March 25, 2013

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• Registration is Now Open for Our Spring Conference in Michigan
• IEDC Debuts Its New Website Today
• Federal Forum, April 14-16, in Washington, DC Metro Area
• ED Finance Programs Training Held Prior to Forum, April 10-12
• IEDC's Training Courses Can Take Your Career to the Next Level
• Call for Entries: 2013 Excellence in Economic Development Awards
• Capitalizing on the Economic Potential of Latino Entrepreneurs
• Free Webinar April 10: AEDO & Strategic Planning Best Practices
• RFPs
• Partners
• March 25 Job Listings

Link:  2013 Spring Conference

Registration is Now Open for Our Spring Conference in Michigan

June 9-11 | Ann Arbor, Michigan

» Register before Friday, April 5, and save with our Early Registration Rates

The industrial landscape is evolving dramatically - strengthening some sectors, while weakening others. The industries of yesterday have transformed, consolidated, gone offshore, or disappeared entirely. Economic developers today must stay ahead of the curve for their communities to be competitive in the global economy.

Attend the 2013 Spring Conference to discover emerging opportunities and grasp industry trends every economic developer needs to know. Learn how to leverage your communities' assets and industrial base to transform your economy and stimulate the growth of new clusters, companies and jobs. Featured industries for the 2013 Spring Conference include automotive research and development, higher education, energy conservation, homeland security and defense, and healthcare information technology.

IEDC Debuts Its New Website Today

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IEDC's website is undergoing a big change. After a long and useful life, the current site is headed for retirement. Our new site debuts today at the same web address. The site's new look is just a preview of improvements. Heavily used features and functions, some of which used to be less easy to find, are now front and center. For example, no searching for our calendar - it's on the home page now. Simplified and newly organized pull-down menus will direct users directly to their information targets.

Federal Economic Development Forum, April 14-16, in Washington, DC Metro Area

Join Your Fellow Economic Development Professionals in Washington, DC this April

Engaging the Federal Government on the New Economic Stage
April 14-16, 2013 | Washington, DC Metro Area

» Register today

In our annual review of the previous year, our speaker will examine the 2013 Federal Review and provide insight on what the economic development profession should expect from the federal government over the next 2 years. We will examine in detail the current budget outlook for the remainder of fiscal 2013 and into fiscal 2014 and beyond, with a particular focus on spending and sequestration.

Keynote Speaker:

Jeffrey A. Finkle, CEcD
President & CEO
International Economic Development Council
Washington, DC

Keynote Introduction:

Jay C. Moon, CEcD, FM
President & CEO
Mississippi Manufacturers Association
Jackson, MS

Check out the 2013 Federal Forum program, speakers list, and register today.

Economic Development Finance Programs Training to be Held Prior to Federal Forum, April 10-12

Work Through Case Studies to Solidify Your Knowledge of Finance Programs

Economic Development Finance Programs

Date: April 10-12, 2013
Location: Washington, DC Metro Area

The core objective of this analytical course is to explain the financial tools used to stimulate private sector investment that results in the creation of permanent, private sector jobs, increased productivity and improvement in the local tax base. Specifically, the course will review current debt, equity, grant and incentive-based financing programs that are accessible to practitioners both rural and urban. Moreover, course participants will learn how to calculate debt/service ratios, cash on cash rate of return, capitalization rates, underwriting ratios, debt coverage ratios and similar financial tools used to identify project feasibility. Course instructors will also spend time teaching how potential investors measure return on investment (ROI) how lenders evaluate risk.

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 2013 course information

• April 4-5: Economic Development Marketing & Attraction, San Antonio, TX
• April 10-12: Economic Development Finance Programs, Alexandria, VA
• April 18-19: Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies, Atlanta, GA
• May 2-3: Business Retention and Expansion, Anchorage, AK
• May 16-17: Real Estate Development and Reuse, Madison, WI
• May 23-24: Managing Economic Development Organizations, San Antonio, TX
• June 6-7: Technology-led Economic Development, Ann Arbor, MI
• June 20-21: Business Retention and Expansion, Baltimore, MD
• July 18-19: Workforce Development, Madison, WI
• July 31 - Aug 2: Economic Development Credit Analysis, Minneapolis, MN
• Aug 15-16: Economic Development Strategic Planning, Madison, WI
• Aug 29-30: Business Retention and Expansion, Atlanta, GA
• Sept 12-13: Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies, Baltimore, MD

