2024 DDAA Annual Conference

Arlington, VA
Annual Conference

Rural Recovery

2024 Washington Conference March 10-13, 2024

The Crystal Gateway Marriott

1700 Richmond Highway, Arlington Virginia

About the Conference

The Development District Association of Appalachia is holding its Annual Conference in Arlington, Virginia from March 10-13, 2024. We plan to share cutting-edge ideas, highlight success stories and lessons learned, and engage with other LDDs during our annual gathering. DDAA is seeking compelling session proposals to ensure a comprehensive program. Session proposals should address topics and trends that reflect the wide-ranging needs and interests of member region, states or LDDs, with a focus on this year’s theme of Rural Prosperity We are searching for powerful session proposals that align with Appalachian Regional Commission’s five strategic goals:

Join the Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for sessions focused on regional development, the federal landscape, and the programs and policies that matter most to Local Development Districts and their stakeholders. 

When to Arrive

Conference content will begin at 1:00 pm Sunday, March 10 for DDAA Board Members. On the evening of Sunday, March 10, an opening reception will be held for all conference attendees, as well as a dinner for DDAA members.

Conference plenary and breakout sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 11 and continue through 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13. Stay tuned for more information about a post-conference training for the EDD Community of Practice on Wednesday afternoon from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the conference hotel.  



DDAA Member: $510.00
DDAA Member’s Spouse/Guest: $220
NADO Member (Non-DDAA): $575.00 (Associate, General), $510.00 (All other upgraded levels)
NADO Members’ Spouse/Guest: $220.00
Non-Member: $720.00
Non-Members’ Spouse/Guest: $220.00


Venue & Travel

Crystal Gateway Marriott

1700 Richmond Highway, Arlington, VA 22202


Crystal Gateway Marriott provides the perfect home base for your visit to the Washington, D.C. area. Ideally located in Arlington, VA, this hotel is near Reagan National Airport (DCA) and the Crystal City Metro. The exciting new National Landing development is close by, as are Pentagon City; downtown Washington D.C. and Old Town Alexandria. Stylishly refreshed hotel accommodations showcase deluxe bedding, Smart TVs, walk-in showers and city views.

If You Don’t Have a Room and Need One:

The group room block at the Crystal Gateway Marriott for the upcoming NADO & DDAA Washington Conference is sold out.

To join the waitlist or if you have questions about your conference housing accommodations, email Brittany Salazar at bsalazar@nado.org.

In the email, please include the guest’s full name, email address, and check-in and check-out dates. If there is an existing reservation associated with the request, also provide the hotel confirmation number.

Rooms will begin to free up as cancellations come in over the next few weeks. We are working down the waitlist and will modify/add reservations as rooms become available. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a reservation for everyone, but are hopeful we will be able to accommodate most.

There is no official conference overflow hotel. If you find a low room rate at a nearby hotel, we recommend booking it. For this time of year, a hotel room rate under $320/night plus tax is a good deal. Keep in mind if you get a room at the conference hotel, you can easily cancel the back-up reservation before the 48–72-hour cancellation deadline at no penalty.

Nearby hotels (both are on the same airport shuttle route as the Crystal Gateway Marriott):

  • Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport:
    1999 Richmond Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202 | (703) 413-5500
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Arlington Capital View:
    2850 S Potomac Ave, Arlington, VA 22202 | (703) 415-1300

If you have a room and need to cancel it:

To cancel your reservation at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, please do not cancel directly with the hotel. Instead, let us know first so that we can give your room to a person on our waitlist.

Similarly, if you have multiple reservations on hold in your name, kindly take a moment to make sure those rooms are needed. If they aren’t, please release them so others on the waitlist may use them.

Simply email NADO’s Meeting Manager at bsalazar@nado.org with your request to cancel along with your reservation confirmation number. Before the reservation is transferred to someone else, your original profile and billing information will be deleted and a cancellation confirmation email will be sent.

Questions? Email bsalazar@nado.org.

Airport & Transit

Washington, DC is easily accessible by air, rail and road, leaving your travel options covered.  There are three airports to choose from including Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI).