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Bring an IEDC Conference to Your City!

IEDC is looking for new and exciting future conference sites.

Is yours a globally competitive city where important economic development topics can easily be highlighted? Is it a place people want to visit, or a place that’s ready to be seen in a new light?

Then consider hosting an IEDC conference. IEDC events are an amazing opportunity to spotlight your city to an incredible audience.

IEDC is looking for destinations for its conferences in 2023 and beyond. There are three opportunities each year for IEDC members to attend an event in a new and exciting location.

Each fall, the Annual Conference convenes about 1,500 economic developers from around the world for the largest international gathering of its kind. In addition to economic development professionals, the Annual Conference brings together consultants, government officials, chambers of commerce directors, site selectors, academics, financial industry professionals, and business executives. Download the RFP (PDF) for more information on the hosting process.

The Leadership Summit takes place at the end of January or early February, and we aim for a warm-weather city. With 500 of the top economic developers in the world in attendance, many of them like to play a round a golf in the middle of winter! Are you interested in hosting the 2023 or 2024 Leadership Summit? Download the RFP (PDF) to learn more about the process.

The Economic Future Forum discusses innovation and emerging trends, and draws approximately 350 attendees each June. For the 2023 Economic Future Forum and beyond, download the RFP (PDF) to learn more.

Benefits of hosting

The economic impact of a conference itself is substantial, but that’s just the beginning. Host regions benefit from the recognition and increased visibility that comes as a result of economic development professionals visiting and learning from a community’s achievements. You also will boost your city’s image to new people and businesses from across the U.S. and internationally.

As the host to an IEDC conference, you play a major role in shaping content. IEDC works in collaboration with the local host committee to choose conference speakers, networking events, and special tours that highlight community strengths and tell your region’s story. For several days, your city becomes a “learning laboratory” for fellow professionals to gain insight into exciting developments and initiatives happening throughout your region. Host cities also benefit from drawing on the expertise of those in attendance to help improve current programs or launch new initiatives.

Would you like to learn more? Contact Shari Nourick at snourick@iedconline.org for more information, or call (202) 545-7339.

Here’s what previous hosts of IEDC conferences had to say about the process:

“The planning (for the event) brought our local communities closer together, which will pay off in the longer term as regional collaboration becomes even more important. And it sure helps gain a bigger profile among economic development professionals!” –Mike Williams, general manager, economic development and culture, City of Toronto, Ontario, host of IEDC’s 2017 Annual Conference

“We continue to believe that Cleveland, Northeast Ohio, and the entire state are strong regions for the profession. We would like to bring an IEDC Annual or technical conference back to Cleveland in the future.” –Joe Marinucci, president, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Ohio, host of IEDC’s 2016 Annual Conference

“We jumped at the opportunity when it was offered to us. The IEDC Annual Conference is recognized for its excellence in programming and how it fully engages with the host community. In the end, all of our expectations as a host community were exceeded.” –Bill Popp, president and CEO, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Alaska, host of IEDC’s 2015 Annual Conference