Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 8:45am
(Baltimore, MD) – Visit Baltimore announced today that the Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG) has selected Baltimore as the host city for its Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) 2024 and 2025 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference.
More than 10,800 students and professionals are expected to convene in Baltimore in February of 2024 and 2025 utilizing more than 4,600 total room nights and generating over $3 million in economic impact each year. The conference will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, where it was previously held from 1987 – 2010.
Each year, the BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference brings professionals and students together for three days to share their experiences and career information. BEYA provides networking opportunities with attendees from around the country while participating in seminars and workshops that explore every facet of the STEM career path. The conference also offers programming for both pre-college and college students exploring STEM career possibilities, including pre-professional seminars, a job readiness certification program and admission to the conference’s two-day free career fair. Additionally, BEYA’s prestigious awards ceremony allows employers to acknowledge and share the achievements of minorities who are leaders in the fields of math, science, engineering, and information technology.
“We are thrilled that Baltimore has been chosen to host the BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference in 2024 and 2025,” said Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. “This conference goes far beyond the economic impact and reaches our communities. Local middle school, high school and college students will have the unique opportunity to be exposed to careers in STEM through conference programming and a free career fair. We hope this helps inspire the next generation of STEM professionals in Baltimore.”
The annual conference is organized by the Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG), which is a socially conscious diversity media company that recognizes the mandate to inspire and promote excellence in our youth by telling the stories of the thousands of unheralded people striving for success. The conference is hosted by The Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Lockheed Martin.
“As an organization headquartered in Baltimore, we couldn’t be more excited to bring the conference back home,” said Tyrone D. Taborn, Chief Content Officer and CEO at Career Communications Group and Chairman and President of the BEYA STEM Conference. “Baltimore is a city known for its African American heritage and top-tier institutions that mold the minds of black students studying science, technology, engineering and math. It’s also an affordable, walkable location with a beautiful waterfront, so it makes complete sense for our attendees.”
Following the announcement that that Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®) will hold its 2021-2023 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament in Baltimore, the BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference booking is yet another example of Visit Baltimore’s commitment to attracting and booking diversity business.
“We are honored to welcome the BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference back to Baltimore,” said Al Hutchinson, President & CEO of Visit Baltimore. “This conference provides a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase Charm City to a diverse group of more than 10,000 STEM students and professionals from across the country. We look forward to working with the Baltimore Convention Center to create unforgettable conference experiences for this impressive group in 2024 and 2025.”
Visit Baltimore is the official sales and marketing organization for Baltimore that generates economic benefits for stakeholders through the attraction of convention, group and leisure visitors. For more information, please visit www.baltimore.org.