DENVER-At least 2,500 corporate real estate industry executives, and perhaps 4,000 or more–are expected to attend the annual CoreNet Global Summit in 2007. On Friday, city officials announced that Denver would be the host city to next year’s conference. The conference, the first-ever by CoreNet in Denver, will be held from April 29 to May 2 at the Colorado Convention Center.

“Given that the CoreNet Global Summit is the only conference to convene the entire corporate real estate industry, this is an enormous opportunity for Denver–well beyond the significant economic benefit of the convention itself,” Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper said.

“The CoreNet Global Summit has been described as “the Super Bowl of corporate real estate,” because it draws up to 3,000 of the industry¹s top decision makers including corporate executives, commercial real estate professionals and economic development agencies,” says Rocky Mountain CoreNet Chapter chairman, David Raduzigner. “CoreNet Global members manage $1.2 trillion in worldwide corporate assets totaling 700 billion sf of owned and leased office, industrial and other space.”

CoreNet Global is the world¹s leading professional association for corporate real estate executives who influence the site selection decisions of the world¹s top corporations such as Boeing, Citibank, Microsoft, Shell Oil, Sun Microsystems, Toyota, Whirlpool and many other Fortune 500 companies. With a large group of top decision-makers visiting the city, the Summit offers a prime opportunity for showcasing the advantages of locating business operations in Colorado, says CoreNet Global chairman Jeffrey L. Elie, VP of Global Real Estate and Services for Kaplan Inc.

Half of CoreNet’s predecessor group, the International Development and Research Council, held its annual convention in 1992. CoreNet was created in 2002 by a merger of IDRC and the National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives, or Nacore.

Denver is now a completely different place, says Tom Clark, executive vice president of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. “It’s been over a decade since this important group came to Colorado,” Clark says. “At that time, we had added Coors Field, the convention center and the international airport to our world class infrastructure. We’ve got lots of new things to show them this time, too. Fitzsimons, TREX, the new wing of the Denver Arts Museum and the promise of FasTracks ought to impress them that we¹re the nation¹s next great city.”

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