★ NREDA Annual Conference

November 01 - November 03 • Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio • 205 E Houston St • San Antonio, TX 78205

The National Rural Economic Developers Association (NREDA) was formed to promote rural development opportunities through electric and telephone cooperatives. At the time of the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), cooperatives had...

★ KAED Fall Conference

November 08 - November 10 • Holiday Inn University Plaza • 1021 Wilkinson Trace • Bowling Green, KY 42103

Over the years, KAED has provided leadership and educational opportunities for professional economic developers. Since becoming incorporated, the organization has become more active in influencing the policies and legislation that...

★ Free Exclusive Webinar: Place VR for Economic Development

November 16 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM • Online Session

How do you reach a CEO sitting in a boardroom, a thousand miles away or across the world? How do you capture the imagination and attention of a site developer...


★ Mid-America EDC Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum

December 03 - December 05 • Chicago, IL

MidAmerica EDC members are dedicated economic development professionals who share best practices to make you more valuable to your organization. MidAmerica EDC is the best resource for making contact with...

★ Expert Webinar: Please Mind Your Business

December 13 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM • Online Session

Do you mind your business? More specifically, do you mind your small businesses? It is widely known that the heavy majority of net new jobs created over the next 10...


★ 2018 EDAM Winter Conference

January 18 - December 19 • Doubletree Minneapolis Park Place • 1500 Park Place Boulevard • Minneapolis, MN 55416

Join us in January to connect with the EDAM community and kickstart the year with dynamic education! Learn from leaders in the field with sessions focusing on Economic Development skills...

★ Expert Webinar: Please Mind Your Business

January 18 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM • Online Session

Do you mind your business? More specifically, do you mind your small businesses? It is widely known that the heavy majority of net new jobs created over the next 10...

★ Expert Webinar: How to Put Funding Muscle Behind Your Strategic Plan

January 23 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • Online Session

Strategic plans and the strategic planning process are vital to organizational relevance and value. And they often create new energy and enthusiasm among staff and volunteers. But without new resources...

★ IEDC 2018 Leadership Conference

January 29 - January 30 • Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino • 129 East Fremont Street • Las Vegas, NV 89101

Join the International Economic Development Council and the senior most leaders in the economic development profession in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the 2018 Leadership Summit!


★ NET2018 Conference

February 05 - February 07 • The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club • 501 5th Ave NE • St. Petersburg, FL 33701

The NET Conference is Touchstone Energy's signature business-to-business conference that brings together national, regional and local energy managers with co-op key account and energy services professionals from around the country....

★ WEDA Winter Conference

February 12 - February 13 • Cheyenne, WY

WEDA holds professional regional economic development conferences each year for educational and networking purposes. Our winter conference is always held in Cheyenne in conjunction with the Wyoming legislative session, which...

★ Expert Webinar: Bringing Success to Small Towns

February 15 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM • Online Session

The economic development industry is changing faster than ever as new approaches and technologies are being deployed. Learn how virtual reality, regional connectivity, big data and lead tracking are adding...

★ Demo Webinar - Universal Reporting Tool: How to gain four hours a week in productivity

February 22 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM • Online Session

Generating reports for site selectors, grant administrators, private funding groups or board members can take hours—especially if the information is scattered across multiple locations. Wouldn’t you like to have all the...


There is always something exciting going on at Golden Shovel Agency. Sign up for one of our free expert webinars to keep tabs on the latest trends in economic development or meet up with us in person at the next conference. We are always looking forward to staying in touch.

We have team members that attend state and national Economic Development conferences monthly to stay current on best practices and to network with site selectors. Some of the conferences we’ve recently attended include:


  • California (CALED)
  • Idaho (IEDA)
  • Illinois (IRAC)
  • Iowa (PDI)
  • Kansas (KEDA)
  • Minnesota (EDAM)
  • Montana (MEDA)
  • Nebraska (NEDA)
  • North Dakota (EDND)
  • Ohio (OEDA)
  • South Dakota (GOED)
  • Texas (TEDC)
  • Utah (UAED)
  • Wisconsin (WEDA)
  • Wyoming (WEDA)


  • APPA - American Public Power Association
  • IEDC - International Economic Development Council
  • IEDC - Leadership Summit
  • MAEDC - Mid America Economic Development Council
  • NADO - National Association of Development Organizations
  • NREDA - National Rural Economic Developers Association
  • SEDC - Southeast Economic Development Council
  • UEDA - Utility Economic Development Association

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