Tomorrow is Today!

Wow! Summer is nearly here, and Buffalo Niagara is a place you will want to spend a part of it.

Attending the 2018 Economic Future Forum is the key to uncovering information about how future industries will impact the work that we as economic developers do. Technology has sped up our lives in unprecedented ways. Thankfully, we are able to foresee and predict the future with a lot more accuracy than our predecessors, which has given us an advantage. The next step is to position today’s resources for future growth, and this event will bring many of those elements to light.



Join the IEDC for the 2018 Economic Future Forum

Meet more than 300 professionals as you learn from thought-provoking speakers, all focused on illuminating the path toward higher quality economic development.

Your immediate gain:

• Access to rich dialogs focused on tomorrow's trends and global shifts
• Participation in interactive sessions
• On–the–spot answers to your most challenging tasks
• In-depth insight on best practices based on real case studies

Plus, you'll visit several area businesses and local economic development projects

Who benefits from this conference? Professionals that fall into dozens of categories, including:

• Regional, state, county and city economic development organizations
• Local elected officials, city and county management and planning
• Chamber of commerce and other business support agencies
• Community and neighborhood development organizations
• Utility companies and many more

Your action items?

1. See who else benefits by attending this event on the program page.
2. See how much you can save if you register today. The early bird rate saves you up to $120!
3. Book your hotel while the headquarters hotel room block is still available. Spaces will go fast.


The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Welcomes You to New York

On behalf of the State of New York, I would like to invite you to attend the 2018 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Economic Future Forum, from June 24-26, in the great city of Buffalo. Buffalo is an inspired choice to host a forum focused on vital economic development issues, including waterfront and transit-oriented development, data science and workforce education. New York’s investments in these areas have been central to our innovative approach to economic development, driving the transformation of Buffalo and record private-sector job growth across the entire state. Read the full letter.


The Honorable Byron W. Brown Welcomes You to Buffalo

Dear International Economic Development Council,

The City of Buffalo welcomes the International Economic Development Council and all attendees of the IEDC’s 2018 Economic Future Forum. As Mayor of this great city I am delighted to share many of the exciting economic development initiatives that are currently underway as part of the renaissance of Buffalo, New York.

Buffalo is a great place to do business. Our region has a vibrant economy and a history of being a strong industrial center. We are a hub for the manufacturing, energy and tourism industries and we are attracting more retailers and entrepreneurs who are ready for business.