New International Partnering Forum dates announced


The Business Network for Offshore Wind recently announced that, out of an abundance of caution for the safety of its attendees, it has decided to hold its annual IPF — the International Partnering Forum, which has become the largest offshore wind energy event in the Western Hemisphere — on August 18-21, 2020, in Providence, Rhode Island.

And, since IPF contains time-sensitive content, the Network will also hold an IPF Virtual during the original time frame, April 21-22, which will be open at no additional charge to all registered attendees and recorded for their convenience. IPF Virtual will cover valuable information on what is occurring right now in the business market and government policies, as Atlantic Seaboard states prepare to host new offshore wind farms and a global supply chain kicks into gear. There will be no in-person component of the April event.

“This remains a critical time for the U.S. offshore wind industry, and the Network is as committed as ever to making the most up-to-date content available through a virtual conference and recordings while we prepare to gather in person,” said Liz Burdock, president and CEO of the Business Network for Offshore Wind.

More than 575 companies are signed up to exhibit and participate in IPF Together in August. The conference kicks off with CareerMatch, the first national job fair designed to help supply chain companies prepare for the future of offshore wind in the U.S.

It will connect companies looking to hire in the next 12 months with qualified talent from across the U.S. IPF Together will also feature a half-day summit on workforce development, additional workshops, WindMatch, and tours.

“This two-pronged course of action provides everyone the opportunity to fully experience the hallmarks of IPF: its valuable educational content and its quality networking opportunities,” Burdock said. “IPF Virtual and IPF Together are doubling the opportunities the offshore wind industry will have to come together to learn, collaborate, and find ways to push the industry forward.”

Current IPF registrants will be automatically registered for both the IPF Virtual in April, and the in-person IPF Together in August at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.
Information on logistics, such as hotel and travel reservations, can be found on the conference website in the updated FAQ section.