May 28, 2013

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• The World's Largest Gathering of Economic Developers
• IEDC's June Webinar: From Vacant Spaces to Vibrant Places
• Participate in the IEDC Metrics Research and Advance your EDO
• Interested In Free Training, Technical Assistance, and Resources on Economic Recovery and Resilience?
• Business Retention and Expansion Training Offered in Baltimore
• IEDC's Training Courses Can Take Your Career to the Next Level
• IEDC Offers Education Scholarships - Learn More
• 2012 Salary Survey of Economic Development Professionals
• Become an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO)
• Partners
• May 28 Job Listings

Link:  2013 Annual Conference

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.

From Vacant Spaces to Vibrant Places: IEDC's June Webinar

Learn about the key strategies and decisions behind successful reuse projects from across the country

From Vacant Spaces to Vibrant Places

Date: Thursday, June 13
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST

Whether it's an abandoned storefront on Main Street or a big box shell in a shopping center, your community probably has vacant space in need of a new identity. At first glance, these underperforming spaces may appear to be signs of disinvestment in your community, which can discourage new companies and residents from relocating to a particular area. Despite this initial impression, however, underutilized buildings have the potential to become defining opportunities for revitalization and investment in your community. During our June webinar, IEDC will explore strategies for redeveloping and enlivening vacant spaces. These strategies range from low-cost community-led efforts to major real estate deals that transform entire neighborhoods. No matter the size or scale of the project, the goal is always the same - to make abandoned buildings productive spaces that attract new businesses, residents, and jobs to the area by helping create a more vibrant and dynamic community.


Sarah Filley
Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer
Oakland, CA

Paul Svoboda
Special Projects Manager
Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Todd E. Reidbord
Walnut Capital Management, Inc.
Pittsburgh, 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

Business Retention and Expansion Training Offered in Baltimore, MD

Learn the core components of a BRE program and why the concerns of local businesses need to be actively addressed.

Business Retention and Expansion
Date: June 20-21, 2013
Location: Baltimore, MD

By building an understanding of business visitation techniques and survey methods, practitioners will be able to clearly gauge their community's business climate. Learn the "red flags" that may indicate a company is looking to move elsewhere, and learn how to structure an effective technical assistance program to respond to business concerns. This course helps participants understand how a BRE program relates to attraction, workforce development, small business finance, technology transfer and many other economic development activities.

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

• 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 & Small Business Development Strategies, Baltimore, MD
• Sept 19-20: Real Estate Development & Reuse, Denver, CO
• Oct 3-4: Economic Development Marketing & Attraction, Philadelphia, PA
• Oct 24-25: Real Estate Development & Reuse, Atlanta, GA
• Nov 7-8: Economic Development Strategic Planning, Phoenix, AZ
• Dec 4-6: Economic Development Credit Analysis, San Antonio, TX

» View the entire 2013 calendar

IEDC Offers Education Scholarships - Learn More

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

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

Become an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) Today

Recognizing professional excellence in economic development organizations

With 35 current members, and two additional organizations currently under consideration, 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.

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


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Job Listings

Openings for the week of May 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.

May 28, 2013
• Assistant Director for Economic Development, City of Fredericksburg (Fredericksburg, VA)
• Economic Development Specialist, City of Sioux-City (Sioux-City, IA)
• Executive Director, Morgan County Economic Development Corp (Mooresville, IN)
• Economic Development Project Coordinator, City of Greenville (Greenville, NC)
• Sr. Business Development Manager - Recruitment and Marketing, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber (Oklahoma City, OK)

May 20, 2013
• Redevelopment Division Manager & Global Business Recruitment & Expansion Division Manager, City of Austin (Austin, TX)
• Senior Vice President of Economic Development, Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce (Waco, TX)
• President/CEO, Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation (Owensboro, KY)
• Executive Director, Waukegan Main Street (Waukegan, IL)
• Chief Executive Officer, Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce (Shelbyville, TN)
• Director of Economic Initiatives, City of Prescott (Prescott, AZ)

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)

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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

From Vacant Spaces to Vibrant Places
June 13

Your Veterans: Skilled Workers for Job Creation & Economic Growth
July 11

Training Courses

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

Real Estate Development & Reuse
September 19-20 | Denver, CO

IEDC Services:

IEDC members gain instant access to our vast network of economic development professionals, using our Member Directory.

New IEDC Members:

Colorado Office of Economic Development
Denver, CO

Hardee County Economic Development Council
Wauchula, FL

Greenspoint District
Houston, TX

Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
Madison, WI

Royal Commission at Yanbu
Yanby Industrial City, Saudi Arabia

Upper Shore Regional Council
Chestertown, MD

City of Southfield, MI

Clay County Economic Development Group
Clay Center, KS

Clinton County Port Authority
Wilmington, OH

9/10 Inc
Calgary, AB Canada

Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation
Sault Ste. Marie, ON Canada

Development Authority of Washington County
Sandersville, GA

DHH-Health Education Authority of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA

Platinum PR
Shepherdstown, WV

City of Laurel, NE

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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