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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.


2014 Annual Conference

Steering Toward the Future: Convergence, Connectivity, and Creativity
October 19-22 | Fort Worth, TX

With the theme of Steering Toward the Future: Convergence, Connectivity, and Creativity, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) invites you to our 2014 Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, from October 19-22, 2014. Economic developers across the globe will learn from Fort Worth's success in moving from recession to growth, from historical legacy to future progress.

The story of Fort Worth is the classic story of the pioneer. From building its first railroad in 1876, to facing its recent population boom, the city has never backed down from a challenge. Representing the modern-day pioneer, Fort Worth has emerged from the recession with new partnerships and ideas, while maintaining a deep connection to its heritage.

The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is the fourth largest metro-area in the United States, with a population of more than 6.5 million people. Fort Worth's creative collaboration with other cities in the Metroplex has improved regional infrastructure, established the DFW region as an international transportation hub, and reinvented obsolete areas. Through a program of invigorating speakers, topics, and educational tours, conference attendees will witness Fort Worth's revitalization, and gain new strategies and tools for their own communities.


2015 Conferences


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


2015 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


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/February
Location TBD


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


2016 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


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