Economic Future Forum is a forward-looking conference that focuses on fostering innovation and economic transformation in the new economy. The conference explores industry trends and the partnerships and strategies needed to grow, attract, retain, and expand companies in established and emerging industries.

Join fellow economic development professionals and experience Salt Lake City's economic development success, including its enormous urban revitalization and recent downtown revival, the strong legacy of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and the city's thriving arts and entertainment scene.

Conference Themes

• The Future of Workforce
• Pioneering New Opportunities
• The Key to Customer Service
• Reinvesting from Within


Keynote Speakers

Shannon Bahrke

Founder & Chief Inspirational Olympian
Team Empower Hour
Salt Lake City, UT

The Honorable Jacqueline M. Biskupski

Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, UT

John Burchett

Head of Policy
Google Fiber

Sean Covey

FranklinCovey Education
Salt Lake City, UT

Lara L. Fritts, CEcD

Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development
Salt Lake City, UT

Natalie Gochnour M.S.

Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute
Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Deneece Huftalin

Salt Lake Community College
Salt Lake City, UT

Sara Jones

Women Tech Council
Salt Lake City, UT

Davis Smith

Founder and CEO
Salt Lake City, UT


Salt Lake City's Mayor Welcomes IEDC

Dear International Economic Development Council:

Let me be the first to welcome to you to Salt Lake City for the 2019 IEDC Economic Future Forum. As the capital city of Utah, I'm confident you'll enjoy the incredible arts and entertainment, unique dining options, and unparalleled access to the outdoors that our city has to offer. It's no wonder why Salt Lake City continues to rank among the top places to live, work, and recreate in the country.


Utah's Governor Welcomes IEDC


On behalf of the state of Utah, I would like to invite you to participate in the IEDC Economic Future Forum that will be held in Salt Lake City in 2019.

As governor, I can assure you that you will enjoy the sights and scenes of Salt Lake City and beyond. Fodor's Travel named Utah the No. 1 travel destination n 2016. Utah is the only state to earn a Michelin star. Our urban areas, mountains, and red rock country have outstanding cultural and recreation opportunities. You can backpack through one of Utah's "Might Five" national parks or visit one of our world-class theaters, museums, and oncert halls downtown in Salt Lake City.



Professional Development Opportunities

Managing Economic Development Organizations

Thursday, June 6 - Friday, June 7

This advanced course will define excellence in economic development and explain the fundamentals of managing for results, outcome-based performance, organizational assessment, stakeholder identification, vision and mission scope, organizational culture and more.

Economic Development Credit Analysis

Wednesday, June 12 - Friday, June 14

This hands-on course presents business financing tools and available private financing options, as well as how the public sector can complement bank financing. You will learn how to stimulate private sector investment that results in the creation of permanent, private sector jobs and increased productivity.