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The 2014 IEDC Spring Conference in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region takes place in a living laboratory of economic diversity.

From a vibrant collection of start-ups to super-sized international companies such as General Mills, 3M, United Health Group, U.S. Bank and Cargill, Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul has spread its bets over a rich range of businesses and industries. The 2014 Spring Conference will analyze trends in existing and emerging industries, while demonstrating how communities and regions can support, attract, and retain diverse sources of cluster-based activity amidst a changing global economic development landscape.

Learn how to attract, develop, and retain a skilled workforce to support the advanced industries of the present and future.

Engage in discussion regarding the regional talent retention strategies necessary to compete effectively in an age when companies are choosing to locate based on where they can find the right workers.

Explore the role of innovation in successful economic development efforts. Innovation may lead to new products and companies, but it also involves inspired thinking about the role traditional industries and institutions can play in a world hungry for new sources of wealth and prosperity.

Using the experience of the Twin Cities as a blueprint, attendees at the 2014 Spring Conference will gain valuable perspective and information to help put Greater MSPís three building blocks to work in their own communities. Join IEDC from June 1-3, 2014, to tackle these important issues, network with other economic development professionals, and learn how you can help your community remain competitive for the long term.

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Link:  Managing Economic Development Organizations Training Course