If you’re interested in facilities management and looking to stay up-to-date on the latest industry trends, attending the National Facilities Management and Technology (NFMT) Conference and Expo in Baltimore, Maryland is an excellent opportunity. The annual event offers a wide range of educational sessions, product showcases, and networking opportunities for facilities managers, building owners, and related professionals.
In this blog post, we’ll cover what you can expect from attending NFMT in Baltimore, as well as some things to do while you’re in town.
What is NFMT?
NFMT is the largest gathering of facilities management professionals in the United States. It features over 120 educational sessions and workshops covering topics such as energy efficiency, maintenance, safety, and sustainability. Additionally, more than 500 exhibitors showcase their products and services at the expo, providing attendees with the opportunity to see the latest industry innovations. No matter your need, you will find it here. As a matter of fact, CWE will be active networking, meeting with clients, and hosting an educational session on Thursday morning from 8:00-9:00am. Details can be found here. Hit me up, I would love to meet you and have you at my session, or simply show you around if this is your first time.
What to expect from NFMT?
NFMT provides a diverse range of educational sessions, including keynote presentations, panel discussions, and interactive workshops. Sessions cover topics such as energy management, workplace safety, building automation, and maintenance best practices. Attendees can select from a range of sessions based on their interests and needs. I suggest getting to your desired sessions early, the really great ones tend to fill up quickly.
In addition to the educational opportunities, NFMT offers several opportunities for attendees to network with other facilities management professionals. These events include an opening reception, happy hours, and networking lunches. These events provide attendees with a chance to meet and connect with other professionals in their industry. I encourage you to take advantage of them.
NFMT also offers an expo featuring over 500 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. Exhibitors include vendors offering solutions for building automation, HVAC systems, security, and other facilities management needs. The expo provides attendees with the opportunity to see the latest products and innovations in the industry. This is one of the most exciting aspects of the convention. Everything you can imagine, and a lot you may not have even thought of, is here. Put on your waking shoes and explore.
Things to Do in Baltimore
Ok, it’s not all crisscrossing a huge convention floor running from workshop to workshop. At NFMT in Baltimore, there are plenty of things to do in the city when you’re not attending educational sessions or networking events. Here are a few suggestions:
Visit the National Aquarium
The National Aquarium is one of Baltimore’s most popular attractions, and for a good reason. The aquarium features over 20,000 animals, including dolphins, sharks, and sea turtles. Visitors can also explore the aquarium’s many exhibits, including a rainforest exhibit and a coral reef exhibit.
Explore Inner Harbor
One of America’s oldest seaports, Inner Harbor is a popular waterfront destination that features shopping, dining, historic sites and entertainment. Visitors can take a boat tour, go kayaking, or explore the many restaurants and shops in the area.
Tour Fort McHenry
Fort McHenry is a historic site that played a critical role in the War of 1812. The fort is open for tours and features exhibits that showcase its history.
Visit the Maryland Science Center
The Maryland Science Center is a great destination for families with children. The center features interactive exhibits and hands-on activities that teach visitors about science and technology.
Attending NFMT in Baltimore provides facilities management professionals with an opportunity to learn about the latest industry trends, connect with peers, and see the latest products and services in the industry. Additionally, Baltimore offers plenty of activities for visitors to explore during their downtime. Whether you’re interested in history, science, or just want to explore the city, Baltimore has something for everyone. Get your plan together and be ready to enjoy 3 days of learning, connecting and gathering valuable information that can help you take your organization to the next level.