January 27, 2014

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• US Treasurer Newest Keynote Speaker for Leadership Summit
• Can the Federal Government Help Grow a Robust Workforce in your Community?
• Workforce Development Training to be Held Before Federal Forum
• Our Full 2014 Professional Development Schedule is Out
• February Webinar to Discuss Repurposing Aging Retail Centers
• Report on Workforce Strategies Released by IEDC
• Tomorrow: Free Webinar on Small Business Recovery Strategies
• Partners
• RFPs / RFQs
• January 27 Job Listings

Link:  2014 Leadership Summit

IEDC Announces US Treasurer, The Honorable Rosie Rios, as our Newest Keynote Speaker for the 2014 Economic Development Leadership Summit

» Register today

As a former economic developer, Ms. Rios has extensive experience in both the public and private sector. Her resume includes stints as the Director of the Redevelopment and Economic Development for the City of Oakland, Director of Economic Development for the City of Fremont, Development Specialist for the City of San Leandro, and Manager of the Union City Redevelopment Agency. She was also a member of the California Association of Local Economic Development (CALED).

Ms. Rios has direct oversight over the U.S. Mint, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and Fort Knox and is a key liaison with the Federal Reserve. In addition, the Treasurer serves as a senior advisor to the Secretary in the areas of community development and public engagement. She is especially passionate about supporting Women in Finance and issues of Main Street in the economic recovery.

It's not too late to register. Join IEDC and the US Treasurer at the 2014 IEDC Leadership Summit, February 2-4, in Irvine, CA.

View a complete list of sessions and speakers.

Can the Federal Government Help Grow a Robust Workforce in your Community?

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

» Register before Friday, February 14 and save

This year's Federal Economic Development Forum Sunday programming will focus entirely on workforce development. Join your peers and learn how to rebuild the skills of the workers of your declining industries and help them become the workers of your emerging, restructuring industries.

ED Interactive - Economic Developers, Meet Workforce Developers
Sunday, March 23 | 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm

You've heard of speed dating; this is our spin on that idea. The concept is simple: direct interaction with federal officials and thought leaders covering a current hot topic. After brief introductions, small group discussions will spark dialogue and exchanges of ideas between economic and workforce developers - policy makers and practitioners - until the bell rings and it is time to rotate to the next discussion.

Plenary Session: Workforce & Economic Development: Birds of a Feather
Sunday, March 23 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The IEDC Member Survey rates 'Workforce Development' as the top issue facing the profession now and in the future. The Economic Development Research Partnership has already released one report on Workforce, and a deeper dive, policy oriented report is due out later this year. Economic developers need to plug into the relationship between federal, state, and local players to open the pipeline of trained workers to growing businesses. This session will focus on how economic developers can fully leverage existing programs and learn about the latest policy developments.

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 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

February Webinar to Discuss Repurposing Aging Retail Centers

Ready for a Facelift: Repurposing Aging Retail Centers

Thursday, February 27 | 1:30 - 3:00 pm EST

Today 1/3 of shopping malls are dead or dying, strip malls have an 11% vacancy, and over 300 million square feet of big box retail sits vacant. While these figures are alarming, they also present an opportunity for communities and regions to creatively reuse and take back vacant spaces. Reinhabiting, redeveloping, retrofitting, regreening, or repurposing are all means to bring life back to aging retail centers. Bringing life back to retail centers increases the surrounding properties value, attracts new investments, and can bring new jobs to area. Additionally, retrofitting saves major costs to developers compared to new construction, making projects more lucrative in a tighter economy.

Join our expert presenters as they talk about repurposing aging retail centers into job creators.


Ellen Dunham-Jones
Georgia Institute of Technology

Steve Johnson, AIA, NCARB
Senior Vice President
Corporate & Urban Design - Gresham, Smith and Partners

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 Held Tomorrow

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 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, Qualified Retail Consultant, Invest Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)

Invest Atlanta seeks a qualified retail consultant to assist our organization in preparing for successful participation in the upcoming National ICSC Conference (RECon Global Retail Real Estate Conference) in May 2014.

The RFP for a Qualified Retail Consultant can be viewed at

Proposals are due no later than 5:00 pm (EST) Tuesday January 28, 2014. Direct any questions to Chris Leutzinger, Real Estate Development Specialist, at

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 27

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 27, 2014
• Senior Business Development Manager, City of Norfolk (Norfolk, VA)
• Project Manager, Great Plains Development Authority (Parsons, KS)
• Executive Director, Racine County Economic Development Corporation (Racine, WI)
• Economic Development Director, Town of Brownsburg (Brownsburg, IN)

January 20, 2014
• Executive Director, Economic Development Agency (Rochester, MN)
• Economic Development/Urban Renewal Project Program Coordinator, City of Redmond (Redmond, OR)
• Economic Development Manager, City of Peoria (Peoria, AZ)
• Development Director, Washington County Economic Growth Partnership, Inc. (Salem, IN)

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)
• Assistant Director, Office of Economic Development, City of Sugar Land (Sugar Land, TX)

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)

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

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

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

Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies
May 8-9 | Madison, WI

IEDC Services:

Do you have an economic development question that requires research? Available to IEDC members only, Clearninghouse Information and Research Services is like having a research librarian, trained in economic development, at your fingertips.

New IEDC Members:

Economic Development Corporation of Oxnard
Oxnard, CA

World Business Capital, Inc
Hartford, CT

County of Augusta, Virginia
Verona, VA

Hunt Guillot & Associates
Lake Charles, LA

Port of Pasco
Pasco, WA

Jefferson County Port Authority
Wintersville, OH

Jordans LLP
Naples, NY

City of Calgary, AB, Canada

Quantum Management
Anchorage, AK

Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development
Hendersonville, NC USA

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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