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June 24, 2013

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• President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross to Talk Economic Development in Philly
• Webinar Discusses Veterans & What They Can Offer Your Community
• Participate in the IEDC Metrics Research and Advance your EDO
• Workforce Development Training Offered in Madison, WI
• IEDC's Training Courses Can Take Your Career to the Next Level
• IEDC Offers Education Scholarships - Learn More
• 2013 IEDC Refer-A-Member Campaign
• IEDC Board of Directors: Call for Nominations
• 2012 Salary Survey of Economic Development Professionals
• Register for IEDC's Online Consultant Database
• Funding Rural America: Finding Grants for Small Communities
• Partners
• Request for Proposals: SC2 Challenge, City of Greensboro, NC
• June 24 Job Listings

Link:  2013 Annual Conference

President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross to Talk Economic Development in Philly

» Register before August 9 and save with our Early Registration Rates

The International Economic Development Council is very pleased to announce our newest Annual Conference keynote speaker, Daniel J. Hilferty, President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross (IBC). Hilferty will be keynoting our Annual Conference's Tuesday Luncheon, October 8, at 12:15 p.m.

IBC is a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania serving more than 7 million people nationwide. As an advocate for health care accessibility and quality, with more than 25 years of experience in the field, Hilferty brings a rich and dynamic perspective to health care reform and government affairs. He became President and CEO of IBC in December, 2010 and has been committed to helping the region and its 2.1 million residents.

Join IEDC at the Keynote Luncheon for this year's Annual Conference, as Mr. Hilferty discusses the innovative approaches to health care reform emerging from the private sector, and their potential economic development implications.

July Webinar to Discuss Veterans & What They Can Offer Your Community

Your Veterans: Skilled Workers for Job Creation and Economic Growth

Date: Thursday, July 11
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST

According to the United States Small Business Administration, 9% of all U.S. firms are veteran owned. These 2.45 million firms have nearly 6 million employees. It's no wonder so many veterans go on to become successful entrepreneurs when you consider that the military spends $140 billion dollars annually on education and training. And the positive impact veterans can have on your local economy doesn't end there. Each year, over 200,000 servicemen and women are transitioning into civilian life, representing a highly skilled workforce with valuable skills that are applicable in today's rapidly changing economy, from computers to logistics and manufacturing to welding. The talent is there and all that remains is connecting the dots to putting veteran skills and know-how to work in your community.

Join us for a webinar on July 11 at 2:30 EST and learn:

• What resources are at your disposal NOW that you can begin using to develop your veteran community into a thriving, significant contributor to your local economy.
• To better understand the veteran workforce and what it has to offer your community.
• To encourage entrepreneurial growth among veterans in support of small businesses.


Rhett Jeppson
Associate Administrator
US Small Business Administration
Office of Veterans Business Development
Washington, DC

Tom Stellman
President & CEO
TIP Strategies, Inc
Austin, TX

Participate in the IEDC Metrics Research and Advance your EDO

Enter for a chance to win a free registration to our 2014 Leadership Summit!

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 Leadership Summit in Irvine, California, to be held February 2-4, 2014 (value of up-to $725).

Workforce Development Training Offered in Madison, WI

Learn about what collaborative programs will help upgrade the skills of your community's existing workforce.

Workforce Development
Date: July 18-19, 2013
Location: Madison, WI

Skilled workers are the backbone of a productive and efficient economy. This versatile course explains the strong relationship between economic and workforce development through case studies, practical examples, and current research. Course participants will learn what programs currently leverage federal, state, and local financial resources to support workforce development. Learn about what collaborative programs will help upgrade the skills of your community's existing workforce. Other topics of discussion will include: talent attraction, K-12 development and integration, occupational analysis, target industry clusters, and more.

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

• 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 ebell@iedconline.org.

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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IEDC Board of Directors: Call for Nominations

The International Economic Development Council's bylaws provide that all members in good standing shall be informed of the nominations process and invited to submit applications or nominations for service on IEDC's Board of Directors. Nominations must be received by the Nominating Committee no later than August 9, 2013. If you have any questions regarding nominations, please contact Kelly Bielen at kbielen@iedconline.org or (202) 942-9476.

Download the nomination form

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

Are You an ED Consultant Looking for More Business? Register for IEDC's Online Consultant Database

Let IEDC help clients find you.

