April 28, 2014

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• Catalyzing Economic Development through Impact Investment
• Engaged in Award-Worthy Efforts to Support Your Community?
• Identify and Address the Needs of Entrepreneurs in Your Community - Join us Next Week in Madison, WI
• IEDC Professional Development: Take Your Career to the Next Level
• TED Talks, Podcasts, Webinars: It's Time to Upgrade Your Presentation Skills
• Free Webinar on Asset Mapping & Data Collection Before a Crisis
• Become an Accredited Economic Development Organization Today
• Partners
• RFPs / RFQs
• April 28 Job Listings

Link:  2014 Spring Conference

Catalyzing Economic Development through Impact Investment

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

» Register today

With a market potential of $650 billion by 2020, financial institutions large and small are increasingly investing with an emphasis on addressing the world's social, environmental, and economic challenges in a constructive and profitable way. In this session, learn about the innovative investment instruments that are transforming communities by turning challenges into jobs, wealth, and economic opportunity. Through real world examples and engaging conversation with industry leaders, attendees will walk away with a new way of thinking about how to connect a growing supply of mission-based capital to economic development where it is most needed.

Join IEDC for our yearly conference focused specifically on target industries, and learn how we can solve social and environmental challenges, while generating a financial profit.

Experts in Impact Investment Joining Us in the Twin Cities Include:

Mike Harris
Managing Partner
Core Innovation Capital
Los Angeles, CA

Christina Jennings
Executive Director
Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund
Minneapolis, MN

Mark Newberg
Impact Strategies
5 Stone Green Capital
Washington, D.C.

Michael J. Taylor
Senior Vice President
Community Development Banking
PNC Bank
Cleveland, OH

Are You Engaged in Award-Worthy Efforts to Support Your Community?

Link:  2014 Awards InformationFinal Deadline for IEDC's 2014 Excellence in Economic Development Awards is May 16

By creating inventive promotional materials, developing innovative projects, and partnering with influential community leaders, you've worked hard to effect change in your community. 2014 is the year for you to share what you've done.

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.

Anyone can enter so if you are a government agency, economic development organization, marketing or public relations firm, utility, or consultant doing great economic development work we want to see it!

2014 is the year for you to share what you've done. Enter now to be recognized at IEDC's Annual Conference, October 19-22, in Fort Worth, TX.

Identify and Address the Needs of Entrepreneurs in Your Community - Join us Next Week in Madison, WI

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies
Date: May 8-9
Location: Madison, WI

This multi-faceted course explores the core aspects of entrepreneurial and small business development including value-add partnerships, technical assistance programs, financing, business incubation and more. Entrepreneurs and small businesses stimulate job creation, develop crucial innovations in both products and services and promote the diversification of the economic base. In this course, you will learn the financial and managerial tools economic developers use to create a climate that encourages entrepreneurial and small business development. Also, practitioners will examine the barriers they face and how communities can leverage their economic development resources to build highly integrated networks to help businesses thrive in the global economy.


Maureen Collins-Williams
Director, Entrepreneurship Outreach & Regional Business Center
University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center

Janna King, CEcD EDFP
Economic Development Services, Inc.

Erik R. Pages, PhD
EntreWorks Consulting

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:

• 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
• Aug 6-8: Economic Development Credit Analysis, Denver, CO

» View the entire calendar

TED Talks, Podcasts, Webinars: It's Time to Upgrade Your Presentation Skills

Become a Strong Presenter: 21st Century Presentation Skills
Wednesday, May 14 | 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST

In the 21st century, presentation skills are evolving to keep audiences engaged. From new time frames, to new technology and new formats, the presentation skills taught in the 20th century are dated. It's time to learn how to be a powerful speaker across all formats including webinars, TED talks, and podcasts. Presentations live beyond the moment thanks to readily available recording devices and sharing programs on the internet.

