January 13, 2014

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"New Metrics for Economic Development" Study Highlights Summit
• Federal Forum Registration Prices Increase After this Friday
• Workforce Development Training to be Held Before Federal Forum
• Our Full 2014 Professional Development Schedule is Out
• Get Involved - Join an IEDC Advisory Committee
• Economic Gardening Webinar Kicks Off 2014 Series
• Report on Workforce Strategies Released by IEDC
• Free Webinar on Small Business Recovery Strategies
• Partners
• RFPs / RFQs
• January 13 Job Listings

Link:  2014 Leadership Summit

"New Metrics for Economic Development" Study Highlights February's Leadership Summit

» Register today

Through a combination of in-depth research, one-on-one interviews with practitioners, and focus groups with critical stakeholders, IEDC has been working to help EDOs better measure their performance. With a focus on organizational performance rather than specific economic development projects, IEDC's metrics research aims to:

• Adequately measure the performance of EDOs relative to their efforts/resources
• Reflect on work that is under the influence of EDOs rather than factors out of their control
• Begin to show the impact of an EDO's work on its community
• Highlight best practices both in the United States and abroad.

Don't miss this important session, where those closely involved with the project will unveil its core findings and discuss the implications.

Discussion facilitators include:

Timothy L. Chase, CEcD, FM
President & CEO
Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition
Wichita, KS

Tim Terrentine
Vice President
Southwest Michigan First
Kalamazoo, MI

Federal Economic Development Forum Registration Price to Increase After this Friday

Federal Economic Development Forum
March 23-25, 2014 | Washington, DC Metro Area

Register before Friday, January 17 and save with our Early Registration rates

Mastering federal programs to benefit your community is no easy task. Attending the Federal Economic Development Forum is a vital component to any economic development strategy. Register today and take the first step toward making the federal government work for you!

Keynote speakers include:

Mary Sue Coleman, PhD
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Theodore H. Moran, PhD
Marcus Wallenberg Chair
International Business and Finance at the School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University
Washington, DC

Ronald Painter
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Workforce Boards
Washington, D.C.

Luis Proenza, PhD
University of Akron
Akron, OH

Vinai K. Thummalapally
Executive Director, SelectUSA
U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Washington, D.C.

Invited: Scott Cheney
Senior Advisor, Workforce and Business Development
United States Senate, Committee on the Budget
Washington, D.C.

Workforce Development Training to be Held Before Federal Forum

Workforce Development
Date: March 20-21
Location: Washington, DC Metro Area

Skilled workers are the backbone of a productive and efficient economy. This versatile course explains the strong relationship between economic and workforce development through case studies, practical examples, and current research. Course participants will learn what programs currently leverage federal, state, and local financial resources to support workforce development. Learn about what collaborative programs will help upgrade the skills of your community's existing workforce. Other topics of discussion will include: talent attraction, K-12 development and integration, occupational analysis, target industry clusters, and more.


Diane Lupke, CEcD FM
Lupke & Associates, Inc.

Debra Lyons
Vice President, Community and Economic Development
ACT Workforce Development Division

John P. Metcalf
Workforce Systems Associates

Our Full 2014 Professional Development Schedule is Out

View a PDF or the Professional Development page of IEDC's website for detailed course information

First Quarter Training Courses Include:

• Jan 16-17: Neighborhood Development Strategies, New York, NY Metro Area
• Jan 30-31: Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies, Irvine, CA
• Feb 13-14: Economic Development Marketing and Attraction, Atlanta, GA
• Feb 20-21: Real Estate Development & Reuse, Baltimore, MD
• March 5-7: Economic Development Credit Analysis, Madison, WI
• March 20-21: Workforce Development, Washington, DC
• April 24-25: Business Retention and Expansion, Atlanta, GA

» View the entire calendar

Get Involved - Join an IEDC Advisory Committee

IEDC is currently seeking new member applications for its Advisory Committees. Please consider volunteering for one of these important assignments. Our Advisory Committees are an excellent place to network with your peers, engage with the challenges of strengthening our shared profession, and learn about trends and topics that will impact the work that we do.