» View the entire 2013 calendar

Get the recognition your organization deserves! 2013 Excellence in Economic Development Awards Call for Entries

Get Your Entries in Before April 12 and Save

Link:  Awards websiteBy creating inventive promotional materials, developing innovative projects and partnering with influential community leaders, you've worked hard to effect change in your community. With 35 categories, you're sure to find one that fits your project.

2013 is the year for you to share what you've done. Enter now to be recognized at the 2013 IEDC Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

Webinar This Wednesday, March 27: Capitalizing on the Economic Potential of Latino Entrepreneurs

Learn Effective New Strategies and Skills to Support Latino Entrepreneurs

Capitalizing on the Economic Potential of Latino Entrepreneurs

Date: Wednesday, March 27
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST

Smart economic developers are looking at their Latino communities as new business - and employment - generators. Latinos between the ages of 18 and 34 tend to be more entrepreneurial than their native born counterparts, according to a recent report from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Furthermore, Latinos are one of the largest and fastest growing ethnic communities in the U.S. and Canada. Does your community have the tools to support these entrepreneurs? Latino businesses face many barriers during start-up and early growth. Limited collateral, lack of credit history, language barriers, and a lack of understanding of government and business processes present uphill battles for new Latino businesses. New programs are being created to support Latino entrepreneurs, such as the U.S. Small Business Administration's pilot program in partnership with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


Dr. Diana Morelli
Director, Program for the Retention and Expansion of Latino Business
Economic Development Association of Skagit County
Mount Vernon, WA

Ernie Post
Small Business Development Center
Kutztown University
Kutztown, PA

Stay Ahead of the Curve: Register for our April Webinar

The Art of Exporting and Taking Your Community Global

Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST

In this webinar, attendees will:

• Learn how to identify companies with export potential and to connect them to available export-assistance resources.
• Discover the keys to getting started, including how to engage local leaders and your own board.
• Learn to build and strengthen export assistance services for small and medium-sized businesses.
• Become familiar with the export assistance landscape and understand why EDOs play a key role in helping businesses to export.

Free Webinar on AEDO Program and Strategic Planning Best Practices, April 10

Recognizing Professional Excellence in Economic Development Organizations

Date: Wednesday, April 10
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST

» Register today

This free webinar will include presentations from representatives of three different AEDO members, including: a utility AEDO, a public-private partnership AEDO, and an international AEDO. The presenters will speak to their experiences preparing an application, navigating the documentation review process, and hosting an AEDO site visit. In addition, they will discuss the impact of accreditation on their organizations and the benefits afforded by the AEDO program.

The webinar will also feature a presentation on best practices in economic development strategic planning and will discuss what the AEDO Committee expects when reviewing the strategic plan portion of AEDO applications. The webinar will conclude with a question and answer period.

For more information about the AEDO program, please contact AEDO Manager Tye Libby (; (202) 942-9450) or visit the AEDO webpage.


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Request for Proposal for Workforce Development Strategy

The Atlanta Development Authority d/b/a Invest Atlanta ("Invest Atlanta"), the economic development arm of the City of Atlanta, is inviting all interested and qualified respondents to submit their proposals to serve as a consultant in connection with providing a Workforce Development Strategy.

Detailed submission guidelines and requirements are outlined and available for review on the Invest Atlanta website at on Monday, March 4, 2013.

All responses to the Request for Proposal are due no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, April 5, 2013.

Invest Atlanta
(404) 880-4100

Request for Proposals, City of Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL)

Summary: The City of Jacksonville hereby solicits your vision for two redevelopment opportunities in downtown Jacksonville, Fla. Written proposals from potential developers will be accepted for two catalytic development opportunities of City-owned property in the LaVilla District of Downtown Jacksonville, Fla. Development Site 1 is a 6,089 sq. ft. partially completed restaurant with bar area and surface parking on an approximately 1.178- acre site. Development Site 2 consists of 21 parcels totaling 2.53 acres of vacant land and is adjacent to Development Site 1. Total acreage of Development Sites 1 and 2 is approximately 3.7 acres. The city will consider two separate proposals for each parcel or one master developer for the entire development block. More points will not be assigned to those who submit proposals for the entire block.

