International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit in New Orleans

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is hosting its 2016 Leadership Summit Jan 22-24 in New Orleans, LA.

The theme of the Summit is “Resilient Communities: Pathways to Diverse Economies & Innovative Ecosystems.”

Expected to draw over 400 senior-level economic developers, the Leadership Summit will focus on bringing resilience to local economies, and will also explore the partnerships communities must develop.

Also explored will be the the latest techniques to improve EDO performance, and your leadership role in achieving economic growth. By focusing on economic equity, a prepared workforce, the built and natural environment and fully optimized EDOs using technology, the Leadership Summit is designed to illustrate what economic development organizations can achieve under visionary leadership.

In line with this theme, IEDC Board Chair JoAnn Crary said in a release that “Choosing New Orleans for the 2016 Leadership Summit was an easy pick for IEDC.”

Crary also noted that the New Orleans economic development story and resilience is unlike any other in the country. “Getting an up close and personal view of the city will provide lessons that attendees can take back and apply to their own cities,” added Crary.

Attendance at the IEDC Leadership Summit is limited to senior managers of economic development organizations and Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs).

The Summit will kick off this year with welcoming remarks from the New Orleans Host Committee and presentations from economic development leaders. Michael Hecht, President and CEO, Greater New Orleans, Inc., and Quentin Messer, Jr., President and CEO, New Orleans Business Alliance, will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Messer said in the release that they’re thrilled to welcome senior economic developers to New Orleans, and stressed on the work done over the last decade to build a more diverse New Orleans economy. “While we recognize that a lot of work remains to be done, we’re very excited to share what we’ve learned and look forward to learning from peers as we work to grow our economy for all New Orleanians,” added Messer.

Keynote speakers in the opening plenary session include Monty Sullivan, President, Louisiana Community and Technical College System, Baton Rouge, LA; and Maura Donahue, former Chair of the Board of Directors, United States Chamber of Commerce, Covington, LA.

This will be followed by a Leadership and Resiliency Panel, and then concurrent sessions on economic development fundraising, technology’s impact on economic development strategies and key industries, and a third real estate session on new options for live-work-play.