February 24, 2014

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• 2014 Excellence in Economic Development Awards: Call for Entries
• A Spring Thaw for Access to Capital for Small Businesses?
• Workforce Development Training to be Held Before Federal Forum
• IEDC Professional Development: Take Your Career to the Next Level
• March Webinar to Discuss Pop Up Stores and Economic Development
• Need New Reading Material? IEDC's Got You Covered
• New Free Briefing on Small Business Finance Following a Disaster
• Triple Bottom Line Tool Available Online: Early Adopter Program Has Openings
• Partners
• February 24 Job Listings

2014 Excellence in Economic Development Awards: Call for Entries

Link:  2014 Awards InformationGet Your Entries in Before April 11 and Save

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year's most influential leaders. These 34 awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Winners are recognized at IEDC's Annual Conference, October 19-22, in Fort Worth, TX.

Where Does Your Organization Fit In?
With 35 categories, you are sure to find one that fits your creative project, innovative program or influential community leader. Visit our website for category descriptions, and requirements.

Want to Learn More? Attend Our Free Web Seminar
Showcasing Excellence in Your Community: What You Need to Know about IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards

Date: Wednesday, March 19
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET
Cost: Free

If you are considering submitting an entry this year, attend this seminar to learn about award categories and eligibility, what judges look for, how to submit a complete entry, and more!

Are We Entering a Spring Thaw for Access to Capital for Small Businesses?

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

» Register today

The deep freeze put on the economy years ago has mostly thawed, but access to capital for small businesses continues to be largely frozen. What plans does Congress have to get the funding flowing again to small businesses? What existing programs are there that economic developers can point their small businesses towards? The 2014 Federal Economic Development Forum will take a deeper dive into modern bank lending and other sources of capital for small businesses.

Expert speakers include:

Connie Evans
President & CEO
Association for Enterprise Opportunity
Washington, D.C.

Don Graves Jr.
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Small Business, Community Development and Affordable Housing Policy
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Washington, DC

Ann Marie Mehlum
Associate Administrator
Office of Capital Access
U.S. Small Business Administration
Washington, D.C.

Workforce Development Training to be Held Before Federal Forum

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

AICP Certification Maintenance points: CM | 16

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

Use IEDC's Economic Development Training to Take Your Career to the Next Level

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

Upcoming Training Courses Include:

• 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
• May 8-9: Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies, Madison, WI
• May 15-16: Real Estate Development and Reuse, Anchorage, AK
• May 29-30: Managing Economic Development Organizations, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN
• June 5-6: Economic Development Marketing and Attraction, Baltimore, MD
• June 19-20: Neighborhood Development Strategies, Madison, WI

» View the entire calendar

March Webinar to Discuss Pop Up Stores and Economic Development

Temporary Store, Lasting Impact: Pop-ups and Economic Development
Wednesday, March 26 | 2:30 - 4:00 pm ET

Pop-up stores are here today and gone tomorrow, but the impact of their presence resonates long after they've closed their doors. In a retail environment increasingly dominated by internet commerce, pop-up stores create new customer experiences, and bring energy and excitement to communities - especially those that have seen a downturn in retail. The result is more local spending and an improved retail environment.

Join IEDC to learn how pop-up stores revitalize neighborhoods, incubate retail entrepreneurs, and fill empty storefronts. Attend this web seminar to hear strategies to:

• Develop pop-ups as labs and launch pads for retail entrepreneurs
• Encourage innovative niche entrepreneurs and established brands to use pop-ups
• Engage customers in creating successful pop-up areas


Roger Wade
CEO & Founder
London, England

Kimberly C. Driggins
Associate Director for Citywide Planning
Office of Planning
Washington, DC

There's still time to register for our webinar this Thursday, February 27: Ready for a Facelift: Repurposing Aging Retail Centers

Need New Reading Material? IEDC's Got You Covered

Making it Count: Metrics for High Performing EDOs

Economic development organizations (EDOs) understand how important it is to measure performance. Yet only two-thirds do so regularly. And even when they do, the vast majority focus on four variables - job creation, capital investment, changes in tax base, and personal income - that are more reflective of the origins of the economic development profession than the myriad activities that EDOs engage in now. While these metrics will continue to be used in the near future, EDOs need to adopt new metrics that are better aligned with their current work. This research project offers a comprehensive, easy-to-use "menu" of economic development metrics that EDOs can choose from based on their mission, functions and resources along with a guidebook on EDO performance measurement.

IEDC Member download:
» Complete report
» Part I: Guidebook
» Part II: Menu
» Part III: Case Studies
» Part IV: Metrics Research and Analysis

Non-members: Purchase in the bookstore

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

The Economic Development Research Partners Program is an exclusive membership level of IEDC, which supports practice-oriented research.

New Free Briefing on Case Studies in Small Business Finance Following a Disaster

Making it Count: Metrics for High Performing EDOs

IEDC has released a new research briefing, "Case Studies in Small Business Finance Following a Disaster". Six case studies highlight how American communities have utilized public, private, and a mix of public and private funding to aid small businesses to return to operations and thrive following a disaster.

