March 31, 2014

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• Growing Season is Upon Us
• Excellence in Economic Development Awards Deadline Approaching
• Managing Economic Development Organizations in Toronto this April
• IEDC Professional Development: Take Your Career to the Next Level
• April Webinar Discusses Relationship Between Workforce & Economic Development
• IEDC Seeks Sites for Future Conferences
• What Does the Future Hold for Economic Development? New Paper Provides Insight
• Free Webinar: Would Your Marketing Plan Pass AEDO Muster?
• Partners
• RFPs / RFQs
• March 31 Job Listings

Link:  2014 Spring Conference

Growing Season is Upon Us

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

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After a long winter, Spring is here at last. No matter what you'll be planting in your garden this year, be sure to join IEDC in Minneapolis-Saint Paul at our 2014 Spring Conference, our biggest event focused primarily on industry trends and what they mean for your community.

Celebrate the beginning of the season's harvest by attending our all-star panel on the changing food industry. With speakers representing both the local food economy and major companies like General Mills, this session will examine the full food supply chain and explore how different segments of the global market can combine and work together.

At a time when local food is emerging as a tool for revitalization and renewal in urban and rural economies alike, small business opportunities are also sprouting up in value-added agriculture and in the procurement strategies of larger organizations. Learn how it all fits together with IEDC this Spring in Minneapolis-Saint Paul.

Confirmed panelists include:

Janet Ady
Ady Voltedge
Madison, WI

Jela Ellefson
Senior Grants Manager
Eastern Market Corporation
Detroit, MI

Darren Harmon
Director, Supplier Diversity and Business Development
General Mills, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN

Kenneth A. Meter, MPA
Crossroads Resource Center
Minneapolis, MN

2014 Excellence in Economic Development Awards: Early Deadline Approaching

Link:  2014 Awards InformationGet Your Entries Postmarked 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 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.

Interested in Learning More on this Topic? Here's a Free Book by our Instructor

Leading from Within: Building Organizational Leadership Capacity

The premise of this book is that despite all the attention to leadership development, nonprofit community and economic development organizations and government agencies could benefit from a more directed and structured program to develop effective leaders within and throughout their organization and thereby improve the quality of their operation. Studies have consistently demonstrated that organizations that prioritize leadership development are much more effective in meeting the expectations of their constituents, stakeholders, and customers. It has been said that the better the leadership, the better the organization is able collectively to ride the challenges of difficult times.

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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:

• 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
• July 17-18: Economic Development Strategic Planning, Atlanta, GA

» View the entire calendar

April Webinar Discusses Relationship Between Workforce and Economic Development

Raise the Bar Together for Workforce Development
Wednesday, April 23 | 2:30 - 4:00 pm ET

All registered attendees receive a free electronic copy of Raising the Bar Together: Successful Strategies for Workforce and Economic Development Collaboration following the webinar presentation!

When workforce and economic development professionals work together, they are able to achieve greater results for their communities. With businesses increasingly concerned about the supply of skilled labor, economic developers are forming new collaborative relationships with educational institutions and business leaders aimed at helping companies to find the workers they need and workers to find the jobs that they want.

Join IEDC on April 23 for a strategy-filled webinar on how to:

• Persuade stakeholders on the benefits of a partnership between workforce and economic development organizations
• Establish and strengthen partnerships in workforce and economic development
• Collaborate effectively from an in-depth case study on the successful strategies used in North Carolina's Eastern Region


Dee Baird, PhD
President & CEO
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
Cedar Rapids, IA

John D. Chaffee
President & CEO
NCEast Alliance
Kinston, NC

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.

What Does the Future Hold for Economic Development? New Paper Provides Insight

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 IEDC's Economic Development Research Partners 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

Free Webinar: Would Your Marketing Plan Pass AEDO Muster?

Thursday, April 3 | 2:30 - 4:00 pm ET
Price: Free

Members of IEDC's Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) program rave about the benefits they receive from the designation, including community recognition, peer mentoring, enhanced marketability, and increased exposure through IEDC. Could your organization stand to benefit from these opportunities and more?

When applying for AEDO accreditation, one of the most important components of the application is your organization's marketing plan. Join the International Economic Development Council for a free webinar to learn more about the AEDO program and its requirements, with a particular focus on the application's marketing plan requirement.

The webinar will feature presentations on best practices in creating an economic development marketing plan and will discuss what the AEDO Committee expects when reviewing the market plan portion of AEDO applications. All attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to discover how the AEDO program could benefit your organization while receiving expert tips on strategies to enhance your organization's marketing plan.


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, Charles County Government's Department of Economic Development (Charles County, MD)

The Charles County, Maryland Government's Department of Economic Development (EDD) is seeking proposals for creative/graphic design services and the redesign and development of a new economic development website. EDD is looking for a firm with the capabilities to provide comprehensive creative and technical services to develop, design, and maintain a non-proprietary database driven website and Content Management System (CMS) in support of the County's economic development functions. Any questions regarding this solicitation are to be emailed to Fred Shroyer, Chief of Purchasing, at The complete RFP can be found on the Charles County Government's Bid Board at

Job Listings

Openings for the week of March 31

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.

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March 31, 2014
• CEO, Wyoming Business Council (Cheyenne, WY)
• Economic Development Coordinator, Village of Lisle (Lisle, IL)
• Chief Executive Officer, Development Corporation of Abilene (Abilene, TX)
• Economic Development Tool Specialist, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) (Madison, WI)
• CEO/President, Greater Portland Inc. (Tualatin, OR)
• General Manager of the Housing and Community Investment Department, City of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
• Business Development Associate, World Business Chicago (Chicago, IL)
• Senior Project Manager for Real Estate Development, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (San Diego, CA)
• Project Manager for Economic Development, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (San Diego, CA)

March 24, 2014
• Economic Development Director, City of West Jordan (West Jordan, UT)
• Managing Director, Economic Development and Business Investment, Muskogee City-County Port Authority (Muskogee, OK)
• Economic Development Director, City of Garland (Garland, TX)
• Three Open Positions, South Carolina Power Team (Columbia, SC)

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)

Link:  Join IEDC

Upcoming IEDC Events:


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

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

Web Seminars

Free: Would Your Marketing Plan Pass AEDO Muster?
April 3

Raise the Bar Together for Workforce Development
April 23

Free: Ethics and Economic Development
May 20

Free: Telling the Story of Your Business Community Through Data
May 22

Training Courses

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

Economic Development Strategic Planning
July 17-18 | Atlanta, GA

IEDC Services:

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

New IEDC Members:

Downtown Long Beach Associates
Long Beach, CA

City of Richmond, TX

Kew Gardens, NY

Town of Southborough, MA

Middlesex County VA
Saluda, VA

Islanomics, Inc.
Stone Mountain, GA

Frostburg State University
Frostburg, MD

Anderson Township
Cincinnati, 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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