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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:


February 9-11, 2020 | Tampa, 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 2020 IEDC Leadership Summit in Tampa, Florida will engage leaders with new strategies and inspiration for creating lasting and measurable social impact. By highlighting community examples within the conference programming along with the latest thinking from subject matter experts, this Summit will help us reshape the core values and DNA of economic development practice going forward.

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


April 26-28, 2020 | Washington, DC

The 2020 FED Forum will focus on two of the most pressing issues in economic development today: the Opportunity Zone program and economic development via international trade.

Opportunity Zones burst onto the economic development scene as part of the 2017 tax bill and has remained the hottest topic in the profession. Communities across the country are taking advantage of the new program by advancing ambitious economic development initiatives and attracting investors. The 2020 FED Forum will feature top experts on the program, speaking from the varied perspectives of policymakers, community leaders, investors and economic development practitioners. Join us this April and hear the latest on how your community can best seize this opportunity.

2019 ended with major breakthroughs on key international trade issues, including the advancement of NAFTA 2.0 (aka U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement) and significant steps toward resolving the trade war with China. More than ever, economic developers are looking outside the U.S. to support their local businesses and economic development projects via export promotion and FDI attraction. This April, IEDC will convene leading voices in international trade to connect attendees with the knowledge and resources needed to compete on a global scale.

The 2020 FED Forum will also include a broad range of federal economic development topics, from infrastructure to workforce, that past attendees know is unmatched by any other conference. IEDC’s FED Forum is the premier annual gathering on federal economic development programs and policies.


2020 Conferences

Economic Future Forum
Calgary, Alberta
June 21-23, 2020

Hyatt Regency Calgary
700 Center Street, SE
Calgary, AB T2G 5P6 Canada
Phone: (403) 717-1234
Rate: $239.00 CAD single/double
Cut Off Date: May 29, 2020

Annual Conference
Dallas, TX
October 11-14, 2020

Hilton Anatole
2201 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
Phone: (214) 748-1200
Rate: $269 single/double
Cut Off Date - September 7, 2020

2021 Conferences

Leadership Summit
Phoenix, AZ
January 24 -26, 2021

The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak
Phoenix, AZ
Rate: $229.00 single/double
Cut Off Date: December 31, 2020

Economic Future Forum
Spokane, WA
June 6- 8, 2021

The Davenport Grand
Spokane, WA
Rate: $169.00 single/double
Cut Off Date: May 12, 2021

Annual Conference
Nashville, TN
October 3-6, 2021
Music City Center - Convention Center

Host Hotel:
The Westin Nashville
807 Clark Place
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 248-2800
$289 single/double

Other Hotel:
Hilton Nashville Downtown
Rate: $279.00

Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown/Convention Center
Rate $254.00

Marriott AC Hotel/Residence Inn/Springhill Suites Tri Brand (all in one building)
Rates: AC Hotel - $262.00; Residence Inn - $242.00; Springhill Suites - $242.00

Cambria Nashville Downtown
Rate: $241.00
Cut Off Date for all Hotels - September 3, 2019

2022 Conferences

Leadership Summit
Coachella Valley, CA
January 30 - February 1, 2022

La Quinta Resort and Club/A Waldorf Astoria Resort
49-499 Eisenhower Drive
La Quinta, CA 92253
Phone: 800-598-3828
$249 single/double plus $10.00 resort fee daily
Cut Off Date: January 7, 2022

Economic Future Forum
Richardson, TX
June 12 - 14, 2022

Renaissance Dallas-Richardson Hotel
900 East Lookout Drive
Richardson, TX 75082
Phone: (972) 367-2000
$159 single/double
Cut Off Date: May 25, 2022

Annual Conference
Oklahoma City, OK
Dates and Hotel Coming Soon