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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.


2015 Leadership Summit

Gateways to Economic Competitiveness
January 25-27 | Palm Beach County, FL

The 2015 IEDC Leadership Summit brings together leaders from around the world to explore the role and responsibility of economic developers and organizations in channeling new ideas, markets, and products into their "gateways" to increase local, regional, national and global economic growth in today's competitive marketplace.

The Summit will highlight the South Florida region's physical and intellectual infrastructure. Attendees will see examples of what is happening at the local level and how these successes can be replicated in their communities. Whether it's the physical infrastructure of shipping ports, airports, highways, and rail services, or the intellectual infrastructure of universities and research facilities, Palm Beach County will show you what it takes to maintain a competitive edge in today's world.

Attendance is limited to senior managers of economic development organizations and Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs).


2015 Federal Forum
March 29-31, 2015
Arlington, VA

Renaissance Arlington Capital View
2800 S Potomac Ave
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: (888) 236-2427
IEDC Room Rate: $219 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
» Reserve your room online


2015 Economic Future Forum (formerly Spring Conference)
June 7-9, 2015
Madison, WI

Conference Location: Monona Terrace Convention Center
1 John Nolan Drive
Madison, WI 53703

Headquarters Hotel: Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
9 East Wilson Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 255-5100
IEDC Group Rate: $155 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Friday, May 15, 2015
» Reserve your room online


2015 Annual Conference
October 4-7, 2015
Anchorage, AK

Conference Location: Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center
600 Seventh Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

Headquarters Hotel: The Hotel Captain Cook
939 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone (800) 843-1950
IEDC Group Rate: $135 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
» Reserve your room online

Hilton Anchorage
500 W Third Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone (907) 272-7411
IEDC Group Rate: $135 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
» Reserve your room online


2016 Conferences

2016 Leadership Summit
January 24–26, 2016
New Orleans, LA

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (888) 627 – 7033
IEDC Room Rate: $209 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Wednesday, December 30, 2015


2016 Federal Forum
April 3-5, 2016
Arlington, VA

Renaissance Arlington Capital View
2800 S Potomac Ave
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: (888) 236-2427
IEDC Room Rate: $219 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Future Economic Forum (formerly Spring Conference)
June 12-14, 2016
Tulsa, OK

Hyatt Regency Tulsa
100 East 2nd Street
Tulsa, OK 74103
Phone (888) 233-9527
IEDC Group Rate: $125 single/double
Group Cutoff Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016


2016 Annual Conference
September 25-28, 2016
Cleveland, OH

Conference Location: Cleveland Convention Center

Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade
420 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: (888) 421-1442
IEDC Room Rate: $180 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Westin Cleveland Downtown
777 Saint Clair Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: (888) 627-8085
IEDC Room Rate: $199 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Wednesday, August 31, 2016


2017 Conferences

2017 Leadership Summit
January 29 – 31, 2017
Jacksonville, FL

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville-Riverfront
225 E. Coastline Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: (888) 421-1442
IEDC Room Rate: $169 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Wednesday, January 4, 2017


2017 Annual Conference
September 17 – 20, 2017
Toronto, Canada

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2M9
Phone: (888) 627-7175
IEDC Room Rate: $249 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Friday, August 25, 2017


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 Vincent Femia at (202)942-9485 or vfemia@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