Summer Conference

WEDA’s 2024 Summer Conference will take place following the International Economic Development Council’s Economic Future Forum, June 16 – 18, 2024, also at the Davenport Grand in Spokane. (Learn more.)

Please join fellow economic development, local government, port, business, tribal, workforce/education and community leaders from throughout Washington June 18-20, 2024 to learn and engage with expert speakers, legislators and professionals on the current state of Washington economic development and gain new tools and insights for economic development in your community. 

Registration will open by April 24 and Early Bird discounts will end on May 24.



View the conference agenda.

It will be regularly updated, with all speakers added approximately 3 weeks before the conference.



The conference will take place at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane.



Conference registration fees do not include conference accommodations. 

If you would like to book a hotel room for the conference, we have negotiated a group rate at the Davenport Grand of $175 per night, subject to room availability. UPDATE: As of June 11, 2024, there are still rooms available in WEDA’s negotiated group block for Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday nights — but you need to please call the Davenport Grand at 800-228-9290 and ask for the Group Housing Team and/or Bella if she is available. 

There are several additional nearby hotel options in the Spokane area. Check out: 


WEDA’s 2024 Summer Conference

is a recognized event for IEDC’s CEcD Re-Certification Credits!

Discounts for WMBEs, Economic Developers in Need, Students & Retirees

As part of WEDA’s ongoing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion outreach, Women & Minority-owned Business Enterprises (WMBEs) and equity-focused/ethnic organizations are offered significant discounts or scholarships on registration fees. Additionally, Policymakers, Economic Developers in Transition, Students and Retirees are often offered discounts or access to events and content for free.

Featured Speakers

Guest Speakers

Thank you to our Sponsors!

WEDA event attendees assume all risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury, illness, damage, loss, claim, liability or expense, of any kind, that attendee may experience or incur in connection with attending this conference. By registering for the conference, attendee hereby releases, covenants not to sue, discharges, and holds harmless WEDA, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from any such claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs, or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. Attendees also consent to be recorded, photographed and videotaped related to the event, and hereby irrevocably and perpetually authorize WEDA to copyright, publish, reproduce, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize, display, otherwise use, attendee name, image, likeness and voice, and all photographs, recordings, videotapes, audiovisual materials, writings, statements and quotations of or by obtained during the event. Use of Publicly Posted Photos: WEDA may use publicly posted photos of speakers and sponsor graphics, sourced from online platforms and social media, for promotional materials, marketing campaigns, and conference-related content. These photos are used only after requesting approved photos and graphics from speakers and sponsors, in good faith, respecting the rights of individuals and the intent of public sharing. Intellectual Property Rights: WEDA respects the intellectual property rights of individuals. If any photo or graphic used by WEDA infringes upon your rights or is not intended for public use, please contact us at Upon notification, we will remove the item in question from all marketing and conference materials. Limitation of Liability: WEDA assumes no liability for any unauthorized use of publicly posted photos or graphics by third parties. By attending or promoting the conference, speakers, participants, and sponsors agree to hold WEDA harmless from any claims, damages, or liabilities arising from the use of such photos or graphics. Compliance with Online Platform Policies: WEDA endeavors to comply with the terms of service and usage policies of the online platforms from which photos and graphics are sourced. Any inadvertent non-compliance will be addressed upon notification. Opt-Out Option: If speakers prefer not to have their publicly posted photos used by WEDA, they may opt out by notifying us in writing at prior to the conference. Amendments: WEDA reserves the right to amend this disclaimer at any time.

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