, to attend as cross-functional teams, and to explore how a collaborative approach to developing the vision and the brand for your place can deliver more effective results.

Reasons to attend 2019 City Nation Place Americas Forum:

  • Hear Caroline Beteta, President & CEO of Visit California share what she has learned about destination stewardship and resilience in place branding strategy
  • Learn from Hamilton, Ontario and the Greater Topeka Partnership how tourism and economic development teams are improving the ways they work together to provide a more effective return on place branding investment
  • Hear how Arlington, Virginia and New Orleans are developing their advocacy strategies to promote the positive impact of successful economic and tourism development to citizens, government and the media
  • Take away lessons in messaging and marketing from Tucson and El Paso – who are nurturing their beneficial relationships with their Mexican neighbours in a climate of negative national policy
  • Shake up your thinking about how to use social media - find out how our international speakers from the Faroe Islands and Copenhagen are implementing the most innovative and attention-grabbing strategies to attract tourism and talent
  • Hear how Los Angeles is developing a strategic plan to enable the city to engage its citizens and develop its infrastructure as it plans for the 2028 Olympics
  • Plus join breakout sessions that will provide essential downloads on subjects as diverse as Chinese tourism, what drives corporate location decisions, why great neighbourhoods are driving city attractiveness, talent attraction for remote workers, financing trends in TIDs and BIDs, and how to manage the implementational challenge of place branding


  • Join the pre-conference half day Place Making Think Tank led by Resonance Consultancy, to learn from experts and from your peers how to connect the dots between your place brand, your place marketing strategy, and your place marketing communications
  • Join the post-conference Place Making Tour, hosted by Visit West Hollywood and providing an insider’s guide to the city’s design district development

  • Schedule Overview

    Wednesday June 5

    Afternoon Place Making Think Tank led by Resonance Consulting. NOW SOLD OUT.

    Evening Welcome Reception, providing the opportunity to meet with place leaders and senior directors of DMOs, EDOs, BID teams, Mayoral offices, and national, state, and city marketing teams.

    Thursday June 6

    The full day conference with plenary session discussions and case studies, and break-out workshops providing a more detailed focus on some of the most common challenges and exciting opportunities. VIEW AGENDA

    Friday June 7

    Optional place making tours of West Hollywood providing you with the opportunity to learn how this vibrant and ambitious city is developing its attractoins and targeting economic growth.


    Mayor John D’Amico
    West Hollywood
    Donna Gillespie
    Kingston Economic Development Corporation
    Karyn Gruenberg
    SVP, Partner & Strategic Alliances
    Brand USA
    Laura Guimond
    Senior PR Manager, International
    Travel Portland
    Emily Kaufman
    (aka: The Travel Mom)
    Contributor to Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, HuffPo and top DMA broadcast stations. Has appeared on The Today Show.
    Cathy Kirkpatrick
    Alphabet Creative
    Megan Knott
    Executive Director
    Tourism Kingston
    Jenny Peters
    (USAT, New York Mag, The Telegraph, Variety)
    Ben Stewart
    Senior Program Officer
    George Kaiser Family Foundation
    Elisabeth Wieselthaler-Toelly
    VP Global PR & Media Relations
    San Francisco Travel

    I had an amazing time in NYC last week for the City Nation Place Conference. It will get better every year as more and more people begin to realize the synergy between tourism and economic development. Next year, team Topeka will definitely be bringing more staff!

    Brett Oetting, President & CEO, Visit Topeka

    Who should attend?

    • Directors, Strategy Directors, CMOs of National, State and City Marketing organizations
    • Ministerial teams from tourism, trade, investment and foreign affairs departments
    • Nation branding committees from across the Americas
    • Directors and marketing teams from Destination Marketing Organizations and Tourism Boards
    • Directors and marketing teams from Economic Development Organizations and Investment Promotion Boards
    • Directors of Business Improvement Districts
    • Directors of Property and Real Estate organizations working on place making projects and neighborhood development
    • Agencies, consultancies and advisers working with clients on place branding, place marketing and place marketing projects

    View who's attending

    The presentations and breakout sessions were strong, and it was a great group of people to network with.

    Anne Marie Moran, Account Manager, Ipsos

    I loved the variety as it informed me on matters that I might not be involved with now but can think about for the future. 

    Dan Bearss, CEO, Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission

    Delegate Partner

    Media Partners