September 3, 2013

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• Annual Conference: Get Your Real Estate Questions Answered
• Annual Conference: Free Workshop for Disaster-Impacted Communities
• Project Analysis & Mentoring for Presidentially Declared Disaster Areas
• Business Retention & Expansion Training Offered in Toronto, ON
• IEDC's Training Courses Can Take Your Career to the Next Level
• New IEDC Reports on Potential of Nascent Clean Energy Markets
• Sept Webinar: Turning Your Board Members into Owners of Change
• Free Advice on Economic Recovery for States in the Southeast
• Partners
• Request for Qualifications, Town of Huntersville, NC
• September 3 Job Listings

Link:  2013 Annual Conference

IEDC Annual Conference Offers Opportunities to Get Your Real Estate Questions Answered

2013 International Economic Development Council Annual Conference
Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, October 6-9, 2013

Real estate is fundamental to economic prosperity, so a well-versed economic developer can give their community a competitive edge. From downtown development to corporate site location, IEDC's 2013 Annual Conference will help ED pros grasp the latest trends in real estate and what it means for their efforts to build vibrant, sustainable, and economically successful communities.

Sessions of interest include:

Corporate Real Estate Directors Session
Sunday, October 6
This session will offer the opportunity to learn the major site selection challenges faced by the corporate end-user: how to effectively communicate with the senior corporate real estate officer at a major global company, and how to look at the facility deal from the perspective of a company's senior manager.

Opening Plenary Session
Sunday, October 6
Two of Philadelphia's leaders in the commercial real estate market discuss their experiences developing projects in the region's rapidly transforming urban and suburban environment.

Session: CDFIs to Crowdfunding: Tools for Community Investment
Sunday, October 6
New crowdfunding tools such as Fundrise allow for a greater level of direct investment in local real estate projects and other opportunities. How can economic developers harness these tools to engage citizens in their communities and develop new sources of capital for local real estate entrepreneurs?

Session: Dateline Sustainability: Putting the Triple Bottom Line to Work
Wednesday, October 9
With a focus on long term value and sustainability, 5 Stone Green Capital looks for opportunities where others don't. Integrating the power of technology and sustainable design to reduce operating costs and enhance profitability, 5SGC targets markets that have indicators of potential high demand for residential housing, non-discretionary retail, and green light manufacturing, together with a favorable regulatory and political environment that is supportive of green real estate development.

Free Workshop for Disaster-Impacted Communities on Small Business Financing Held at Annual Conference

Small Business Financing for Economic Recovery Workshop
Held in conjunction with IEDC's 2013 Annual Conference

Monday, October 7, 2013 | 1:30 - 5:30 pm

Small businesses are the cornerstone of many local economies. We have seen within recent years that both natural and man-made disasters can seriously impact local, regional and national economies. Following a disaster, one of the biggest demands of small businesses is financial support for rebuilding, business continuation and growth. This workshop brings economic developers together to explore tactics to aid small businesses in identifying funding sources and strategies. Interactive opportunities will allow attendees to meet peers in the economic recovery process and create a learning network.

This free workshop is directed at public and private sector representatives that work in economic development. We strongly encourage participation of representatives from economic development organizations, chamber of commerce, economic development planning districts, business councils, and public officials. Attendance at this workshop is by advance registration only.

Register for the workshop. Attendance at this workshop is by advance registration only.

Project Analysis & Mentoring for Presidentially Declared Disaster Areas

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

IEDC will be offering free private project analysis and mentoring to communities impacted by presidentially-declared disasters from October, 2010 to September, 2011 throughout the conference. Communities will have the opportunity to receive feedback and recommendations from experienced consultants and practitioners at the Annual Conference for 90 minutes. Potential topics for projects and discussion include but are not limited to:

• Economic recovery action plan development
• Disaster Preparedness strategies
• Updating strategic plan post-disaster
• Economic diversification
• Rebuilding an industry
• Business retention and expansion
• Community branding and marketing strategy
• Small business financing strategies
• Strengthening the entrepreneurship ecosystem
• Retraining workers
• Conducting a downtown or main street analysis
• Addressing vacant or blighted areas
• Strengthening partnerships and regional collaboration

Interested communities should apply here. 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. Mentors will receive two level II CEcD recertification points.

