The Southern Economic Development Council Annual Conference

The Southern Economic Development Council Annual Conference

We had a great time in Savannah and we hope you did as well! As always, the SEDC Annual Conference provided a great opportunity to meet up with old friends, clients, and colleagues, and make new acquaintances too.

During the state caucus meetings held on Sunday, Principal Andy Coe was elected to serve as the North Carolina State Board Representative for 2016 & 2017. He has big shoes to fill following ECS Senior Vice President Raul Peralta, but his time serving as the NC Alternate State Representative this year has helped prepare him for this challenging new role.

It was also exciting to see how many people downloaded and enjoyed the conference app. This year was the first time the conference had an app, and the project was led by our own Communications Director Samantha Hardwick, who has been serving as the 2015 SEDC Communications Committee Chair. Since attendees seemed to enjoy it so thoroughly, there are already plans to have another conference app for the Young Professionals Meet the Consultants Conference in Dallas this November, so be sure to leave the app on your phone!

Group Dinner

The SEDC Annual Conference is always a great place to meet with friends and colleagues new and old!

This year’s opening keynote by Alison Levine definitely stood out to us as an exceptional session. With plenty of great leadership advice gleaned during her Everest Expedition, it was the talk of the conference. One of our favorite pieces of advice was when she shared, “Just because your team is solid doesn’t mean you won’t need help.” We work with amazing economic development teams throughout the country, but as skilled and dedicated as they are, they often find that they need help to reach their fundraising goals. Knowing when to look for outside help is a great leadership strength, and as always, if you are ever in need of fundraising assistance, we are more than happy to speak with you about our funding solutions.

There were plenty of other great takeaways from both Ms. Levine’s keynote and the many educational sessions held throughout the three-day conference. In an effort to help you quickly access the top insights shared by your fellow economic development professionals, as well as remember a few favorite conference highlights, we’ve compiled your top Tweets and images into one Storify post which we’re excited to share with you here!



We hope you had as great of a time in Savannah as we did, and we look forward to seeing you all next year in Kansas City, if not sooner!


About the author

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.