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2020 Economic Development Summit

Join IDA and the Downtown Norfolk Council for the Economic Development Summit May 13-15, 2020. Whether you are new to the industry or a seasoned professional, you won’t want to miss this summit.  Come together with like-minded economic development professionals and learn how to tell your story through data, explore creative approaches to business recruitment and retention, and gain a better understanding of innovation districts. Exciting and informative Master Talks and breakout sessions will focus on the importance of downtowns as major economic generators for cities. Industry leaders will review national trends and explore the potential for economic growth. Plus enjoy plenty of opportunities for networking and collaboration with other downtown professionals.

The Downtown Norfolk Council serves as the leading advocate for Downtown Norfolk and ensures downtown’s position as the thriving and essential cultural, commercial and residential hub of Hampton Roads. See you in Norfolk!

Master Talks

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Maurice A. Jones

Conference Details

The 2020 Economic Development Summit will be held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott at 235 East Main Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510 and at various locations throughout downtown Norfolk.

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Registration is now open for the 2020 Economic Development Summit­­. In order to register for the summit, you need to either have an account in IDA’s new database or you must create one. If you previously registered for an event in the past, you should have an account in the new database. For instructions on logging in to your IDA account for the first time in the new system, please visit the Downtown.org Guide.

  • Early Bird Rate: $200 until Wednesday, April 1, 2020
  • Regular Rate: $225 until Wednesday, May 6, 2020
  • On-site Registration Rate: $250 available onsite May 13-14, 2020

All prices above are in USD.

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Cancellation Policy: Written notice of cancellation is required. Cancellations received via email by April 22, 2020 will receive a refund less a $100 processing fee. Cancellations received via email after April 22, 2020 will not be refunded. Refunds will be processed approximately 30 days after the event. Please email the cancellation notification to the International Downtown Association by emailing at registration@downtown.org.

Adding a Pre-Conference Tour: Please note, the pre-conference tours sell out quickly. Therefore, it is advisable to add these items at the time of your registration. If you are registering for someone else or a group, please find out their selection prior to registering them. Although each person within the group can purchase a tour after they have been registered, they run the risk of the tour no longer being available. If a tour is sold out, you can be waitlisted by contacting the registration department at registration@downtown.org.

The Norfolk Waterside Marriott, located at 235 East Main Street, is offering a rate of $154USD/night for a standard room for summit attendees. Please book your room by Wednesday, April 22, 2020 online. Guest self-parking is available for $13 + tax and valet parking is available for $26 + tax for hotel guests.

About Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Perched in the heart of the city’s charming downtown district, Norfolk Waterside Marriott is just moments from the USS Wisconsin.

Don’t be Scammed by Third Party Housing Companies
The official hotel and overflow properties (if applicable) are listed above. Please beware of other companies soliciting hotel room “deals” over the dates of the event. Third party housing companies typically offer a higher rate than the official block rate. These company’s cancellation polices are often harsh and unforgiving. IDA is not working with any third parties to offer attendees accommodations! If you receive a solicitation and are unsure whether or not it is legitimate, please contact Lul Teklit at lul@downtown.org.

Preview the schedule-at-a-glance below (program is subject to change). To see the full description, click on the down arrow next to the title. The program will be updated in the coming weeks.

For decades, urban place management professionals have acted as leaders of their communities by undertaking the strategic and visionary work of city building. IDA has developed seven official knowledge domains, recognizing the distinct areas of professional practice used to shape vibrant urban districts which anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions around the world. Content for IDA’s forums, summits and conference is organized around this framework. For more information about each domain, visit the Career Center.

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Conference Program

 
 
  • Wednesday 13 May 2020
  • Friday 15 May 2020

Wednesday 13 May 2020

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Price:
  • $25
Meeting Location:
  • Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 235 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
Domain:
  • TBA
Description:
  • Visit the region’s first arts district, the NEON District (or New Energy of Norfolk), on the northern edge of downtown Norfolk. Anchored by large cultural institutions, the neighborhood has been the focus of development since a Better Block intervention jumpstarted grassroots, BID and municipal efforts in 2013. Now a new wave of residential development is poised to change the neighborhood dynamic yet again. The tour will explore an urban area on the cusp of significant residential growth, arts partnerships essential to building a backbone for the community, and the street art that started it all. *This tour is a walking tour; please plan accordingly.
program-list
Meeting Location:
  • Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 235 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
Domain:
  • TBA
Description :
  • Tour the historic core of downtown Norfolk to witness firsthand the cycles of development and renewal through centuries of city building. Hear how the post-war boom and bust shaped Norfolk’s fabric and how city leaders used extensive planning efforts to recover from the tide of urban renewal. The tour will dive into the next phases of preservation, from the opportunities for redevelopment of historic buildings into housing to the challenges of extended BID services, neighborhood connectivity and affordability. *This tour is a walking tour; please plan accordingly.

Friday 15 May 2020

program-list
Price:
  • $50
Meeting Location:
  • Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 235 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
Domain:
  • TBA
Description:
  • Visit the hot up-and-coming neighborhood, the Railroad District, for an inside look at new residential developments, breweries, restaurants and retail. Centered on the tracks of the Norfolk and Western Railroad, the district encompasses a historic industrial area of Norfolk and is home to a growing number of young residents and innovative businesses. *This tour will include bus transportation and walking; please plan accordingly.

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Questions?

For assistance or further information, please contact the IDA registration team.

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