Hosted by the Iowa Utility Association, the SMART Conference is Iowa’s largest conference devoted to economic development.

Co-hosted by the Iowa Utility Association and the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the SMART Conference is Iowa’s largest conference devoted to economic development.

The SMART Conference annually attracts more than 500 economic development professionals, business leaders, chamber of commerce executives, community leaders, elected officials and other board members who influence economic development and public policy issues statewide and within their own communities.

The conference addresses critical topics in economic development, including local government financing, workforce, housing, community improvement, marketing, embracing new populations, entrepreneurialism, tourism and preparing a community for growth.

Every year, we look forward to connecting with our economic development community at the annual SMART Conference. However, given the concerns around COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s conference originally scheduled for May 14.

This was a tough call to make as the conference is an incredibly important event for the state of Iowa. The good news is we still plan to host the event later this year. We’ll share additional details on our plans in the coming weeks.

Thank you as always for supporting the event and for all you do to strengthen and enhance Iowa’s economy. 

Any questions please email them to IUAstaff@iowautility.org