A Message from IEDC's Board Chair

Dear Economic Development Professionals and Stakeholders,

It is my pleasure as the 2018 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) to invite you to join me and 1,500 of your peers at this year's Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, September 30 through October 3. The theme this year is Inclusive Economic Development: Fulfilling Dreams and will focus on the policy and technical components of creating economic opportunity for all. Atlanta will provide an outstanding setting for a conference that will examine inclusive growth, with numerous best practices shared through conference sessions and tours. Our conference is built for economic developers and economic development stakeholders alike, so I encourage you to invite your elected officials, business leaders, and other community partners. I believe at the end of our time together, all will return home well positioned to work better, together. I'll share with you a few reasons why.

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Atlanta's Mayor Welcomes IEDC

Dear International Economic Development Council,

As the Mayor of the City of Atlanta, I would like to welcome everyone to the International Economic Development Council's (IEDC) 2018 annual conference.

The City of Atlanta is experiencing record-setting growth, thanks in large part to our commitment to economic development programs through organizations such as Invest Atlanta. Through the use of targeted strategies, we have successfully created and expanded partnerships with the business community that have led to momentous job creation and accelerated growth in our economy.

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Georgia's Governor Welcomes IEDC

Dear International Economic Development Council,

On behalf of the entire state of Georgia, I would like to welcome you to the 2018 International Economic Development Council's annual conference.

Since taking office, I have made economic development opportunities a top prioirty for our state. These strategic and collaborative efforts have allowed us to secure and maintain the ranking as the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business for four consecutive years.

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Keynote Speakers

Robert Atkinson, PhD

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
Washington, D.C.

Ed Bastian

Delta Air Lines
Atlanta, GA

Raphael Bostic, PhD

CEO and President
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Shan Cooper

Former Chief Transformation Officer
Atlanta, GA

Gretchen Corbin

President and CEO
Georgia Lottery Corporation
Atlanta, GA

James Fallows

National Correspondant
The Atlantic
Washington, DC

Anne Kaiser

Vice President, Community & Economic Development
Georgia Power
Atlanta, GA

Egbert L.J. Perry

Chairman & CEO
The Integral Group LLC
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG

President and Dean
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA


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Professional Development: Workforce Development Strategies

Skilled workers are the backbone of a productive and efficient economy. This versatile course explains the strong relationship between economic and workforce development through case studies, practical examples, and current research. Course participants will learn what programs currently leverage federal, state, and local financial resources to support workforce development. Learn about what collaborative programs will help upgrade the skills of your community's existing workforce. Other topics of discussion will include: talent attraction, K-12 development and integration, occupational analysis, target industry clusters, and more.

Register for both this course and the Annual Conference and receive a 15% discount off of each.

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