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IEDC's 2015 Annual Conference offers you the most value for your time and money. If you only have the budget to go to one conference a year, why not make it the largest gathering of economic developers in the world? It's all going to be there in Alaska. If needed, we have created a template and tip sheet to help you justify the expense and time commitment.


New Speaker Spotlight

Brandon Pedersen currently serves as the executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer for Alaska Air Group. In that role, Brandon oversees the finance, fleet management, accounting/ tax, investor relations, financial planning, supply chain, internal audit, strategic execution and project management groups at the company. He is also a member of Alaska Air Group's executive committee. Prior to joining Alaska in December 2003, Brandon was a partner at one of the "Big 4" accounting firms in Seattle where he worked with a diverse group of clients ranging from owner-managed or venture-backed private companies to multi-national public companies.


New Tours and Special Events Added to Guest Program

Bringing a guest along to Anchorage? For your convenience, we've created a special program of tours and events to assist with planning their trip. Options range from conference networking events, to a photo walk and even a ghost tour! See the full list of options. Please note: if you check the "spouse/guest" box on your registration, but do not choose any additional events, your guest will only be entitled to the continental breakfasts and afternoon breaks.


Pre-conference Workshop: ED + Ed: Partnering to Bridge the Gap

Economic development organizations (EDOs) and institutes of higher learning work on many of the same pressing problems, yet their efforts are sometimes uncoordinated. In this workshop, held in partnership with the University Economic Development Association (UEDA), participants will meet university, college, state, and local officials who are successfully bridging the ED-ed gap to win grants and undertake innovative projects in four of the most urgent and important spaces for collaborative effort.

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Featured Special Event: Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Date: Monday, October 5
Time: 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Price: $55

For more than 50 years, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport has played an integral role in the growth of Anchorage and the State of Alaska. Today, the airport is primed for an exciting and dynamic future, with its geographic location providing unlimited potential in the global marketplace. Join us as we tour the airport responsible for approximately 15,577 airport & community jobs, earning $1 billion.

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