2021 SEDC Annual Conference - Tampa

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Sunday, August 15, 2021 to Tuesday, August 17, 2021
JW Marriott Tampa Water Street
510 Water Street
Tampa, FL 33602

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On behalf of SEDC, the local planning committee, and the entire State of Florida, including the great city of Tampa, please allow me to welcome each of you to the 2021 SEDC Annual Conference and 75 Anniversary.

Never to be accused of shying away from new ideas, this year’s conference theme, “RESILIENCE,” sets the stage for our presenters to showcase their provocative and game-changing ideas, which will ultimately help us grow and rebuild our communities.  Our world has changed… this Annual Conference will highlight some of those changes and then ask us to think of innovative ways to meet the challenges of our new normal. 

You can rest assured that you will leave this conference replete with good food, challenging new ideas, and hearts full of joy as we celebrate our 75th Anniversary.  Our ever-changing “New World” awaits us…let's meet it with enthusiasm and courage.  I look forward to being with you in Tampa and embracing all that SEDC offers.

Bob Helton, 2021 Chairman


The Southern Economic Development Council will be convening this summer for its Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference, August 4-6, will be at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, located in the heart of the city. The theme of this year’s event, Brave. New. World. will bring together approximately 350 economic development professionals from around the world.

We invite you to join us this August in New Orleans for a truly one of a kind event.  We encourage you to register and book your room early as we will sell out this year. Click the buttons below for more information.

The Southern Economic Development Council will be convening this summer for its Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference, August 4-6, will be at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, located in the heart of the city. The theme of this year’s event, Brave. New. World. will bring together approximately 350 economic development professionals from around the world.

We invite you to join us this August in New Orleans for a truly one of a kind event.  We encourage you to register and book your room early as we will sell out this year. Click the buttons below for more information.