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Justification Tips

Attending the EDCO Conference and Showcase will be the most cost‐effective professional and organizational development choice you make all year.  It is the most relevant and densely‐ packed educational and networking opportunity available to economic development practitioners like you.  The informative keynote addresses, breakout sessions, and other learning opportunities will enable you to expand your industry knowledge, learn about emerging trends, share new ways to improve productivity and competitiveness, and enhance the practice of economic development to build your community of tomorrow.

We understand that travel and training budgets will likely be constrained in 2023.  The following are tips to support your case to attend EDCO’s 66th Annual Conference and Showcase.  

Whether you participate in-person or virtually, you will leave the conference armed with the latest knowledge, strategies and tools to reimagine your community’s economy.  

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet up with fellow delegates and exhibitors to catch up and brainstorm new ideas during the many program and networking events.

Tip number 1

Focus specifically on what you will bring back to the organization as return for the investment, and how this will benefit your work, your organization’s goals, and the community.  For example, what sessions will you attend and what immediate impact will they have on your work?  What exhibitors will you visit on the Showcase floor and how will this help your organization?  Which experts will you have access to and what knowledge would you bring back to share with your organization?

Tip number 2

After the conference you will take valuable knowledge home with you.  Offer to deliver a briefing to your colleagues and/or the management team to share what you learned so that others in your organization will directly receive the benefits of your attendance.

Tip number 3

Share speaker handouts and other collected materials with your colleagues.  As a delegate, you will have unlimited and free access to conference materials posted on a password‐protected section of the conference website.

Tip number 4

Be ready with a plan that shows who will cover for you while you are attending the conference.

Tip number 5

Ask “what is the cost of NOT attending,” in terms of both your ability to stay abreast of new developments, opportunities and missing valuable tools, perspectives, and relationships that will help your organization anticipate, adapt, and take action to transform your community for tomorrow.

Tip number 6

Be sure to check out the registration pages where all the various rates are listed to see if you qualify for any of the lower rates or discounts.  Don’t miss the early-bird rates available until November, 25, 2022 and stay in the hotel block for additional savings!


Tip number 7

Share the article about how to calculate ROI of the conference How to Justify Conference Attendance by Mike Doyle.


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If you work in the field of economic development, you need to register for the 2023 EDCO Conference!

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