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August 31, 2015

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- Annual and Entrepreneurship: Grow Your Economy From Within
- ED + Ed: Partnering to Bridge the Gap
- We Need Your Donations to Make the Silent Auction a Success
- Econ Dev Strategic Planning Training Offered in Texas
- What are the Two Most Important Factors to an EDO's Success?
- New Certification Exam Added to 2015 Calendar
- Webinar Series: The Future of Economic Development is Online
- ICSC's Urban Retail Gold Rush Co-hosted by IEDC
- Partners
- August 31 Job Listings

Link:  2015 IEDC Annual Conference

Annual Conference to Discuss Entrepreneurship: Grow Your Economy From Within

The economic downturn of the past decade has shifted many EDOs' efforts from business attraction to nurturing small firms, and the focus of many individuals from finding a job to working for themselves. Yet new business failure rates are high even in the best of times. That makes it more important than ever to develop an entrepreneurship support system that can foster the success of small businesses in your community.

Join IEDC in Anchorage as we answer the questions:

- What are the key resources that entrepreneurs need?
- What can you do to encourage entrepreneurship in your community?
- How do you calculate the value of local food businesses?
- What are some successful ways to leverage higher ed partnerships?

With over 1,000 attendees, this event is essential for economic developers at all stages in their careers and at all levels within the profession. Don't miss out on the largest international gathering of economic development professionals in the world - register today.

Pre-conference Workshop: ED + Ed: Partnering to Bridge the Gap

Thursday, October 1 | Anchorage, Alaska

Economic development organizations (EDOs) and institutes of higher learning work on many of the same pressing problems, yet their efforts are sometimes uncoordinated. In this workshop, held in partnership with the University Economic Development Association (UEDA), participants will meet university, college, state, and local officials who are successfully bridging the ED-ed gap to win grants and undertake innovative projects in four of the most urgent and important spaces for collaborative effort.

Registration for ED+Ed: Partnering to Bridge the Gap is $175. Registrants attending either the IEDC Annual Conference or the UEDA Annual Conference will save $50 off their workshop fee.

We Need Your Donations to Make the 2015 Silent Auction a Success

2015 IEDC Annual Conference Silent Auction
Sunday, October 4 to Monday, October 5

» Download the donation form (PDF)

IEDC is proud to present a Silent Auction at the 2015 Annual Conference in Anchorage, Alaska. The Silent Auction will be held in the Idlughet Exhibit Hall and will support the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund helps economic development professionals working in distressed communities continue their industry education.

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 begin on Sunday, October 4 and will conclude in conjunction with the Ice Cream Social the next day. Visit our webpage to learn more.

Economic Development Strategic Planning Training Offered in Texas

Economic Development Strategic Planning
September 17-18 | Fort Worth, TX

This highly interactive course lets participants work in small teams to help understand the complexity of strategic planning and its challenges. Economic developers must build consensus among board members, stakeholders and the community as a whole, creating a unified vision for the future. Learn techniques to build consensus among stakeholders who represent different values and interests. Also, participants will learn the quantitative techniques used to better understand their community including: location quotients, shift share, input-output and cluster analyses. Explore project assessment methods for setting priorities and measuring your plan's impact.

What are the Two Most Important Factors to an EDO's Success?

Raising Money & Morale: Maximizing Your Capital & Human Resources
Wednesday, September 16 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET

This webinar takes a dual focus on the two factors most important to any economic development organization's (EDO) success: money and people.


- Which economic development activities currently receive the most funding
- What donors look for in a compelling cause in which to invest
- Secrets of successful public/private funding for economic development
- Differences between maintenance funding and investing in a strategic initiative
- Avoiding the six biggest funding mistakes in economic development operations

Human Resources:

- Effective tools for attracting and retaining talent in today's competitive marketplace
- Designing fair and competitive compensation packages for EDO staff
- Implementing successful coaching and performance-appraisal processes in the workplace
- Defining and managing conflicts of interest and ethical questions
- Ensuring complete and compliant employee documentation for all staff
- Proactively managing protected class issues in the workplace

Upcoming webinars include:

- September 2: Inclusive Growth: An Economic Imperative - Part 2 (Free)
- September 16: Raising Money & Morale: Maximizing Your Capital & Human Resources
- October 27: What You Need to Know About Digital Lead Generation
- November 3: Get Google's Attention
- November 10: Optimizing Social Media
- November 17: Analytics & Metrics to Become a Marketing Leader
- November 24: Using Big Data to Tell the Right Story
- December 1: Getting More from International Marketing

New Certification Exam Added to 2015 Calendar

Have you been working towards obtaining your Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation? Good news! We've added an exam this December, in Atlanta, Georgia:

Dates: December 12-13, 2015

Location: Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel
866 W. Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

Application Deadline: October 13, 2015

You have the experience, skills, and knowledge of a great economic developer. Now get recognized for your achievements through the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) program. Visit our website to learn more.

