PROGRAM

  • SundaySEPTEMBER 17
  • MondaySEPTEMBER 18
  • TuesdaySEPTEMBER 19
  • WednesdaySEPTEMBER 20
7:45 AM

Certified Economic Developers (CEcD) Exam

12:45 PM

Learning Labs

2:00 PM

Opening Plenary Session

IEDC's Annual Conference kicks off with welcoming remarks from the Host Committee Chair and an exciting lineup of keynote speakers.

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

3:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions

4:00 PM

Economic Development Ethics Workshop

Are you faced with ethical dilemmas in your professional life? Do you have the tools to deal with ethical issues? Economic developers regularly encounter situations that require sound judgment and strength of character. This session will provide essential instruction on ethics in economic development and provide you with the tools to foster an environment of high standards in your organization. No theoretical lecture, this workshop will focus on real life ethical decision-making situations faced by economic developers.

Note: Due to the large number of attendees at these workshops, we are unable to accommodate requests to transfer registration between the Sunday and Monday ethics sessions. Ethics Workshops will also be held at the 2018 Leadership Summit in Las Vegas on January 28 - 30, 2018 and 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on September 30 - October 3, 2018

Ethics training is a requirement for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) recertification processes. CEcDs who seek recertification are required to have two hours of ethics training each time they recertify.

Price: Free, but registration is required

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

9:00 PM

Young Professional and Student Networking Event

Are you a young economic development professional? Come get involved with your fellow professionals, have a good time, and take this opportunity to expand your networking field.

Please note: Registration is limited to students and professionals < 35 years of age

Price: Free, but registration is required

7:30 AM

Learning Labs

8:45 AM

Chair's Welcome and Monday Morning Plenary Session

The Chair of IEDC's Board of Directors provides a recap of the organization's accomplishments during 2017. The audience will also hear from a lineup of economic development leaders.

Time: 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

10:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

11:15 AM

Student and YP Mentorship and Networking Lunch

This unique mentorship opportunity should not be missed. Students and young professionals will meet and interact with seasoned economic developers. Mentors come from a variety of backgrounds and have a wealth of experience to share. Students and young professionals bring new energy that experienced economic developers find exciting for the profession. After the initial mentorship session, participants will have the opportunity to sit and have lunch together to continue conversations and make more lasting connections. Box lunches will be provided.

Price: Free, but registration is required. Registration is limited to students and professionals < 35 years of age. Mentors will be selected by invitation.

Time: 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM

11:40 AM

Economic Development Ethics Workshop

Are you faced with ethical dilemmas in your professional life? Do you have the tools to deal with ethical issues? Economic developers regularly encounter situations that require sound judgment and strength of character. This session will provide essential instruction on ethics in economic development and provide you with the tools to foster an environment of high standards in your organization. No theoretical lecture, this workshop will focus on real life ethical decision-making situations faced by economic developers.

Note: Due to the large number of attendees at these workshops, we are unable to accommodate requests to transfer registration between the Sunday and Monday ethics sessions. Ethics Workshops will also be held at the 2018 Leadership Summit in Las Vegas on January 28 - 30, 2018 and 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on September 30 - October 3, 2018

Ethics training is a requirement for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) recertification processes. CEcDs who seek recertification are required to have two hours of ethics training each time they recertify.

Price: Free, but registration is required

Time: 11:40 AM - 1:40 PM

12:15 PM

Networking Lunch in the Economic Development Marketplace

Connect with old friends, meet new colleagues, and check out the exhibit booths in this year's Economic Development Marketplace. Boxed lunches will be provided.

Price: Free, but registration is required

Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

12:30 PM

Learning Labs

1:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions

3:15 PM

Silent Auction and Ice Cream Social

Bid on an extraordinary and unique range of items that the communities donate to express their individual pride of place. Silent auction items may be previewed and bid on in the Exhibit Hall beginning Sunday and concluding Monday during the ice cream social. Get the scoop from exhibitors while enjoying your favorite flavors. Proceeds from the auction benefit the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund, helping train economic developers in distressed areas.

