44th Annual Economic Forecast Conference

Jan 14, 2016 @ 7:00AM - Jan 14, 2016 @ 1:30PM

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Connected Communities:
The Future of the Connected Economy and Building Prosperity Across the Region

Thursday, January 14, 2016 | Westin Seattle Hotel | 7:00 am – 1:30 pm


Thank you to our speakers, sponsors, attendees, volunteers, and support staff who all contributed to one of the biggest and best Economic Forecast Conferences yet. The 44th Annual Economic Forecast Conference proved to be the most engaging in history as our audience's social media activity led us to trend nationwide on Twitter! Below, you'll see links to the Economic Forecast presentations and photos of the event. Please contact us if you have questions or feedback!




  • Here are some of the videos we showed at the conference:

This year's Economic Forecast Conference theme will explore the connectivity of our region’s economy, underpinned by legacy industries such as aerospace and maritime and catalyzed by cutting-edge technology and Research & Development. Home to the pioneers of the connected economy, the Seattle region has become a global hub of cloud computing, big data and analytics, software development, life-saving medical breakthroughs, commercial space innovations, and advanced manufacturing. As our region’s industry clusters continue to mature, they blend together to create powerful intersections, sparking inventive subsectors, such as sustainable maritime and far-reaching space exploration technology. Unprecedented cross-industry collaboration sets the stage for an exciting analysis of the connected economy’s true potential and opportunities to leverage the Seattle region’s assets to increase economic prosperity for all.

Don’t miss your chance to join the conversation, learn what lies ahead for the region, and network with other Northwest community and business leaders. Gain insight into the critical economic issues facing our region with forecasts from nationally recognized experts.  For over 40 years, the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County’s (EDC) annual Economic Forecast Conference has helped business and community leaders translate economic trends into competitive intelligence to successfully plan for the future. See everything that happened at the 43rd Annual Economic Forecast Conference here.

Each year, in recognition of organizations who positively impact our regional ‪economy‬ and serve as strong partners in‪ economic development‬, we present our Economic Development Champion Awards to two outstanding organizations at our annual Economic Forecast Conference.

We're excited to announce our 2016 Economic Development Champion Award recipients:

2016 Public Sector Economic Development Champion: City of Auburn

2016 Private Sector Economic Development Champion: The Boeing Company

Congratulations and thanks for the contributions to our region's economy! Register now to see the award presentation.


  • Largest economic forecast event in the Northwest
  • Attended by 750+ of the region’s business & community leaders
  • Renowned keynote speakers, national experts & elected officials
  • Captivating panels & informative breakout sessions
  • Wide array of innovative showcase displays
  • Keynote Luncheon
  • Presentation of the Puget Sound Business Journal Executive of the Year Award & the EDC Economic Development Champion Awards
  • Download an EFC Overview here

Presenting Sponsors: 

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Sustaining Sponsors:

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Innovation Sponsors:



Executive Sponsors:

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Supporting Sponsors:

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Promotional Partners:

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Table Sponsors:

Bellevue College  |  Community Attributes Inc.  |  City of Auburn  |  City of Issaquah  |
McKinstry  |  Museum of Flight  |  NW Seaport Alliance  |  Port of Seattle  |  Seco Development  |
WA State Department of Commerce



The Westin Seattle

1900 5th Ave 
Seattle, WA 98101 United States

Organizer: Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County

Phone: 206-389-8650



When & Where

Jan 14, 2016 @ 7:00AM - Jan 14, 2016 @ 1:30PM


The Westin Seattle
1900 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101