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2023 Leadership Summit

2023 Leadership Summit
Join us in Tucson, AZ from January 29-31, 2023, to forge a new path into the future of economic development. The 2023 Leadership Summit will focus on Equitable Recovery for a Sustainable Future.  Now is the time to build a more sustainable future. In Tucson, we’ll gather to share best practices on everything from enhancing your brand to diversifying your local economy. The forward-looking conference will explore industry trends and the partnerships and strategies needed to grow, diversify, and retain companies in established and emerging industries. To pay by check or PO, please download the PDF registration form.
1/29/2023 - 1/31/2023
JW Marriott Starr Pass Hotel & Spa 3800 W. Starr Pass Boulevard Tuscon, AZ 85745



Saturday, 28 January 2023

Location: JW Marriott Starr Pass Golf Courses

Take in the stunning surroundings of Tucson while networking with colleagues at our 2023 Leadership Summit Golf Outing, all while supporting the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund. The JW Marriott Starr Pass offers historic and world-class golf courses that will be enjoyed by seasoned golfers and newcomers alike. Don’t miss this great opportunity to connect with new and old friends and support a worthy cause that helps your fellow economic developers access essential training to advance their communities and careers. Additional details will be shared soon, but spaces are limited so be sure to sign-up today!
8:30 AM
8:30 AM

Sunday, 29 January 2023

This tour will visit downtown and nearby sights to introduce Tucson's unique food history and assets that earned it the first UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy designation in the USA. Join this tour to experience the tastes of southern Arizona's food heritage and terroir, and to learn how the region is leveraging this valuable international designation for tourism and economic development.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM

Economic developers regularly encounter situations that require sound judgment and strength of character. Saying no is not always easy, but it may be the right thing to do. 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. Learn about: 

- Essential instruction on ethics in economic development 
- Tools to foster a culture of high standards in your organization
- IEDC's Code of Ethics and Enforcement Procedures 
- Fulfills requirements for CEcD recertification
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
10:30 AM

Monday, 30 January 2023

Join your fellow CEcDs at the annual CEcD breakfast to celebrate your achievements and hear about updates on the program and ways we're moving forward.

This event is strictly for Certified Economic Developer’s (CEcDs). This event is NOT for those preparing to sit for the Certification exam. There will be a limited number of seats available, if you plan to attend, please register ahead of time.
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
7:00 AM

It is no secret that Tucson is a premier innovation center in the Southwest – but what's driving that innovation forward? Hop on the tour bus and explore! Picture-worthy charcuterie boards and drinks at each stop. Tour the UA Tech Park at Rita Road, one of the nation's premier research parks, a dynamic, interactive community where innovators and business leaders meet, where emerging companies and technology giants work side by side. You will also explore the heart of the park - the business incubator, the University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI). Tour participants will also visit the UA Tech Park at The Bridges which is our newest offering!
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM

Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Downtown Tucson is a special area where the region's unique history and culture converge with modern economic development efforts. Downtown has seen significant revitalization over the last decade, with more exciting development on the horizon. This tour will include economic development highlights, including several projects that have utilized City incentives, and stops that highlight the downtown art scene. Join us for a look at the old, the new, and what's to come!
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1:00 PM