The Indiana Economic Development Association defines economic development as the facilitation of investment that leads to long-term community prosperity.


Upcoming events

    • Thursday, June 21, 2018
    • Friday, June 22, 2018
    • The Columbia Club, 121 Monument Cir, Indianapolis, IN 46204

    Registration is closed. 



    10:00 AM – 12:00 PM TIF WORKSHOP (Additional Registration)

    1:30 PM Welcome, Wendy Dant Chesser
    1:45 PM Talent Attraction & Retention
    With Indiana’s unemployment rate at or below the national average for more than four years, many communities have developed their own talent attraction and retention programs. This session welcomes two of these trailblazers to present how they’re tackling the workforce challenge and what they’ve learned along the way.
    Tim Eckerle, Grant County Economic Growth Council
    Jacob Everett, Indy Partnership
    Victoria Herring, Grant County Economic Growth Council
    Mikayla Marazzi, Grant County Economic Growth Council
    Lora Steele, Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership
    Brandy Wethington Perrill, Hendricks College Network
    Moderator: Brian Gildea, Vectren
    3:20 PM  Networking Break
    3:50 PM                                   Independent Colleges of Indiana
    Indiana is home to 30 private colleges and universities. These institutions are not only addressing Indiana’s workforce needs and challenges, they are spearheading community development initiatives to enhance the quality of life in Indiana’s communities. Independent Colleges of Indiana president David Wantz will lead a lively discussion among the leaders from some of ICI’s member institutions about their commitment to Indiana and their perception that their institutions are Indiana’s ‘hidden assets.’
    David Wantz, Prez/CEO
    4:35 PM 5 min Technology Break
    4:40 PM Why Indiana?
    We all try to learn from our mistakes but are making sure to learn from our successes? This session welcomes two of Indiana’s favorite site consultants and a company who recently announced an exciting new facility in Jeffersonville. They will share their experiences in site selection that lead to the final decision to do business in Indiana.
    Tim Cook, KSM Location Advisors
    Katie Culp, KSM Location Advisors
    Alex Paskoff, Ingram Micro
    Erin Schneider, Duke Energy
    5:30PM Reception


    8:00 AM Breakfast
    9:00 AM IEDA Strategic Plan, Wendy Dant Chesser
    9:30 AM 5 min Technology Break
    9:35 AM            

    Government Affairs Report and Effective Grassroots Advocacy
    IEDA continues to work to eliminate hurdles to Indiana’s economic development efforts and empower our members to be more effective. Learn the latest on economic policy developments and how to help policymakers take appropriate action on economic development’s most important issues.

    10:25 AM  Networking Break
    10:55 AM              Housing as Placemaking
    Aligning housing strategies with creating places that attract and retain people in strong communities.
    Jacob Sipe, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
    11:40 AM  5 min Technology Break
    11:45 AM  Lessons Learned from Losses
    No matter how great of an Economic Developer you are, you can’t win them all. Even though second place is viewed by some as merely the “first loser” there are lessons to be learned from a loss. Some projects never happen at all, some you never really had a chance at, and there are some that, believe it or not, you may not want to win at all. Our expert panel will discuss lessons learned from projects that their communities competed for, but did not land, and what they took away from those experiences that may be helpful in other project pursuits.
    Panel: Bill Konyha, Darrell Voelker and Corey Murphy
    Moderator: Charlie Sparks
    12:30 PM  Adjourn
    2:00 PM  Bike Pub Crawl
    All stops will be along the Cultural Trail. Bob Grewe will be your guide on this fun excursion. Bring your bike or rent one at the Pacers Bikeshare
    • Friday, June 22, 2018
    • Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

    Registration is closed. 

    Onsite registration is not available. 

    • Wednesday, August 22, 2018
    • Friday, August 24, 2018
    • The Alexander Hotel, 333 S Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

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    • Thursday, December 13, 2018
    • Friday, December 14, 2018
    • The Alexander Hotel, 333 S Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

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125 West Market Street, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46204

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