March 17, 2014

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• Economic Diversity, Innovation, and Workforce Quality: Critical Building Blocks of a Globally Competitive Region
• Free Webinar on Applying for Excellence in Economic Development Awards
• Managing Economic Development Organizations in Toronto this April
• IEDC Professional Development: Take Your Career to the Next Level
• March Webinar to Discuss Pop Up Stores and Economic Development
• Calling all Outstanding EDOs - Does Your EDO Use Nonfinancial Inducements?
• IEDC Seeks Sites for Future Conferences
• Need New Reading Material? IEDC's Got You Covered
• New Free Briefing on Small Business Finance Following a Disaster
• Partners
• RFPs / RFQs
• March 17 Job Listings

Link:  2014 Spring Conference

Economic Diversity, Innovation, and Workforce Quality: Critical Building Blocks of a Globally Competitive Region

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

» Register today

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.

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 MSP's 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.

Free Webinar on Applying for the 2014 Excellence in Economic Development Awards

Link:  2014 Awards Information 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!

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 34 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.

Learn About Managing Economic Development Organizations in Toronto this April

Managing Economic Development Organizations
Date: April 10-11
Location: Toronto, ON

This course is held in partnership with Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO).

This advanced course will focus on the key principles and practices of professional management in economic development. It will define excellence in economic development and explain the fundamentals of managing for results, outcome-based performance, organizational assessment, stakeholder identification, vision and mission scope, organizational culture and more. Also, participants will learn how to engage their board or council, staff and community stakeholders, constituents, and customers to achieve results in job creation, tax-base stabilization and community growth and development. Since EDOs differ from one another depending on their available resources, location, and mission, this course is designed to equip a leader of any organization to make the right decisions.


David R. Kolzow
Team Kolzow, Inc.

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 20-21: Workforce Development, Washington, DC
• April 10-11: Managing Economic Development Organizations, Toronto, ON
• 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


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

Nicholas Russell
Co-Founder and CEO
We Are Pop Up

Stay Ahead of the Curve and Register for our April 23 Webinar: Raise the Bar Together for Workforce Development

Calling all Outstanding EDOs - Does Your EDO Use Nonfinancial Inducements?

IEDC's Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP) program, in conjunction with Business Leaders for Michigan, is currently undertaking research to identify best practices in nonfinancial inducements for business attraction. For the purposes of this research, "nonfinancial inducements" are an EDO's means of providing business assistance separate from purely financial incentives offered by government entities. Many such inducements, including private-sector discounts, can help attract investment to a community and support long-term economic growth.

To better understand what nonfinancial inducements are being used in the industry, IEDC has developed a short survey to solicit input from practitioners.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts by participating in the survey. The survey should only take about 15 minutes of your time, and we would love to hear from you!

» Take the survey

IEDC Seeks Sites for Future Conferences

The International Economic Development Council is seeking proposals from cities interested in hosting an IEDC conference. There are 3 different conferences to consider: 1. the IEDC Leadership Summit; 2. the IEDC Spring Conference; and 3. the IEDC Annual Conference.

There are many benefits to hosting an IEDC conference. Host communities benefit from the recognition and increased visibility that comes as a result of economic development professionals visiting and learning from a community's achievement. Conference attendees not only learn from each other, but also use the host community as a "learning laboratory" for economic development success stories.

For more information and details on how to submit a proposal, please download the following RFP document: Request for Proposals to Host an IEDC Conference.

Need New Reading Material? IEDC's Got You Covered

Looking Around the Corner: The Future of Economic Development

So much of the profession of economic development revolves around forecasting and preparedness. Economic developers consistently analyze demographic and industrial data and run complicated economic models, but these predictions can only go so far. The new research report from EDRP entitled, "Looking Around the Corner: The Future of Economic Development" delves into the latest research and trends to provide some conjectures about how they can potentially change the economic development industry in the next ten to fifteen years.

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

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

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


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 Location Analytics 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 Esri in the exhibit hall and at


Request for Proposals, Greater New Orleans Development Foundation (New Orleans, LA)


The Greater New Orleans Development Foundation (GNODF), New Orleans, LA


A Request for Proposals for an economic impact analysis is being issued by GNODF, on behalf of Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) GNODF is a 501(c)(3) affiliate of GNO, Inc., the economic development organization for Southeast Louisiana. Responses are due at 365 Canal Street, Suite 2300, New Orleans, LA, 70130; or by email to by March 14, 2014 at 5PM CT.

The RFP, corresponding deadlines, and additional information can be found here:

Job Listings

Openings for the week of March 17

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.

March 17, 2014
• President, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) (Bloomington, IN)
• Executive Director, South Coast Development Council, Inc. (Coos Bay, OR)
• President/CEO, Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce (Spartanburg, SC)
• Chief Executive Officer, Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County (Jefferson, OH)
• Economic & Market Analyst/Community Development Consultant, Vierbicher (Madison, WI)

March 10, 2014
• Community and Development Project Manager, City of Renton (Renton, WA)
• Assistant to the City Administrator Economic Development, City of Davenport (Davenport, IA)
• Executive Director, Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council (Lake Wales, FL)
• Economic Development Manager, City of Sierra Vista (Sierra Vista, AZ)
• President, Fostoria Economic Development Corporation (Fostoria, OH)
• Regional Manager Economic Development, BNSF Railway (Phoenix, AZ)
• Executive Director, Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency (Rochester, MN)
• President & CEO, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy (Detroit, MI)

March 3, 2014
• Economic Development Coordinator, Village of Roselle (Roselle, IL)
• President/CEO, Ashland Alliance (Ashland, KY)
• Economic Development Director, City of Eustis (Eustis, FL)
• Deputy Director, Corporate and International Development, Delaware Department of State (Wilmington, DE)
• District Director, New York, US Small Business Administration (New York, NY)

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)

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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

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

Raise the Bar Together for Workforce Development
April 23

Free: Ethics and Economic Development
May 20

Training Courses

Workforce Development
March 20-21 | Washington, DC

Managing Economic Development Organizations
April 10-11 | Toronto, ON

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:

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

New IEDC Members:

Coliseum Central BID, Inc.
Hampton, VA

Calasian Chamber of Commerce
Sacramento, CA

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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