2023 SWREDA Annual Conference


2023 SWREDA Annual Conference

May 3-5  (Wed-Fri)

DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans
300 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Southwest Region Economic Development Association (SWREDA), in partnership with the NADO Research Foundation, will hold the 2023 SWREDA Conference in New Orleans, May 3 – 5.  The conference is designed for staff from Economic Development Districts, Tribal Planning Grantees, University Centers, Revolving Loan Funds, and others engaged in economic development across the region.  SWREDA is located in the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Austin Region which covers the five-state area of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.  The EDA Austin Regional Office is providing support for this event.  Please visit this page frequently as it will be updated regularly.


Registration will open February 2023

Early bird deadline: *April 3, 2023
*Register by this date to receive the discounted rate. After this date the rate increases.

Book Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans
300 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This Canal Street location puts the best of downtown New Orleans in reach, from the French Quarter to the Superdome. They are next to Harrah's Casino and a five-minute walk from the Riverwalk and the Aquarium of the Americas. Enjoy city or Mississippi River views, and PJ's Coffee on the first floor. Every stay starts with a warm chocolate chip cookie.

Click here to reserve your room

OR call 504-581-1300 and reference the conference name.

Hotel room rate: $179 + tax

Hotel reservation cut-off date: *April 3, 2023
*After this date, the discounted room rate is not guaranteed.

Get There



Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, locally known as MSY, is 14 miles from the conference hotel.

Airport shuttle: Not available

Parking - limited availability 

Self-parking: $30.00 per day 
Valet Parking: $48.00
EV Charging: Not available


Questions about the hotel? Contact Brittany Salazar at [email protected]
Questions about conference registration? Contact Krystal DeLeon at [email protected]
Questions about the conference content? Contact Laurie Thompson at [email protected]


Presentations will be made available after the conference.

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Joe McKinney serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). Headquartered in Washington DC, NADO provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s 500+ regional planning and development organizations.

Joe has thirty-one years of experience having served in city, county, regional, national association, and government management since 1991. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a candidate for a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

McKinney has provided congressional testimony on numerous occasions regarding the importance of regional development organizations in helping shape the nation’s economic growth. He is nationally recognized for promoting innovative solutions in areas such as planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, and aging services.

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