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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:

2018 FED Forum



March 25-27, 2018 | Washington, DC

Attend this conference and get answers on how you can influence outcomes and accomplish your jobs agenda! Not in recent history has the role of the federal government in local job creation been more questioned or more challenged. Ad as that debate goes on, the work of building stronger, more resilient economies remains. Take a look at some of those programs by downloading the Why Invest brochure. 300 professions attend each year. From the attendees, to speakers, exhibitors and sponsors, you are guaranteed to meet decision makers who can help you accomplish your EDOs federal programs and policy objectives. See what’s in store.

2018 Economic Future Forum



June 24-26, 2018 | Buffalo, NY

Attend this yearly conference with over 300 professionals and learn from thought-provoking speakers, all focused on illuminating the path toward higher quality economic development. Gain immediate access to rich dialogs focused on tomorrow's trends and global shifts, participate in interactive sessions, and visit several area businesses and local economic development projects. See a special message from the Honorable Byron W. Brown welcoming you to Buffalo. Also see a preliminary program on the event’s website.

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.


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