The workshop and mentoring sessions are funded in part by the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration. Should you have any questions contact Dana Crater at

Business Retention & Expansion Training Offered in Toronto, ON

Business Retention & Expansion
Date: November 21-22
Location: Toronto, ON

This interactive course presents the core components of a BRE program and why the concerns of local businesses need to be actively addressed. By building an understanding of business visitation techniques and survey methods, practitioners will be able to clearly gauge their community's business climate. Learn the "red flags" that may indicate a company is looking to move elsewhere, and learn how to structure an effective technical assistance program to respond to business concerns. This course helps participants understand how a BRE program relates to attraction, workforce development, small business finance, technology transfer and many other economic development activities.


Laith Wardi, CEcD
ExecutivePulse, Inc.

Dale Wheeldon
EDCD 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 course information

• 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
• Jan 30-31: Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies, Irvine, CA

» View the entire calendar

IEDC Releases New Reports on Economic Development Potential of Nascent Clean Energy Markets

IEDC is releasing new research on three nascent clean energy markets: electric vehicles, offshore wind energy and net-zero energy homes. These are transformative technologies for the United States that have not been widely deployed, yet their job creation potential is great, alongside the environmental and other benefits they bring. Supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the report aims to help economic developers unlock the potential of these industries to grow local wealth, jobs and investment. "Creating the Clean Energy Economy" discusses the sectors' economic development benefits in detail, hurdles to market development and strategies to help overcome these hurdles.

All reports (PDF) are free for both IEDC members and non members.

» Download Executive Summary
» Download "Analysis of the Electric Vehicle Industry"
» Download "Analysis of the Offshore Wind Energy Industry"
» Download "Analysis of the Net-Zero Energy Homes Industry"

Attend the Free IEDC Webinar and Learn More

When: September 5, 2013, 2:00-3:30 pm ET
Price: Free

This free webinar to IEDC members and non-members provides an economic development perspective on the growth of three nascent clean energy markets: electric vehicles, offshore wind energy and net-zero energy homes. This webinar features two speakers who have been actively working for many years to promote these nascent markets: Jeff Allen, Executive Director of Drive Oregon and Edward Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030.

Learn more about the webinar. This webinar is available at no cost, thanks to a grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

September Webinar: Turning Your Board Members into Owners of Change

Turning Your Board Members into Owners of Change

Thursday, September 26 | 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST

Discuss new ways to engage with board members and generate innovative initiatives. This results-oriented process will energize and captivate your board members, deeply involving them in a process through which they will take ownership of change initiatives and commit to seeing them through, both financially and politically.

Doug Eadie will bring his 25 years of experience of working with over 500 organizations, as well as information from his new book "Leading Out-of-the-Box Change," which is only one of his 19 books and over 100 articles. Kurt Foreman, who has worked all over the nation, will give the perspective of a practitioner who has used many strategies to attract new business and investment to the market, and retain and grow existing businesses. He has a lot of experience working with stakeholders and other supporters of growth.

These are some of the strategies he uses and will discuss during the webinar:

• Learn the three roles a chief executive must play as the "Innovator in Chief"
• Discover a structure for your board to engage in high-level change
• Grasp new strategies to evolve board members into owners of change


Doug Eadie
President & CEO
Doug Eadie & Company

Kurt Foreman
Executive Vice President, Economic Development
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Hey Southeast! Is Your Organization Seeking Free Advice on Economic Recovery?

• Does your organization service counties in FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC or TN?

• Was your organization's community or region impacted by a disaster between October 2010 and September 2011 but not presidentially declared?

