April 1, 2013

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• Spring Conference Early Bird Registration Deadline This Friday
• Call for Entries: 2013 Excellence in Economic Development Awards
• April Webinar: The Art of Exporting & Taking Your Community Global
• Free Webinar April 10: AEDO & Strategic Planning Best Practices
• 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
• Request for Proposals: City of Jacksonville, FL
• Partners
• April 1 Job Listings

Link:  2013 Spring Conference

The Early Bird Registration Deadline for Our Spring Conference is This Friday

Check out of Fab Five Reasons for Attending this Conference

June 9-11 | Ann Arbor, Michigan

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

1. Entrepreneurship
Attendees will be presented with new case studies in industries ranging from food to defense, while walking away with new ideas for how to create a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem in their own communities.

2. University Partnerships
We are pleased to welcome two keynote speakers from the University of Michigan, Vice President for Government Relations Cynthia Wilbanks, and David Brandon, who, in addition to his current role as athletic director, is also the former CEO of Dominos Pizza.

3. Sustainability
Learn how your efforts in areas ranging from clean-tech to place-making to local food systems can help make your city or town more economically and environmentally sustainable.

4. Foreign Direct Investment and Exports
At the Spring Conference, speakers will touch on the current state of FDI, along with best practices in local and regional exporting strategies and how these two related topics fit within the context of developing a successful international strategy.

5. Network With Your Peers
We have breakfasts scheduled each morning, along with tours, and a reception at the University Of Michigan Museum Of Art. This is your chance to meet colleagues in the profession, build your contacts, and get your name out there.

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.

April Webinar to Explore The Art of Exporting and Taking Your Community Global

Learn about the role of the economic development organization in assisting local companies to sell their goods and services globally.

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.


Michael Stone
Stone & Associates

Steve Weathers
President & CEO
World Trade Center San Diego

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.

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

Infrastructure: Building Our Way to Job Creation

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

» Register today

Infrastructure investment decisions are usually made locally, but the funding has got to come from somewhere! How will recent federal cut backs impact infrasctructure spending across the country? What are the federal infrastructure priorities shaping up to be for the next few years? Join IEDC this April as policy and industry experts examine the state of America's infrastructure and discuss what must be prioritized in order bring our infrastructure up to speed and create jobs in the process.

Our Senior Administration, Association and Economic Development Speakers Include:

Matthew Chase
Executive Director
National Association of Counties
Washington, DC

Matt S. Erskine
Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief Operating Office
Economic Development Administration
United States Department of Commerce
Washington, DC

Elizabeth D. Osborne
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy
United States Department of Transportation
Washington, DC

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


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Request for Proposals, City of Jacksonville, FL

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 April 1

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.

April 1, 2013
• Economic Development Project Manager, Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County (Huntsville, AL)
• Economic Development Manager, Town of Herndon (Herndon, VA)
• Executive Director, Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council (Lake Wales, FL)
• President and CEO, Greater Scranton Chamber (Scranton, PA)
• President/CEO, Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance (Columbia, TN)
• International Economic Development Programs Manager, Miami-Dade Beacon Council, Inc (Miami, FL)

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)
• Economic Development Manager, City of Rockford (Rockford, IL)
• CEO, Workforce Florida, Inc (Talahassee, FL)
• Business Development Coordinator, CAREDF (Casa Grande, AZ)
• Assistant Director, City of Antonio’s Economic Development Department (San Antonio, TX)

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)

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Upcoming IEDC Events:

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

How to Construct a Good Community Impact Model
May 22

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:

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

New IEDC Members:

City of Corona, CA

The Indy Partnership
Indianapolis, IN

Montgomery County Department of Economic Development
Christiansburg, VA

SC&H Group
Atlanta, GA

The College of Wooster
Wooster, OH

Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission
Mount Pleasant, IA

The Implan Group
Davidson, NC

CLD Beauharnois-Salaberry
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC Canada

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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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