Registration Deadline Extended! New Keynote Speakers Include German Ambassador, Vanguard CEO, at the IEDC 2013 Annual Conference.

International Economic Development Council

Transformation, Innovation, Reinvention: Creating Tomorrow’s Economy Today

October 6-9, Philadelphia, PA

Register before this Friday, August 16, and save with our Early Registration rates!

The Vice President of IBM, a German Ambassador, and the CEO of Vanguard; what do these three people have in common? They are all speaking at the International Economic Development Council’s 2013 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Penn. Don’t miss your chance to hear these world-renown perspectives on the economic development industry. Save $100 on the registration rate when you sign up before August, 16.


His Excellency Dr. Peter Ammon of the Federal Republic of Germany 
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Washington DC

Speaker: Monday AM Plenary Session

  • What does it look like when government and the private sector work closely together to match talent in the workforce with labor demand and opportunities for business expansion?  At IEDC's Annual Conference, German Ambassador to the United States Dr. Peter Ammon will discuss the German Embassy's Skills Initiative, which brings together German and American businesses and local education providers with the aim of developing training programs best suited to the needs of the private sector.  With a wide-ranging foreign affairs background including tours in London, New Delhi, and Dakar, Dr. Ammon brings a rich international perspective to the critical issues of education and workforce development.

F. William McNabb III
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Vanguard Group
Malvern, PA

Speaker: Monday AM Plenary Session

  • What made the world's largest mutual fund company choose to expand in Philadelphia?  Talent played a big role -- but this isn't just a Philadelphia success story.  As Chairman and CEO of Vanguard, Bill McNabb knows a good investment when he sees one.  Learn what your community can do make itself appealing to businesses both starting up and expanding, and why a highly educated population is a major asset.  

Jennifer Crozier
Vice President of Global Citizenship Initiatives
Armonk, NY

Speaker: Tuesday AM Plenary Session

  • A changing economy provides rich opportunities for the world's largest companies to partner with small businesses throughout the supply chain. As Vice President of Global Citizenship Initiatives for IBM, Jen Crozier leads IBM's economic development portfolio, which provides resources for entrepreneurs such as Supplier Connection, a web site that allows vendors to more easily bid for contracts offered by corporations.  Ms. Crozier is also responsible for a broad portfolio of philanthropic initiatives that provide grants of IBM technology and talent to communities around the world.  

Joseph F. Coradino
Chief Executive Officer
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT)
Philadelphia, PA

Speaker: Sunday Opening Plenary Session

  • The CEO of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust since 2012, Joseph Coradino also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation.  With experience across the real estate spectrum, Mr. Coradino has been at the center of many redevelopment and re-use projects throughout Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

Gerard H. Sweeney
President, Chief Executive Officer & Trustee
Brandywine Realty Trust

Radnor, PA

Speaker: Sunday Opening Plenary Session

  • As President & CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust since 1994, Jerry Sweeney also has a rich background in Philadelphia real estate.  Throughout his career, Mr. Sweeney has managed the development, marketing, construction and financial oversight of a diversified portfolio consisting of urban high-rise, mid-rise, flex, warehouse and distribution facilities, retail and apartment complexes.  Together with Mr. Coradino and PREIT, Brandywine is currently making big investments in the future of Philadelphia.  Attend Sunday's Opening Plenary Session for two unique perspectives addressing how local and national real estate markets intersect with economic development efforts.

Be sure to also read up on IEDC's additional confirmed keynote speakers:

Denise Morrison 
President & Chief Executive Officer
Campbell Soup Company
Camden, NJ

Speaker: Tuesday AM Plenary Session

  • Denise Morrison is President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company, a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality consumer food products. With more than 30 years in the food business, she has a distinguished track record of building strong businesses and growing iconic brands.

Daniel Hilferty
President & Chief Executive Officer
Independence Blue Cross
Philadelphia, PA

Speaker: Tuesday Keynote Luncheon

  • Daniel Hilferty is known nationally as a leader in the publicly insured managed-care industry and as an advocate for health care access and quality. He has more than 25 years of experience in health care, government affairs, communications, and education.

Dr. Gregory Smith
Associate Professor
Williams College of Business
Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH

Speaker: Defining Issues Luncheon (cost: $40)

  • What if you could measure the American Dream and how citizens in your community feel about their ability to obtain it?  During this year's Defining Issues Luncheon, Xavier University Professor and TEDx Cincy Speaker Dr. Gregory Smith will discuss the development of the American Dream Composite Index (ADCI), and its implications for the work of economic developers and other community leaders.  To register for the Defining Issues Luncheon, please email Earnestine Jones at

Don’t Forget to Reserve Your Room!

Space is filling up quickly. If reserving over the phone, be sure to mention that you are with the International Economic Development Council so you can get our special rate, while it is still available.

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown 
1201 Market Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19107

IEDC room rate: $239 single/double 
Group rate cutoff: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Reservations: (877) 212-5752
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Published on:
August 9, 2013 - 12:47pm
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