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


★ 2019 TEDC Annual Conference

10/09/2019 - 10/11/2019Westin Riverwalk HotelW. Market Street 420San Antonio, TX 78205

TEDC's 2019 Annual Conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas, at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel. The event will bring together economic development professionals and those interested in economic developmen...

2019 TEDC Annual Conference Photo
★ IEDC 2019 Annual Conference

10/13/2019 - 10/16/2019Indiana Convention Center100 S Capitol Aveindianapolis, IN 46225

IEDC's Annual Conference is the largest yearly gathering of economic development professionals from across the country and around the world. The conference features distinguished keynote speakers, dozens of interactive session...

IEDC 2019 Annual Conference Photo
★ Expert Webinar - Chamber / EDO Mergers Pros, Cons, and Unintended Consequences

10/24/201911:00 AM - 12:00 PMOnline Session

Golden Shovel and National Community Development Services recently released a white paper exploring many of the issues related to the ongoing trend of organizational mergers / consolidation in the Chambe...

Expert Webinar - Chamber / EDO Mergers Pros, Cons, and Unintended Consequences Photo


★ NREDA 2019 Annual Conference

11/06/2019 - 11/08/2019Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza4445 Main StreetKansas City, MO 64111

NREDA is headed to the Midwest for its 30th Anniversary. This Kansas City Conference TIEs together the elements that are the cornerstone to today’s economic development success in Rural America...

NREDA 2019 Annual Conference Photo
★ 2019 Kentucky Economic Forum

11/13/2019 - 11/15/2019The Brown Hotel335 West BroadwayLouisville, KY 40202

The Kentucky Economic Forum is the Fall Conference and Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development. The event is the largest Association function in which economic developers, electe...

2019 Kentucky Economic Forum Photo
★ Expert Webinar - How to Model Your ED Incentive Package

11/14/201911:00 AM - 12:00 PMOnline Session

Economic development incentive programs are a powerful tool for EDOs making an impact in their community. However, questions and pushback from stakeholders can throw a wrench into those plans. ...

Expert Webinar - How to Model Your ED Incentive Package Photo


★ 2019 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum

12/08/2019 - 12/10/2019Renaissance Chicago Downtown1 West Wacker DriveChicago, IL 60601

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 wit...

2019 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum Photo
★ Expert Webinar - Looking to 2020

12/19/201911:00 AM - 12:00 PMOnline Session

2019 was a busy year in Economic Development, from Opportunity Zones, and Workforce Attraction we saw an abundance of activity. In this webinar Aaron Brossoit and John Marshall both o...

Expert Webinar - Looking to 2020 Photo


★ Expert Webinar - Outlook 2020: Retail Development Trends and Opportunity Zones

01/16/202011:00 AM - 12:00 PMOnline Session

As we begin the new year, what is the latest update on retail development and opportunity zones, and what does it mean for your community in 2020? Join Lacy Beasley, Presiden...

Expert Webinar - Outlook 2020: Retail Development Trends and Opportunity Zones Photo
★ 2020 EDAM Winter Conference

01/22/2020 - 01/24/2020Sheraton Bloomington Hotel5601 West 78th StreetBloomington, MN 55439

Join us in January as we explore Economic Development in Times of Change! The world is changing quickly and in ways we never imagined. Start the new year with us a...

2020 EDAM Winter Conference Photo