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2018 Iowa SMART Economic Development Conference

The annual Iowa SMART Economic Development Conference is Iowa's largest conference devoted to economic development. Now in its 33rd year, the conference is co-sponsored by the investor-owned electric, natural gas and transmission utility companies of the Iowa Utility Association (IUA) and by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). The Iowa SMART Conference annually attracts approximately 500 economic development professionals, business leaders, chamber of commerce executives, community leaders, elected officials and other board members who influence economic development and public policy issues statewide and within their own communities. It includes general sessions, workshops and networking opportunities. Speakers and workshops throughout the day address topics critical to economic development including local government financing, workforce, housing, community improvement, marketing, embracing new immigrants, entrepreneurialism, tourism and preparing a community for growth.

Conference Information

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:
Embassy Suites Downtown
101 East Locust Street
Des Moines, IA  50309

Cost: $75

Lodging: Block-rate rooms are available at the Embassy Suites Downtown.  Contact the hotel for more information.

Parking: Vallet parking is avaialble at Embassy Suites, there is a parking ramp North of the hotel and metered street parking is also available.

Contact: Iowa Utility Association, 515.282.2115

Conference Materials

Tentative SMART Conference Agenda [PDF: 29k]

The SMART Conference is a public/private partnership co-sponsored by the investor-owned electric, natural gas and transmission utility companies of the Iowa Utility Association (IUA) and by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).

IUA Member Companies: Alliant Energy, Black Hills Energy, Liberty Utilities, MidAmerican Energy, NextEra Energy Duane Arnold and ITC Midwest.

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Iowa Economic Development Authority
200 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: 1.515.348.6200
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