July 14, 2014

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• Annual Spotlight: Building a Better Workforce
• Scholarships to Annual Available to Young Professionals & Students
• Are You (or Someone You Know) Eligible for an IEDC Education Scholarship?
• Finance Programs Training in Chicago Added to 2014 Calendar
• IEDC Professional Development: Take Your Career to the Next Level
• *New* Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop Requirement
• August Webinar to Discuss Tourism Resources & Strategies
• Free, User-Friendly Tool to Help Economies Recover after Disasters
• Partners
• RFPs / RFQs
• July 14 Job Listings

Link:  2014 Annual Conference

Annual Conference Panel Spotlight: Building a Better Workforce: Transforming the Public School System through Business Engagement

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

Is your community challenged by workforce shortages in key industry sectors? Are the businesses in your community - and the ones considering it as a future location - concerned that it lacks a critical mass of skilled talent? This session will provide a roadmap to successfully collaborating with important educational stakeholders in a "win - win" relationship. Learn how communities of all sizes can work with educators and employers to transform the high school experience and become more competitive for the future.

What you will learn:

• How to work with local employers to ensure a steady supply of skilled workers in critical industries
• Steps for identifying the fastest growing job categories in your community and aligning educational efforts to meet employer demand
• Effective approaches for building strategic alliances with educational stakeholders in your community

Expert Speakers Include:

Cheryl Carrier
Program Director
Ford Next Generation Learning
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Dearborn, MI

Mary Graham, CCR, IOM, CCE
Senior Vice President
Metro Charleston Chamber of Commerce
North Charleston, SC

Sarah Miller
Associate Director
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Chicago, IL

James Reddish
Vice President
Economic & Workforce Development
Greater Louisville, Inc.
Louisville, KY

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

Scholarships to Annual Conference Available to Young Professionals and Students

IEDC is pleased to offer 40 scholarships to its Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 19-22, to young professionals and students - the economic developers of the future.

The scholarships cover the cost of conference registration (excluding food, lodging, and added features such as tours). Available to both IEDC members and non-members, the awards represent a value of as much as $955 and are part of a larger effort to involve more young professionals and students in IEDC.

The benefits of attending IEDC's Annual Conference are huge. Young professionals and students will be able to network with over 1,000 economic development practitioners, attend concurrent sessions focused on cutting-edge innovations and best practices in the field, and hear from top business and industry leaders at plenary sessions. As well, attendees will be immersed in the environment of one of the fastest-growing cities in America, a place where innovation, creativity, and youthful energy converge.

The conference includes activities designed especially for YPs and students, such as:

- Young Professional and Student Networking Event (Sun., Oct. 19)
- Young Professional Workshop (Mon., Oct. 20)
- Talent Matters: Recruiting Young People to the Economic Development Profession (Mon., Oct. 20)
- Mini-Mentorship Session (Tues., Oct. 21)

Download the application form and submit all materials by Monday, Aug. 18 to be eligible for consideration. Application materials and any questions should be directed to Rashad Williams,

The IEDC Young Professionals Task Force will review all submissions. Scholarship winners will be announced in early September.

Are You (or Someone You Know) Eligible for an IEDC Education Scholarship?

The Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund

If you work in a distressed community and are interested in pursuing professional development opportunities, we have an opportunity for you.

Through the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund, IEDC is proud to award four scholarships to economic development professionals (two IEDC members and two nonmembers) working in distressed communities to attend an IEDC education course of the recipient's choice.

Submission and Timeline
Please download the application for and submit all materials by Friday, July 25, 2014 to be eligible for consideration.

» Download the application form (PDF)

Submit application materials and direct questions to Rebecca Thomas at

Economic Development Finance Programs Training in Chicago Added to 2014 Professional Development Calendar

Economic Development Finance Programs
September 3 - 5 | Chicago, IL

The core objective of this analytical course is to explain the financial tools used to stimulate private sector investment that results in the creation of permanent, private sector jobs, increased productivity and improvement in the local tax base. Specifically, the course will review current debt, equity, grant and incentive-based financing programs that are accessible to practitioners both rural and urban. Moreover, course participants will learn how to calculate debt/service ratios, cash on cash rate of return, capitalization rates, underwriting ratios, debt coverage ratios and similar financial tools used to identify project feasibility. Course instructors will also spend time teaching how potential investors measure return on investment (ROI) how lenders evaluate risk. Participants will have an opportunity to work through multiple case studies in order to solidify their knowledge of the finance programs.


Kevin Gremse
National Development Council

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:
• 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 3-5: Economic Development Finance Programs, Chicago, IL
• Sept 18-19: Economic Development Strategic Planning, Baltimore, MD
• October 1-3: Introduction to Economic Development, Toronto, ON
• October 9-10: Real Estate Development & Reuse, Atlanta, GA
• October 15-17: Economic Development Credit Analysis, Fort Worth, TX

» 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 Conference 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).

