PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

2022 PEDA Fall Conference

  • 10/24/2022
  • 10/26/2022
  • Hyatt Place State College (219 W Beaver Ave, State College, PA 16801)
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Conference registration has now closed. If you are interested in joining the wait list, please contact Membership & Registration Coordinator, Jason Tobias, at Thank you!

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2022 PEDA Fall Conference

Hyatt Place State College • State College, Pennsylvania

@PEDAtweets       #PEDAfall22

Photo Credit: Hyatt Place State College

Photo Credit: Hyatt Place State College

PEDA is the primary statewide organization representing economic development professionals and, as such, provides opportunities to share best practices that enhance the professional dialogue and support local, regional, and state economic development initiatives.

Who should attend? Those in attendance are expected to include professionals representing economic and community development at the municipal, county, regional, and state levels as well as workforce development professionals, commercial and industrial developers, business incubator operators, project finance professionals, IDA directors, elected officials, and executives representing utilities and transportation, engineering, and construction.

Download the 2022 PEDA Fall Conference Registration Brochure.

Download a PDF version of the 2022 PEDA Sponsorship Brochure.

Download a list of Speaker Bios and Session Overviews.

Thank you to our Sponsors!


Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC) Logo     Happy Valley Adventure Bureau Logo


Ben Franklin Technology Partners logo     PSU OEC logo

PSU OIP logo     Innovation Park at Penn State logo


AT&T Logo     PECO Logo

KIZ Resources LLC Logo       Sheetz logo


FirstEnergy Logo      Keller Engineers logo   

         Kish Bank logo                        Juniata Valley Bank logo       

      Geisinger logo 


Stuckey Automotive logo


KIZ Resources LLC Logo      Sustainable Energy Fund Logo

USDA, Rural Development logo         PA SBDC logo

MKB logo      Keller Engineers logo

Penoco logo     Localintel logo

Mountain Research logo     Moody & Associates logo

Keystone Environmental Logo

Sponsorship Information

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. Updated terms, conditions, deadlines and benefits (which may be revised at any time by PEDA) are available at and, by completing the sponsor registration process, the submitter understands and accepts them.

Visit for updates.

Note: Once capacity has been reached for exhibitors’ table-top displays at this event, no further exhibitor commitments can be accepted. If a commitment/payment for an exhibit table is received after capacity has been reached, it will be returned or refunded as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

The Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) is classified as a 501(c)(6) association by the Internal Revenue Service.

Hotel Accommodations

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Place State College, located at 219 West Beaver Avenue, State College, PA 16801. To reserve your overnight room in the “PA Economic Development Association” block, at the discounted rate of $159/night, please either call 1-888-492-8847 or visit If booking by phone, reference the group name and the room block group code “G-PEDA”. If booking online, use this same group code by selecting Corporate or Group Code” from the Special Rates drop-down menu, then entering the room block group code. Reservations must be made before October 2, 2022. After this deadline or once capacity has been reached – whichever comes first – reservations will only be accepted upon availability at prevailing hotel rates.

Hot Topic Session

When the registration brochure was posted, one session on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, was left open in an effort to bring you the timeliest topics. We are pleased to report that the following session has been selected and is being added to the conference program currently under development.

  • 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm: Now What? | Insights into Action

Dr. Ted Alter, Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics & Co-Director

     Penn State Center for Economic and Community Development

Lisa Elliott, Executive Director, Strategic Information Services
     Pennsylvania DCED

Cristy Schmidt, Applied Research Educator
     Penn State Center for Economic and Community Development

Deborah Tollett, Deputy Director, Strategic Information Services     Pennsylvania DCED

Session Overview: In a dynamically evolving economy, how can we use data to provide insights, set direction, and initiate action that will strengthen communities and transform economies? DCED in collaboration with Penn State’s Center for Community and Economic Development (CECD) will provide a “sneak peek” at an initiative designed to help leaders answer this question and more.

Pre-Conference Session

Exploring the Role of Bond Finance in Your Organization's Sustainability Plan

To learn more about this pre-conference session, which requires separate registration from the conference, please click here.

Dietary / ADA Restrictions

If you have any ADA restrictions, dietary restrictions or allergies you would like PEDA or the conference venue to be aware of, please list them in the registration form or contact PEDA headquarters.

Early Bird Rate

Early bird registration rates will be honored only for registrations received and fully paid by the stated deadline. PEDA reserves the right to assess the standard registration rate for registrations received after the deadline or only partially completed by the deadline.

Young Professionals Sponsorship Providers

FirstEnergy logo    Team Pennsylvania logo

Through the generosity of FirstEnergy and Team Pennsylvania, two full conference registrations will be made available for young professionals. Please complete this one-page application and submit it to no later than September 9, 2022.

Note: Any sponsorship awarded will only cover the cost of conference registration.

Change to Optional Walking Tour

Original Plan: During the registration process, individuals are asked to indicate whether they intend to participate in a walking tour. Please note the walking tour may be changed to a trolley tour and that a maximum of 35 people can be accommodated. Anyone beyond the first 35 people who express interest will be placed on a waiting list and contacted (in the order in which the registrations are received) if a space should open up. Thank you for your understanding.

Update: In order to minimize the impact of any bad weather, The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau has offered to rent a trolley for this tour. Instead of a walking tour, this means the excursion will be a step-on / step-off type of tour, which will actually allow participants to see as much as possible during the 3.00 hour window. Though the agenda is subject to change, the stops on this guided tour are expected to include Old Main, Rec Hall, the Nittany Lion statue, the Palmer Museum, the Creamery, the Sports Museum and more.

IEDC Recognition

This event is recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts towards the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs).

Cancellation / Refund / Substitution Policies

Requests for cancellations and refunds must be made in writing and received by the date and time listed in the registration brochure. No refunds will be granted after that point. All cancellations and refunds are subject to an administrative fee. No-shows will be billed in full. Substitutions are permitted, but rate adjustments (i.e., member vs. non-member, early-bird vs. standard, etc.) will apply.


Self-parking is available at the Frasier Street or Beaver Street Garages. Overnight guests of the hotel may park in either garage at a rate of $12 per night plus tax and enjoy unlimited exits. Guest room keys can be programmed upon check-in to provide access to the garage.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images

Registration for, attendance at or participation in the 2022 PEDA Fall Conference constitutes an agreement by the registrant, attendee or participant to PEDA’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant's, attendee's or participant's image in photographs.

COVID-19 Procedures

PEDA strongly encourages all conference participants to be fully vaccinated prior to attending the 2022 PEDA Fall Conference and continues to monitor guidance by the CDC and state health officials. Participants are asked to remain up-to-date regarding the latest CDC guidance during their visits to the conference venues and to visit the venues’ websites to learn how they are working to ensure your comfort. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Information on this page is subject to change.

Agenda & Registration Information: Please note the agenda, registration information and other details included on this page, in the registration brochure or in any related materials or communications are subject to change at any time without notice.

Any applicable discounts would be made by PEDA staff.

The dress code for this event is business casual.

Once capacity has been reached for this conference, no further registrations can be accepted. If a registration/payment is received after capacity has been reached, it will be returned or refunded as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Should registration figures exceed room capacity limitations during a portion of a conference – for any reason – PEDA reserves the right to provide a partial refund to some registrants (beginning with the last registration and working backward) in exchange for them forgoing participation in that portion of the event.

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