The annual I-90 Aerospace Corridor Conference & Expo is the one to attend in 2023.
The Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho is an easy sell for annual conference attendees. The grounds are beautiful, the hotel unique, and the conference center robust. Conference dates of May 30 and 31 mean good weather and a chance to be outside.
And yet, the location is only a bonus to the must-attend I-90 Aerospace Corridor Conference & Expo. With a theme of “All Systems Go,” the 2023 event will bring together participants from Montana, Idaho, and all corners of Washington. Manufacturing companies and other stakeholders in aviation, aerospace, space and advanced manufacturing will find value in both the price and time invested.
The 2022 conference was sold out for both attendees and exhibitors — the first year after the pandemic inspired people to get out and attend a spring conference. They did so in droves. Over 275 people attended in 2022, 25 percent over the goal. Organizers expect more than 60 exhibitors in 2023. New this year will be a “Demonstration Zone” where participants can see firsthand some of the latest tools in manufacturing automation.
The conference’s value is multitudinous — it is in the connections made through the open-networking format and the participation of exhibitors sharing their products and services, along with use cases demonstrating best practices throughout the industry. Attendees also gain valuable insights through the educated and experienced speakers who bring their industry successes and recommendations to the stage. The focus on actionable information enables participants to return to their business with new tools for improving the way they do business.
One highly engaged company from Liberty Lake, Washington is Altek, Inc. A founding member of the Inland Northwest Aerospace Consortium (INWAC), Mike Marzetta approached several other business owners promoting the idea of the conference. Originally a half-day symposium, the event grew when INWAC joined the Idaho Aerospace Alliance (now Idaho Manufacturing Association). Marzetta has remained an ardent supporter as the combined I-90 Aerospace Corridor Conference & Expo enters its seventh year.
Kelly Maloney, vice president of communications at Altek, Inc., said, “The I-90 Aerospace Corridor Conference is one of the most anticipated conferences for aerospace manufacturers in the Pacific Northwest. Year after year, the conference delivers the type of information manufacturers seek, from industry forecasts to industry trends and everything in between. As the pandemic becomes a distant memory, this year’s ‘All Systems Go’ theme is on target!”
The 2023 event falls right after Memorial Day. Day one welcomes attendees and exhibitors to register and set up before a kick-off networking event in the evening. This year, while plans are still in the works, there is talk of a social on one of the resorts’ scenic lake cruises. The cruises are known for big windows, great cocktails, and beautiful views of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Additionally, an opportunity for area students, parents, and educators to interact with manufacturers and workforce training organizations will be offered. Employers engaging directly with the workforce of the future, always provides an energizing and highly regarded feature of the event.
Day two’s full-day conference lineup will include top-notch industry speakers from diverse backgrounds. Topics include industry trends, supply chain opportunities in emerging sectors, ideas for improving operational efficiencies, and diversification strategies.
Who should attend?
You should register if you are an aerospace and advanced manufacturing company leader or business development and marketing representative — also, those supporting the industry, like banking, consultants, marketing, and manufacturing support services, will want to be there.
What’s on tap?
Top company speakers in commercial aerospace, space, aviation, drones/UAV, engineering, and more will lead mainstage and breakout sessions. The supplier expo will feature more than 60 exhibitors providing solutions and services to advanced manufacturers. B2B networking opportunities will abound, including during a post-conference golf outing on June 1.
Come to the conference and connect with other regional manufacturers, service providers, and prospective customers across the Northwest I-90 aerospace corridor and beyond. By attending, you will be part of building an even more robust, more integrated supply chain that can service OEMs, and Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers regionally around the globe.
Register early for “All Systems Go” at the Coeur d’Alene Resort because the event is expected to sell out again this year.
Join the 2023 Event
- Registration is now open! www.i90aerospacecorridor.org
- On the website, sign up for sponsorships, exhibition space, and register.
- For questions, contact Staci Nelson at 509-342-8197
May 30 – Coeur d’Alene Resort Conference Center
- Attendee Registration and Exhibitor Set Up
- Workforce of the Future Event
- Evening Kickoff Networking Event
May 31 – Coeur d’Alene Resort Conference Center
- Full Day of Presentations and Breakout Sessions
- Expo with Automation Demonstration Zone
- B2B Networking
June 1 – Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course