“The Leadership conference allows me to learn from other leaders in the field. This is a high caliber conference with state of the art content and top performing economic development leaders. This is a must attend event for me each year.” Jan Rogers, CEO, Regional Economic Development Corporation for Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls, Idaho


IEDC's Leadership Summit is the only annual conference exclusively for Certified Economic Developers and senior managers in the profession. Explore the challenges and opportunities related to building strategic partnerships to position your community for future growth in today's evolving global economy. You will engage in discussions on thought leadership, workforce, infrastructure and innovation and see examples of how Jacksonville has accelerated and sustained economic growth.




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Letter from the Mayor

Dear Guests:

It is my privilege to welcome you to Jacksonville for the 2017 International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit.

Upon my election as mayor, I identified economic development as a key priority for my administration. During the months since, Jacksonville has earned statewide recognition for job growth, as Governor Rick Scott recently announced that our city has gained over 21,000 jobs within one year and that our unemployment rate fell to a seven year low of 4.4 percent.


Keynote Speakers


“For a leader, this Summit is one of the most important conferences to attend each year. The speakers are always informative and inspiring, the sessions are always timeline in terms of what’s happening in the profession, and the networking opportunities will keep you busy the entire time you’re there. It’s a great investment in time and budget. I highly recommend it.” Steve Weathers, CEcD, CEO, Erie County Industrial Development Agency, Buffalo, NY


Fredrik J. Eliasson

Executive VP and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
Jacksonville, FL

Mark Lamping

Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville, FL

Jane L. Landon

SVP and Chief Technology Officer
Jacksonville, FL

Darnell Smith

Market President, North Florida Region
Florida Blue
Jacksonville, FL