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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.


2016 Annual Conference

September 25-28 | Cleveland, OH

Economic development of a community inevitably goes through ups and downs; the key is having a team that sees the challenges, opportunities, and future areas of growth and doesn't lose the determination to keep their community rocking for decades to come.

IEDC's 2016 Annual Conference draws on the inspirational story of Cleveland: through its rise as a powerhouse economy, its adaptation to new economic realities, and its rebirth through reinvestment in institutions, infrastructures, and relationships.

The conference will showcase how economic developers are shaping communities that emerge as stronger, more resilient, and ready to rock.


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
» Reserve your room online


2017 Federal Forum
April 9-11, 2017
Washington, DC

The Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-1527
Phone: (202) 628-2100
IEDC Room Rate: $249 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Wednesday, March 15, 2017


2017 Economic Future Forum
June 4-6, 2017
Little Rock, AR

Little Rock Marriott
3 Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (877) 759-6290
IEDC Room Rate: $159 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Wednesday, May 10, 2017


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
February 4–6, 2018
Las Vegas, NV


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


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 Kate Granat at (202) 942-9469 or kgranat@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