August Webinar to Discuss Tourism Resources & Strategies

Tourism Resources & Strategies for Your Community
Tuesday, August 12 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET

Does your community take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the travel and tourism industry? Is tourism part of your economic development strategy? In this webinar, we'll highlight:

- Federal resources that will help you analyze the impact of tourism in your region.
- Federal programs that can be utilized in support of tourism-based economic development projects.
- Local strategies for increasing your community's share of this economy-driving industry.

Many of the activities, projects, and programs that boost tourism can also play a key role in boosting investment in your local economy, and vice versa! Join IEDC for our August webinar where we'll explore the many opportunities and tactics to cultivating a robust tourism industry in your community.


Isabel Hill
National Travel and Tourism Office of Industry & Analysis
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC

Alexi Khajavi
Destination Invest
Park City, UT

Free, User-Friendly Tool to Help Economies Recover after Disasters

Leadership in Times of Crisis: A Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency

Download for free at

Download the toolkitLeadership in Times of Crisis provides strategies and tactics for community leaders to focus on for economic recovery and preserving jobs, incorporating useful information for convening private and public stakeholders to identify key economic recovery strategies, tips on how to navigate federal resources for response and recovery, and implementation of recovery initiatives.

Developed by IEDC with nationwide input and funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration, the Toolkit is designed to benefit a wide range of public and private sector officials working with businesses and industries in the economic recovery process


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, City of Peoria (Peoria, AZ)

Economic Development Implementation Strategy (EDIS) Part II

The City of Peoria, Arizona is interested in soliciting proposals from experienced economic development consulting firms to help develop the Economic Development Implementation Strategy (EDIS) Part 2, building upon Peoria's existing economic development action plan, EDIS Part 1.

The City is seeking to identify and select an outside independent organization to perform an analysis of the current economic conditions potentially impacting the community to make strategic economic development recommendations in the EDIS Part 2, addressing key strategies for the next 3-5 years and beyond.

Solicitation is available for download at:

Job Listings

Openings for the week of July 14

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.

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July 14, 2014
• Economic Development Coordinator, City of Lacey (Lacey, WA)
• Manager, Business Retention and Expansion, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber (Oklahoma City, OK)
• Development Director, Oak Park Economic Development (Oak Park, IL)
• Director of Economic Development, City of Columbia (Columbia, MO)
• Executive Director, Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (Los Alamos, NM)
• Economic Development Director, City of Palestine (Palestine, TX)
• President/CEO, Paducah Economic Development (Paducah, KY)

July 7, 2014
• Economic Development Research Specialist, Racine County Economic Development Corporation (Sturtevant, WI)
• Research Manager, TIP Strategies (Austin, TX)
• Regional Account Manager, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) (North Central, WI)
• President and CEO, Greater Lafayette Commerce (Lafayette, IN)
• Executive Director of International Commerce, Louisiana Economic Development (Baton Rouge, LA)
• Economic Development Associate, International Economic Development Council (Washington, DC)

June 30, 2014
• Economic Development and Tourism Director, City of Port Lavaca (Port Lavaca, TX)
• President & CEO, The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts (Springfield, MA)

June 23, 2014
• Vice President Marketing, Rochester Area Economic Development Inc. (Rochester, MN)
• Economic Development Director, Rockingham County (Wentworth, NC)
• President and CEO, Longmont Area Economic Council (City of Longmont and Boulder County, CO)
• Economic/Community Development Director, City of Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL)
• Director of Economic Development, City of Portsmouth (Portsmouth, VA)

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Upcoming IEDC Events:


2014 Annual Conference
October 19-22 | Fort Worth, TX

Web Seminars

Make it Count: Discover the Metrics of High Performing EDOs
July 23

Free: Addressing Blight in Disaster-Impacted Neighborhoods
July 29

Free: Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop
August 7

Tourism Resources & Strategies for Your Community
August 12

Free: Creating Successful Partnerships with the Private Sector
August 21

Free: Fundraising Strategies for Economic Transformation
August 28

Training Courses

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 Finance Programs
September 3-5 | Chicago, IL

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

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

Real Estate Development & Reuse
October 9-10 | Atlanta, GA

Economic Development Credit Analysis
October 15-17 | Fort Worth, TX

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:

Abilene Industrial Foundation Inc.
Abilene, TX

Lincoln Partnership For Economic Development
Lincoln, NE

City of Los Angeles, CA

Commonwealth Development Authority
Saipan, MP

Greenspoint District
Houston, TX

Craven County
New Bern, NC

Town of Herndon, VA

County of Accomack
Accomac, VA

Tri-County Council for Western Maryland
Frostburg, MD

Development Authority of Elbert County, Elberton & Bowman
Elberton, GA

Foremost Quality Logistics, Inc.
Dallas, TX

City of Sandy, OR

City of Montrose, CO

Parkland County
Parkland County, AB Canada

Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism
Fredericksburg, VA USA

City of Lawrenceburg, IN

Colby Community College
Colby, KS

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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