DMOs, EDOs, city and state marketing boards, and mayoral teams from across the USA and Canada joined the 3rd annual City Nation Place Americas conference in West Hollywood in June 2019. 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. A key theme throughout the conference was the need for many place marketing organisations to go through a cultural change and put the resident at the heart and head of strategic planning: listening to your residents and bringing citizenry opinion with you in the vision for tourism and economic development is key to achieving success. Our second key theme was the power of effective collaboration between all stakeholders. View the Twitter summary of the event HERE.

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2019 Speakers

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 attended

  • 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 attended

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

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