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Online registration closes on September 8, 11:59 PM ET. On-site registration will be available.



Dallas, TX is one of the country's most economically and socially diverse cities. The 1920s were an age of dramatic political, technological, and social change for some, yet not for others. In Dallas, we'll usher in the next-generation 'Roaring 20s,' spotlighting how to build thriving, sustainable, resilient, and equitable communities for tomorrow.

Our sights are set on ensuring future prosperity by focusing on economic diversity and resilience now, building on past successes, and inspiring the next ‘Roaring 20s!’ This innovative Annual Conference will explore, modernize, and grow successful industry strategies and practices by focusing on each of IEDC’s five strategic initiatives below.

Leadership Development
Gain understanding on the importance of community branding and its capacity for creating, retaining, and attracting effective, forward-looking leaders.

Workforce & Talent Development
Scout and prioritize building human capital resiliency through sustainably committing to raising the quality standards, accountability, strong school leadership, innovative delivery methods, and diverse programming.
Supporting Entrepreneurship
Learn to recognize and create conditions for business, leveraging local talent, resources, and assets to offer a welcoming and attractive setting for entrepreneurs.

Fostering Economic Opportunity & Diversity

Dig into methods of addressing persistent challenges surrounding economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, housing affordability, gentrification, public transit, regional economic integration, immigration, and socio-economic and demographic disparities.

Economic Transformation

Develop strategies to gauge potential threats and prepare tomorrow’s infrastructure to bolster resilient communities.