Fall Webinar Series: The Future of Economic Development is Online

The Future of Economic Development is Online: IEDC's 2015 Digital Marketing Webinar Series
Tuesdays, October 27 - December 1 | 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET

IEDC, in partnership with Atlas Advertising, is offering a series of webinars on the critical digital marketing tools for economic development. Each webinar will teach practitioners how to use a crucial digital platform. Learn how to keep your community competitive in the global marketplace by winning Google's attention and ranking higher in searches, proving the value of your efforts through analytics, and using big data to tell relevant community stories.

October 27: What You Need to Know about Digital Lead Generation
November 3: Get Google's Attention
November 10: Optimizing Social Media
November 17: Analytics & Metrics to Become a Marketing Leader
November 24: Using Big Data to Tell the Right Story
December 1: Getting More from International Marketing

ICSC's Urban Retail Gold Rush Co-hosted by IEDC

September 24, 2015 | Washington, D.C.

With the renaissance of America's cities, retailers and developers are producing some of the most innovative projects the U.S. has ever seen. This special panel of top industry and public sector leaders will give candid and expert views on the challenges of urban retail development - and redevelopment. Learn what goes into the design, development and execution of large-scale projects that encompass places to live, work and shop. Hear about strategies to optimize retail sales; drive market share, and create long-term value.

Visit the event website to learn more and register today.


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. Atlas is a high performance economic development marketing partner of IEDC. The agency's 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 practitioner 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 at www.esri.com/econdev.

Job Listings

Openings for the week of August 31

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.

August 31, 2015
- Marketing and Communications Director, Arkansas Economic Development Commission (Little Rock, AR)
- Vice President, Rockford Area Economic Development Council (Rockford, IL)
- President & CEO, Greater Topeka Chamber / GO Topeka (Topeka, KS)
- CRA Administrator, City of Coral Springs (Coral Springs, FL)
- Executive Director, Moorhead Economic Development Authority (Moorhead, MN))
- Project Specialist II, City of San Leandro (San Leandro, CA)

August 24, 2015
- Executive Director, Regional Development Corporation (Espanola, NM)
- Economic Development Administrator, Business Attraction, Town of Gilbert (Gilbert, AZ)
- Chief Executive Officer, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership (St. Louis, MO)
- Business Recruitment/Retention Specialist, Economic Development Office, City of Cape Coral (Cape Coral, FL)
- President/CEO, McNairy Regional Alliance (Selmer, TN)
- President, Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (Spearfish, SD)
- Vice President of Business & Industry Solutions, Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (Millersville, MD)
- Business Advocate, City of Grants Pass (Grants Pass, OR)

August 17, 2015
- President/COO, Radius Indiana (Bedford, Indiana)
- Lead Global Trade Specialist, Business Oregon (Portland, Oregon)
- Real Estate Manager, City of Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA)
- Executive Director, Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO) (Twin Falls, Idaho)
- Project Manager, Economic Development, City of Eureka (Eureka, CA)
- President/CEO, The Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County (Brazoria County, TX)

August 10, 2015
- Head, Investment Promotion Unit, Invest Hong Kong (New York, NY)
- Director, Business Development, Midland Development Corporation (Midland, TX)
- Senior Vice President, Economic & Workforce Development, Greater Louisville, Inc. (Louisville, KY)

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Upcoming IEDC Events:


2015 Annual Conference
October 4-7 | Anchorage, AK


Free: Inclusive Growth: An Economic Imperative - Part 2
September 2

Raising Money & Morale: Maximizing Your Capital & Human Resources
September 16

Digital Marketing Series #1: What You Need to Know about Digital Lead Generation
October 27

Digital Marketing Series #2: Get Google's Attention
November 3

Digital Marketing Series #3: Optimizing Social Media
November 10

Digital Marketing Series #4: Analytics & Metrics to Become a Marketing Leader
November 17

Training Courses

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies
September 10-11 | Minneapolis, MN

Neighborhood Development Strategies
September 24-25 | Baltimore, MD

Workforce Development Strategies
October 1-2 | Anchorage, AK

Real Estate Development and Reuse
October 29-30 | Chapel Hill, NC

Workforce Development Strategies
October 29-30 | Edmonton, AB

Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies
November 5-6 | Toronto, ON

Managing Economic Development Organizations
November 12-13 | Columbus, OH

Economic Development Credit Analysis
December 2-4 | Atlanta, GA

IEDC Services:

Do you have an economic development question that requires research? Available to IEDC members only, the Clearninghouse Information and Research Services is like having a research librarian, trained in economic development, at your fingertips!

New IEDC Members:

City of Elk Grove, CA

Summit County
Coalville, UT

Box Elder County
Brigham City, UT USA

Port of Vancouver
Vancouver, WA

City of Oregon City, OR

Baltimore, MD

City of Evans, CO

Bridgeport Economic Development
Bridgeport, TX

City of Florence, OR

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Leadville Lake County EDC
Leadville, CO

MSi E-Center At Jackson State University
Jackson, MS

Clarksville-Johnson County Regional Chamber of Commerce
Clarksville, AR

City of Snohomish, WA

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 4,500 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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