May 13, 2013

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• The World’s Largest Gathering of Economic Developers
• Engaged in Award-Worthy Efforts to Support Your Community?
• Participate in the IEDC Metrics Research and Advance your EDO
• Interested In Free Training, Technical Assistance, and Resources on Economic Recovery and Resilience?
• May Webinar: Building a Smart Incentives Package
• Managing Economic Development Organizations in San Antonio
• IEDC's Training Courses Can Take Your Career to the Next Level
• IEDC Offers Education Scholarships
• 2013 IEDC Refer-A-Member Campaign
• 2012 Salary Survey of Economic Development Professionals
• Partners
• Request for Proposals, City of Bentonville, AR
• May 13 Job Listings

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The World’s Largest Gathering of Economic Developers; October 6-9 in Philadelphia

» Register before July 26 and save with our Early Registration Rates

By envisioning a better community you can transform it. Through innovation you can re-invent it. By building on existing strengths, you will revitalize it. Against a backdrop of heightened risk awareness and uncertainty, economic development practitioners must help transform their regions into locations where policies and programs mitigate risk and add certainty to the business climate.

The International Economic Development Council's 2013 Annual Conference, October 6-9, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will address obstacles facing economic developers, and existing trends in our dynamic economy. With the right tools, economic developers everywhere can create a vision for the future, stimulate consensus, and prepare their communities for 21st century success.

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

Final Deadline for IEDC's 2013 Excellence in Economic Development Awards is This Friday

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. 2013 is the year for you to share what you've done.

With 35 categories, you're sure to find an appropriate place to nominate your project, program or colleague. Many of the program categories have a three (3) year activity minimum, so be sure to check the specific requirements for each category before submitting.

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!

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.

Participate in the IEDC Metrics Research and Advance your EDO

Enter for a chance to win a free registration to our Spring Conference!

Through IEDC's active engagement with its membership, we have heard from economic development professionals from all over the country about the need for help in 1) assessing the current metrics being used, and 2) the development of a better set of metrics to measure the impact of economic development organizations (EDOs) on the economic prosperity of their communities and regions.

IEDC's Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP) program is responding to this need. We need your help in this effort. Click this survey link to help IEDC researchers understand what you currently measure and give us your opinions about those metrics. And in the process discover contemporary metrics that can help you even before the final IEDC research is published. We are not asking you to evaluate your EDO's performance - rather we want to learn what and how you measure your success.

Your response to this survey is a crucial first step in IEDC's effort to produce a reliable body of research that can guide EDOs to select the measures and methodologies that best reflect their performance.

What's in it for you?

• Learn how most successful EDOs measure their own performance
• Better understand the value of your work and start managing your performance for improved results
• Demonstrate the value of your organization to your elected officials and the rest of your community
• Attract more investments with new and better metrics
Enter into a drawing for a chance to win a free registration to IEDC's Spring Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to be held June 9-11, 2013 (value of up-to $725).

Is Your Community Interested In Free Training, Technical Assistance, and Resources on Economic Recovery and Resilience?

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), in cooperation with the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation, has received several grants from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to support disaster recovery, resiliency, and capacity development for communities in the EDA Atlanta and Philadelphia regions impacted by disaster(s) during fiscal year 2011 (October 2010 - September 2011).

If your organization services communities in the Atlanta or Philadelphia EDA region, please take 10-15 minutes to complete the electronic scan. The scan asks questions about the impact of FY 2011 disaster(s) on your organization’s service area as well as your area’s current economic recovery needs and priorities. Your response to the scan will help IEDC and the NADO Research Foundation develop services and resources tailored to the needs and priorities of communities in the grant regions.

Once this needs assessment is complete, IEDC and the NADO Research Foundation will be offering the following services free of charge to select communities based on greatest impact and need:

• Leadership training for communities with similar recovery initiatives;
• Customized technical assistance to impacted communities; and
• Best practice research on critical recovery and resiliency topics.

Click here to launch the scan
Questions? Please email

May Webinar to Discuss the Hottest of Topics: Building a Smart Incentives Package

Between tight public budgets and calls for greater transparency, scrutiny over incentive deals is likely to grow.

Build a Smart Incentives Package: Use a Community Impact Model

Date: Wednesday, May 22
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST

Q. What should your community expect in return when it offers an incentive package for a company expansion, retention or relocation?

A. A return on its investment that at least equals the cost of the inducements, plus additional revenues or other benefits to the community.

Equip yourself for smart decision-making - join us for a webinar on May 22 at 2:30 EDT to learn:

• What factors should go into a community impact model and how to weight them
• How to retain maximum flexibility to make strategic decisions still based on data
• How to use the model in negotiations with a company or location consultant


John Cappellino
Executive Vice President
Erie County (N.Y.) Industrial Development Agency

Ellen D. Harpel, Ph.D.
Business Development Advisor LLC

Stay ahead of the curve and register for our June webinar:
From Vacant Spaces to Vibrant Places
, Thursday, June 13, 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST

Managing Economic Development Organizations Training Offered in San Antonio, TX

Learn the Key Principles and Practices of Professional Management in Economic Development

Managing Economic Development Organizations
Date: May 23-24, 2013
Location: San Antonio, TX

This advanced course 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.

