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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. IEDC offers the following four conferences every year:

January 27-29, 2019 | Fort Lauderdale, FL

IEDC's Leadership Summit is a unique gathering of senior-level and CEcD-certified economic developers. Experience peer networking and active discussions on the latest issues affecting economic development leaders. The 2019 Summit will illustrate ways organizations are bringing together polarized factions to form successful collaborations. Key themes to creating collaborative communities:

• Building strong business climates
• Creating partnerships in education and training
• Moving transportation forward
• Promoting synergy between businesses and government
• Fostering regional collaboration for economic success

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


April 14-16, 2019 | Washington, DC

New Congress, new objectives: attend the 2019 FED Forum and be a part of what comes next.

The mid-terms are over and a divided Congress will now determine our legislative future. Paired with a White House entering the last two years of its term while ramping up for campaign season, what does 2019 and beyond hold for economic developers?

Beyond the rhetoric, economic developers are still utilizing programs across dozens of federal agencies. Some, like EDA, continue their decades-long missions while adapting to new demands, while others, like Opportunity Zones, are presenting new mechanisms for economic opportunity. Every community is impacted by decisions made in Washington.

Join us this April in Washington and be a part of what comes next.


June 9-11, 2019 | Salt Lake City, UT

The Economic Future Forum is a forward-looking conference that focuses on fostering innovation and economic transformation in the new economy. The conference explores industry trends and the partnerships and strategies needed to grow, attract, retain, and expand companies in established and emerging industries. Join fellow economic development professionals and experience Salt Lake City's economic development success, including its enormous urban revitalization and recent downtown revival, the strong legacy of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and the city's thriving arts and entertainment scene.


2019 Conferences

2019 Annual Conference
October 13-16, 2019
Indianapolis, IN

Please submit session proposals for the 2019 Annual Conference by January 11, 2019.

Marriott Indy Place Tri Brand
10 South West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

The Headquarters hotel is a brand new Marriott Tri-brand with three distinct Marriott properties under one roof, all connected the the Indianapolis Convention Center by walk bridge.

JW Marriott $219 single/double
Courtyard Marriott Downtown: $209 single/double
Springhill Suites Marriott: $199 single/double

2020 Conferences

2020 Leadership Summit
February 9-11, 2020
Tampa, FL

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
2900 Bayport Drive
Tampa, FL 33607
IEDC Room Rate: $234 single/double