Download our Advisory Committee Handbook (PDF) or visit our website to learn more. If you are interested in joining an Advisory Committee please email

Economic Gardening Webinar Kicks Off 2014 Series

Discover How Economic Gardening Can Accelerate Growth For Your Companies

Wednesday, January 22 | 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST

Economic Gardening® has become a major buzzword in economic development circles because of its ability to boost regional prosperity by helping existing companies to expand. Yet there are many misperceptions of this growth strategy - people often think they're practicing Economic gardening when, in reality, they're employing traditional economic development tactics. Economic Gardening isn't about connecting entrepreneurs with support institutions or helping them with workforce development or tax credits. It's about leveraging sophisticated research tools and focusing on very strategic growth issues.


Chris Gibbons
National Center for Economic Gardening
Littleton, CO

Penny Lewandowski
Vice President, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Direction
Edward Lowe Foundation
Cassopolis, MI

Jessica Nelson
General Manager
National Center for Economic Gardening
Cassopolis, MI

Mike Fox
Ingenuity IEQ
Midland, MI

Report on Workforce Strategies Released by IEDC and Economic Development Research Partners

Raising the Bar Together: Successful Strategies for Workforce and Economic Development Collaboration

A community's workforce is of fundamental importance for economic growth. To meet the needs of today's companies, and to sufficiently educate workers for the demands of the knowledge economy, economic development organizations must collaborate with workforce development organizations and other stakeholders, including their partners in business and education. IEDC's paper, "Raising the Bar Together: Successful Strategies for Workforce and Economic Development Collaboration" distills best practices in collaborative efforts that leverage the strengths and resources of all partners to create a sustainable labor force.

» IEDC Member download
» Purchase in the bookstore
» Executive summary

Free Webinar on Small Business Recovery Strategies

Lessons from the Field: Small Business Recovery Strategies After a Disaster
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Do you know what an economic development organization (EDO) should do first to help its small businesses after a disaster? What is the timing for such assistance? What are the critical factors that should be taken into account when pulling together resources? An EDO can provide critical assistance and support to business owners soon after a disaster, only if it is well structured and offered in the correct fashion. This webinar will contrast the achievements of small business recovery programs in two communities, both of which have evolved to offer vital support and resources to local businesses after major disasters.

Attendees will learn:

• The major types of services and resources small businesses need immediately following a disaster
• Correct timing and delivery of services and resources so that it is most useful
• Scaling up services and resources for long term business support.


Visit GIS Planning's Web siteAs IEDC's exclusive partner for online property listings, demographics and online mapping products and services, GIS Planning Inc.'s online solutions are the industry standard for economic development web sites. GIS Planning Inc.'s suite of geographic information systems (GIS) powered products & services, including ZoomProspector Enterprise and the nationwide site selection website, and SizeUp business intelligence are the culmination of over 15 years of experience developing online economic development focused solutions. connects businesses looking for new locations with the communities and economic development organizations that are the right match. Today, GIS Planning online solutions power more economic development websites than any other provider.

Visit Accrinet's siteAccrinet is a digital agency that assists economic development organizations in leveraging the Web to attract companies into the region, cultivate entrepreneurial efforts, manage and grow membership, raise money, publicize causes and communicate with key constituencies.

Visit Atlas' siteAtlas is a niche economic development marketing and technology firm that helps economic developers effectively reach site selection and prospect audiences while generating the greatest gains in economic development recruitment, retention, and investor activity for the lowest cost. Atlas deliver branding, website development, GIS mapping, marketing strategy, and creative campaigns with a staff experienced in economic development. The exclusive "High Performance Economic Development Marketing Agency Partner for the International Economic Development Council", Atlas' economic development marketing work and technologies have been named among the best in the country by International industry and professional organizations across North America. Led by a former economic development practitioners Atlas has worked with 125+ different economic development clients in 43+ states. Our approach and experience means that our campaigns generate an average of three to as many as ten times the response of other campaigns.


