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WEDA serves its membership via two events per year. Each of these events offers an opportunity to network, gain timely insight into current legislative affairs impacting economic development, and best practices in economic development. WEDA's Annual Public Policy and Legislative Affairs Conference (aka Winter Conference) is especially devoted to the priorities for economic development for cities, counties, the state, ADOs, ports, etc.  Additionally this event includes economic development training for public officials and then advanced training for economic development practitioners. A reception with the legislators is part of the agenda. Then, WEDA's summer conferences is primarily dedicated to best practices, new initiatives, case studies, networking, etc.  Both of these events provide the practitioners, those interested in learning more about economic development and policy makers with tools to sharpen their effectiveness.  Relative tours are included in these conferences to enhance the experience. 

2019 WEDA Summer Conference | August 7 & 8 | Suquamish Clearwater Resort

Thank you to all our attendees, speakers, and sponsors for making this year's Summer Conference a huge success!

Session topics included: The Economic Impact & Opportunities of Tribal Enterprises, Workforce Development & the Future of Work, Effective Ecosystems for Economic Development and special presentations on Local Innovation in Economic Development, The Rise of Remote Workers, Opportunity Zones, Broadband and Innovation Infrastructure Development, Incentivizing Commercial Office Development, the Economic Impact of the Defense Industry and more! 

Follow this link to view the CONFERENCE AGENDA

Follow this link to view the conference SPEAKER BIOS

Follow this link to view conference photo album on the WEDA Facebook page PHOTO ALBUM

 

DAY 1 CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Leonard Forsman, Suquamish Tribal Chairman & ATNI President

Kyle Johnson, Jamestown S'Kallam Tribe EDA

Amber Schulz-Oliver, ATNI EDC

Maud Daudon, Career Connect Washington

Lew McMurran, Future of Work Task Force

Anneliese Vance-Sherman, Employment Security Department

Pierce County is "Open for Business" Campaign, Pierce County ED

Main Street Day, Columbia River EDC

BuyLocalAuburn.com, City of Auburn

Washington Certified Creative Districts Program

 

DAY 2 CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

"The Rise of Remote Workers", John Karras, TIP Strategies

Incentivizing Commercial Office Space Development: A New Tool - SHB 1746, Briahna Murray & Elly Walkowiak

Economic Impact of Washington's Defense Industry, Captain Schrader, Naval Base Kitsap

Remarks from Washington Senate Ways & Means Chair Christine Rolfes

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

For additional details, display and sponsorship opportunities please contact suzanne@wedaonline.org

March 5 & 6, 2019 | Hotel RL Olympia

Thank you to all our attendees, speakers, and sponsors for making this year's Winter Conference a fantastic success!

 

CONFERENCE AGENDA

SPEAKER BIOS

SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS & VIDEOS:

Mike Egan, Director, TechSpark, Microsoft

Michael Hass, CEO, PM&P - FDI Attraction

Washington Military Department, Recovery in Disaster: The Crucial Role of Networking to Facilitate Recovery

Washington State Department of Commerce, Industry Sector Leads Panel

Washington Certified Creative Districts Program, Innovation In Economic Development Award

 

2019 WEDA Economic Development AWARDS

We are pleased to announce the nominees and winners of the 2019 WEDA Economic Development Awards. All nominees will be recognized during the awards presentation at the conference and award winners will provide brief remarks and project presentations.

EMERGING PROFESSIONAL IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Stephen McFadden
 
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
George Sharp
 
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR – BUSINESS RECRUITMENT
Go To My Apartment (GTMA)
 
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR – BUSINESS RETENTION/EXPANSION
Alaffia
 
INNOVATION IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Washington Certified Creative Districts Program

Congratulations to all our nominees! Additional award nominees include:
AIM Aerospace – Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County
Main Street Day – Columbia River Economic Development Council
WellHaven Expansion – Columbia River Economic Development Council
Pierce County is “open to business” campaign – Pierce County
Emerald Coast Opportunity Zone Project
James Hardie Building Products – Pierce County Economic Development
BuyLocalAuburn.com – City of Auburn
New Cold – Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County