Virginia DOT, New York City Transit, and Massport are already signed up to share plans and priorities with potential construction managers at a new, low-cost conference May 2 ?4 in Atlanta.

For a $50 registration fee, attendees who work for government agencies can earn up to 12.75 Professional Development Hours, 1.275 Continuing Education Units, and 12.75 Learning Units at the Construction Management Association of America's 2010 Owners Forum. By connecting with service providers, project owners also can learn what today's construction management services marketplace has to offer. The agenda includes:·

  • Construction best-practices from the Construction Industry Institute of the University of Texas
  • General sessions ? with no breakouts so all attendees can experience the same program content? focusing on buildings, process industries, transportation/transit, and federal owners.
  • A "Leadership: Filling the Gap in Capital Construction" presentation by the CMAA College of Fellows· Two multispeaker town hall sessions.
  • The conference also provides plenty of perks for service providers, as owners reveal what they are planning, what they need, and what they expect, says CMAA Chair Gary Cardamone, PE, Director of Construction Management at the Port of Long Beach, Calif.: "This is an unsurpassed opportunity to meet and interact, both in sessions and informally."