On April 27, 2015 the Governor of Maryland declared a State of Emergency bringing in the National Guard to support the Baltimore police in the midst of violent demonstrations after the funeral of Freddie Gray.
The DHI Board of Governors discussed these factors and the deteriorating conditions in Baltimore in great detail the evening of April 27th. With the overriding concern for the safety of our attendees while at our event in Baltimore the Board decided to cancel CoNEXTions 2015. Additionally, we were hosting a technical education class in the city that has now been moved to our headquarters in Chantilly, VA.
The City of Baltimore was exceptional throughout this process as they worked closely with us to ensure that we had up-to-the-minute information in order to make the most informed decisions for our members and attendees. There are significant financial ramifications of this decision that were discussed at length before this decision was made. The impact goes well beyond DHI and our exhibitors and attendees, to include service providers, speakers, as well as the local economy. This was a decision that was not taken lightly but the safety and security of our members and attendees is our highest priority.