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Economic development conference to bring 300 to Buffalo

The International Economic Development Council will hold its "economic future forum" at the Buffalo HarborCenter Marriott in June 2018, an event expected to draw 300 attendees, said Thomas Kucharski, president and CEO of Invest Buffalo Niagara.

"That's a positive sign – they actually approached me to bring the conference here," said Kucharski, adding it's the first time in 25 years the group will bring its meeting to the region. The IEDC is a non-profit organization that serves economic developers.

Buffalo could try to compete for the IEDC's annual conference, but lacks enough hotel rooms and contiguous space to host that gathering, which attracts about 2,000 attendees, he said. The organization's 2018 annual conference will be in Atlanta.



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