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Bring an IEDC Conference to Your City!

The International Economic Development Council is looking for new and exciting cities to host future conferences. Are you are a globally competitive city that exemplifies cutting-edge economic development trends? Is it a place people want to visit, or a place that’s ready to be seen in a new light? Then you may want to consider hosting an IEDC conference. IEDC events are an amazing opportunity to spotlight your city to a diverse audience.

Watch this video for more info on the value of bringing IEDC to your city.

IEDC is looking for destinations for its 2020 and 2023 Annual Conferences (PDF). Each September, the Annual Conference convenes more than 1,000 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 for more information on the hosting process (PDF).

IEDC also seeks host cities for upcoming Future Forums and Leadership Summits. The Economic Future Forum discusses innovation and emerging trends, and draws attendance between 350 and 400 each June. We are currently taking applications to host the 2020 Economic Future Forum and beyond – download the RFP (PDF) to learn more. The Leadership Summit takes place at the end of January or early February in a warm-weather city. With 500 of the world’s top economic developers in attendance, you’ll have the opportunity to play a round a golf in the middle of winter! Submit to host the 2022 Leadership Summit (PDF) today.

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 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.

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. IEDC 2017 Annual Conference host

“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