September 2, 2014

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- "Lean In" Economic Development Style at the Annual Conference
- Donate to IEDC's Silent Auction and Be Recognized at the Annual
- Free Economic Resiliency & Disaster Preparedness Advice at Annual
- Learn the Basics of Canadian Economic Development in Toronto
- Remaining Professional Development Opportunities in 2014
- Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop Requirement - Only One More Opportunity in 2014
- Transforming Sustainability into an Econ Dev Strategy: Sept Webinar
- Free Webinar Opportunity to Learn About Disaster Preparedness
- Free Podcast on Strategies to Mitigate Rural Poverty
- Partners
- RFPs / RFQs
- September 2 Job Listings

Link:  2014 Annual Conference

"Lean In" Economic Development Style: A Candid Conversation with Four Female Leaders at the 2014 Annual Conference

Register before September 5 and save on your registration rate!

Taking a page from the New York Times best-selling book "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead," this session will take a close look at women in economic development. While women hold less than 5% of the Fortune 500 senior leadership positions, female economic developers are emerging as some of the most innovative and forward-thinking leaders among our organizations and boards. This talk show-style session with four female leaders from across our industry will examine both the challenges and the successes women ED leaders have faced, and the lessons they have learned.

Expert speakers include:

Barbara Hayes
President & CEO
Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization
Sacramento, CA

Marina James, MBA
President & CEO
Economic Development Winnipeg, Inc.
Winnipeg, MB

Tracye McDaniel
President & CEO
Choose New Jersey, Inc.
Princeton, NJ

Jennifer Owens, CEcD
Lakeshore Advantage
Zeeland, MI

Donate to IEDC's Silent Auction and Be Recognized at our Annual Conference

IEDC needs your donations to help make the 2014 Silent Auction a success! The Silent Auction will be held in support of the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund, which helps economic development professionals working in distressed communities continue their industry education. Your contribution is a great and fun way to give a deserving person the opportunity to take IEDC's professional development courses.

What to donate?
Vacation getaways, themed gift baskets, autographed sports items, tickets to events, hotel and inn stays, gift certificates, or other unique items that represent your community. We are unable to accept donations of services.

For more information regarding the IEDC Silent Auction, please contact Will Hirzy at (202) 942-9469 or If you would like to make a donation, complete the Silent Auction donation form (PDF) and fax, email, or mail it to IEDC to the attention of Will Hirzy.

Free Economic Resiliency and Disaster Preparedness Advice at IEDC 2014 Annual Conference

Is your community working an economic recovery project following a disaster during FY2011? Would your community be interested in feedback and recommendations from consultants and experienced practitioners at no cost?

At this year's Annual Conference, IEDC will be offering free mentoring to communities impacted by presidentially-declared disasters from October, 2010 to September, 2011. Communities will have the opportunity to receive feedback and recommendations from experienced consultants and practitioners for 90 minutes.

Interested communities should click here to apply. Consultants and disaster experienced practitioners interested in mentoring should apply here. Eligible communities must be located within presidentially-declared counties within EDA's Atlanta and Philadelphia regions. If you have any questions, please contact Tatiana Puscasu at

Learn the Basics of Canadian Economic Development in Toronto this October

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

For the first time ever, IEDC is offering a professional development opportunity in Canada for those interested in learning the fundamentals of economic development. Learn from Canadian instructors and use Canadian training manuals - this is truly an opportunity not to be missed!

This comprehensive training course will introduce economic development to highly-engaged participants at all levels of experience. Attendees will learn theoretical and practical perspectives on economic development and be provided with the skills needed to organize, plan, and implement economic growth initiatives. We'll cover tools, programs and organizations relevant to the Canadian economic development professional - Industry Canada, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), and more! Those new to economic development are encouraged to take this course first as an overview of the field's key activities.


Neil Everson, CEcD EcD
Director, Economic Development
City of Hamilton

Jeffrey A. Finkle, CEcD
President & CEO
International Economic Development Council

Lauren Millier
Millier Dickinson Blais

Trudy Parsons
Director, Workforce Development
Millier Dickinson Blais

Remaining Professional Development Opportunities in 2014

View a PDF or the Professional Development page of IEDC's website for detailed course information

Upcoming Training Courses Include:

- Sept 18-19: Economic Development Strategic Planning, Baltimore, MD
- Oct 1-3: Introduction to Economic Development, Toronto, ON
- Oct 9-10: Real Estate Development & Reuse, Atlanta, GA
- Oct 15-17: Economic Development Credit Analysis, Fort Worth, TX
- Oct 30-31: Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies, Edmonton, AB
- Nov 6-7: Real Estate Development and Reuse, Lansing, MI
- Nov 13-14: Business Retention and Expansion, Chapel Hill, NC
- Dec 4-5: Technology-led Economic Development, Phoenix, AZ

Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop Requirement - Only One More Opportunity Remaining in 2014

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. There is also one remaining webinar:

- 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).

Transforming Sustainability into an Economic Development Strategy: September Webinar

A Sustainability Starter Kit for Communities
Thursday, September 11 | 2:30 - 4:00 pm ET

In this webinar, IEDC presents a starter kit that contains the basics of how to "do" sustainable economic development. Communities everywhere can take steps to ensure that their economic development programs are grounded in the principles of sustainability. Further, the strategies to be discussed are useful for all EDOs, regardless of their location, budget, size or function.


