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7 Top Facility Management Conferences To Attend In 2021

7 Top Facility Management Conferences To Attend In 2021

In-person events might be a no-go for many people, but that doesn't mean that you need to miss out on 2021's best facility management conferences. From socially distant expos to virtual conferences, here are the events that you won't want to miss:

1. International Facility Management Association's Facility Fusion

April 21-22, 2021 | Online
This year's IFMA's Facility Fusion event is completely online. Attendees can take advantage of the education sessions and technology and product expo from anywhere in the world, and access on-demand content all the way to May 21. It also offers the opportunity for live networking with other facility managers from around the world, all in a safe, convenient, socially distant online platform.

2. International Facility Management Association World Workplace

Dates to be announced | Online
The IFMA World Workplace, held in a different city each year, is one of the world's biggest and most anticipated conferences. In addition to keynote speakers, roundtable discussions, and an expo, attendees can receive continuing education units and recertification activity credits. This year's expo covers everything from acoustics to security, to health and safety, to furniture. Even though the pandemic has pushed a lot of conferences to change dates, limit attendees, or cancel entirely, it hasn't stopped the IFMA. In 2020, the IFMA World Workplace went entirely virtual, so it should progress as planned in 2021. Dates are yet to be confirmed.

3. National Facilities Management and Technologies Conference and Expo

March 23-25, 2021 (Cancelled) | Baltimore, MD
One of the most-anticipated facilities management events in the northeastern US, the NFMT Conference and Expo, boasts education sessions and a sizeable expo hall packed with the latest technologies and products. Last year, it was sadly rescheduled and eventually canceled. It came back this year, tentatively scheduled for March 23-25. Unfortunately, as the pandemic continues to pose challenges for large-scale in-person events, the Conference and Expo have been pushed back to March 28, 2022.

4. Northeast Buildings and Facility Management Trade Show and Conference

June 22-23, 2021 |Worcester, MA
The 15th annual NEBFM Trade Show and Conference is on, featuring 200 exhibitors, loads of products and services, and a series of one-hour education sessions. Attendees can attend the show, scope out the latest new technologies, then visit the concurrent educational conference. The conference has a full 24 hours of one-hour talks covering topics from LEED certification and sustainability, to facility maintenance, to construction and renovation planning. It's free to attend for all qualified professionals, and continuing education units are available for all of the event's conference talks.

5. Mid-Atlantic Buildings and Facilities Management Trade Show and Conference

August 11, 2021 | Edison, NJ
Unable to attend the NEBFM Trade Show and Conference? No worries -- the MABFM Trade Show and Conference has you covered. Located in Edison, NJ, it's still very reachable for facility managers in the northeast, and it still has all of the advantages of the NEBFM show -- including lots of one-hour talks covering the same topics as the NEBFM conference, and continuing education units. See the latest products and technology on the market, make lasting connections with other industry professionals, and learn from the top minds in the field. Visit the website for more details and to register to attend.

6. CONNEX2021

July 6-8, 2021 | National Harbor, MD
This year's CONNEX conference offers multiple education tracks at three different levels -- Fundamentals, Beyond Basics, and Executive Edge. Attendees can customize their conference experience by choosing their specialization and level to get the most out of the 30 different education sessions presented. The conference also boasts a large expo floor with lots of exhibitors. CONNEX is committed to monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation, so the conference details are subject to change. Visit their website to keep up to date on any alterations to dates, location, exhibitors, or other details.

7. ProcureCon

February 23-25, 2021 | Online ProcureCon is a peer-led procurement conference, designed to arm facility managers with the skills to reduce costs and save money. It offers 20 hours of roundtable groups, discussions, and both structured and unstructured networking activities each day, and the opportunity to see what game-changing new technologies and products are out there. The 2020 pandemic demonstrated just how crucial it is to have a robust and flexible supply chain, and ProcureCon is tailor-made for anyone involved in purchasing, sourcing, or supply chain. This year's ProcureCon events will be entirely online. Visit their website for their event schedule, sponsors, and other details. Conferences and expos give facility managers the ability to scope out new technology, network, learn what is and isn't working for other facility professionals, and get continuing education units. You don't have to miss out on these opportunities because of the pandemic -- there are still plenty of events out there to help keep you at your best.

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