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JANUARY 29-31, 2023


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Join us in Tucson, AZ from January 29-31, 2023, to forge a new path into the future of economic development. The 2023 Leadership Summit will focus on Equitable Recovery for a Sustainable Future. 

Now is the time to build a more sustainable future. In Tucson, we’ll gather to share best practices on everything from enhancing your brand to diversifying your local economy. 

The forward-looking conference will explore industry trends and the partnerships and strategies needed to grow, diversify, and retain companies in established and emerging industries. 


This year’s Leadership Summit will explore: 


The Intersection of Innovation and Economic Development
Learn strategies for entrepreneurial and workforce development that will help you create an inclusive and diverse economy.


Enhancing Your Brand for Investment, Capital, and Talent
Discover methods for leveraging your assets to attract and retain industry in today’s landscape. 

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Diversifying and Growing Your Local Economy for Resiliency
Explore strategies for promoting equitable economic recovery in your community. 



JW Marriott Starr Pass Hotel & Spa
3800 W. Starr Pass Boulevard
Tucson, AZ, 85745
Phone: (520) 792-3500
Room Rate: $199
Cutoff date: December 19, 2023

The 2023 Leadership Summit will take place in Tucson, Arizona.

Watch the video and learn more about why Tucson is the place to be this January!

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Governor Doug Ducey
State of Arizona

"We are proud to welcome you to Arizona for the International Economic Development
Council (IEDC) 2023 Leadership Summit in Tucson.

Arizona is a fitting location for a conference focused on economic recovery. In
November 2021, Arizona became just the third state to recover all jobs from the
pandemic, and our momentum hasn’t slowed down.

High tech industries such as semiconductors, electric vehicles, batteries, aerospace and
more are flourishing, accelerated by Arizona’s unbeatable business climate and rapidly
growing talent base."


Mayor Regina Romero
City of Tucson, Arizona

"The City of Tucson is proud to host the 2023 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Leadership Summit. I invite you to join us in January as we welcome economic development leaders from across the world, working to create thriving communities.

Tucson is the innovative and dynamic heart of a metro area that is home to more than one million people. It is Arizona’s second largest city and one of the longest continuously inhabited cities in the United States. We are gaining recognition as a hub for optics, photonics, and aerospace, and Tucson is home to one of the nation’s top research institutions, the University of Arizona.

Our spirit of innovation also extends to government. As Mayor, I am leading our City's efforts to achieve a more resilient and sustainable Tucson, with a goal to attain carbon neutrality by 2030 through investments in vehicle electrification, urban forestry, water stewardship, and waste management. Our city is the perfect setting for IEDC leaders seeking inspiration to take on the challenges of rebuilding local economies in ways that are sustainable, equitable, and just."

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