July 28, 2014

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- Annual Conference Early Registration Deadline Extended
- Scholarships to Annual Available to Young Professionals & Students
- 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 Podcast on the Boston Fed's "Working Cities Challenge"
- IEDC Releases New Publication on Addressing Neighborhood Blight
- Partners
- RFPs / RFQs
- July 28 Job Listings

Link:  2014 Annual Conference

Annual Conference Early Registration Deadline Extended

Register before August 8 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.

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.

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:
- 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

Bill Popp
President & CEO
Anchorage Economic Development Corporation
Anchorage, AK

Free Podcast on the Boston Fed's "Working Cities Challenge"

Competition to Incentivize Community Change: Working Cities Challenge

The Working Cities Challenge seeks to spur collaborative leadership in smaller cities and help improve low-income residents' quality of life. Prabal Chakrabarti, at the Boston Fed, and Jessica Andors, at Lawrence Community Works, discuss the initiative in an Economic Development podcast.

IEDC Releases New Publication on Addressing Neighborhood Blight

Case Studies in Addressing Neighborhood Vacancy and Blight

This brief highlights six different cases that have demonstrated success to counter vacancy and blight under a variety of circumstances. Learn strategies used around the United States to help stabilize neighborhoods and reverse the sprawl of vacancy and blight.


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, Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, Montgomery County (Montgomery County, MD)

Montgomery County, MD has issued an RFP for consulting services to help the county develop a Comprehensive Economic Strategic Plan (RFP #1043364). While this opportunity has been issued under the Local Small Business Reserve Program (LSBRP), we encourage non-LSBRP vendors to explore opportunities to partner, team up, or subcontract with LSBRP vendors.

The RFP is available for download at:

Interested vendors may find teaming opportunities by:

1. Checking the Bid Holders List on the posting to identify vendors that have downloaded the solicitation.
2. Using the Central Vendor Registration System to find LSBRP vendors: Use the drop down to search by commodity/service code or company's name.
3. Contacting the Montgomery County Procurement at 240-777-9913 for a list of LSBRP vendors.

Job Listings

Openings for the week of July 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.

July 28, 2014
- President, Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development (Galesburg, IL)
- Marketing Specialist, City of Falls Church (Falls Church, VA)
- Business Attraction Manager, Virginia Economic Development Partnership (Richmond, VA)
- Executive Director, Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation (Prescott Valley, AZ)

July 21, 2014
- Assistant Director - Economic Development Corporation, City of Allen (Allen, TX)
- Economic Developer, Town of Mount Pleasant (Mount Pleasant, SC)
- Economic Development Manager, City of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
- Senior Vice President, Operations & Integration, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (Phoenix, AZ)

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)
- Senior Project Manager, Redevelopment, Invest Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
- Economic Development Director, Nassau County Economic Development Board (Nassau County, FL)

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)

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Upcoming IEDC Events:


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

Web Seminars

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 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:

City of Kingsport, TN

Village of Obetz, OH

Otsego County Economic Alliance
Gaylord, MI

North Louisiana Economic Partnership
Shreveport, LA

Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Developement Foundation
Oxford, MS

Caldwell County Economic Development Commission - NC
Lenoir, NC

North Central Texas WorkForce
Arlington, TX

York City, Pennsylvania Economic Development Department

Mat-Su Resource Conservation & Development Council
Wasilla, AK

City of Doraville, GA

Eau Claire Development
Columbia, SC

EB5 Capital
Bethesda, MD

City of Deming, NM

Nederland EDC
Nederland, TX

City of Granite City, IL

Wes Ervin Associates
Orangevale, CA

District of Maple Ridge
Maple Ridge, BC

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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