Request for Proposals, Regional Growth Partnership (NW Ohio/SE Michigan)

The Regional Growth Partnership (RGP) and Lucas County are developing a multi-county Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Greater Toledo and Southeast Michigan. A Request for Proposals seeking firms to assist the CEDS development is posted at

The development of the CEDS is partially funded by a planning grant from the EDA. Submittal requirements and details can be found in the RFP. Proposals are due January 29, 2014. Direct any questions regarding the RFP to Megan Vahey Casiere, Chief of Planning and Development, Lucas County Commissioners, at 419-213-4545 or

Request for Qualifications, Cass County Corporation of Economic Development (Cass County, MO)

RFQ - Economic Development Director

Overview: Cass County Corporation of Economic Development seeks a professional individual or consulting group to serve as Executive Director of CCCED and Director of Economic Development for Cass County (MO). The contractor will be selected based upon their areas of expertise as related to the economic development and management needs of both entities.

Length of Contract and Renewal: Contractor will enter into separate contracts with the CCCED and County. Each contract will be for a period ending December 31, 2014.

For more information, please see the full description in the request for qualifications at

Job Listings

Openings for the week of January 13

Got openings? Place your job ad with IEDC and get four weeks of exposure to more than 20,000 economic development professionals across the nation and beyond. Simply fill out the online form.

» Visit the Job Center for details on each listing.

January 13, 2014
• Retail Marketing Coordinator, City of Norman (Norman, OK)
• Marketing Manager, Penn's Northeast (Pittston, PA)
• Executive Director, NH Community Development Finance Authority (Concord, NH)
• President/CEO, Greenville Area Development Corporation (Greenville, SC)
• Senior Planner, Economic Development and Future Planning, City of Madison (Madison, AL)

January 6, 2014
• Chief Executive Officer, Sachse Economic Development Corporation (Sachse, TX)
• Chief Executive Officer, Aberdeen Development Corporation (Aberdeen, SD)
• Economic Development Coordinator, City of Grants Pass (Grants Pass, OR)

December 30, 2013
• Chief Business Development Officer, Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance (Colorado Springs, CO)
• Chief Executive Officer, The Virginia's Region 2000 Business and Economic Development Alliance (Lynchburg, VA)
• Deputy Director, Planning & Development, City of Gahanna (Gahanna, OH)
• Business Development Specialist, Friends of Southwest Virginia (Abingdon, VA)

December 23, 2013
• Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration, Central Louisiana Technical Community College (Alexandria, LA)
• Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development and Enterprise Services, Central Louisiana Technical Community College (Alexandria, LA)
• Vice President, National Business Attraction, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce (Davenport, IA/Moline, IL)
• Economic Development Division Manager, City of St. Charles (St. Charles, IL)

Link:  Join IEDC

Upcoming IEDC Events:


2014 Leadership Summit
February 2-4 | Irvine, CA

2014 Federal Economic Development Forum
March 23-25 | Washington, DC

2014 Spring Conference
June 1-3 | Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN

Web Seminars

Discover How Economic Gardening Can Accelerate Growth For Your Companies
January 22

Free: Lessons from the Field: Small Business Recovery Strategies After a Disaster
January 28

Free: Preparing for the Unexpected: Is Your Organization Ready?
February 12

Ready for a Facelift: Repurposing Aging Retail Centers
February 27

Training Courses

Neighborhood Development Strategies
January 16-17 | Newark, NJ

Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies
January 30-31 | Irvine, CA

Economic Development Marketing & Attraction
February 13-14 | Atlanta, GA

Real Estate Development and Reuse
February 20-21 | Baltimore, MD

Economic Development Credit Analysis
March 5-7 | Madison, WI

Workforce Development
March 20-21 | Washington, DC

Business Retention & Expansion
April 24-25 | Atlanta, GA

IEDC Services:

Did you know: IEDC members have access to our new economic development policy blog?

New IEDC Members:

Fulton County Government, Economic Development Division
Atlanta, GA

The City of Sun Prairie, WI

Development Authority of Douglas County
Douglasville, GA

Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.
Lancaster, SC

Thomas Edison State College
Trenton, NJ

Lincoln County, Missouri
Troy, MO

The City of Harrisonville, MO

Indiana Business Research Center
Bloomington, IN

The City of Cranbrook, BC, Canada

Membership Contact:
Phil Goodwin
(202) 639-9106

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,000 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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