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CED 2020 Grantee Conference

Published: January 22, 2020
Community Economic Development (CED)
Current grantees

2020 CED Grantee Conference
March 25-27, 2020
The Westin Old Town in Alexandria, VA

Building the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency

The Office of Community Services (OCS) is excited to announce the 2020 grantee conference for grantees of the Community Economic Development (CED) program! This year’s conference will focus on reducing and overcoming the barriers that prevent individuals with low incomes from getting and keeping quality jobs. The theme will be Building the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency – as a central goal to all of the important work you do in your communities, this year, we will focus specifically on how our projects can not only create job, but also foster an environment of success for the employees filling these jobs. 

All active CED grantees are required to attend all three days of the conference.  The conference will provide you with useful information, sessions, and resources for administering CED projects and an opportunity to meet with your Program Specialist and other experts.

On this page, you can find information about Registration, Hotel and Lodging, and more. For any questions regarding the conference and registration, please email OCSRegistrar@icf.com.


To register for the conference, please visit the 2020 CED Grantee Conference Registration page. Please note, the registration deadline is Monday, March 2, 2020.

Each conference participant must register individually.

Please Note: Registering for the conference does not reserve you a room at the hotel. To book a room at the hotel, see information below.

Lodging and Hotel Information

The 2020 CED Grantee Conference will be held at The Westin Old Town. Only 6 miles from downtown Washington, D.C. and conveniently located in the heart of Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia, the hotel is within walking distance of over 30 restaurants. In addition, the hotel is 3 blocks from the King Street Metro and Amtrak stations, and 5 miles from Ronald Reagan Airport, offering guests easy access to all points in the nation’s capital. The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle service within 1.5 mile radius.

Participants are responsible for their travel and hotel arrangements. A special per diem room rate for CED Grantee Conference participants has been arranged as follows: $230 per night for a single/double (these rates do not include state and local taxes).

The cut-off date for room reservations at the Westin Alexandria at the group rate is Monday, March 2, 2020. The group rate and room availability cannot be guaranteed after this date.

Book Your Hotel Room

The group rate is available from Tuesday, March 24 to Saturday, March 28, 2020. Book your group rate for CED Grantee Conference 2020 Room Block.

1. Select the date you need a room,

2. Select "Check Availability."

3. Select the type of room.

4. Complete the registration with the following:

  • Name of the attendee(s)
  • Attendee's address for payment
  • Credit Card

If you have questions about booking within the group rate, please email ocsregistrar@icf.com or call The Westin Old Town directly at 703-253-8600, reference the 2020 CED Grantee Conference.

Grantee Materials Submission

As we begin preparing for the conference, we would like to hear from you! To showcase your CED projects and the difference your projects make in your communities, we are requesting the following materials from your organization:

  • Pictures;
  • Videos;
  • Inspirational stories; and
  • Media pieces and articles; and

Please also let us know if you are interested in showcasing any products you have developed through your CED projects. Examples of products might include:

  • Food products;
  • Tools or gadgets created through or used in CED projects;
  • Any other products created with CED funds or used in the implementation of your projects.

Please submit materials to OCSRegistrar@icf.com by Wednesday, March 3, 2020. Please make sure to include your grant number and grant year on the materials you submit.  A completed “Permission to Use” form must accompany any submissions. Any individual in or associated with a photo or video must complete the Permission to Use Photo Form.

Technical Assistance Available

We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one meetings with our expert consultants! Our consultants are experts in a variety of economic and community development topics, including CED program requirements.

If you are interested in meeting with a consultant, please reply to this e-mail and let us know what type of technical assistance (TA) you would like to receive. You may select any of the following TA areas, specify your own, or simply request general assistance:

TA Options

Place X next to TA topic(s) desired

General TA


Managing grant funds


Retail revitalization


Market analysis




Venture fund feasibility


Reversionary interest


Partnerships and collaboration


Working with Federal officials/agencies


Complying with Federal regulations


Davis Bacon implementation


Program administration


Monitoring your program


Project reporting at the Federal level


Other, please specify:


If you are interested in technical assistance or have any other questions, please contact the Conference Registrar by e-mail at OCSRegistrar@icf.com.

Last Reviewed: February 7, 2020