2020 Annual Conference

2020 Annual Conference
IEDC's Annual Conference is the largest yearly gathering of economic development professionals from across the country and around the world. The conference features distinguished keynote speakers, dozens of interactive sessions led by industry experts, networking events, and educational tours. The 2020 IEDC Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas will focus on building resilient and sustainable communities that thrive. In view of the accelerating changes impacting #EconDev in the years ahead, building local resilience across multiple dimensions will be increasingly more important in all areas: from technology, to the economy, to social culture.
When
10/11/2020 - 10/14/2020
Where
Hilton Anatole 2201 Stemmons Freeway Dallas 75207

Program

   

Saturday, 10 October 2020

 
Join fellow IEDC members by giving back to the community and helping to revitalize the Forest District neighborhood in South Dallas, just a mile from Downtown Dallas. During this volunteer event, you will be introduced to community organizations within the Forest District and work on neighborhood beautification and improvement projects throughout the area.

Throughout its history, Dallas' development has been largely shaped by cycles of discriminatory practices and public policies that have resulted in segregated residential communities and long periods of disinvestment in South Dallas. Today, residents and community leaders are being empowered to build a strong sense of community and take ownership of their future. In 2018, The Real Estate Council (TREC), also a member of the host committee for the IEDC Dallas Conference, launched the Dallas Catalyst Project.

The Dallas Catalyst Project (DCP) is a three-year neighborhood revitalization effort and collaboration between TREC Foundation and anchor community institutions in the Forest District: St. Philip's School & Community Center, Cornerstone Baptist Church, and CitySquare. TREC also has completed an Equitable Development plan for the neighborhood and is managing several transformative commercial real estate projects on behalf of these three community organizations. The commercial building improvements have already started to revitalize this community, providing needed services and jobs for the families that live there. As a volunteer, you will have an up close and personal opportunity to see a neighborhood in the middle of massive transformation using the principles of equity through a neighborhood beautification workday that is building upon the projects already underway. 

For this event, please wear closed-toe shoes and appropriate work clothes. Tools and equipment will be provided.
Time
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1:00 PM

Sunday, 11 October 2020

 
The West End of Downtown Dallas is known for its rich history. Home to the Sixth Floor Museum, more than 7 million people visit the West End each year, making it one of the leading tourist destinations in the city. But The West End offers more than history: workspace, urban residences, restaurants and shops are leading the way to an innovative future for the area. As new developers refurbish century-old brick warehouses into high-tech, creative spaces for new corporate tenants like Blue Cross Blue Shield at Factory Six03, the Dallas Innovation Alliance’s smart cities living lab provides the foundation for civic innovation in the district. The West End is focused on growth and development with a three-pronged strategy centering on infrastructure, mobility and connected living. Don’t miss the West End story!
Time
8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
8:30 AM

Learn more about Public Private Partnerships, anchored by New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) funding, that are revitalizing Dallas' urban core and surrounding area. Since 2011, the Dallas Development Fund (DDF) has received $190 M in NMTC allocation, and has closed 17 NMTC transactions, supporting over $250M in total project costs.  This tour will highlight commercial and institutional (re)development while providing needed jobs and community services. Projects may include Parkland Community Oriented Primary Care facility, Interfaith Family Services, Vogel Alcove child care center, CitySquare Opportunity Center and Recleim appliance recycling.
Time
1:45 PM - 5:15 PM
1:45 PM

Are you faced with ethical dilemmas in your professional life? Do you have the tools to deal with ethical issues? Economic developers regularly encounter situations that require sound judgment and strength of character. Saying no is not always easy but may be the right thing to do. This session will provide essential instruction on ethics in economic development and will provide you with the tools to foster a culture of high standards in your organization. No theoretical lecture, this workshop will focus on real life ethical situations faced by economic developers where your decisions could mean the difference between success and failure in your career and life.

Please note: Due to the large number of attendees at these workshops, we are unable to accommodate requests to transfer registration between the Sunday and Monday ethics sessions. Ethics training is a requirement for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) recertification processes. CEcDs who seek recertification are required to have two hours of ethics training each time they recertify.
Time
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
4:00 PM

Network with fellow economic development professionals in the LGBTQ community at Metro! Learn how your peers navigate the profession, leverage their unique perspectives, and support inclusive, more diverse communities. All while having fun!
Time
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
6:00 PM

Join your colleagues for an informal dinner celebrating the many countries and cultures that are a part of the IEDC family.

Held at the Iron Cactus Restaurant, located in the heart of Downtown Dallas, with a breathtaking view of the Pegasus Plaza, and downtown Dallas, this is traditional Mexican Dining at its best!  Please join us for an evening of networking with our International conference attendees.
Time
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
7:30 PM

Are you a young economic development professional? Come get involved with your fellow professionals, have a good time, and take this opportunity to expand your networking field.