These case studies include:

• Vermont Farm Fund
• Business Flood Recovery Fund, Minnesota
• Tornado Relief Fund, Oklahoma
• Revolving Loan Fund, Texas
• Operation Disaster Resiliency, Pennsylvania
• Small Business Disaster Relief Fund, Louisiana

Discover how your organization can replicate these programs when faced with a disaster. Download this issue brief for free today on

Triple Bottom Line Tool Available Online: Early Adopter Program Has Openings

Version 1.0 of the EDA-funded TBL Tool is now available and a limited number of slots remain in their early adopter program. This on-line tool helps achieve and communicate investment performance with respect to economic, social, and environmental goals - what's referred to as the triple bottom line (TBL). The tool can be used in a number of ways including to review proposed projects, prepare bid documents, respond to calls for more robust accounting and transparency, configure projects for stronger results, or communicate with stakeholders about an investment. The tool is relevant in the public, private, philanthropic, and non-profit sectors and is responsive to various sizes and types of communities and investments.

The project team has received funding to work with a select number of industry leaders to successfully apply the TBL Tool within their organizations. Participants will receive training and support from the project team, and provide feedback on how the tool can be most useful in the field. For additional information, contact the project director, Dr. Janet Hammer at by March 10.

The TBL Tool is available at Version 1.0 of the tool was released in early February 2014 and incorporates a number of enhancements suggested during beta testing. Key information to access on the website includes the orientation video; the data document identifying information needed for input; the Userís Guide providing details for each goal, performance area, and measure; and the casebook of eighteen projects illustrating lessons learned from applying a triple bottom-line approach.


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.

Visit ESRI's siteSince 1969, ESRI® has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The world leader in GIS, ESRI technology is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, and more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies. ESRI's Business Analyst suite brings geography and business intelligence together, allowing economic developers to view data in revealing geographic patterns that enable better decision making. Learn more about site selection, business attraction/retention, and demographic analysis; visit at

Job Listings

Openings for the week of February 24

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.

February 24, 2014
• President/CEO, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (Manchester, NH)
• Economic Development Manager, Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) (Long Beach, CA)
• President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) (Detroit, MI)
• Director of Business Development, Port of Port Angeles (Port Angeles, WA)
• Economic Development Coordinator, City of Woodstock (Woodstock, IL)
• Economic Development Director, City of Boise (Boise, ID)
• Economic Development Director, Iron County Taum Sauk Fund (Iron County, MO)

February 17, 2014
• Chief Executive Officer, Sanford-Lee County Partnership for Prosperity (Sanford, NC)
• Business Development Manager, Greenwood Partnership Alliance (Greenwood County, SC)
• Economic Development Director, City of Danville (Danville, VA)
• Vice President of Economic and Community Development, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (Madison, WI)
• Executive Director, Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation (Wamego, KS)

February 10, 2014
• Manager of Retail Development and Recruitment, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber (Oklahoma City, OK)
• Land & Contract Administrator, City of El Paso (El Paso, TX)
• Executive Vice President, Charleston Area Alliance (Charleston, WV)
• President/CEO, Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation (Nacogdoches, TX)
• Director, Building and Development, Loudoun County (Loudoun County, VA)
• Market Research Analyst II, Allegheny Conference on Community Development (Pittsburgh, PA)
• Executive Director, Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (Watkins Glen, NY)
• Economic Development Consultant, TIP Strategies, Inc. (Austin, TX)
• Executive Director, Camden County Joint Development Authority (Camden County, GA)

February 3, 2014
• Economic Development Director, Pulaski County (Pulaski, VA)
• Executive Director, Campbell County Economic Development Corporation (Gillette, WY)
• Director of Business Development, Bismarck-Mandan Development Association (Bismarck, ND)
• Economic Development Manager, City of Manassas (Manassas, VA)
• Economic Development Manager, Lake County Partners (Lincolnshire, IL)
• Economic Development Director, City of Leesburg (Leesburg, FL)
• President, Fredericksburg Regional Alliance (Fredericksburg, VA)
• Executive Director, Louisville Downtown Development Corporation (Louisville, KY)
• Senior Economic Development Specialist, City and County of Broomfield (Broomfield, CO)

Link:  Join IEDC

Upcoming IEDC Events:


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

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

2014 Annual Conference
October 19-22 | Fort Worth, TX

Web Seminars

Ready for a Facelift: Repurposing Aging Retail Centers
February 27

Free: Establishing a 501c3 for Economic Development & Recovery
March 13

Free: What You Need to Know About IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards
March 19

Temporary Store, Lasting Impact: Pop-ups and Economic Development
March 26

Free: Ethics and Economic Development
May 20

Training Courses

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

Real Estate Development and Reuse
May 15-16 | Anchorage, AK

Managing Economic Development Organizations
May 29-30 | Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN

Economic Development Marketing & Attraction
June 5-6 | Baltimore, MD

Neighborhood Development Strategies
June 19-20 | Madison, WI

IEDC Services:

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New IEDC Members:

City of Concord, CA

Jorgenson Consulting
Greensboro, NC

Economic Development Corporation Michigan City
Michigan City, IN

Village of Richton Park, IL

Networks Sullivan Partnership
Blountville, TN

Black Hills Energy
Lincoln, NE

Butte-Silver Bow City-County Government
Butte, MT

City of Canton, SD

Beth Hilkemeyer
Silver Spring, MD

Southern Ohio Port Authority / Scioto County Economic Development
Portsmouth, OH

Calumet County Resource Management Department
Chilton, WI

Minnesota Energy Resources
Cloquet, MN

Town of Bridgton, ME

Energize-ECI, Inc.
Muncie, IN

City of Markham Economic Development Department
Markham, ON Canada

City of Tipton, IA

Ohio Department of Transportation, Office of Jobs & Commerce
Columbus, OH

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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