Co-hosted by the Iowa Utility Association and the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the SMART Conference is Iowa’s largest economic development gathering.
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.
The 2020 SMART Conference has been canceled due to COVID-19. We look forward to May 2021 and providing the strongest content as well as networking opportunities to attendees from around the state.