May 12, 2014

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• Awards Submission Deadline is Friday
• Ready to Adapt to the Manufacturing Realities of the 21st Century?
• Sharpen Your Knowledge of Neighborhood Dev Strategies this June
• IEDC Professional Development: Take Your Career to the Next Level
• *New* Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop Requirement
• Become a Strong Presenter: 21st Century Presentation Skills
• Free Webinar on Asset Mapping & Data Collection Before a Crisis
• Registration Open for IEDC's Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX
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• RFPs / RFQs
• May 12 Job Listings

Excellence in Economic Development Awards Submission Deadline is Friday

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

Link:  2014 Awards Information 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!

Time is running out - nominate your projects, programs, and colleagues today! Enter now to be recognized at IEDC's Annual Conference, October 19-22, in Fort Worth, TX.

Are You Ready to Adapt to the Manufacturing Realities of the 21st Century?

Economic Diversity, Innovation, and Workforce Quality: Critical Building Blocks of a Globally Competitive Region
June 1-3, 2014 | Minneapolis - Saint Paul, MN

» Register today

The manufacturing world is changing, with significant implications for the ways in which communities recruit and develop new activity in a sector showing renewed strength. 3D printing - also known as 'additive manufacturing' - is here, and responsible already for 'printing' everything from a hearing aid to an automobile. Future disruptive implications for this technology will continue to take shape as consumer costs come down, but more relevant for now is the way it has already reshaped the industrial sector. From changing demands for talent and space to changing end products and specializations, we'll explore it all - join IEDC in the Twin Cities this June for our yearly event on industry trends and what they mean for your community.

Our Expert Speakers Include:

Jim Allen
Economic Development and 3D Printing Industry Consultant
New York, NY

Bob Kill
President & CEO
Enterprise Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

David Owen
Chief Executive
GFirst Ltd.
Dursley, Gloucestershire, UK

Sree Ramaswarmy
Senior Fellow
McKinsey Global Institute
Washington, D.C.

2014 Spring Conference Golf Tournament at Meadows at Mystic Lake Golf Course

All proceeds benefit the Minnesota Economic Development Foundation. Fee includes green fees, cart, transportation from Radisson Blu, refreshments, and box lunch.

If you have already registered for the conference and would like to attend, please download and complete the special events registration form (PDF).

Sharpen Your Knowledge of Neighborhood Development Strategies this June

Neighborhood Development Strategies
June 19-20 | Madison, WI

This practitioner-driven course uses the case study method to complement current neighborhood development theory. Participants will learn how to identify the major neighborhood actors, their objectives, and strategies for redevelopment, in addition to understanding the process for creating a strategic economic development plan to meet the neighborhood development goals. Specifically, this course will examine social capital (e.g., linkages, networks, talent, etc.), environmental capital (e.g., stewardship, residual management, etc.) and economic capital (e.g., investment and reinvestment) facing distressed neighborhoods and offer solutions to address local needs.


Mark Barbash, FM
Chief Operating Officer
Finance Fund

Diane Lupke, CEcD FM
Lupke & Associates, 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:

• 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
• Aug 14-15: Economic Development Marketing and Attraction, Atlanta, GA
• Aug 21-22: Business Retention and Expansion, Indianapolis, IN
• Sept 18-19: Economic Development Strategic Planning, Baltimore, MD

» View the entire calendar

*New* Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop Requirement

New candidates applying to sit for a Certified Economic Developer exam taking place after December 31, 2014 must participate in a “Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop,” either in-person or via webinar. This workshop provides candidates' with a complete overview of the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam process, from application to the oral examination. They will learn tools and techniques for preparing for the exam and witness a mock oral interview.

This workshop is offered at the Annual and Spring Conferences, free of charge. It will also be offered at least once a year in webinar format:

Thursday, August 7, 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Tuesday, December 16, 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

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


Dave Quinn, CEcD
Executive Director
Bastrop Economic Development Corporation
Bastrop, TX

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

Registration Now Open for IEDC's Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX

Steering Towards the Future: Convergence, Connectivity, and Creativity
October 19-22 | Fort Worth, TX

Register before July 25 and save with our Early Registration Rates

Representing the spirit of the modern-day pioneer, the 2014 IEDC Annual Conference will explore how communities around the world are meeting fresh challenges and transforming their economies for the future.

Through a program of invigorating speakers, topics, and educational tours, this year's conference will seek to ask and answer the following:

• How can economic development organizations bring new partners together to drive sustainable economic growth in their cities, towns, and regions?

• Which converging markets will lead to new opportunities for local communities? How can economic developers help their local businesses to succeed in an economy where these businesses are responsible for an increasing share of new employment and wealth?

• What new connections must be made and nurtured on a large and small scale in order to rebuild and sustain a robust middle class? How can communities reach beyond their borders to remain competitive in a globally connected age?

• How can economic developers think creatively about the natural assets in their communities, and how can this creative thinking be translated into a strategy that works?

Don't miss out on the largest international gathering of economic development professionals in the world. Learn more about this year's conference program.


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, Community and Economic Development Department, City of Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
The City of Phoenix, Community and Economic Development Department is seeking proposals from qualified professional firms to provide Strategic Industry Sector Marketing Development professional services. To be eligible for consideration, proposals must be received by 11:00 a.m. MST - Friday, May 30, 2014. For more information or to download the RFP package please visit: for details.

Request for Proposals, Indian River County (Indian River County, FL)
The Indian River County Board of County Commissioners, in partnership with the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce, is advertising a Request for Proposals (RFP) to complete a comprehensive countywide economic development positioning analysis. The goal of the positioning analysis is to increase economic development activity that diversifies the tax base and creates quality jobs that increases primary employment. Detailed specifications for the RFP are available from by calling 800-711-1712, or by downloading from the website: An RFP information package is available by contacting the Indian River County Purchasing Division at 772-226-1416, or by e-mail: Proposals are due in to the county on or before 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

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 May 12

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.

May 12, 2014
• Economic Development Specialist, City of Rowlett (Rowlett, TX)
• Director of International Investment and Trade, North and South America, Greater Houston Partnership (Houston, TX)
• Community Development Director, Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance (Fort Dodge, IA)
• Executive Director, South Carolina I-77 Alliance (Richburg, SC)
• Economic Development Director, City of Commerce City (Commerce City, CO)
• Economic Development Coordinator, Economic Development Department, City of St. Charles (St. Charles, MO)
• President, Fredericksburg Regional Alliance (Fredericksburg, VA)

May 5, 2014
• Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator, Lake County (Lake County, FL)
• Associate Director, Global Cities, Brookings Institution (Washington, DC)
• President and CEO, Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation (Spencer, IA)
• Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Allen Economic Development Corporation (Allen, TX)
• Business Specialist, County of Volusia (Daytona Beach, FL)
• President & CEO, Team Lorain County (Elyria, OH)
• President/CEO, Economic Development Corp. of Decatur & Macon County (Decatur, IL)

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)
• Executive Director, Walworth County Economic Development Alliance (Elkhorn, WI)

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)

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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

Identifying Prime Candidates for Reshoring
June 18

Training Courses

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

Economic Development Marketing & Attraction
August 14-15 | Atlanta, GA

Business Retention & Expansion
August 21-22 | Indianapolis, IN

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:

City of Duluth, MN

City of Riviera Beach, FL

Washington County Department of Business Development
Hagerstown, MD

City of North Richland Hills, TX

Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce
Naples, FL

City of Bozeman, MT

Madison Area Technical College
Madison, WI

Milwaukee County
Milwaukee, WI

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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