THE FORUM BY THE NUMBERS:
24 different Federal agencies, representing over 10 billion dollars in spending, sent participants to last year's Federal Economic Development Forum, and we're hoping to beat those numbers this year. With that much money up for grabs, it's crucial for economic developers to keep their federal knowledge and skills up-to-date.
Attendees from 43 states joined IEDC at the Forum last year, because they saw value in spending two days with dozens of federal agencies representing top-spending federal economic development programs. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn about current and upcoming opportunities: register today.
"The Federal Forum provides unparalleled access to very senior officials across a wide array of federal agencies and industry trade groups. This has proven to be a big advantage to our local efforts. That's why I keep coming back."
-- Brett Doney, Great Falls Development Authority, High Plains Financial, Great Falls, MT
WHY ATTEND? CONSIDER THE REASONS:
IEDC's Federal Economic Development Forum is the ONLY annual gathering bringing together top federal economic development policymakers and thought leaders with economic development professionals from across the country. Why should you join your peers in Washington this spring? Consider this:
LEARN: Nowhere else will you get the latest information on current federal programs and initiatives. Be the first to know what is coming down the pipeline in the future, with two days of workshops, roundtables, and interactive sessions.
TEACH: The Federal Forum provides direct access to dozens of officials and agencies that want YOUR input on how their programs are working - or not working - in your community; the future of federal economic development is in your hands!
COLLABORATE: There is no substitute for direct, personal interaction. The Forum is specifically designed to maximize interaction between economic developers and Federal officials, ensuring lasting connections beyond the final session.
"Without question the Federal Forum is the most important conference I attend each year. Interacting one-on-one with multiple federal officials in a collegial venue has proven to be invaluable for our economic development effort, not only in terms of funding but also when we are faced with policy and regulatory challenges. It is a great return on the investment."
-- James C. Collard, Ph.D., Director of Planning and Economic Development, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Shawnee, OK
Mastering federal programs to benefit your community is no easy task. Attending the Federal Economic Development Forum is a vital component to any economic development strategy. Register today and take the first step toward making the federal government work for you!