Looking Back at #IEDCToronto

Funding Insights Blog: Looking Back at #IEDCToronto

Looking Back at #IEDCToronto

This year’s International Economic Development Council Annual Conference really lived up to its promise to “Connect. Collaborate. Create.” Not only was the conference packed full of great educational sessions, there were countless opportunities for attendees to network and connect with their peers. From the host committee’s VIP reception on Saturday and the BNSF Railway and GIS Planning receptions on Monday to the DCI Fun Run and the baseball game on Tuesday, Andy and Mark were on-the-go every minute of their time in Toronto!

Great turnout for the DCI Fun Run this year! Maybe due to the hotel fire alarm that went off at 6am? Can you find Andy in the crowd?

Is wasn’t all fun networking events, though. Andy and Mark spent most of each day in the exhibit hall answering your questions about economic development fundraising and how our services work. There was a lot of discussion about securing funding for talent development initiatives and the best ways to identify, implement, and fund organizational solutionsIf you weren’t able to stop by the booth during the conference, please feel free to email us your questions and we’ll be happy to answer them! While in the exhibit hall, Andy and Mark were able to check out a few of the other exhibitors’ booths and were excited to have a chance to see the new virtual reality tool that Golden Shovel debuted. It could very well revolutionize site selection; we look forward to seeing how our clients put this new tool to work in the future.

What conference is complete without amazing educational opportunities? Jon Roberts, Principal at TIP Strategies, and Anatalio Ubalde, Managing Director and Co-Founder at GIS Planning, did a fascinating session on disruptive forces in economic development. If you weren’t able to attend, we highly recommend taking a look at the slides from Jon’s portion of the presentation. We believe the insights shared will play a major role in the evolving workforce development programs we see our clients pursuing in the future. Attendees were eager to share their favorite takeaways from other sessions as well, like this one on regional economic development:

And this one on the important role Universities play in economic development:

In fact, #IEDCToronto was used in over 1,300 tweets by more than 400 people! That’s a lot of great insights and conference moments to explore. Don’t have time to read through them all? That’s okay, we did it for you! Simply click on the image below or continue scrolling down to browse through our Storify post featuring all of our favorite tweets from the conference.

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Samantha Hardwick

After graduating with her BA in Organizational Communication from the University of Central Florida in just three years, Samantha’s career has focused on client and internal company support, while also serving as communications and marketing liaison. Samantha’s true passion is to provide quality service and develop mutually beneficial and meaningful relationships with Convergent’s clients, Principals and Campaign Directors – which makes her an integral component of our team.