• Is your organization interested in no cost customized assistance in creating an action blueprint and identifying implementation strategies to address economic recovery or disaster preparedness?

If you answered yes to all three questions, please consider completing the call for technical assistance from IEDC and NADO.

IEDC and NADO will be providing disaster recovery, resiliency, and capacity development support in non-presidentially declared counties in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee at no cost to the recipient organization. Technical assistance will consist of a site visit, peer-to-peer mentoring, and targeted recommendations on economic recovery and resilience from a panel of IEDC and NADO members with expertise on the topic of need. The organization will receive initial feedback and recommendations during the site visit followed by a report with more detailed recommendations, action steps, resources and case studies of communities and regions that have addressed similar needs. In order to select communities and regions to receive assistance, we are conducting a call for technical assistance. If you are interested in receiving technical assistance tailored specifically to your community or region at no cost, please complete the form by Friday, September 13, 2013


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Request for Qualifications

Request for Qualifications, Town of Huntersville (Huntersville, NC)

Lake Norman Regional EDC:

Request For Qualifications (RFQ) - Town of Huntersville Strategic Economic Development Plan

The Town of Huntersville NC is accepting qualification statements for the preparation of a Strategic Economic Development Plan (SEDP).

Interested firms should submit Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) by 5 pm on September 15th. For further information regarding this RFQ,visit:

Questions regarding this RFQ should be directed to Zac Gordon:

Job Listings

Openings for the week of September 3

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.

September 3, 2013
• Open Employment Opportunities, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (Madison, WI)
• Business Development Specialist, Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (Sheboygan, WI)
• Attraction Marketing Specialist, Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (Sheboygan, WI)
• Director of Community and Economic Development, City of Des Plaines (Des Plaines, IL)
• Executive Vice President of Economic Development, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce (Columbus, GA)
• Redevelopment Manager, Pearland Economic Development Corporation (Pearland, TX)
• Director of Economic Development, Southern Virginia Regional Alliance (Danville, VA)

August 26, 2013
• Economic Development Director, City of Gulfport (Gulfport, MS)
• Business Lending Program Coordinator, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Division of Neighborhood Revitalization (Crownsville, MD)
• Chief Executive Officer Economic Development/Workforce Alliance, Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance (Modesto, CA)
• Chief Executive Officer, Bloomington Normal Economic Development Council (Normal, IL)
• Economic Development Manager, City of Wentzville (Wentzville, MO)
• Executive Vice President, Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce (Benton Harbor, MI)

August 19, 2013
• Director of Economic Development, Jefferson County Port Authority (Wintersville, OH)
• Economic Development Manager, City of Ramsey (Ramsey, MN)

August 12, 2013
• Community and Economic Development Director, City of Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
• Chief Operating Officer, High Profile Non-Profit Organization (Oklahoma City, OK)
• International Trade Administrator, City of Mentor (Mentor, OH)
• Vice President of Knowledge Management & Economic Development Practice, International Economic Development Council (Washington, DC)
• Senior Community Development Analyst, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (Washington, DC)
• Director, Economic Development, Lee County Board County Commissioners (Fort Myers, FL)

Link:  Join IEDC

Upcoming IEDC Events:


2013 Annual Conference
October 6-9 | Philadelphia, PA

2014 Leadership Summit
February 2-4 | Irvine, CA

Web Seminars

The Economic Development Potential of Nascent Clean Energy Markets
September 5

Turning Your Board Members into Owners of Change
September 26

Training Courses

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

Business Retention & Expansion
November 21-22 | Toronto, ON

Economic Development Credit Analysis
December 4-6 | San Antonio, TX

Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies
January 30-31 | Irvine, CA

IEDC Services:

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New IEDC Members:

Salt Lake City Corporation
Salt Lake City, UT

Fort Myers Regional Partnership / Lee County Office of Economic Development
Fort Myers, FL

Leotta-Evers Consulting
Baton Rouge, LA

Burt County Economic Development Corporation
Tekamah, NE

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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