May 26, 2014

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• 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
• There's Still Time to Register for our Spring Conference
• Registration Open for IEDC's Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX
• June Webinar Explores Data and Tools Needed for Reshoring
• Free Webinar on Asset Mapping & Data Collection Before a Crisis
• Free Podcast on Economic Gardening
• Partners
• RFPs / RFQs
• May 26 Job Listings

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

Carolyn Dellutri
Senior Director of Programs and Services
National Main Street Center, Inc.

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 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

Why It Matters to Hire a Certified Economic Developer

For employers, learn more about the value of having a Certified Economic Developer on staff: "Why It Matters to Hire a CEcD" (PDF article from IEDC's Economic Development Now newsletter).

There's Still Time to Register for our Spring Conference in Minneapolis-St Paul

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

» Register today - Attendees may also register on-site

From a vibrant collection of start-ups to super-sized international companies such as General Mills, 3M, United Health Group, U.S. Bank and Cargill, Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul has spread its bets over a rich range of businesses and industries. The 2014 Spring Conference will analyze trends in existing and emerging industries, while demonstrating how communities and regions can support, attract, and retain diverse sources of cluster-based activity amidst a changing global economic development landscape.

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).

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.

June Webinar to Explore the Data and Tools Needed for Successful Reshoring

Identifying Prime Candidates for Reshoring
Wednesday, June 18 | 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST

While the reshoring movement may still be in its early stages, there is real evidence of North American companies reconsidering the domestic option for manufacturing. Rapidly rising wages in Asia, higher oil costs, a broader understanding of total manufacturing and development costs, and the strategic impacts of offshoring, are some of factors that are making offshore look less attractive. There are also attractive factors such as lower U.S. and Canadian energy costs, a consumer preference for North American made products, and a depreciated dollar that are contributing.

In this webinar, presenters will discuss the data and tools that make a strong case for reshoring. Harry Moser of the Reshoring Initiative will discuss how to assist companies to accurately assess their total cost of offshoring and consider the domestic alternative. Mark Condon of Datamyne will provide insights on key import data and how it can be useful to help identify companies that are good prospects for returning production to U.S. shores.


Harry Moser
Reshoring Initiative

Mark Condon
Economic Development Manager

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

Free Podcast on Economic Gardening

Economic Gardening: A Homegrown Approach to Growth

How effective are economic development strategies that seek to grow local entrepreneurship and small businesses? Todd Johnson at Gallup and Dell Gines at the Kansas City Fed explore the successes and challenges associated with this approach in an Economic Development podcast.


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.

Job Listings

Openings for the week of May 26

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 26, 2014
• Executive Director, South Central Kansas Economic Development District (SCKEDD) (Wichita, KS)
• Executive Director, Town of Hilton Head Island Economic Development Corporation (Hilton Head Island, SC)
• Business Advocate, City of Grants Pass (Grants Pass, OR)
• Vice President, Business Attraction, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (Lansing, MI)
• Economic Development Manager, City of Urbana (Urbana, IL)
• President and Chief Executive Officer, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth (Johnstown, NY)
• Executive Director, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (Brattleboro, VT)

May 19, 2014
• Coordinator, Competitive Site Analysis, Hillsborough County Economic Development Department (Tampa, FL)
• Business Recruitment Specialist, Racine County Economic Development Corporation (Sturtevant, WI)
• Director of Economic Development, Louisville Forward, Louisville Metro Government (Louisville, KY)
• Director of Develop Louisville, Louisville Forward, Louisville Metro Government (Louisville, KY)
• Market Intelligence Manager, Loudoun County’s Department of Economic Development (Leesburg, VA)
• Deputy Associate Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) (Washington, DC)
• Director of Economic Development, City of Sugar Land (Sugar Land, TX)

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)
• Economic Development Specialist/Film Liaison, City of Las Cruces (Las Cruces, NM)

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)

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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

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

Identifying Prime Candidates for Reshoring
June 18

Training Courses

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

Economic Development Strategic Planning
September 18-19 | Baltimore, MD

Introduction to Economic Development
October 1-3 | Toronto, ON

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:

Eastern Kentucky University Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, and Technology
Richmond, KY

City of Louisville, OH

City of Nampa, ID

Entergy Texas, Inc.
The Woodlands, TX

Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council
Clarksville, TN

Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Pikeville, KY

Columbus, OH

Upstate SC Alliance
Greenville, SC

City of Ferris, TX

Development Economic - CLD Gatineau
Gatineau, PQ Canada

Person County
Roxboro, NC

City of Midland, TX

Oconee Economic Alliance
Seneca, SC

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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