Golden Shovel Agency keeps you in tune with the trending economic development events!

There is always something exciting going on with Golden Shovel Agency! Important economic development events like industry conferences or pertinent webinars are critical to continued professional development. Find your perfect opportunity by viewing the calendar below.

Golden Shovel Agency team members attend and speak at state and national economic development events conferences to stay current on best practices and to network with site selectors. These are also excellent economic development events to meet Golden Shovel personnel, as well as industry peers from communities with similar programs and issues as yours! Some of the conferences we’ve historically 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


IEDC's Economic Future Forum

June 11 - June 13

Engage with your fellow colleagues as we explore Calgary’s current path to diversifying its robust economy. Consistently ranked as one of the best places in the world to live, Calgary...

2023 MEDC Annual Conference

June 13 - June 15

Venue: Camden On The Lake Resort & Spa

Tourism and Economic Development

June 13 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Papago Events Center 5595 E Karsten Way Phoenix, Arizona  85008 United States

OEDI - 2023 Site Selection And Development Course

June 15 - June 16

Course Description: This course covers both site development and the site selection processes. The site development aspects of the course will focus on the process of how to make sure...

Advanced Symposium: Deal Structuring

June 15 - June 16

The Advanced Symposium is an advanced level course for professional economic development practitioners. The Symposium provides attendees an interactive learning environment taught by highly qualified professionals that include local practitioners,...

Partnering With the Public to Grow Your Local Economy: Reach Sponsored Webinar

June 15 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

ReachPlaces is an innovative platform that leverages technology to connect local businesses with area residents in a way that maximizes mutual value.  This webinar will explore how ReachPlaces partners...

American Public Power Association National Conference

June 16 - June 21

The APPA National Conference is your time to reconnect, recharge, and power up for the future at the nation’s premier gathering of public power leaders. Join us and explore how...

2023 Economic Development Ethics Workshops

June 20 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Are you faced with ethical dilemmas in your professional life? Do you have the tools to deal with ethical issues? Economic developers regularly encounter situations that require sound judgment and...

2023 Mid-Year Conference

June 21 - June 23

Please join us for the TEDC’s 2023 Mid-Year Conference in Allen, June 21-23, 2023.

Meeting the Talent Needs of Today and Tomorrow: Effective EDO Strategies

June 21 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Solving the talent equation has never been more critical for economic development organizations (EDOs). Demographic changes, lower labor force participation rates, the rise of remote work, and the increased focus...

IEDC's Economic Development Academy

June 27 - June 30

This Economic Development Academy (EDA) meets the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) certification requirements for the Technology-Led Economic Development Course and Workforce Development Strategies Course. Courses can be taken separately by...


June 27 - June 29

Location: Hotel Ballast – Wilmington, NC NCEDA conference provides an excellent opportunity for economic development professionals from across North Carolina to expand their knowledge, sharpen their skills and build connections...

Economic Development Made Easy

June 27 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

SRP Pera Club 1 E Continental Dr. Tempe, Arizona  85281 United States

IEDC's Technology-Led Economic Development

June 27 11:00 AM - June 28 5:30 PM

 In this course, participants will be introduced to the legal and financial framework for bringing innovation to market, including technology protection and product licensing. Learn how to partner with government,...

2023 Summer Conference

June 28 - June 30

We are excited to host this year's conference in Rochester! Home to the Mayo Clinic, Rochester is a thriving city of just over 100,000. The conference headquarters and lodging options...

Marketing & Business Development Summit: All Hands on Tech

June 28 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

SRP Pera Club 1 E Continental Dr Tempe, Arizona  85281 United States

Tech Based Economic Development in Rural America

June 28 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Overview Attendees will be introduced to new ideas and concepts that support the case for investing in rural places via the creation of tech economy ecosystems. This webinar answers key...

IEDC's Workforce Development Strategies

June 29 11:00 AM - June 30 5:30 PM

Skilled workers are the backbone of a productive and efficient economy and a critical decision point in today’s business location decisions. This versatile course explains the essential relationship between economics...


2023 MEDA Chesapeake Basic Economic Development Course

July 24 - July 27

What You’ll Learn: Grow your skills and understanding of economic development foundational elements Best practices in economic and community development Managing an economic development program Financing economic development...

EXCHANGE 2023: MEDC Annual Conference

July 24 - July 26

Location: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS 39530

2023 MEDA Summer Conference

July 26 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM

July 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:15 pm Virtual Stay tuned for more details soon.

Financing for Underserved Communities

July 26 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Presented in partnership with the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) There are a variety of tools in the development finance toolbox that can encourage investment in traditionally underserved...

2023 EDAA Summer Conference

July 30 - August 02

The Grand Hotel Resort and Spa

2023 KIED Basic Economic Development Course

July 31 - August 03

Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Newtown Campus 500 Newtown Pike Lexington, KY 40508