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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.


2018 Leadership Summit

January 28-30, 2018 | Las Vegas, Nevada

Join your executive-level peers and Certified Economic Developers for an exclusive program focused on what it takes to manage at the highest level in the profession. IEDC's 2018 Leadership Summit will focus on how your local economy can be reimagined and developed outside of traditional attractions, industries, and strategies. You'll learn new ways to approach economic diversification and advancement, engage stakeholders at the highest level, and what your specific role is in the process. Whether you're in a community with tremendous appeal or one that's seeking new opportunities to leverage, you'll take away key tips and new contacts that will help you move your EDO, staff, and jobs agenda forward. Think outside the box to envision a bigger, richer and more robust community and region. This experience, which draws more than 450 senior level professionals, will help you solidify your work plan for 2018 and beyond.

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


2018 Annual Conference

September 30 - October 3, 2018 | Atlanta, GA

In communities across the globe, there is a shared dream - one where every person has the opportunity to reach their fullest productive potential regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, income, background, or geography. Indeed, we are surrounded by neighbors who are facing significant barriers from fulfilling their dreams. How can we do better in helping all of the people living in our communities who would like to participate in the surrounding economy find a means to do so? How can we as economic developers work with our other community partners in helping to address these barriers? And how can we be more intentional about developing, recruiting, and expanding economic activities that would enable a community's people to participate in those activities in their backyards?

Share cutting-edge ideas and engage your colleagues at the premier event for economic development practitioners.


Other 2018 Conferences

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


2018 Economic Future Forum
June 24-26, 2018
Buffalo, NY

Buffalo Marriott HARBORCENTER
95 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Book your group rate for Economic Future Forum


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 Phil Goodwin at (202) 639-9106 or pgoodwin@iedconline.org.

» Leadership Summit
» Economic Future Forum
» 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