Join the International Economic Development Council and the senior most leaders in the economic development profession in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the 2018 Leadership Summit!Learn more about Doug Eadie

Concurrent Sessions Spotlight: Join a discussion on how to hit the ground running with your new board.
Date: Monday, January 29
Time: 2:15 - 3:45 pm

Speaker: Doug Eadie has provided hands-on consulting assistance to over 500 nonprofit boards and CEOs over the past quarter-century. Also, he has helped to shape the field of nonprofit board and CEO leadership through his 23 books, including his best-seller, The Board-Savvy CEO, over 100 articles and his frequent presentations at national conferences of organizations.

Who you'll meet: More than 450 executive leaders in the profession and CEcDs

Special events you will attend: See three educational tours, a few of many special events you may attend. Golf? Of course! Stay tuned for tournament information.

More ways you will spend your time: Receptions, networking, dine - arounds and much more. View the program.

Focus on the following content areas during 2018 Leadership Summit:

• Reimagining Workforce & Education
• Reimagining Economic Development Structures and Partnerships
• Economic Vitality: Reimaging Downtown Las Vegas
• Reimagining Sustainability and Renewable Energy
• Reimagining Transportation and Mobility
• Economic Vitality: Tourism as Economic Development

Please note: Attendance is limited to senior managers of economic development organizations and Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs).

Mayor John LeeMayor John J. Lee Welcomes You to the 2018 Leadership Summit

On behalf of the City of North Las Vegas, it is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the International Economic Development Council’s 2018 Leadership Summit.

This year’s theme, "Bet Big on Innovative Economic Development,” is a concept that we are intimately familiar with in North Las Vegas. Our city has emerged from the Great Recession as the breadbasket of Southern Nevada, thanks in large part to the creative, innovative thinking of our City Council and staff.

Over the past four years, we have re-envisioned the way our government operates and streamlined our processes to make it easy to do business in North Las Vegas. We cut red tape for companies looking to locate or expand here, fast-tracked our permitting and licensing processes, and introduced a novel Self-Certification Program that enables commercial and industrial developers to receive construction permits in as little as four business days.

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Mayor Debra March LetterMayor Debra March Welcomes You to the 2018 Leadership Summit


On behalf of the more than 300,000 residents of Henderson, Nevada, I want to welcome you to the International Economic Development Council’s 2018 Leadership Summit being held in our region January 28-30. We are excited that you will be gathering in Southern Nevada for this conference that focuses on innovative economic development practices. Henderson is no stranger to innovation. We have celebrated the successes of companies like K2 Energy, a leader in Lithium ion energy storage and Vadatech, providing breakthrough technologies in the world of embedded computing solutions. Cultivating these industries is a priority and this conference will offer insight and best practices for doing the same in your community.

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Mayor Goodman Welcome LetterMayor Carolyn G. Goodman Welcomes You to the 2018 Leadership Summit

Dear International Economic Development Council Members:

On behalf of the City Council of Las Vegas and our citizens, I want to personally welcome you to the IEDC Leadership Conference 2018: Betting on Innovative Economic Development. The City of Las Vegas is known throughout the world for our best-in-class hospitality, culinary, shopping, gaming, and entertainment, but not everyone knows about or appreciates all of the other great things that are happening here—what we call ‘Beyond the Neon’.

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Nevada Governor Brian SandovalNevada Governor Brian Sandoval Welcomes You to the 2018 Leadership Summit

As Governor of the great State of Nevada, I am proud to welcome you to the International Economic Development Council's 2018 Leadership Summit in Las Vegas. Thank you to those who have worked diligently to coordinate this notable event.

This Summit will bring together leaders to identify and discuss trends in economic development and provide insight into creating an effective operation. I commend all those who have taken the time to be part of this important conversation.

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Travel Notice :

Check your travel identification and be aware that beginning January 22, 2018, and according to the REAL ID Act, some states' driver’s licenses will not be considered valid forms of identification for travel.

Learn more about the REAL ID Act and find out if your state is compliant.


Professional Development Opportunities

Business Retention and Expansion

Thursday, January 25 - Friday, January 26

Learn how a BRE program relates to business attraction, workforce development, small business finance, technology transfer and many other economic development activities.

Foreign Direct Investment and Exporting

Wednesday, January 31 - Thursday, February 1

Foreign direct investment (FDI) and exporting are now essential components of a local economic development strategy. This advanced course teaches the core components to bring the world economy to your community’s front door.