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Highlighting the benefits of attending the Aerotropolis Americas Conference and Exhibition, the inaugural event for the global airport development and real estate communities, is the originator of the aerotropolis concept – John Kasarda, Ph.D., who is also conference chairman.

Hosted by the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, Aerotropolis Americas takes place from Oct. 29-31 in Dallas, Texas.

John Kasarda, conference chairman

John Kasarda, conference chairman

“I’m confident that you will find Aerotropolis Americas 2013 engaging as well as personally and professionally rewarding.  We’re delighted to invite you to join us,” said Kasarda.

Airports have become multimodal, multifunctional economic engines driving commercial development well beyond their boundaries.  In the process, an airport-integrated economic region is forming, the aerotropolis, made up of spines and clusters of aviation-linked businesses and associated residential complexes stretching up to 30 miles outward. The aerotropolis typically spans numerous local government jurisdictions that sometimes cooperate but often compete for aerotropolis investment.

“At the inaugural Aerotropolis Americas Conference, you will hear from leaders of these jurisdictions and their supporting economic development organizations,” said Kasarda. “You will also learn from those involved in capitalizing on commercial opportunities and addressing the challenges airport area development brings.  Likewise, you will see how such development can be planned and implemented to create significant competitive advantages for the broader metropolitan region.”

The Dallas-Fort Worth Aerotropolis will be highlighted along with other aerotropolises emerging across the Americas and around the world.  Focus will be on a range of strategies being employed, including the way transportation accessibility to the airport and other key metropolitan nodes is being improved; how this infrastructure is being financed; governance issues such as cooperative agreements, incentives, and the role of free trade zones, and the means by which aerotropolis clusters are being marketed to attract investors and to gain the support of local residents and other important constituencies.

A pre-conference master class will be offered, providing a more in-depth appraisal of a number of important aerotropolis issues.  Social events and sponsored breaks will provide opportunities for networking.

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