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A little-known advantage of hosting your event in Arlington is the abundance of nearby speakers who are leaders in practically any field you can imagine. Home to the Pentagon, research agencies, universities, trade associations and major companies – and just minutes from downtown Washington, D.C. – Arlington is within easy reach of experts who can inform and impress your attendees. As an extra bonus, you’ll save on speaker travel expenses!
Whether your event planning team is seeking a keynote speaker or panel facilitator who’s a leader in the defense industry, a top academic researcher, political journalist, nonprofit head, international trade expert or technology guru, you’ll find plenty of speaker options for your Arlington event. And you may be amazed to know that members of Congress can get to Arlington from their Capitol Hill offices in about 10 or 15 minutes most times of the day.
With its diverse array of companies, agencies and educational institutions, Arlington also has opportunities for making and strengthening connections relevant to your industry. When your organization has identified local contacts in your field, you may find potential to collaborate with them on special events, facility tours and other aspects of your meeting or convention.
Home to more than 1,000 technology companies, Arlington’s sweet spot is tech – particularly in the cybersecurity, aerospace, health care and environmental fields. Ranging from European grocer Lidl, to defense and aerospace company BAE Systems Inc., nonprofit The Nature Conservancy, and media organizations like Axios, you’ll find many organizations that may lend national perspective to your meeting or conference.
For your Arlington event, you’re also minutes from potential speakers from several nationally renowned academic and research institutions. The state-of-the-art Virginia Tech Research Center—Arlington; the George Mason University Arlington Campus (including its Law School, School of Policy and Government, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Arts Management and Business); the George Washington University Arlington Graduate Education Center; and Marymount University are home to top educators who can enrich your attendees’ professional development.
In addition to industry-specific speakers you might independently seek for your event, you also can search for local speakers bureaus by visiting the StayArlington website, clicking on “Filter Partners,” and selecting the category “Speakers-Trainers.”