Market your consulting services to thousands of economic development professionals...for less than a dollar a day. Accessible to all 1000-plus daily visitors to the IEDC Web site, the online Consultant Database makes it easy for potential clients to find you.

You will be able to display detailed company information and list multiple offices/contacts, helping those searching for consultants find you. Here's where you can tell the ED community about yourself: your location, areas of economic development specialty, certified practitioners and other criteria.

Join the Consultant Database. Register online or contact Phil Goodwin at (202) 639-9106 or pgoodwin@iedconline.org.

Funding Rural America: Finding New Grants for Small Communities

When has it ever been easy to secure funding for rural communities? Is there a way to level the playing field so small towns and counties or boroughs without large metropolitan areas can compete for both government and private sector grants? What are the other options for financially supporting a rural project? Are collaborative efforts worth the effort? And, of course the biggest question: who is funding rural America?

These, and other relevant questions, along with current trends effecting rural funding will be addressed in this webinar presented by Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation.

This webinar will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Register for Funding Rural America: Finding New Grants for Small Communities


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Visit Accrinet's siteAccrinet delivers comprehensive solutions in all aspects of digital strategy, tailored specifically to your EDC, community and challenges. Our solutions are designed to increase your revenues, decrease your expenses and improve your communication with your target audience.

Visit the Portfol Web sitePortfol™, PIDC's multi-user portfolio management system, is a fully integrated client and contact management software system - track a project from start to finish! Includes loan servicing, demographics, job tracking, financial statement and insurance monitoring, EDA, CDBG, NMTC and CDFI reporting data - everything you need to effectively manage your economic development operations all in one comprehensive system. Portfol™ - the only system created, used and maintained by an economic developer.

Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals, SC2 Challenge, City of Greensboro (Greensboro, NC)

The City of Greensboro is at a crossroads and needs your input. Up to $1 million will be awarded through the Economic Development Administration's SC2 Challenge to the best plan submitted that spurs economic growth in Greensboro.

SC2 (Strong Cities, Strong Communities) Challenge. To learn how you can respond to the request for proposals (RFP), contact Prince John Gaither-Eli at 336-373-7573 or visit www.greensboro-nc.gov/SC2.

Innovative ideas and an economic strategy worth up to $1million are located at the intersection where Greensboro's future and prosperity meet. Offer your ideas, suggestions and strategies today. Participate in the SC2 Challenge!

Job Listings

Openings for the week of June 24

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.

June 24, 2013
• Sites and Building Manager, Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce (Bowling Green, KY)
• Economic Development Manager, City of Sierra Vista (Sierra Vista, AZ)
• Economic Development Manager, City of Poway (Poway, CA)
• Economic Development Director, City of Savannah (Savannah, GA)

June 17, 2013
• Economic Development Manager, City of Issaquah (Issaquah, WA)
• Sr. Business Development Coordinator, Portland Development Commission (Portland, OR)
• Sustainability Director and Economic Development Position, City of Galesburg (Galesburg, IL)
• Executive Director, Seize The Future Development Foundation (Aurora, IL)
• Vice President Economic Development, GO Topeka Economic Partnership (Topeka, KS)
• Economic Development Coordinator, Village of Glen Ellyn (Glen Ellyn, IL)
• International Marketing Professional, Virginia Economic Department Partnership (Richmond, VA)
• Business Expansion Manager, Virginia Economic Development Partnership (Richmond, VA)

June 10, 2013
• Economic Development Director, City of College Park (College Park, GA)
• President/CEO, Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (Santa Clarita, CA)

June 3, 2013
• Executive Director, Hancock County Mississippi Port and Harbor Commission (Bay St. Louis, MS)
• Senior Director Business Retention and Expansion, Greater Omaha Chamber (Omaha, NE)
• President & CEO, Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation (Tiffin, OH)
• Economic Development Director, City of Novi (Novi, MI)
• Senior Vice President of Economic Competitiveness, Baton Rouge Area Chamber (Baton Rouge, LA)

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Upcoming IEDC Events:


2013 Annual Conference
October 6-9 | Philadelphia, PA

Web Seminars

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

Training Courses

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

Economic Development Marketing & Attraction
October 3-4 | Philadelphia, PA

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!

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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