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IEDC Conferences

In a global economy, you never know where the next opportunity to advance your career or community will come from. We give you the chance to form and foster relationships with economic developers from around the world – and the next county over.

Our technical and annual conferences will not only connect you with others who share your goals and experiences, but keep you in the forefront of the profession by providing access to and insights from community leaders, industry experts, and federal policy makers.

Interested in hosting an IEDC Conference? Learn how to apply.

2017 Annual Conference

September 17-20, 2017 | Toronto, Canada

This must-attend event for economic developers is IEDC's first annual conference outside of the United States. It will focus on how to Connect, Collaborate, and Create at the global level to contribute to the transformation of local, state, and regional economies. With the emergence of new global markets, communities need to work together to encourage competition and advance economic growth.

Toronto and its surrounding region are repeatedly and consistently ranked at the top of international indexes for competitiveness, innovation and liveability. Very few cities in the world can offer such multi-sector strength or depth of talent. The region is seen as having a pro-business environment and it prides itself on a municipal government that is committed to nurturing and supporting businesses.

2018 Conferences

2018 Leadership Summit
January 28-30, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino
129 Fremont Street Experience
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (800) 634-3454
Room Rate: $119 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 Federal Forum
March 25-27, 2018
Washington, DC

The Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-1527
Phone: (202) 628-2100
IEDC Room Rate: $259 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Annual Conference
September 30 - October 3, 2018
Atlanta, GA

Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (888) 421-1442
IEDC Room Rate: $201 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Wednesday, September 5, 2018

2019 Conferences

2019 Leadership Summit
January 27 - 29, 2019
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six
2301 SE 17 Street Causeway
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (954) 525-6666
IEDC Room Rate: $235 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Wednesday,January 2, 2019

2019 Federal Forum
April 14-16, 2019
Washington, DC

The Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-1527
Phone: (202) 628-2100
IEDC Room Rate: $269 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Host an IEDC Conference

Thank you for your interest in hosting an IEDC conference! Below are links to documents outlining what IEDC looks for in cities and groups with regards to hosting a conference. The documents also outline the steps an economic development organization would take towards applying to host a conference.

Host areas benefit from the recognition and increased visibility that comes as a result of economic development professionals visiting and learning from a community’s achievements. The host area has the opportunity to make use of the expertise of the attendees to help improve its own programs or launch new initiatives for their community. Additionally, host economies benefit from the revenue derived from IEDC’s conference.

Please note, that the documents below are guides through the proposal process. The numbers and figures might change slightly throughout the approval process.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Phil Goodwin at (202) 639-9106 or pgoodwin@iedconline.org.

» Leadership Summit
» Future Economic Forum (formerly Spring Conference)
» Annual Conference

Speaker Interest Form

Thank you for your interest in speaking at an upcoming IEDC Conference. To be considered for a speaking role, please complete the following form. IEDC staff will review your submission and decide if there is an available role in an upcoming conference that meets your qualifications.

Please note that as a way to keep membership dues and registration fees to a minimum, IEDC does not pay speaker honorariums, speaker expenses or conference registration fees. Confirmed speakers are welcome to attend the session before or after their session excluding the keynote luncheon or receptions without registering for the conference.

Additionally, completion of this form does not commit you to a speaking role. All speakers receive an official invitation and confirmation from IEDC. Your interest form will be kept on file for 2 years.

» Fill out the Speaker Interest Form