Global Conference Recognizes Regional Cities Initiative
Highlights from the International Economic Development Council’s Annual Conference
Global collaboration was at the forefront of the 2017 International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Annual Conference in Toronto from Sept. 17-20.
From educational workshops to networking opportunities with economic development professionals, more than 1,300 people from 18 countries attended the global economic development event. The event, which was held outside the United States for the first time, featured informative sessions focused on three topics: connect, collaborate and create.
Sessions were vast and interesting. One session was a town hall meeting about best practices based on community size. The highlight of the event, the keynote address, was by Richard Florida, an American urban studies theorist focusing on social and economic theory. Lastly, the event wrapped up with the Business Location Consultants Forum.
Indiana played a special role during the IEDC Conference, too.
The Regional Cities Initiative earned an Excellence in Economic Development Award from IEDC. In addition, Keith Gillenwater, president and CEO of Grow Wabash County, participated in a distinguished panel titled "Building Development Frameworks for Local Farms and Foods”. Lastly, Steuben County Economic Development Corporation was recognized as one of the top 25 digital economic development organizations (EDOs) in North America.
Director of Business Development Sarah Rodriguez participated in unique networking events including a 5K run hosted by the Regional Partnership’s national public relations firm Developers Counsellors International (DCI). During the morning run, Rodriguez connected with economic developers from Canadian communities Windsor and Montreal.
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