2020 SEDC Annual Conference - Nashville

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Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 9:00 AM (EDT) to Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
Omni Hotel Nashville
250 5th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

Event Details

Two months from today, we are scheduled to be in Nashville, Tennessee, for SEDC’s annual conference. But as we all know, our lives changed many weeks ago with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the foreseeable future, our ability to gather is questionable.  

In our recent membership survey regarding your comfort level to travel to Nashville, we discovered that even if the city was at a phase to host gatherings, you were not sure if you would be comfortable in attending.  

So, after careful consideration, your board of directors voted today to move our annual conference to a virtual platform.  With this change in content delivery, we are adjusting the programming to deliver the most pertinent and timely information during these difficult times and to follow our theme, “Disruption.”  We will be announcing the updated program in just a few days.

In addition to great presentations, we are planning some fun and entertaining activities to keep you engaged between breaks that will take advantage of the virtual platform.

Our virtual event will take place over the same days, August 17-18, 2020. Our plans are for a virtual event broadcasting from Nashville, with a combination of  “on stage” presentations and others brought to our stage virtually.  We will continue to monitor the situation in Nashville regarding the ability for "gathering."  If possible, we will open up a registration option to attend the event face -to- face as we broadcast from Nashville.

In just a few days, we will announce more program details and the pricing structure for the new virtual program.


Will Williams
2020 Chairman


The Southern Economic Development Council will be convening this summer for its Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The theme of this year’s event, DISRUPTION, will bring together approximately 400 economic development professionals from around the world.

We invite you to join us this August LIVE from Nashville for a truly one of a kind event.  We encourage you to register and join your fellow economic developers virtually. 

 

Host Hotel

In a modern building attached to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, this upscale hotel in Downtown is 8 minutes' walk from the renowned Ryman Auditorium.

Warm rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows offer Wi-Fi and 42-inch flat-screen TVs. Upgraded rooms add city views, while plush suites include living rooms and dining tables; some have 4-poster beds. Room service is available 24/7.


Amenities include a steakhouse and a Southern-style restaurant, as well as a coffee house and a bar with live music. There's also a spa, rooftop outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness room, and a business center.

OMNI HOTEL Nashville
250 Fifth Ave South
Nashville, TN 37203

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