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International Economic Development Council

In creating the IEDC 2016 Future Forum agenda, we drew inspiration from the plan the city of Tulsa has for their economic development future: one that's prosperous, skilled, innovative and livable. It’s going to be content-packed.

The Economic Future Forum will explore the pillars that Tulsa and other communities are using to build globally competitive communities, including key sectors that are providing economic growth and high-paying jobs, including:

  • aerospace and aviation

  • advanced manufacturing

  • transportation and logistics

  • energy

  • regional headquarters

  • professional services

  • healthcare

In recent years, Tulsa has transitioned from an oil-focused economy to a much more diversified one. It is a city enriched by the influences of the Southwest, Midwest and Southern regions of the United States, as well as by its Native American presence. Tulsa has also galvanized its young professionals to support continued economic development to build the city into a place where they want to be.

Registration is easy - get started here. If you book your spot at the Economic Future Forum by April 22, you can save $140. That's about a 20 percent savings.

Here are just a few of the sessions you can look forward to:

Afternoon Plenary Session

Economic developers are anxious to support American manufacturers, large and small. This session will feature a keynote speaker from WalMart who will discuss the firm’s “Made in America” initiative.

Keynote Speaker: Joe Quinn: Senior Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations, Walmart, Bentonville, AR


Ignite® IEDC is back for another lightning round of public speaking on economic development issues. Come to learn about a new idea, a successful project or program, and much more. Apply to be featured during Ignite® IEDC, please complete this short online form by May 16, 2016. Speakers will be announced by May 30, 2016.

Plenary Session

The Economic Future Forum concludes with presentations from speakers who are making a major impact on the economic development industry.

Keynote Speaker: Bill John Baker, Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, OK

Don't wait. Book your stay at our headquarters hotel, Hyatt Regency Tulsa, today.

100 East 2nd Street

Tulsa, OK 74103

Phone (888) 233-9527

IEDC Group Rate: $125 single/double

Group Cutoff Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

» Reserve your room online

Plus, don’t miss out on these tours:

Reclaiming Historical Treasures

Sunday, June 12 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Price: $55

This walking tour will explore the redevelopment of Tulsa's East End Village, the core Central Business District and the Atlas Life Building, and the Mayo Hotel, finishing with impressive views from the Mayo's rooftop bar.

Spurring Private Development through Public Investment

Monday, June 13 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Price: $55

Experience Tulsa’s redevelopment firsthand, and see its perfect balance between the old and the new. The bus tour stops will include the BOK Center, ONEOK Field, Guthrie Green, and Glacier Chocolate.

Inland to International - Port of Catoosa

Tuesday, June 14 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Price: $55

A product of federal infrastructure funding and visionary community planning, the Port of Catoosa stands as a significant asset to northeast Oklahoma by providing existing and potential new businesses with significantly lower transportation costs, and serving as a major employment base for the region. The bus tour will kick off from Port headquarters and include a full tour of the Port's assets and industry located at the Port.

Start your Economic Future Forum the right way with a pre-conference training course:

Economic Development Credit Analysis

Date: June 8-10, 2016

Location: Tulsa, OK

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This hands-on course presents business financing tools and available private financing options, as well as how the public sector can complement bank financing. You will learn how to stimulate private sector investment that results in the creation of permanent, private sector jobs and increased productivity. Course participants will also perform credit analysis by determining how well a company buys and sells to make a profit. Learn how to read financial reports, financial statements, balance sheets and profit and loss statements. Enroll now to understand the basics of structuring deals for small businesses that often combine public and private sector financing programs.


Sheldon Bartel, CEcD

Vice President, Lending

National Development Council

This conference has been approved by the American Planning Association (APA) for certification maintenance credits.

Published on:
March 31, 2016 - 9:21am
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