2018 CALED Annual Training Conference

Registration is closed. Please contact Kristy Nong at 916-448-8252, ext. 13 by March 8, 2018. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with the leaders in California’s economic development industry while learning new tools during the sessions on March 14-16, 2018 in Monterey, California. The conference will kick off with a Welcome Reception on March 14th at 5:00pm. Watch for special pre-conference activities.


Conference Agenda

Click here to view the 2018 Annual Training Conference Agenda.

Click here to meet the CALED 2018 conference steering committee.

Date and Location

March 14-16, 2018
Monterey Marriott Hotel 
350 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940
CALED Rate: $189/night+tax
Please note the CALED Room Block is Sold Out.

Portola Hotel & Spa (across from the Marriott Hotel)
Two Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
Courtesy Rate: $199/night+tax
Cut-off Date: February 19, 2018

March 16: Tour of Fort Ord 3:30pm-5:15pm ($40)

This is an optional event. $40 Includes roundtrip transportation from the Monterey Marriott Hotel.

This former Fort Ord tour begins with an overview upon boarding the bus. Tour leaders from the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) will provide a regional geographic, socio-economic, and resue/recovery program introduction and context, highlighting the intimate linkages between the former Army infantry training center and its surrounding communities/region. Tour participants will gain an appreciation for the physical, economic and political transformation that has occurred since the base closed in 1994.

The tour will highlight key accomplishments including: the establishment and continued growth of California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB); the conversion of hundreds of acres of beachfront property to the Fort Ord Dunes State Park; the designation of the 14,500-acre Fort Ord National Monument; creation of the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery and the William Gourley VA/DoD Clinic; growth of new mixed-use developments (Dunes at Monterey Bay, Seahaven, and East Garrison) and more. The tour will also point out yet to be realized reuse and recovery program elements including: the growth of a R&D/light industrial park at the University of California Monterey Bay Science, Education and Technology (UCMBEST) Center; persistent blight in the form of still standing, dilapidated army barracks; and yet to be completed capital projects. The tour will be a fitting conclusion to the annual CALED conference as the reuse and economic recovery process at the former Fort Ord represents a microcosm of economic development challenges throughout California.

Please contact Kristy Nong at (916) 448-8252, ext. 13 to register for this event if you have previously registered for the annual training conference. If you are a new attendee, please add this tour as an optional event when you register online. 

Monterey Bay Aquarium Discount

If you choose to stay the weekend after the conference, you can get
discounted tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium courtesy of CALED.
Click here and enter store user name CALED1005 to purchase tickets.
Download the flyer.

Flash Your Badge Discount

When the conference is over, save money while checking out the Monterey sights using the “Flash your Badge” program. Make sure to save your conference name badge and take advantage of the savings. Click here to learn more!


For conference sponsorship opportunities, please contact CALED’s Conference Consultant, Laura Cole-Rowe at (707) 631-5029. Click here to view conference sponsorship opportunities. Click here to sign up as a sponsor and select your sponsorship level online.

Early Bird Rate


Save $200 with the Early Bird Rate! This rate is open to all conference registrants. This rate is valid now through December 31, 2017. Don’t miss out on this discount!

CALED Member Rate


Effective January 1, 2018. If you or someone from your organization is a CALED Member, then you qualify for this rate. Membership dues must be current to select this rate.

Non-Member Rate


This rate includes a one-year Membership in CALED. This is not for current members, renewals, or lapsed members within the last 18 months. Membership runs from April 2018-April 2019.

Tour of Fort Ord: March 16

$40 (3:30pm-5:15pm)

Attendees will hear about and see new institutions, recreational and community assets, and economic drivers that have resulted from the APA Award Winning 1997 Base Reuse Plan (BRP). The BRP, framed on a balanced reuse program, integrating educational institutions, environmental conservation, and economic recovery, continues to guide the reuse and recovery. You will also learn about the organizational structure and decision-making process of the 24-member Board of Directors, representing multiple land use jurisdictions, national, and regional agencies/institutions, all cooperating to complete the regional recovery.

The tour will be a fitting conclusion to the annual CALED conference as the reuse and economic recovery process at the former Fort Ord represents a microcosm of economic development challenges throughout California.

CALED Culinary Crawl


The Culinary Crawl is SOLD OUT! Join our most successful networking event as we crawl through downtown Monterey on Thursday evening, March 15th. Each of the four groups will visit four different venues. Each venue will provide appetizers and one drink. This event sells out each year, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance.



Register for the Fun Run. This morning run is on Friday, March 16th and will range from 2 – 2.5 miles. This is a fun and engaging way to start your Friday morning. You will also receive a 2018 Fun Run t-shirt! Registered runners will receive correspondence and details on the route prior to the conference.

Refunds and Cancellations

CALED offers refunds less a 15% handling fee. Cancellation requests must be emailed to Kristy Nong at mknong@caled.org by February 13, 2018. No refunds or cancellations are honored after February 13, 2018. Thank you.

Contact CALED

For questions regarding the Annual Training Conference, Registration and/or Membership, please contact Kristy Nong at (916) 448-8252, Ext. 13.


Thanks to Our Conference Host and Partner

Host: Monterey County – Click here to learn more about Monterey.





Partner: Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (GO-Biz)

Thanks To Our Sponsors

This Conference is Recognized by IEDC

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).