When & Where

July 31 to August 03, 2016

Grand Hyatt

Denver, CO

Create. Challenge. Change. | Economic Development Conference for the Denver Region

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Create | Challenge | Change:  Economic Development Conference for the EDA Denver Region

Thank you to the nearly 250 attendees from the 10-state EDA Denver Region (and beyond) that attended the conference.  Speaker presentations will be uploaded to the Agenda and Presentations section.

 Click here to download the conference program.
Click here for links to presentation slides. 

The conference was offered by the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District with planning assistance by the NADO Research  Foundation, and with support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration Denver Regional Office.

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What's new?  The conference program is now available--please click the above link to learn more!  The agenda was designed by a group of economic development stakeholders from throughout the EDA Denver 10-state region.  The planning committee includes representatives of economic development districts, revolving loan funds, university centers, tribal planning grantees, EDA staff--all  are committed to creating an energetic and informative learning experience!

Topics included data sources and uses; effective grants management (including indirect cost rates and the new OMB grant guidelines); regional infrastructure eco-systems; RLF marketing, performance metrics, and collections; entrepreneurial economies; impact of demographic changes; strategic partnerships among EDDs, UCs, sovereign nations, and others; building resilient communities; exporting and the global economy; regional innovation strategies; CEDS and strategic plans; economic diversification of regional economies; and more.

Additionally, the conference included sessions with EDA staff to address specific aspects of EDA program regulations.  And, several networking events let attendees reconnect with, or meet new, peers from around the region, visit with EDA staff from the Denver Regional Office, and meet staff from other federal agencies serving the 10-state region.

Two mobile workshops were offered, one to learn about the exciting economic and community development efforts underway in one of Denver's oldest neighborhoods, Lower Downtown (LoDo) and the other to tour Galvanize, a combined tech start-up campus, co-working space, and training center.

A pre-conference workshop specifically designed to offer training for new EDD executive directors, or those on track to soon become executive directors was offered.

On Tuesday, August 2, the University Centers in the 10-state region served by the EDA Denver Regional Office showcased their programs.  The agenda for the showcase is located on page 12 of the conference program.

Also on Tuesday, from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., the EDA Denver Regional Office staff  hosted an open house for conference attendees.  Their office is located at 1244 Speer Blvd., Suite 431 and is a short 15 minute walk from the hotel.

EDD Peer Reviews occurred on Wednesday, August 3, starting at 1 p.m.  Contact your EDR for more information.

Questions?: Contact Laurie Thompson at 202-624-5948 or [email protected]