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Thursday, September 22

8:30 am - 5:15 pm

IEDC Training Course: Neighborhood Development Strategies $

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Early Bird Networking Cocktail Reception $

For conference attendees coming early to see Cleveland, there will be an intimate networking reception at the Urban Farmer Restaurant within the Westin Hotel. The event will include a specialty cocktail, choice of a selected wine or beer. A charcuterie board will feature aged cheeses and meats. After the cocktail reception, there will be a 10 minute walking tour that will lead you to one of Cleveland’s most popular dining districts, East 4th Street! This is a great opportunity to connect and network with IEDC members!

Price: $35

Friday, September 23

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

IEDC Training Course: Neighborhood Development Strategies $

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Early Bird Downtown Walking Tour

Downtown Cleveland has seen a revitalization over the past five years with billions of investment that includes the conversion of vacant office towers to exquisite mixed use development projects that are 100% occupied; construction of a new convention center, beautiful parks, waterfront development while getting an opportunity to see Cleveland's food scene by visiting the locally-owned restaurants and cafés. The tour will explore these new and repurposed gems while providing the opportunity for attendees to get familiar with Downtown Cleveland prior to the start of the annual conference! Great start to add steps to your fit bit!

Price: Free, but registration is required

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Corner Alley Bowling Sports Bar $

Sign up to for this creative fun event for one game of bowling that will pair attendees in teams based upon location where they reside (e.g. eastern cities vs. west cities, or northern cities vs. southern cities). The venue provides an electric atmosphere, state-of-the-art bowling alleys, and delicious culinary appetizers in the heart of the City! This will be a highlight to meet new colleagues while reconnecting with old friends.

Price: $55

Saturday, September 24

7:00 am - 2:00 pm

Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) Exam $

12:00 pm

Golf Tournament at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course $

Join the golf tournament at Golfweek magazine's #1 ranked municipal course in Ohio and the #14 in America, Sleepy Hollow Golf Course! With its spectacular views of Cuyahoga River Valley and classic layout, Sleepy Hollow Golf Course ranks as one of the great golf challenges in Cleveland. The punitive nature of the course is clearly evident by the deep ravines and 58 bunkers that can come into play on its 18 holes. The greens are clearly the main challenge on many holes.

Price: $98

12:00 - 4:00 pm

Volunteer Service Project

To celebrate the IEDC Annual Conference, up to 50 adult volunteers are invited to assist restoration efforts in one of Cleveland Metroparks' largest conservation efforts of an urban watershed. Join your peers as we journey to the Acacia Reservation, a 155- acre green space oasis among a significantly congested area of the City of Lyndhurst.

You'll participate in an information meeting highlighting the transformation of this unique area from a former golf course to a nature preserve over the next few years.

You'll get to use basic hand tools to restore and increase native habitat. Tasks include installing plants and trees, providing plant care with enclosures to minimize animal browse, and other restoration activities as needed. Participants will be trained and be given a project overview prior to the start of work. These tasks help to address overall water quality issues of Euclid Creek. Volunteer activities may vary based on weather, but most projects can be completed in light rain as long as participants are dressed appropriately. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or wet. Sturdy closed toed shoes are required. Pants and long sleeves are recommended.

Transportation from the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland will be provided. The bus will leave at 11:15 a.m. from the convention center and will return participants to the convention center after the event.

Pitch in. Lend a hand. Join us for this special volunteer service project as we kick-start the 2016 IEDC Annual Conference. This event is free, but only open to conference registrants.

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