If you are ready to update your presentation skills or become a stronger presenter, join us on May 14 to learn how to:

• Engage audiences in a virtual presentation
• Reinvent your presentation skills for contemporary formats such as Ignite or Pecha Kucha
• Effectively communicate your message to the audience
• Become a better presenter overall


Jennifer Wakefield, APR
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission

Free Webinar on Asset Mapping & Data Collection Before a Crisis

Asset Mapping & Data Collection Before a Crisis
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Price: Free

Within minutes a disaster can turn an entire neighborhood, district, and city unrecognizable. Asset mapping and data collection before a crisis can speed up immediate, short, and long-term recovery efforts. With knowledge of the infrastructure, businesses, and community and industry assets, first responders can make quick, informed decisions to secure the area and provide the resources needed by impacted businesses. Using an accepted understanding of what existed prior to the disaster, developers can create short and long-term strategies. Attend this webinar to explore strategies for asset mapping and data collection to prepare your community for when disaster strikes.


Daniel Homsey
Director of Neighborhood Resilience for the City Administrator's Office
City and County of San Francisco

Deborah M. Tootle
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Community and Economic Development
Iowa State University;
Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development
University of Wisconsin Extension

Become an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) Today

Recognizing Professional Excellence in Economic Development Organizations

With 40 current members IEDC's prestigious AEDO program is quickly gaining momentum. Earning accreditation is a great way for economic development entities to increase their visibility in the community and gain independent feedback on their organizational operations. The AEDO designation is a distinction that differentiates an organization from its competitors and promotes accountability to local leaders and key stakeholders. Form beginning to end, the entire AEDO accreditation process is an excellent way for organizations to benchmark their success and develop sustainable best practices.

» Guide to Becoming an AEDO (PDF)
» AEDO Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

For more information, please visit the AEDO webpage or contact AEDO Program Manager Tye Libby at


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, Newport County Development Council (Middletown, RI)

The Newport County Development Council (NCDC), the non-profit Foundation of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, is seeking a national consultant with expertise in economic development best practices to lead an effort to create a regional economic development organization. This consultant will develop an organizational framework for this regional entity based on national best practices applicable to Newport County and the East Bay including, specific functions, appropriate outreach, marketing and engagement tools, and a five-year funding plan for start-up and operations for future sustainability.

Copies of the RFP are available at

Job Listings

Openings for the week of April 28

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 28, 2014
• President & Chief Executive Officer, Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber (Irving, TX)
• Executive Director, Appalachian Regional Commission (Washington, DC)
• City Development Administrator, City of St. Petersburg (Saint Petersburg, FL)
• Deputy Director of Economic Development, Arvada Economic Development Association (AEDA) (Arvada, CO)

April 21, 2014
• Speakers Bureau Coordinator, International Economic Development Council (Washington, DC)
• Director of Planning and Economic Development, County of Chautauqua (Mayville, NY)
• Assistant City Manager for Sustainable Development, City of Hollywood (Hollywood, FL)

April 14, 2014
• Assistant Community Development Director, City of Peoria (Peoria, IL)
• Economic Development Director, City of Grapevine (Grapevine, TX)
• Deputy Director, Economic Division, City of Columbus (Columbus, OH)
• Director, Business Recruitment, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce (Nashville, TN)
• Executive Director/CEO, Lee's Summit Economic Development Council (Lee's Summit, MO)
• Community and Economic Development Director, City of Salinas (Salinas, CA)

April 7, 2014
• Vice President, Travel Michigan, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (Lansing, MI)
• Chief of Tourism and Special Events, County Administrator's Office (Charles County, MD)
• President, Economic Development Company of Lancaster County (Lancaster, PA)
• Economic Development Manager, City of Bellevue (Bellevue, WA)
• Director-Marketing & Research, City of Allen (Allen, TX)
• Executive Director of Industrial and Economic Development, City of Claremore (Claremore, OK)
• Executive Director, Jefferson County Development Corporation (Mt. Vernon, IL)

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

Become a Strong Presenter: 21st Century Presentation Skills
May 14

Free: Ethics and Economic Development
May 20

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

Free: Asset Mapping & Data Collection before a Crisis
May 28

Training Courses

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

Economic Development Credit Analysis
August 6-8 | Denver, CO

IEDC Services:

Did You Know IEDC Members Receive a Free Membership to GrantStation? Valued at $699 a year, this is an IEDC member benefit you should use!

New IEDC Members:

Jacksonville State University - Center for Economic Development
Jacksonville, AL

Innovation PEI
Charlottetown, PE, Canada

Mineola Economic Development Corporation
Mineola, TX

Core Services Group
Brooklyn, NY

County of Santa Clara
San Jose, 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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