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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.


October 13-16, 2020 | Virtual

The 2020 IEDC Virtual Annual Conference will feature 40+ interactive sessions, distinguished keynote speakers from across the industry and around the world, plenty of daily networking events, virtual tours, and much more. All events will center on this year’s conference theme: “Building Resilient and  Sustainable Communities that thrive.” Over its four-day run, the conference will highlight this theme across five main tracks of content: 

  1. Resiliency During a Recession 
  2. Fostering Economic Transformation and Diversity
  3. Workforce Development
  4. Leadership Development
  5. Supporting Entrepreneurship

All communities, no matter their size, must fully invest in these five areas in order to support economic resilience in the long term.

The IEDC Annual Conference is truly a unique experience, as the only yearly event which draws from the global community of professionals in economic development—all who attend to access new tools for advancing their jobs agenda, share best practices, and network. This year, connecting with peers, comparing notes, and most importantly, having necessary, but difficult conversations about economic justice, is more vital than ever - so we are excited to welcome you to our new virtual format this fall.


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