Critical Facilities Summit has announced open registration for the 2017 conference. After four successful years in Charlotte, North Carolina, the 2017 summit has moved to Minnesota and will be taking place October 23 - 25 at the Minneapolis Convention Center: 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403. 

The fifth annual Critical Facilities Summit will provide an opportunity for guests to both learn about and direct the future of leading trends in design, management, and operations of data centers, hospitals, banks, telecoms, and other mission critical spaces. Numerous leaders in critical facility industries will be directing these discussions and sharing their expertise, including:

  • Erik Amundson, chief technology officer, Advanced Systems Design at OATI

  • David Boston, director of facility operations solutions at TiePoint-bkm Engineering

  • John Fitzpatrick, director of enterprise data center, University Information Technologies at the University of Rochester 


Areas of focus for the 2017 Summit are designed to be interactive and will be divided into more than 35 diverse sessions in six major categories:

  • Cloud and colo trends

  • Higher ed

  • Medical, labs, and life-safety

  • Optimizing uptime

  • Project spotlight

  • The FM-IT link

As Minneapolis becomes a new home to the Critical Facilities Summit, there are a variety of benefits to this location that pertain to the fields and topics that will be analyzed and discussed throughout the three days. Minneapolis/St. Paul has emerged as a top Tier 2 data center marketplace and contains vital facilities for some of the top global tech companies, such as Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. Additionally, the healthcare industry and life-science sectors are evolving rapidly in the area with the proliferation of new medical device and bio/pharmaceutical companies and healthcare facilities.

“We are delighted that the 2017 Critical Facilities Summit will be hosted in a core market like Minneapolis,” said Wendy Deitzler, vice president of education, trade press media. “In addition to the important new location, this year’s event will offer an invaluable opportunity for attendees to access knowledge from the industry experts that are directly shaping the future of how we operate critical facilities.”