Network for passenger route development and connect!

This is a slogan for conferences devoted to route development (airports and airlines). I feel that something is wrong with it.
1. "Network" - would native speakers perceive it as a verb? Because my first reaction that it's a noun with a missing article. Does it sound like a call to action?
2. The word order. Maybe moving the verbs closer would make it better?

Network and connect for passenger route development!

I know that "network" can be a verb. I know the first sentence is grammatically correct. I am asking how the sentence reads to a native speaker. Because I, as a native Russian, feel that it reads as a noun-phrase, not as a verb-phrase, which has been confirmed by one of those who took the time to answer (thank you!).

  • Are you writing this, or are you wondering how to parse someone else's statement? – Mitch Jan 23 '19 at 3:10
  • I've been asked to evaluate if this would be a good slogan. – Inna Kashnikova Jan 23 '19 at 4:15
  • Maybe you want something like "Network with passenger route development experts" or "Networking for the passenger route development community". – The Photon Jan 23 '19 at 4:53
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    I'm flagging this as off-topic ("no research / ELL"). Hi Inna, did you consult a dictionary before you asked here? The first two dictionaries I found online defined network as a verb, with examples. Our Help Centre says "Be sure to mention the research you've done and what you're still hoping to learn!" For further guidance, see How to Ask and take the EL&U Tour :-) – Chappo Hasn't Forgotten Monica Jan 23 '19 at 6:40
  • Network and connect with others about passenger route development! – Jason Bassford Jan 23 '19 at 11:21

The first example is unclear. Not being a route development professional (or even previously aware that such a career existed), I read network for passenger route development as a noun phrase, a network whose purpose is to develop passenger routes.

The second example makes it more clear that network is meant as a verb, but still sounds as if the purpose of the networking and connecting is to develop passenger routes, rather than just to discuss the topic of passenger route development.

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Is to network perceived as a verb?

Yes, the Oxford English Dictionary lists 4 senses of the verb. Here is one of those:

intransitive orig. U.S. To engage in social or professional ‘networking’

As in:

1988 Times 25 Mar. She wanted publicity for her charity and seized the opportunity to network.

And in your

Network for passenger route development and connect!

in context you mentioned it should be apparent and understood. Otherwise I would say"

Network (with others) for passenger route development and connect!
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    I think OP knows that network can be used as a verb. They're asking if it will be understood as a verb in their given example. – The Photon Jan 23 '19 at 4:48

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