SEDC Comes to Tulsa

Tulsa, OK – Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) announced today the organization will hold its 2013 annual conference in Tulsa. It is the first time Tulsa has hosted the event.

"Our economic development team should be commended for their efforts in recommending and attracting such a prominent group to our region," said Dave Nolan, senior vice president of VisitTulsa, the Tulsa Metro Chamber's convention and visitors division. "Their concerted effort and commitment to bringing this group to Tulsa is exactly what we need from every citizen - the conscious effort and awareness to work on behalf of the city as ambassadors by encouraging your organization to hold their next event in our wonderful city."

Tentatively scheduled for Aug. 3-6, 2013, the SEDC annual conference will bring more than 300 individuals to Tulsa with an estimated economic impact of $377,990 for the Tulsa region. The conference is presented annually to provide information and enhance leadership best practices for economic professionals in the American South.

"This is a great opportunity for the city of Tulsa as we continue to pursue economic development opportunities that will in turn, create jobs," said The Honorable Dewey Bartlett, Tulsa mayor. "Not only will this conference bring in a considerable amount of convention business, but we will be meeting and becoming friends with economic development professionals from around the country. The SEDC conference will bring a fresh perspective to our city and bring exposure to our Tulsa Spirit' and entrepreneurial way of life."

Tulsa beat out a number of other cities to host the event.

"The decision is the culmination of a site study that began in February in locations in four states," said Dan Motley, secretary/treasurer of SEDC and chair of the 2013 conference site selection committee. "What made the difference in Tulsa was the enthusiasm, the coordination and the motivation of the local planning committee. We are all very excited about coming to Tulsa in 2013."