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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

REGISTER TODAY!

Join fellow economic development, local government, port, business, tribal, education and community leaders from rural and urban communities throughout Washington to learn and engage with expert speakers and professionals as you gain new tools and insights for economic development in your community. Event registration includes two days of sessions, optional tours, two lunches, full breakfast and a special evening reception at Kiana Lodge.

Session topics include: 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 much more! Follow this link to view the preliminary  CONFERENCE AGENDA .

  • Early Bird available through7/7/19 - save $25! 
  • WEDA members use promo code 'MEMBER' when you register to save an additional $25 per person
  • WMBEs save 40%, use promo code 'WMBE'
  • Purchase 3+ tickets for your organization or company save an additional 20%, use promo code 'GROUP'
  • Limited scholarships available for students and retirees contact samantha@wedaonline.org for more details.

For assistance with registration, to pay by check, and for additional details on WMBE and multi-sale promo codes and scholarships please contact samantha@wedaonline.org

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:
Conference registration does not include hotel accommodations. The Clearwater Resort has extended a special rate for our group through the full week of August 4 - 11.  To make your reservations please call (866)609-8700 and let the reservation agent know that you are with the WEDA group, group code 16113. 

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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

 

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