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6th Annual Professional Development Conference

April 17-19, 2018

The Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) invites YOU to take time to improve yourself and your organization at the Annual Professional Development Conference, in Knoxville, TN.

Whether you want to attain skills and knowledge for personal development or career advancement, join us for real-world executive and employee development sessions, networking and more in Knoxville, TN.

The conference provides timely and relevant training for ANY individual who desires to improve their work skills and enhance their performance. The topics to be discussed are relevant to all levels of employees within an organization, from Executive Directors, Managers, and Fiscal Officers, to Board Members, IT Managers or program staff.



Hilton Knoxville

501 West Church Avenue
Knoxville, TN  37902


Unfortunately, the hotel is unable to add any rooms to the block but have provided a couple hotel names that are located only two blocks from the Hilton Knoxville: 

Hyatt Place Knoxville

Hampton Inn Knoxville


The conference will begin on Tuesday, April 17 at 1:15 p.m. with the opening plenary. The afternoon will consist of two breakout sessions until 4:30 p.m. An Opening Reception from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm will conclude the first day of the conference.

Wednesday, April 18, is a full day of breakout sessions starting at 9:00 am and finishing up at 4:15 p.m. Dinner will be on your own.

Thursday, April 19, will bring with the Opening Plenary at 8:00 a.m. The closing plenary will conclude the conference around 11:30 am.

Click here to view the entire draft agenda and details about the breakout sessions.



Member = $175

Nonmember = $275

Online registration is available until March 23, 2018 only. After March 23, online registration will NOT be available. Please use the hard copy registration form and mail to NADO along with payment. HARD COPY REGISTRATION FORM

Click Here to Register Online

You must pick sessions at time of registration. One session per time slot. Session descriptions can be found on the agenda. 


Mail registration form and payment to: 


Attention: Ian Schramm

400 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 390

Washington, DC 20001

Questions: Contact Ian Schramm at

DDAA reserves the right to cancel any conference-related event. DDAA will reimburse conference registration fees, minus a $50 administrative fee, upon written request. No refunds will be processed following April 13, 2018.   




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