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Built for Emerging Leaders in Economic Development

Throughout the world, a new generation of leaders is emerging. But what skills will these up-and-coming managers need to lead most effectively in this new era? NEXT is designed to develop and expand the capacity of tomorrow’s leaders in economic development.  NEXT is a gathering of 20-25 pioneers in economic development who are interested in sharing best practices, discussing strategies for innovating the industry and growing their economic development skills alongside a cohort of peers.



Case studies, group discussions, as well as experiential exercises and selected guest lecturers will contribute to a unique and collaborative learning environment during the 2-day training.  The topics of focus include innovation in the economic development industry, building a strong rapport with stakeholders and site selectors, skill building that supports community mobilization and consensus building, leadership coaching and more.


Established and emerging leaders who have a strong desire to accelerate their capacity as leaders in economic development are strongly encouraged to apply. You might consider applying if the following qualities describe you:


•    Personal commitment to ongoing self-discovery and professional development

•    Demonstrated active engagement in your organization and/or community

•    Desire to engage and learn alongside industry leaders with different perspectives

•    Motivated to meet new people, build your network, and make new connections


2024 NEXT

Location: Dallas, Texas
Venue: Virgin Hotel Dallas
Date: August 28 + 29, 2024

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2023 NEXT Roster

Alex PatrickBirmingham Business Alliance
Ashley BusadaGreater Phoenix Economic Council
Audrey BooneGranville County Government
Brandy LynchPerson County Economic Development
Britain CavazosNew Braunfels Chamber
Gretchen CarsonSelect CLT
Hollie ShankleAmarillo EDC
Ian AndrewJobsOhio
Jamie JustusHenderson County Partnership for Economic Development
Jasmine AmoArlington Economic Development Corporation
Kevin KoesterLincoln Partnership for Economic Development
MaKenzie WilsonTown Of Gilbert Office of Economic Development
Marc ValenzuelaSalt River Project
Matt ZimmermanREDI Cincinnati
Megan KopisteckiDelaware Prosperity Partnership
Mike WilkesMcKinney Economic Development Corporation
Monique WilkinsWake Forest Business & Industry Partnership
Moriah WilliamsWichita Falls Chamber of Commerce
Rachel HuserWabash Valley Power Alliance
Riley LukomskiSouthwest Michigan First
Spencer SummersNorthwest Indiana Forum
Stephen ConeOne Columbus
Victoria Ross-FrostIndiana Municipal Power Agency
Virginia SengewaldGeorgia Department of Economic Development