Economic Development Summit 2019

Join IDA and the Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership for the 2019 Economic Development Summit May 1-2, 2019. Master Talks and breakout sessions will explore how downtowns serve as economic development generators and how social equity and diversity plays an important role in the work that we do. Experts will share best practices on enhancing downtowns' economic impacts on cities and states, discuss retail and development strategies, and trends impacting downtown progress. Downtown Oklahoma City is growing at an unprecedented rate, and many types of funding and programs are at play in the development community. See you there!

Attend the Event

The Economic Development Summit will be held at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, 1 Park Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 and at various locations throughout downtown Oklahoma City.

Registration is now open for the 2019 Economic Development Summit.

  • Early Bird Rate: $175 until Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Regular Rate: $200 until Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  • Onsite Registration Rate: $225 available onsite May 1-2, 2019
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    For further information or assistance, please email the IDA registration team at


    The Program

    The program will be updated in the coming weeks (program is subject to change).

    Get social! What questions will you come ready to ask? Share them on Twitter using #IDAEconDev19.


    2019 Master Talks 

    Ron Frantz, Architect
    Ron Frantz is a licensed architect who has spent the last 38 years working in over 100 Oklahoma towns and neighborhoods while promoting the historic architecture and landmark businesses. As the Director of Small Town Studios for the Institute for Quality Communities, as the Coordinator for the Environmental Design Program, and as an Associate Professor in the Division of Architecture at the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture at The University of Oklahoma, Frantz, as an aging Baby Boomer, gets to hit the road with young, energetic, exploratory, and optimistic Millennial students who are eager to discover all the cool, quirky, unique places in Oklahoma.


    More Master Talk speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Pre-Conference Tours

    Downtown Oklahoma City Bike Tour: Public Art, Architecture, and Beer ($25)

    Wednesday, May 1st | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Meeting location: TBD

    Go for a spin on rented bikes for the afternoon and see the best of downtown OKC's public art, check out historic and modern architectural gems, and visit a few local breweries and markets that are creating big changes in the "Big Friendly."


    Downtown Oklahoma City Walking/Streetcar Tour: History, Development, Shopping, and Coffee ($25)

    Wednesday, May 1st | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Meeting location: TBD

    Ride the new streetcar and hear about Oklahoma City's history and it's recent rebirth as a cultural destination. Stop by several of our favorite downtown retail shops, and sample coffee and sweet treats from some popular establishments along the way.



    The Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Downtown Oklahoma City, located at 1 Park Avenue, is offering a rate of $169 per night per room. Please book your room by March 31, 2019 online.


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    Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations received or postmarked by April 12, 2019 will receive a refund less a $100 processing fee. Refunds will be processed approximately 30 days after the event. Cancellations received after April 12, 2019 will not be refunded.


    Sponsoring the Economic Development Summit allows you access to an audience of urban leaders from around the country who want to learn how your product or service can work for them. Download the 2019 Spring Sponsorship PDF to review sponsorship packages for the 2019 Economic Development in Downtown Oklahoma City, OK. Contact Tracie Clemmer, IDA Director of Corporate Relations at for more information.


    Interested in hosting a future event? Contact Carolyn Dellutri, IDA Director of Professional Development at