★ 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...


★ CALED’s 38th Annual Training Conference

March 14 - March 16 • Monterey Marriott Hotel • 350 Calle Principal • Monterey, CA 93940

The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) is California’s premier economic development association. With more than 800 members, it is one of the largest economic development associations in the...

★ Free Expert Webinar: What Kind of Economic Developer Do You Want To Be?

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

We recognize how busy economic developers can be and we know the job is demanding. This month Golden Shovel would like to offer the opportunity for you to just listen...

★ Free Demo Webinar: Immersive Video for Economic Development

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

At 2017 IEDC in Toronto, Canada, Golden Shovel Agency unveiled the newest innovation in business and workforce attraction for economic developers: 360 Virtual Reality Immersion Videos. This technology allows site selectors...


★ Advance SEO for Economic Developers: A Look Behind the Curtain

April 12 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM • Online Session

Advanced SEO involves a complex process that begins with a content strategy. Ultimately, the goal of search engine optimization (SEO) is for a website to pull up at the top...

★ USDA Rural Development Conference

April 18 - April 19 • Embassy Suites Murfreesboro • 1200 Conference Center Blvd. • Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Hosted by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), USDA Rural Development (RD), and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD), we partner to bring together local leaders from across rural Tennessee...

★ Expert Webinar: Attracting a Millennial Workforce

April 26 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM • Online Session

Communities around the nation are continually asking themselves the same question: how do we attract, engage, and keep a millennial workforce? In this expert webinar, Kirstie McPherson, Director of Marketing of...


★ Mid-America EDC 2018 Best Practices Conference

May 01 - May 03 • Renaissance Savery Des Moines • 401 Locust St • Des Moines, IA 50309

Attendees of the 2018 Best Practices Conference will enjoy educational events on May 1 & 3 at the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel.  On Wednesday, May 2nd, attendees will join...

★ Free Demo Webinar: Immersive Video for Economic Development

May 10 • 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...

★ KAED Collaboration Conference

May 16 - May 18 • Hilton Lexington Downtown • 369 West Vine Street • Lexington, KY 40507

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...

★ RECon The Global Retail Real Estate Convention

May 20 - May 23 • Las Vegas Convention Center - Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino • 3000 Paradise Rd • Las Vegas, NV 89109

ICSC mission is to ensure the retail real estate industry is broadly recognized for the integral role it plays in the social, civic and economic vibrancy of communities across 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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