July 29, 2013

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• Annual Conference Track Spotlight: Promoting Innovation
• August Webinar to Discuss New Revenue Avenues for Your EDO
• Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies Training in Baltimore
• IEDC's Training Courses Can Take Your Career to the Next Level
• IEDC Offers Education Scholarships - Learn More
• IEDC Releases Report on the Impacts of Immigration
• Become an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO)
• Partners
• Requests for Proposals
• July 29 Job Listings

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IEDC Annual Conference Track Spotlight: Promoting Innovation

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

What exactly does innovation look like in economic development terms and which sectors are generating the biggest impact? From healthcare to farmerís markets and food hubs, this conference will analyze proven ways to promote innovation in communities around the world.

The Greater Philadelphia region has leveraged its location and infrastructure to reinvent itself. This provides a foundation that facilitates innovation and, therefore, stimulates economic resiliency and growth. Learn how public-private partnerships are helping cities realize new opportunities for expansion and economic strength. Plus, find out how to use data and metrics to their full potential to help your community.

Attend the 2013 Annual Conference to understand opportunities for varying regions and consider innovative ways to unlock a communityís potential.

Silent Auction to Benefit the Diane Lupke Scholarship to be Held at Annual Conference

Sunday, October 6 to Monday, October 7

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IEDC is proud to present a Silent Auction at the 2013 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Silent Auction will be held in Franklin Hall (Philadelphia Marriott Downtown) and will support the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund helps economic development professionals working in distressed communities continue their industry education.

IEDC needs your donations to help make the Silent Auction a success! Your contribution is a great way to give a deserving person the opportunity to take IEDC's professional development courses, and have fun at the Annual Conference. The silent auction will take place in the exhibition hall beginning on Sunday, October 6 at 1:00 pm and will conclude in conjunction with the Ice Cream Social on Monday, October 7 at 3:15 pm. Visit our webpage to learn more.

August Webinar to Discuss New Revenue Avenues for Your EDO

Generate New Revenue: Sell Your EDO's Research, Consulting & Marketing Skills

Wednesday, August 28 | 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST

It's time to think out of the box. Faced with reduced public funding, many economic development organizations (EDOs) are augmenting revenue through research and consulting services. Drawing on two case studies from IEDC's Financing EDOs report, IEDC's August webinar will explore the efforts of two different EDOs that developed novel strategies to generate additional revenue through contractual research, consulting and professional services. Attendees will explore how these EDOs determined the services they offer, price structure for these services, when to work with other research firms, and how to avoid competing with members.


Ron Kitchens
Southwest Michigan First
Kalamazoo, MI

Bill Popp
President & CEO
Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC)
Anchorage, AK

Stay ahead of the curve and register for our September webinar:
Turning Your Board Members into Change Agents
, Thursday, September 26, 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies Training Offered in Baltimore, MD

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies
Date: September 12 - 13
Location: Baltimore, MD

This multi-faceted course explores the core aspects of entrepreneurial and small business development including value-add partnerships, technical assistance programs, financing, business incubation and more. Entrepreneurs and small businesses stimulate job creation, develop crucial innovations in both products and services and promote the diversification of the economic base. In this course, you will learn the financial and managerial tools economic developers use to create a climate that encourages entrepreneurial and small business development. Also, practitioners will examine the barriers they face and how communities can leverage their economic development resources to build highly integrated networks to help businesses thrive in the global economy.


Maureen Collins-Williams
Director, UNI Entrepreneurship Outreach
University of Northern Iowa

Janna King, CEcD, EDFP
Economic Development Services, Inc.

Erik R. Pages Ph.D.
EntreWorks Consulting

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 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
• Nov 21-22: Business Retention and Expansion, Toronto, ON
• 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

IEDC Releases Report on the Economic Development Impacts of Immigration

Immigration is an integral part of America's past, present, and future. In recent decades, the waves of immigrants coming to U.S. shores have grown larger. Due to changes in immigration flows and settlement patterns, some economic development organizations (EDOs) are now facing immigration issues and immigrant populations without adequate knowledge or relevant experience. This paper summarizes the large body of research on immigration and economic development, and finds much evidence that immigration strengthens the economy and contributes in several positive ways. Throughout the paper, various case studies illustrate how EDOs in communities large and small have engaged immigrants in economic development.

The report is available via free download for IEDC members and for sale in print to non-members for $60.

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.

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Become an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) Today

Recognizing professional excellence in economic development organizations

With 35 current members and four 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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Requests 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

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!

Request for Proposals, Saratoga County (Saratoga County, NY)

Saratoga County is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to prepare a county-wide Economic Development Strategic Plan.

The Plan will provide a framework to increase the tax base, promote investment, and create jobs in Saratoga County over the next 5-10 years. It will identify strategies and present a detailed plan of action for moving forward. The Plan will also make recommendations regarding an appropriate organizational structure to execute this blueprint beginning in 2014.

Proposals are due by 5:00 pm, Monday, July 22, 2013. The full RFP is available at

Job Listings

Openings for the week of July 29

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 29, 2013
• Vice President of Knowledge Management & Economic Development Practice, International Economic Development Council (Washington, DC)
• Public Relations and Events Manager, Miami-Dade Beacon Council, Inc (Miami, FL)
• Economic Development Director and CEO, Greater Osceola Partnership for Economic Prosperity (Kissimmee, FL)
• Economic Development Director, City of Garland (City of Garland, TX)
• Executive Director, Forward Devils Lake (Devils Lake, ND)
• Director of Economic Development, Brooks City-Base, (San Antonio, TX)

July 22, 2013
• Director of Economic Development, County of Augusta (Verona, VA)
• Marketing and Research Manager, Prince William County Department of Economic Development (Gainesville, VA)
• Business Services Coordinator, City of Gaithersburg (Gaithersburg, MD)
• Executive Vice President, Business Development, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (Phoenix, AZ)
• Vice President, Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development, GO Topeka Economic Partnership (Topeka, KS)

July 15, 2013
• City Manager, City of Joliet (Joliet, IL)
• Executive Director, Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority (Brunswick, GA)
• Executive Director, Roswell-Chaves County EDC (Roswell, NM)
• Economic Development Director, Kaycee-Buffalo-Johnson County (Kaycee-Buffalo-Johnson County, WY)
• Commercial Lending/Manager, Rural Region, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (Baltimore, MD)

July 8, 2013
• Senior Economic Development Program Coordinator, Town of Buckeye (Buckeye, AZ)

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Upcoming IEDC Events:


2013 Annual Conference
October 6-9 | Philadelphia, PA

Web Seminars

Generate New Revenue: Sell Your EDO's Research, Consulting, and Marketing Skills
August 28

Turning Your Board Members into Owners of Change
September 26

Training Courses

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

Real Estate Development & Reuse
October 24-25 | Atlanta, GA

Economic Development Strategic Planning
November 7-8 | Atlanta, GA

IEDC Services:

Did You Know: IEDC Members have access to our new economic development policy blog?

New IEDC Members:

Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation
Eau Claire, WI

Bonham Economic Development Corporation (BEDCO)
Bonham, TX

Alaska Partnership for Economic Development
Anchorge, AK

Jasper County Econ. Dev. Organization, Inc.
Rensselaer, IN

Richmond Industrial Development Corp.
Richmond, KY

Ryan Search & Consulting
Franklin, TN

CARO Investment Consulting GmbH
Munich, Germany

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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