Quick Facts: The sites are located at a major gateway to Downtown Jacksonville via North and Southbound I-95 exits, between Union and Beaver streets. Approximately 138,000 cars pass by the site daily on I-95 and 18,000 cars pass by the site daily on Union Street. The sites are easily accessible to more than 51,000 Downtown employees, within a block of 20,000 students at the FSCJ campus, and are located across from the historic Ritz Theatre.

RFP Timeline: There is a mandatory pre-bid meeting on April 3, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., located in the first floor Lynwood Roberts Room at City Hall at St. James, 117 W. Duval St., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Written proposals are due May 1, 2013.

Contact: For more information or to obtain a copy of the RFP, please contact Deidra Baines with the City's Office of Procurement at(904) 255-8808 or or download the RFP here:

Job Listings

Openings for the week of March 25

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March 25, 2013
• Economic Development Administrator, City of Gilbert (Gilbert, AZ)
• Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority (Jacksonville, FL)
• Economic Development Manager, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (St. Paul, MN)
• Vice President of Business Recruitment & Retention, Greater Portland Inc (Portland, OR)
• Economic Development Manager, City of Rockford (Rockford, IL)
• CEO, Workforce Florida, Inc (Talahassee, FL)

March 18, 2013
• Director of Economic Development and Community Service, City of West Fargo (West Fargo, ND)
• Project Manager, Augusta Economic Development Authority (Augusta, GA)
• Executive Director, Putnam County (Scott Depot, WV)
• Business Development Manager, Loudoun County (Leesburg, VA)

March 11, 2013
• President, Greater San Marcos Partnership (San Marcos, TX)
• President, Palmetto Economic Development Corporation/South Carolina Power Team (Columbia, SC)
• Economic Development Director, City of Scottsdale (Scottsdale, AZ)

March 4, 2013
• CEO, Great Plains Development Authority (Parsons, KS)
• Executive Director, Northeastern Economic Developers Association Authority (Wickford, RI)
• Business Development Analyst, City of Coral Gables (Coral Gables, FL)
• Director of Development, City of Columbus (Columbus, OH)
• Senior Vice President, Economic Development, Greater Houston Partnership (Houston, TX)
• Director of Business Retention, The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and The Siouxland Initiative (Sioux City, IA)
• Business Recruitment Specialist, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance (Cedar Rapids, IA)
• Chief of Economic Development, Port of Everett (Everett, WA)

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Upcoming IEDC Events:

Capitalizing on the Economic Potential of Latino Entrepreneurs
March 27

Economic Development Marketing & Attraction
April 4-5 | San Antonio, TX

The AEDO Program and Strategic Planning Best Practices
April 10

Economic Development Finance Programs
April 10-12 | Alexandria, VA

2013 Federal Forum
April 14-16 | Alexandria, VA

Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies
April 18-19 | Atlanta, GA

The Art of Exporting and Taking Your Community Global
April 25

Business Retention and Expansion
May 2-3 | Anchorage, AK

Real Estate Development & Reuse
May 16-17 | Madison, WI

Managing Economic Development Organizations
May 23-24 | San Antonio, TX

Technology-led Economic Development
June 6-7 | Ann Arbor, MI

2013 Spring Conference
June 9-11 | Ann Arbor, MI

IEDC Services:

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New IEDC Members:

City of Pinellas Park, FL

Charles County Economic Development Department
White Plains, MD

Herriman City, UT

Sandoval County
Bernalillo, NM

Cloud Nine Solutions
Chattanooga, TN

W.E. Upjohn Institute
Kalamazoo, MI

City of Pearsall, TX

Utah Valley University
Orem, UT

Larry J. Lallo
Barberton, OH

Harlingen Economic Development Corporation
Harlingen, TX

The International Economic Development Council is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the profession. 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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