WEDA 2024 Winter Conference: ADAPT & IMPACT - Economic Development in a Rapidly Transforming World

  • February 28 - 29, 2024
  • Saint Martin's University

    Olympia, Washington
Ticket Price $150.00-$275.00 This event is now over



Economic Development in a Rapidly Transforming World

2024 WEDA Winter Conference & Legislative Reception

Olympia, WA | February 28-29, 2024

Please join fellow economic development, local government, port, business, tribal, workforce/education and community leaders from throughout Washington on February 28-29, 2024 to learn and engage with expert speakers, legislators and professionals on the current state of Washington economic development and gain new tools and insights for economic development in your community. Early Bird discounts end on February 7.


The preliminary conference agenda is linked here. It will be regularly updated, with all speakers added by about 3 weeks out from the conference.


The conference including the WEDA Awards Ceremony will take place in the Norman Worthington Conference Center at Saint Martin's University in Lacey, WA. Onsite parking is free and available.


Our Legislative Reception will be held at the Governor's Mansion on Capitol Hill and will include state legislators from across Washington. All conference registrants are automatically registered for the Legislative Reception. IMPORTANT NOTE: We have nearly reached capacity limits for the WEDA Legislative Reception on February 28; all attendees who registerd by February 20 and a few more will be included in the Reception. Conference registrants after February 20 will be notified if they have been placed on a waiting list for the Reception and we will notify you as spots open up. We will also have a special WEDA After Hours reception open to all.

Map to Legislative Reception


Conference registration fees do not include conference accommodations. If you would like to book a hotel room for the conference, we have negotiated group rates at these hotels: 

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Olympia-Lacey: Use this link: Hampton Inn and Suites Olympia Lacey, WA Hotel ( and select the dates (February 27 and/or February 28), then under special rates, use rate code WED to access our group rate of $139, subject to room availability. If you prefer to speak to someone at the hotel, call 360-459-5000 for assistance.
  • Ramada by Wyndham Olympia: Call the hotel at 360-459-8866 and ask for our WEDA conference group rate of $104.99, subject to room availability. 
  • Courtyard by Marriott Olympia: Use this link: Courtyard by Marriott Olympia and select the dates (February 27 and/or February 28). You can also call the hotel at 360-943-8448 and ask for our WEDA conference group rate of $139, subject to room availability. 

There are several additional nearby hotel options in the Olympia area. Check out:


During the conference, we will celebrate winners of the 2024 Washington Economic Development Association Economic Development Awards. Nominations will be accepted until 5:00 pm, February 9, 2024. The award nomination form is available here.


Although the conference will be in-person, we are once again partnering with Swapcard, an innovative global company with a presence in Kirkland, WA to provide an engaging online experience including access to the agenda, speaker biographies, networking opportunities and interactive polling during the conference.



If you are unable to attend the conference in person, you may donate your registration fee to WEDA or receive a full refund prior one week out from the event and a 50% refund within one week of the event. We also accept replacement names but we need to receive those as soon as possible, please and no later than noon on February 23. For cancelations or replacements, please email


WEDA’s 2024 Winter Conference is on IEDC’s list of Recognized Events for CEcD recertification.


WEDA event attendees assume all risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury, illness, damage, loss, claim, liability or expense, of any kind, that attendee may experience or incur in connection with attending this conference. By registering for the conference, attendee hereby releases, covenants not to sue, discharges, and holds harmless WEDA, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from any such claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs, or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. Attendees also consent to be recorded, photographed and videotaped related to the event, and hereby irrevocably and perpetually authorize WEDA to copyright, publish, reproduce, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize, display, otherwise use, attendee name, image, likeness and voice, and all photographs, recordings, videotapes, audiovisual materials, writings, statements and quotations of or by obtained during the event.

Date & Time

Feb 28, 2024 11:30 AM - Feb 29, 2024 1:30 PM

Venue Details

Saint Martin's University

Olympia, Washington Saint Martin's University
Washington Economic Development Association

WEDA is a statewide, non-profit association of economic development, local government, port, business, tribal, workforce/education and community leaders committed to enhancing the state's climate for economic development. Our mission is to serve as the statewide professional association committed to the development of economic and employment opportunities in our state. This requires a strong presence in state legislative and regulatory arenas.


WEDA is recognized among decision-makers in Olympia as a united voice for economic development. Legislators and the executive branch respect WEDA because it represents a broad cross-section of individuals throughout the state and has the ability to develop and utilize extensive coalitions on any issue central to economic development. WEDA offers its members and others high quality training and networking opportunities at its meetings throughout the year.