I am starting a regional search focused in Colorado and am looking for creative ways to leverage being local to source opportunities. Understanding there are plenty of disadvantages to a regional search (vs. traditional), one of the advantages is meeting people in person is easier. Therefore as a part of the search I plan on attending as many local conferences, trade shows, business lunches, etc. in the area as I can as well as network with brokers, private wealth managers, consultants, lawyers, etc. Any other ways to leverage being local? Any other avenues to get in front of business owners?

Separately, any thoughts on using an industry approach with an already narrow geographic focus? Obvious concern is that is too focused and the universe of businesses will be too small, However could that be mitigated by just cycling through industries quickly? Or maybe an opportunistic approach is just more reasonable than industry given the geographic focus.