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

• 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

IEDC Offers Education Scholarships

All Applications Must be Postmarked by August 2

IEDC is proud to offer four scholarships to attend any IEDC education course of the recipient’s choice. Applicants must work for an organization based in a distressed community.

Diane Lupke, CEcD, President of Lupke & Associates and a strong advocate for ED initiatives within distressed communities, is the founder of this education scholarship fund. The scholarship recipient is able to enhance his or her knowledge in economic development through participation in IEDC Training Courses.

Learn more and apply today. The deadline for applications is August 2. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Bell at

2013 IEDC Refer-A-Member Campaign

Share Your IEDC Membership Experience with Friends and Colleagues and Win a Trip to Saint Croix

Just as you rely on IEDC to provide answers to today's complex and demanding economic development issues, IEDC relies on you to spread the word about member benefits and services throughout the economic development community. Although it may be hard to believe, many of your colleagues are still unaware of the value of an IEDC membership. We need your help in introducing these economic development professionals to IEDC and tell them about all the great services we provide.

» Have Someone to Refer?
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2012 Salary Survey of Economic Development Professionals

Order Your Copy Today!

No other resource provides the comprehensive and up-to-date information that you will find in IEDC's new 2012 Salary Survey of Economic Development Professionals. This reference publication remains the economic development industry standard for compensation, demographic and professional activity information. Data from thousands of economic development professionals make this an authoritative report of exacting detail. In 170 pages, readers can view economic developer compensation and activity from a wide variety of key perspectives - location, title, organization budget, community size, education, experience, and dozens more.

Survey participants: Order your copy
IEDC members and non-members: Order your copy


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Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals, City of Bentonville (Bentonville, AR)

The City of Bentonville is a fast growing community located in Northwest Arkansas with a population of 38,863. It is the County Seat for Benton County and is part of the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers MSA, which has a population over 473,000. Bentonville's primary private employers are the Walmart and Sam's Club home offices.

The Northwest Arkansas Council produced a Northwest Arkansas Regional Development Strategy in 2010. As a follow up, the City of Bentonville, in partnership with the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce, is seeking proposals from qualified firms or consultants to prepare the city's first Economic Development Strategic Plan. Visit for the full RFP.

Job Listings

Openings for the week of May 13

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 13, 2013
• Director, Economic Development Division, Salt Lake City Corporation (Salt Lake City, UT)
• Executive Director, Powell Economic Partnership (Powell, WY)
• President & CEO, Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Wichita Falls, TX)
• Chief Executive Officer, Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville (Brownsville, TX)
• VP Economic Development, Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce (Council Bluffs, IA)
• Downtown Development Manager, Town of Cary (Cary, NC)
• Vice President - Economic Development, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development (Lincoln, NE)

May 6, 2013
• President & CEO, Miami-Dade Beacon Council (Miami, FL)
• Business Development Manager, Prince William County Dept. of Economic Development (Prince William, VA)
• Chief Executive Officer, Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. (Fort Wayne, IN)
• Executive Vice President, Economic Development, EDC of Tallahassee/Leon County, Inc. (Tallahassee, FL)

April 29, 2013
• Business Education Network (BEN) Executive Director, Commerce Lexington Inc. (Lexington, KY)
• Economic Development Coordinator, City of Batavia (Batavia, IL)
• Economic Development Director, City of Dubuque (Dubuque, IA)

April 22, 2013
• Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator, Lake County (Lake County, FL)

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Upcoming IEDC Events:


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

2013 Annual Conference
Octrober 6-9 | Philadelphia, PA

Web Seminars

Build a Smart Incentives Package: Use a Community Impact Model
May 22

From Vacant Spaces to Vibrant Places
June 13

Training Courses

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

Business Retention and Expansion
June 20-21 | Baltimore, MD

Workforce Development
July 18-19 | Madison, WI

Economic Development Credit Analysis
July 31-August 2 | Minneapolis, MN

Economic Development Strategic Planning
August 15-16 | Madison, WI

Business Retention and Expansion
August 29-30 | Atlanta, GA

Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies
September 12-13 | Baltimore, MD

IEDC Services:

Did You Know: IEDC Members have access to our new economic development policy blog?

New IEDC Members:

Greenville Area Development Corp.
Greenville, SC

County of Fairfax, Virginia
Fairfax, VA

Rutherford County Economic Development Commission
Forest City, NC

Lane County Community & Economic Development
Eugene, OR

City of Stillwater, OK

New Brunswick Department of Economic Development
Fredericton, NB Canada

Albuquerque, NM

City of Montpelier, VT

Village of Oswego, IL

Village of Homer Glen, IL

Town of Garner, NC

Waco Downtown Development Corporation
Waco, TX

University of Central Florida - Office of Research & Commercialization
Orlando, FL

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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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