Skift: Conferences as Economic Catalysts

Conventions and other face-to-face events are critical to local economies and often influence how a city is shaped, including who lives there, who works there and who visits year-to-year. Our joint report with Skift examines how meetings drive economic development in cities across the country, from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.

In April 2017, we published a joint research report with Skift examining how conferences and other face-to-face events have contributed to the economy, innovation, and prominent industries in cities across the country.

In Las Vegas, we found that conferences and other face-to-face events were critical in helping the city redefine itself from a city famed for its nightlife to a city at the forefront of tech innovation, and in Cleveland, prominent medical conferences positioned the Mid-western city as a leader in healthcare IT. The report also looks at economic and innovation growth in San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Albuquerque.

Want to learn more?

Defining Conventions as Urban Innovators and Economic Accelerators Webinar from Meetings Mean Business Coalition on Vimeo.