Save the date - May 15th, 2024

Please save the date for DEV24, which will be held on May 15th, 2024 at 7 a.m at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Convention Complex in Cedar Rapids, IA.

A Pre-Conference Social will be held the night before, May 14th, from 5-7 p.m at Big Grove Brewery in Cedar Rapids, IA.

A block of rooms have been secured at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. For more information and to book your room, please visit the link below.

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If you have questions about DEV24, please contact Chaz Allen

About DEV24

Formerly known as the SMART Conference, this newly reimagined forum is dedicated to addressing development from a variety of fresh perspectives. Iowa’s business, community, industry and education leaders will gather to talk about economic development but also community and personal development through such themes as

  • Workforce development
  • Infrastructure development
  • Policy development
  • Placemaking
  • Higher education innovations
  • Transportation
  • Energy development


The Iowa Utility Association will present flexible, relevant tracks that relate to attendees’ unique interests. Our announced speaker for DEV24 is Ernie Goss, Ph.D.

Ernie Goss, Ph.D. is the Jack MacAllister Chair in Economics at Creighton University. He is also principal of the Goss Institute in Denver, Colo. Dr. Goss, a U.S. military veteran, is a former faculty research fellow at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. He was a visiting scholar with the Congressional Budget Office.  He has published more than 100 research studies focusing primarily on economic forecasting and on the statistical analysis of business and economic data. His book Changing Attitudes Toward Economic Reform During the Yeltsin Era was published by Praeger Press, and his book Governing Fortune: Casino Gambling in America was published by the University of Michigan Press.  

He is editor of Economic Trends, an economics newsletter published monthly with more than 10,000 subscribers, produces a monthly business conditions index for the nine-state Mid-American region, and conducts a survey of bank CEOs in 10 U.S. states. Survey and index results are cited each month in approximately 100 newspapers; citations have included the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, The Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Sun Times, and other national and regional newspapers and magazines. Each month 75-100 radio stations carry his Regional Economic Report.