General Information

National Airport Economic Development Conference

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the Great Lakes Chapter AAAE are pleased to present the National Airport Economic Development Conference, which will be held virtually for the first time ever on April 27-28, 2021

Airports play a vital economic role in the community. Increasingly airports are being asked to support a region’s economic development. This happens through a variety of ways — increased air service opportunities to attract and support existing businesses, partnering with local economic development agencies, or developing their own airport property to attract both aeronautical and non-aeronautical development. Airports spur growth and it is important for airport professionals to not only understand the airport’s role in a region’s economy, but also to position itself as a leader to develop those opportunities that present themselves. This year's conference will have a timely focus on how COVID has changed economic development and what airports need to do to remain vigilant and adaptable.

Featured Topics 

  • Airport Workforce Development Strategies to Drive Economic Growth
  • Concession Partnerships and Latest Trends
  • Emerging Trends in Economic Development Post-COVID
  • Section 163 and Impacts on Airport Development
  • Non-Aeronautical Development — Evolving Opportunities & Innovative Approaches
  • Community Relations/Marketing
  • Outlook on Economic Development and the Industry
  • Air Service Development
  • Interactive Roundtable with Airline reps

Who Should Attend?

As ALL airports are forward focused on development this conference is meant for ALL airports. Examples of interested parties are:

  • Airport Directors
  • Marketing Directors
  • Air Service Development Directors
  • Business Development Managers
  • Marketing and PR Managers
  • Local Economic Development Agencies