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Denver International Airport to host AACE

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After a successful inaugural Aerotropolis Americas Conference and Exhibition (AACE) in Dallas-Fort Worth, which saw over 300 delegates attend the event, the Aerotropolis Globe was officially handed over to Denver International Airport.

Denver International Airport announced as the host of Aerotropolis Americas 2014. The announcement was made during a handover ceremony at the AACE Farewell Reception, taking place in Dallas at the Hyatt Regency DFW hosted by Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Current Hosts DFW CEO, Sean Donohue handed the Aerotropolis Globe to the Future Hosts Denver International Airport (DEN) Manager Kim Day. AACE 2014 will take place in Denver, CO, USA 20-22 October 2014.

“Denver is excited to host the second annual Aerotropolis Americas conference in 2014,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “With Denver International Airport as Colorado’s leading economic engine, Metro Denver is a perfect example of how the aerotropolis concept can create jobs and prosperity across an entire region. We compete in a global economy, and by working together as a region on land-use planning, mass transit and economic development, Metro Denver is poised to become a global leader in aerotropolis development. We are looking forward to sharing experiences, learning best practices and building new partnerships at next year’s conference.”

“We are excited to take Aerotropolis Americas to Denver, a city that is embracing the aerotropolis concept,” remarked Adrian Newton, Group Director - Transport and Technology, UBM Live, organisers of the event. “With vision, collaboration, and new transit links, Denver International Airport is on its way to becoming an aerotropolis, which will boost the regional economy and make Denver an international destination. Aerotropolis Americas 2014 will offer attendees insights on the collaborative planning process and development strategy that included numerous public and private sector stakeholders and how to leverage opportunities and implement best practice at their own airport developments. We look forward to working with the dynamic team at Denver International Airport throughout the coming year to deliver a great event.”

The Aerotropolis Americas Conference and Exhibition is the annual event for the global airport development and real estate communities. This three-day conference and exhibition serves to build on the concept of the airport city. Aerotropolis Americas will further explore how the broader aerotropolis can drive the economic development of a whole region up to 30 miles from the airport.

Denver International Airport formally unveiled its vision for ‘Airport City Denver’ in 2012, whilst hosting the Airport Cities Conference & Exhibition, and is now moving ahead with the planning concept for Colorado's aerotropolis. The land surrounding Denver International Airport and the eventual rail-linked route between the airport and downtown Denver's Union Station, labelled the Corridor of Opportunity, comprise one of the most compelling commercial investment opportunities in the US. Mayor Hancock envisions for DEN and the land surrounding it a bustling aerotropolis that will drive job growth and become a “regional economic powerhouse.” To make this vision a reality, DEN has already begun construction on the initial components: a new 519-room hotel and a rail station that will link DEN to Denver Union Station via the Corridor of Opportunity.

The Aerotropolis events are borne out of the well regarded Airport Cities Conference & Exhibition which was established over 14 years ago and has been the world leader in driving the airport city concept of airports establishing a commercial footprint in addition to their aeronautical revenues from airlines. The event recognizes that all parties are key to the establishment and growth of a true Aerotropolis. The event provides an opportunity for these partners to meet, negotiate, learn the latest techniques and case studies and hear from the leaders in their field.
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