Natalie Betts
Recycling Economic Development Liaison
City of Austin
Austin, TX

Marc Coudert
Environmental Program Coordinator
Office of Sustainability, City of Austin
Austin, TX

Philipp Muessig
Co-director, MN GreenStep Cities Program
Assistance Division, MPCA
Minneapolis, MN

Free Webinar Opportunity to Learn About Disaster Preparedness

Navigating Federal Resources for Long-Term Recovery in Rural Communities
September 17, 2014 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

This webinar will uncover the economic recovery resources available for rural communities with a focus on resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Speakers in this webinar will discuss the requirements for programs and provide the tools needed to effectively apply. Speakers will also talk from recent disaster experiences and lessons learned with finding and applying for federal resources.

These webinars are available at no-costs, thanks to grants from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Philadelphia and Atlanta offices. Each seminar hosts economic recovery practitioners with real world experience, and features efforts made in disaster-impacted communities.

Free Podcast on Strategies to Mitigate Rural Poverty

Strategies to Mitigate Rural Poverty: Using Human and Social Capital

One outcome of the recent recession is that rural poverty rates are the highest since the mid-1980s. Mil Duncan, founding director of the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute, discusses the issues facing the rural poor in an Economic Development podcast.


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, Economic Development Coalition Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC) (Asheville, NC)

The Economic Development Coalition Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC) is seeking a qualified economic development consulting firm to leverage the success of the existing AVL 5x5 Plan, seamlessly transition the existing planís success into the next five year strategy, AVL 5x5 Vision 2020, and advance/evolve the strategic plan to maximize success. Implementation experience is essential. The EDC is seeking a firm with forward-thinking and cutting-edge strategy proposals. Experience of key staff on project must be no less than 4 years. Firms interested in responding to this RFP should submit a "Letter of Interest" to the CONTACT OFFICER by September 5, 2014 to ensure they are a considered bidder. Full RFP details can be found here.

Job Listings

Openings for the week of September 2

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September 2, 2014
- Economic Development Coordinator, Development Authority of Columbia County (Evans, GA)
- Senior Economic Development Analyst, City of Stockton (Stockton, CA)
- Economic Development Specialist, City of Rowlett (Rowlett, TX)
- Economic and Workforce Development Director, City of Oakland (Oakland, CA)
- Economic Development Specialist, City of Sandy Springs (Sandy Springs, GA)
- Economic Development Newsletter Coordinator, International Economic Development Council (Washington, DC)

August 25, 2014
- President & CEO, Bay Future, Inc. (Bay City, MI)
- Economic Development Manager, City of Coral Springs (Coral Springs, FL)
- Manager, Business Recruitment, Lee County Economic Development Office (Fort Myers, FL)
- President, Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce (Columbus, MS)
- Vice President, Business Attraction, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (Lansing, MI)
- Economist, Invest Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
- Economic Developer, City of Doral (Doral, FL)

August 18, 2014
- Director of Marketing, Washington, DC Economic Partnership (Washington, D.C.)
- Economic Development Director, Village of Gurnee (Gurnee, IL)
- Commercial Operations Director, North America, OCO Global (New York)
- Executive Director, South Central Illinois Regional Planning & Development Commission (Salem, IL)
- President/Chief Executive Officer, Sandoval Economic Alliance, Inc. (Rio Rancho, NM)
- Director of Business Recruitment, Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce (Irving, TX)
- Director of Lending, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation (Somerset, KY)

August 11, 2014
- Economic & Business Development Director, City of Fayetteville (Fayetteville, NC)
- Economic Development Director, Arlington County Government (Arlington, VA)
- Executive Vice President Economic Development, Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation (Golden, CO)
- Chief Financial Officer, Invest Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
- President and CEO, Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation (Conway, SC)
- Chief Economic Development Director, City of Bellevue (Bellevue, WA)
- Executive Director, Henry County Development Authority (Henry County, GA)
- Director of Economic Development, Wabash Valley Power Association (Indianapolis, IN)

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Upcoming IEDC Events:


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

2015 Leadership Summit
January 25-27 | Palm Beach County, FL

Web Seminars

A Sustainability Starter Kit for Communities
September 11

Free: A CEcD Primer for Canadian Economic Developers
September 15

All Together Now! Crowdfunding and Your Community
October 8

Training Courses

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

Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies
October 30-31 | Edmonton, AB

Real Estate Development & Reuse
November 6-7 | Lansing, MI

Business Retention & Expansion
November 13-14 | Chapel Hill, NC

IEDC Services:

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

New IEDC Members:

Madison County Community Development
Edwardsville, IL

Fauquier County
Warrenton, VA

City of Oak Creek, WI

Boerne Kendall County Economic Development Corporation
Boerne, TX

Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government
Houma, LA

Seward Chamber of Commerce
Seward, AK

City of Stockton, CA

Screven County Development Authority
Sylvania, GA

County of Franklin
Rocky Mount, VA

Ohio County Economic Development Alliance
Hartford, KY

Phelps County Development Corp.
Holdrege, NE

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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