Please note: This event is limited to students and professionals under 35 years of age or younger.
Time
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
9:00 PM

Monday, 12 October 2020

 
Irving-Las Colinas is known as the Headquarters of Headquarters, home to some of the most recognizable names and Fortune 500 global headquarters including ExxonMobil, McKesson Corporation, Fluor, Kimberly-Clark, Pioneer Natural Resources, Vistra Energy and Celanese.  Las Colinas, North Texas’s largest office park, boasts 27 million square feet of office space and the first 5G multi-use, transit-oriented development in the country, a $1 billion investment under construction called Hidden Ridge.  In 2017 a new entertainment district opened in the heart of Las Colinas – the Toyota Music Factory. The $175 million complex features an 8,000 seat amphitheater managed by Live Nation, several hundred thousand square feet of restaurants, retail, office and green space.   The combination of accessibility, innovative developments and quality lifestyle amenities has helped define Irving-Las Colinas as the Headquarters of Headquarters.
Time
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
8:30 AM

Are you faced with ethical dilemmas in your professional life? Do you have the tools to deal with ethical issues? Economic developers regularly encounter situations that require sound judgment and strength of character. Saying no is not always easy but may be the right thing to do. This session will provide essential instruction on ethics in economic development and will provide you with the tools to foster a culture of high standards in your organization. No theoretical lecture, this workshop will focus on real life ethical situations faced by economic developers where your decisions could mean the difference between success and failure in your career and life.

Please note: Due to the large number of attendees at these workshops, we are unable to accommodate requests to transfer registration between the Sunday and Monday ethics sessions. Ethics training is a requirement for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) recertification processes. CEcDs who seek recertification are required to have two hours of ethics training each time they recertify.
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10:00 AM

This unique mentorship opportunity should not be missed. Students and young professionals will meet and interact with seasoned economic developers. Mentors come from a variety of backgrounds and have a wealth of experience to share. Students and young professionals bring new energy that experienced economic developers find exciting for the profession. After the initial mentorship session, participants will have the opportunity to sit and have lunch together to continue conversations and make more lasting connections. Box lunches will be provided.

Please note: Registration is free, but limited to students and professionals 35 years of age or younger. Mentors will be selected by invitation.
Time
11:30 AM - 1:45 PM
11:30 AM

In the spirit of women’s empowerment, this luncheon is designed to help women receive support for their professional development. This luncheon will foster mentoring relationships between attendees, and participants will hear insightful stories from trailblazing female leaders across the country. Speakers will address key issues facing women and how to create lasting change in our communities. Attend this luncheon to network, build relationships, and support female economic development professionals.
Time
11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
11:30 AM

Join us for our annual gathering where we take a deep dive into a 'defining issue' in economic development. Recent past topics have included the cannabis revolution and the opioid crisis and featured engaging experts who engage attendees in a conversation about impacts, actions and opportunities.
Time
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
12:15 PM

Downtown Dallas has experienced a rebirth from a once dormant evening environment to a vibrant downtown experience from sunup to sundown. Growing from 400 residents in the early 90’s to more than 12,000 today, the central business district has rapidly developed to support its new residential population and the needs of a multi-dimensional audience. Anchored by telecom giant AT&T, Downtown Dallas’ Commerce Street Corridor features the brand-new Discovery District, the developing East Quarter, and now the artistic Deep Ellum, with many other features along the way. In the late 20th century, Deep Ellum was carefully curated to help the neighborhood maintain an artistic, historic atmosphere. Artists and musicians began to move into the area, opening up new galleries and venues, attracting young creatives to the area. After a downturn in the early 2000’s Deep Ellum has reinvented itself again including new residential and corporate sites, such as, The Epic, soon to be home to Uber.
Time
12:45 PM - 5:15 PM
12:45 PM

Join IEDC and your peers in honoring outstanding community and economic development leaders. Honors to be conferred are: 

- Fellow Members (FM) 
- Honorary Life Members (HLM) 
- Young Economic Development Professional of the Year 
- Leadership Award for Public Service 
- Citizen Leadership Award 
- Institutional Leadership Award 
- Jeffrey A. Finkle Organizational Leadership Award 
- Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Economic Development
Time
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

 
CityLine DFW in Richardson, Texas has developed as a transit-oriented, workforce and living hub. The mixed-use development offers dining and entertainment, parks and trails, live-and-work environments, and easy access to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). In total, CityLine DFW has 230,000 square feet of restaurants, retail, and entertainment, 2.6 square feet of office, 3,925 urban residential units, 41,000 square feet of wellness space, a 125,000 square foot specialty grocery center, 150 hotel rooms, a 3.5-acre CityLine Park, and 17-acre Fox Creek Park. CityLine DFW is anchored by the recent relocation of State Farm’s state-of-the-art regional hub, already home to 7,200 employees, which will likely grow in the next few years. This tour will demonstrate how the intersection of quality livability and opportunity will yield outstanding results.
Time
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
7:30 AM

The Star is the 91-acre campus of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and practice facility in Frisco, developed as a first-of-its-kind partnership between the City of Frisco and Frisco Independent School District. Baylor Scott and White Health’s on-site facility represents a game-changing performance and healthcare destination focused on safety and research. The Star District features hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space and is the perfect place to shop, dine, and explore the Dallas Cowboys-themed campus. Offering more than 35 restaurants, shopping, specialties, and an Omni hotel, the Star District has something for everyone. Attendees will witness the results of this unique public private partnership that has increased the quality of life for an entire region.
Time
2:15 PM - 5:45 PM
2:15 PM

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