Price: Free, but registration is required

Time: 3:15 PM - 3:50 PM

4:00 PM

ED Talks

IEDC is seeking compelling speakers to present in a TED-style format on a topic of their choosing. The topic should appeal to the diverse audience at the Annual Conference. The most compelling speaker nominations will demonstrate that the speaker will bring a fresh and unique perspective to the conference in terms of topics such as but not limited to local or global issues, culturally significant breakthroughs and advancements, and finding a deeper meaning in professional or personal endeavors.

Four speakers will be chosen. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes each.

IEDC invites you to nominate yourself or another speaker using this form. Completed forms can be submitted to proposals@iedconline.org by April 14.

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

6:30 PM

Recognition Dinner ($)

The Recognition Dinner will be honoring those who have contributed to making the profession what it is today. Honors to be conferred include:

- Fellow Members (FM) and Honorary Lifetime Members (HLM)
- Leadership Award for Public Service
- Young Economic Developer of the Year Award
- Citizen Leadership Award
- Institutional Leadership Award
- Jeffrey A. Finkle Organizational Leadership Award and
- Chairman's Award for Excellence in Economic Development
- Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Economic Development, in honor of Edward deLuca

Price: $100

Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

7:00 AM

Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop

If you are planning to sit for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam, it's never too early to start planning and learning more about the process. All participants and attendees at this workshop will be provided with a complete overview of the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam process, from application to the oral examination. Attendees will learn tools and techniques for preparing for the exam and witness a mock oral interview.

Please note: First-time candidates sitting for the certification exam are required to participate in the "Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop," either in-person or via webinar format. Questions regarding this requirement can be sent to Marjorie Rose at mrose@iedconline.org.

Price: Free, but registration is required

7:30 AM

Learning Labs

8:45 AM

Tuesday Morning Plenary Session

This plenary session will feature keynote speakers from the world of economic development.

Time: 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

10:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

12:15 PM

Keynote Luncheon

The Keynote Luncheon will feature a compelling economic development thought leader.

Time: 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

2:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions

3:45 PM

Excellence in Economic Development Awards Ceremony

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, and marketing materials. This ceremony will honor those winners. Join us to honor this year's best and to see who is selected as the Best in Show!

Time: 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM

4:00 PM

Answer This: EconDev YPs Tackle the Industry's Most Challenging Questions

Now in its fourth year, IEDC's young professionals will reconvene for an "Answer This" workshop designed to apply fresh minds to some of today's most difficult industry questions. Gathering in small groups, YPs will roll up their sleeves and collectively come up with answers to a new set of questions submitted both by their peers and by seasoned professionals seeking a fresh perspective to their challenges. Focused and time-limited small group discussions will result in agreed-upon solutions, the selection of a spokesperson, and reports out to all YP participants.

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

4:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

7:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

9:15 AM

Ignite

Ignite® IEDC is back for another lightning round of public speaking on economic development issues. Come to learn about a new idea, a successful project or program, and much more. Speakers have 5 minutes and 20 slides to enlighten you! Submit your ideas today for an opportunity to present in Toronto.

Time: 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

11:00 AM

Business Location Consultants Forum

IEDC's popular Site Consultants Forum returns! Here's another opportunity for economic development leaders to engage with the country's premier site selection professionals. Stick around for the conference's final day and make sure to attend this popular event, where you'll learn about the hottest industry trends, leading business location indicators, and what local communities must do to stay in the game.

What you will learn:

- Insight from site selection consultants on the current state of the global economy and what it means for project activity across different industries

- How your community can get noticed by site consultants representing major global businesses

- What site consultants think about key trends and their impact on local economic development organizations

Note: If you are a business location consultant and have not participated in the Business Location Consultants Forum in the past, please contact conferences@iedconline.org for details on how to be a part of this year's session.

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM