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IEDC’s Leadership Summit is a unique gathering of senior-level and CEcD-certified economic developers. Experience peer networking and active discussions on the latest issues affecting economic development leaders. The 2019 Summit will illustrate ways organizations are bringing together polarized factions to form successful collaborations. Key themes to creating collaborative communities:

• Building strong business climates
• Creating partnerships in education and training
• Moving transportation forward
• Promoting synergy between businesses and government
• Fostering regional collaboration for economic success

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


Keynote Speakers

David Armstrong

President Emeritus
Broward College
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Andrew Bowers

Executive Director of Operations
Seminole Tribe of Florida
Hollywood, FL

Colin Brown

Chairman of the Board
JM Family Enterprises
Deerfield Beach, FL

Jonathan Bullock

VP Corporate Development & Government
Hotwire Communications LLC
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Michelle Dennard

President and CEO
CareerSource Florida
Tallahassee, FL

Jeffrey A. Finkle, CEcD

President & CEO
International Economic Development Council
Washington, DC

Michael A. Finney

President & CEO
Miami-Dade Beacon Council
Miami, FL

Lara L. Fritts, CEcD

Director of the Department of Economic Development
Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development

Gynii A. Gilliam

Coeur d'Alene Area Economic Development Corporation
Coeur D'Alene, ID

Howard Greenberg

Former Publisher and CEO
The Sun Sentinel/The Orlando Sentinel
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Edward "Ned" Hill

Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Ohio Manufacturing Institute, College of Engineering
The Ohio State University

Gary Hines

Senior Vice President, Administration
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
West Palm Beach, FL

Victor H. Hwang

Vice President of Entrepreneurship
Kauffman Foundation
Kansas City , MO

Scott Martinez, CEcD

North Louisiana Economic Partnership
Shreveport, LA

Tracye McDaniel

Founder & CEO
McDaniel Strategy Ecosystems
Austin, TX

Pamela Rauch

Vice President of External Affairs and Economic Development
Flordia Power and Light
Juno Beach, FL

Newton Sanon

President and CEO
OIC of South Florida (OIC-SFL)
Oakland Park, FL

Bob Swindell

President and CEO
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Alexandra Villoch

President & Publisher
Miami Herald Media Company
Miami, FL


Fort Lauderdale's Mayor Welcomes IEDC

On behalf of the City of Fort Lauderdale, I am honored to welcome you to the International Economic Development Council's 2019 Leadership Summit.

We are thrilled to host the premier worldwide organization for economic development here in the "Venice of America". I hope you have a chance to enjoy the many entertainement, dining, shopping, and recreational options our City and the surrounding areas have to offer.


Broward County's Mayor Welcomes IEDC

On behalf of Broward County and Greater Fort Lauderdale, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the International Economic Development Council's 2019 Leadership Summit.

This year's theme, "Waves of Change," will provide economic development leaders tools they can use to succeed and thrive. In recent years, Broward County and Greater Fort Lauderdale have seen local governments, the public school district, universities, private businesses, non-profit organizations, workforce agencies, healthcare institutions, and more working together for the greater good of the community, which has led to tremendous progress for Broward.


Professional Development Opportunities

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies

Thursday, January 24 - Friday, January 25

Learn the financial and managerial tools economic developers use to create a climate that encourages entrepreneurial and small business development. Examine the barriers they face and how communities can leverage their economic development resources to build highly integrated networks to help businesses thrive in the global economy.

Real Estate Development
and Reuse

Wednesday, January 30 - Thursday, January 31

Learn the fundamentals of market and site analysis, financial feasibility, and what political considerations are required to move a development project from conception to realization. Examine a wide variety of financing tools that are available at the local, regional, and state levels, including tax increment financing, bond financing, tax credits and abatements, and more.