The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) will hold its annual Leadership Summit, Jan. 24-26 at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, LA. Themed Pathways to Diverse Economies and Innovative Ecosystems, the event will address the latest obstacles in the economic development field, as well as how visionary leadership can strengthen organizational performance. Senior-level economic developers will gather from all corners of the international community to see what can be achieved under visionary leadership.
More than 400 attendees will travel to New Orleans from 40 states, Washington, D.C., five Canadian provinces and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Leaders from regional, state, county, and city economic development organizations are expected to attend, as well as senior-level representatives from chambers of commerce, educational institutions, consulting practices, redevelopment authorities and the federal government. 2016 marks IEDC’s 90th anniversary, which will be a yearlong celebration of economic developers and the work they do in their communities.
The Summit program will include:
● Catching the Reshoring Wave Discussion Sessions
● That Cyborg Took My Job! Technology's Impact on Key Industries and Economic Development Strategies
● Professional Development Workshop - Your A-Team: Employee Engagement and Wellness
● New Research: Infrastructure for Economic Competitiveness
● Ignite® IEDC
● Professional Development Workshop - Leading through Times of Crisis
● Elected Officials Roundtable: Engaging Local Leadership for Economic Development
Featured Keynote Speakers include:
● Maura Donahue: Past Chair of the Board of Directors, United States Chamber of Commerce, Covington, LA
● Charles Groat Ph.D.: President and CEO, The Water Institute of the Gulf, Baton Rouge, LA
● Christopher Masingill: Federal Co-Chairman, Delta Regional Authority, Little Rock, AK
● Patrick J. Quinlan, M.D.: Chief Executive Officer, Ochsner International Services and Executive Director, Center for Community Wellness and Health Policy
● Monty Sullivan, Ph.D.: President, Louisiana Community and Technical College System, Baton Rouge, LA