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April 22 –  April 23, 2023 - Saturday and Sunday 

  • Also attending OU EDI - $475
  • Only attending CEcD Exam Prep (not OU EDI) -- $650

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Registration fees are payable to the University of Oklahoma. To qualify for the Early Bird registration rate, both a completed registration form and full payment must be received prior to Friday, March 3, 2023. Payments not received by this date will be charged the normal registration fee (see fee structure under "Registration"). Conference attendees with a balance due will be required to remit payment before being admitted to the conference, with the exception of those attendees paying by government purchase order. A credit card or check will be required on-site for attendees with balances that have not provided government purchase order or check.


Qualified substitutions will be accepted at any time. Cancellations received after the close of business on Friday, March 24, 2023, will be required to pay a $150 processing fee.

There will be no refunds for cancellation after Friday, March 31, 2023, or for non-attendance at the Institute. Transfers will incur an $850 processing fee (half the registration cost). If registration fees are not paid prior to the cancellation or no-show, you will be billed.

Cancellations must be received in writing by mail or email at edi@ou.edu. Telephone cancellations are not accepted.

To pay for this course, register here.

Sahara Hotel Las Vegas Nevada

OU EDI will be held at the Sahara!

SAHARA Las Vegas is a truly legendary hotel and casino synonymous with Las Vegas itself. The original SAHARA was built by Del Webb in 1952, inspired by the rich themes and stories of the SAHARA Desert region. Considered “the jewel of the desert,” SAHARA became the premier destination on the Las Vegas Strip in the 1960s and 1970s, hosting performers from Frank Sinatra to Johnny Carson to The Beatles. 

SAHARA epitomizes the timeless soul of Las Vegas. With a boutique approach the SAHARA provides guests with an intimate and unexpected experience. Completely remodeled and reimagined for a new era, SAHARA a variety of five-star dining options, and a world-class casino. Recently refreshed meeting spaces are spacious, comfortable, and an easy short walk from your guest room. 


OU EDI has reserved a room block at the conference facility, The Sahara Las Vegas Hotel.

Please note that if you are coming for the Exam Prep Course or arriving early for EDI, the rate for Friday and Saturday night at the hotel ($199.00 plus taxes) is significantly higher than the rest of the conference Sunday through Thursday ($89.00 plus taxes). Also note that both these room rates already include a $30 resort fee, which provides Wi Fi internet, fitness center, pool, complimentary self-parking, and two complimentary water bottles. If this fee is something you want to waive, please contact the Sahara directly at (888) 696-2121 after reserving your room.

2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(888) 696-2121

Important: Attendance is required for full course credit. Classes on Thursday (last day) end after 5:30 pm. Please make travel arrangements accordingly.


Materials may be downloaded from the OU EDI database. Log into OU EDI and select Course Schedule from the View Your Info dropdown. You will be able to download course materials upon payment and print your schedule. You will be provided with a copy of the IEDC's Introduction to Economic Development Manual on-site.