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2017 is set to be an amazing year for economic development, the year IEDC will be celebrating the first ever Annual Conference in Canada during Canada's 150th birthday. Have you seen IEDC's special e-brochure made just for you? Not only will the beautiful city of Toronto host the 2017 Annual Conference, but IEDC will be offering training courses in several provinces and the first ever Canadian Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) Exam. Explore the brochure and see what's in store in 2017:

Greetings Fellow Canadian Economic Developers!

"The new year is upon us and 2017 allows IEDC to celebrate its first Annual Conference in Canada along with Canada's 150th birthday. I could not be more pleased that Toronto will host the event. Economic development professionals across North America and many other nations are already preparing to take full advantage of this terrific opportunity in one of Canada's largest cities. I encourage you to do so as well.

The system and practice of economic development is ever changing and is one of great complexity. It is now time to move economic development discussions, collaboration and partnerships from the local, regional and national level to the international level. The event's program will allow us to hone in on what's critical."

Mike Williams
General Manager
Economic Development & Culture
City of Toronto
Ontario, Canada

See more of Mike's special message, including five reasons why this year's Annual Conference in Toronto is a must-attend event.

Look inside the brochure to find out about:

- Annual Conference overview

- 2017 professional development training courses in Canada

- Information about the first ever IEDC Canadian Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) Exam

- How to sponsor Annual Conference and exhibitor information as well

Plus see the critical, timely topics included in the program:

Building Local Linkages and Expanding Global Trade

Global trade, especially in terms of exporting, is vital to sustained economic growth. It creates local jobs, generates capital investments in machinery and equipment, encourages innovation, increases productivity and attracts foreign direct investment (FDI). This track will explore examples of successful trade and investment relationships between international cities and regions.

Cashing in on Creative Capital
Culture, sports, film, music, and other creative industries are major contributors to communities around the world. From major movie productions to backend business and professional services, supporting creative industries can drive a new workforce, generate new revenue streams, and transform local economies. This track will explore how economic development organizations can support the advancement of creative industries to further the workforce, business development, and cultural economy of their communities.

The Nuts and Bolts of Economic Development
From BRE to financing, some of the fundamental tasks of economic developers remain constant throughout the years and are the building blocks on which new trends and initiatives are built. This track is intended to help us revisit some of the nuts and bolts of economic development, take stock of current best practices, and anticipate future trends. This track will cover topics such as real estate development and reuse, marketing and attraction, neighborhood development strategies, and workforce development strategies.

Nurturing the Startup Ecosystem
Supporting entrepreneurship and small business creation is an economic development trend that will never go out of style. The majority of new jobs and innovation are developed from startups and small businesses. This track will examine the ways economic development organizations can embrace the startup ecosystem strategy within their communities through the bolstering of support for local startups and industry expansion.

Regional Collaboration for Investment Promotion
The benefits of inward investment are well-known; whether from foreign sources or the next town over, investment brings new capital and jobs to a region and the spillover benefits of new knowledge and talent can give the local economy an innovation boost. This track will look at how you can strengthen your community's assets in order to offer a total and irresistible package for prospective companies.

"Toronto's conference promises to deliver one of the best programs filled with informative and relative sessions as it relates to global competitiveness, connectivity and innovation. I personally find that the IEDC Conference provides great ideas and support that can be used to boost economic development in your organization. This year's conference is the one to attend!"

- Susan Amring, CEcD, Ec.D, Director, Economic Development, City of Mississauga, Ontario

It's time to Connect. Collaborate & Create
For every opportunity included in the e-Brochure, you can save up to $140. Take a look now, and join IEDC in Toronto September 17-20 for 2017 Annual Conference.

IEDC is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban and local to international, IEDC's members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.

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