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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2004


NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES AND THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL ANNOUNCE SELECTION OF NEW YORK CITY AS SITE FOR 2006 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

IEDC Conference Will Bring 1,500 Economic Development Professionals to New York City in September 2006

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Commissioner Robert W. Walsh of the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and Jeffery Finkle, President & CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), today announced the selection of New York City as the site for IEDC's 2006 annual conference. IEDC, based in Washington, DC, is the nation's largest economic development professional association and runs programs and conferences to provide its members and partners the resources to build economically strong, sustainable communities.  The conference will bring over 1,500 economic development professionals to the City and will be held from September 17-20, 2006 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

"The selection of New York City as the host of IEDC's 2006 Annual Conference is further recognition of the City as an international model for vibrant community development and robust economic growth," said Commissioner Walsh. "It acknowledges the dynamic public and private collaborations that drive economic development here and will once again showcase New York City on a global scale."

"New York is the ideal place for our organization," said Mr. Finkle. "With over 290 distinct neighborhoods, it is a great living laboratory for the IEDC. It has the most extensive network of economic and community development organizations. In 2006, the Conference will bring in hundreds of experts from around the world to share best practices and explore the exciting developments and achievements of one of the world's greatest cities."

The International Economic Development Council is the largest membership association serving economic and community development professionals.  It provides professional training, advocacy, education and networking opportunities for its more than 4,000 members from the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  Its journal, other publications, and numerous conferences encompass a wide range of topics and trends in real estate development, commercial revitalization, job training, infrastructure financing, tourism business location and business financing.  IEDC's 2004 annual conference will be in St. Louis; Chicago will host the event in 2005.

SBS will serve as the host organization for the event and convene planning and fundraising committees in the coming months.  Major sponsorship opportunities will be available for the event.

The Department of Small Business Services makes it easier for companies in New York City to form, do business and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, promoting financial and economic opportunity among minority- and women-owned businesses, preparing New Yorkers for jobs and linking employers with a skilled and qualified workforce.



  Ethan Davidson / Ben Branham (SBS) (212) 513-631