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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.


June 21-23, 2020 | Calgary, AB

IEDC’s 2020 Economic Future Forum is a forward-looking conference that will focus on fostering economic transformation in the new economy. With unprecedented advancements in digital and virtual technologies impacting every sector of the economy, our future will be driven by the adoption of technology. The conference will explore industry trends and strategies for enhancing talent, fostering innovation, and creating a sense of place in our communities. The conference will follow three main sub-themes:

Talent: The emergence of new technologies will — already are — be disruptive to our workforce. Retaining, retraining, and retooling our citizens to prepare them for the shift will rapidly escalate in importance. Connecting top talent with quickly changing business needs will further change the workforce landscape as agility, transferability and adaptability become paramount.

Innovation: To address our challenges, we need to develop and build a networked ecosystem for innovation. An ecosystem filled with people, organizations and capital that are interconnected. An ecosystem with a culture of trust, leadership, policies, and resources that support business growth, not limit it.

Place: When seeking places to live, people seek a diverse set of amenities suited to their lifestyles. This requires the development of dynamic and diverse neighborhoods throughout our communities. A community that offers a sense of place for diversity will attract talent, foster innovation and lead in economic growth.

Join us in Calgary for The Pursuit: Finding Opportunity in Transformation!


October 11-14, 2020 | Dallas, TX

IEDC’s Annual Conference is the largest yearly gathering of economic development professionals from across the country and around the world. The conference features distinguished keynote speakers, dozens of interactive sessions led by industry experts, networking events, and educational tours. The 2020 IEDC Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas will focus on building resilient and sustainable communities that thrive. In view of the accelerating changes impacting #EconDev in the years ahead, building local resilience across multiple dimensions will be increasingly more important in all areas: from technology, to the economy, to social culture.

Join us in Dallas as we explore what the Roaring 20's 2.0 has in store.


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