September 15, 2014

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- Explore Fort Worth's Trinity River Vision on Horseback & Wagon
- Donate to IEDC's Silent Auction and Be Recognized at the Annual
- Multiple Professional Development Opportunities in Canada this Fall
- Remaining Professional Development Opportunities in 2014
- Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop Requirement - Only One More Opportunity in 2014
- October Webinar Focuses on Crowdfunding and Your Community
- Free Webinar This Wednesday to Learn About Disaster Preparedness
- Registration is Now Open for the 2015 Leadership Summit
- Partners
- RFPs / RFQs
- September 15 Job Listings

Link:  2014 Annual Conference

Annual Conference Tour Spotlight: Explore Fort Worth's Trinity River Vision on Horseback and Wagon

Looking to get out and tour Fort Worth the "Cowtown" way?

Two chances to enjoy this tour!
Sunday, October 19, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Monday, October 20, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Escape the convention center and join us for a tour on horseback (and wagons for those who don't want to get into a saddle) along the Trinity River between the Historic Stockyards and downtown! Along the way, learn from JD Granger, Executive Director of the Trinity River Vision Authority about an aggressive economic development initiative that will transform a once neglected section of the river into a vibrant waterfront neighborhood. Look at "Panther Island" where innovative flood control will eliminate levees and create opportunity for over 10,000 households, 3 million square feet of commercial, retail, and educational space and 16,000 permanent jobs in the central city. Hear how the TRVA uses programming to generate interest in the river and create branding. Learn all of this while soaking in great views of the river and skyline from the back of a horse. Brady Wood, owner of the Coyote Drive-In will join the tour and discuss its role in spurring development with temporary uses.

For more information, or to add this tour to your itinerary, please contact Cherrika Gordon at or (202) 942-9463.

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

"AEDC is a proud supporter of the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund silent Auction! Donating our Big Wild Life Alaska vacation package is a great way to support our profession, promote Anchorage and Alaska, and throw in a little spirit of competition with our fellow EDOs."

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

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.

Multiple Professional Development Opportunities in Canada this Fall

Learn from Canadian instructors and use Canadian training manuals. These are truly opportunities not to be missed!

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

This comprehensive training course will introduce economic development to highly-engaged participants at all levels of experience. 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

Fred Morley
Executive Vice President and Chief Economist
Greater Halifax Partnership

Trudy Parsons
Director, Workforce Development
Millier Dickinson Blais

Steven W. Weathers, CEcD
President & CEO
Erie County Industrial Development Agency

Kathryn Wood
President & CEO
Natural Capital Resources, Inc.

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

This multi-faceted, Canadian-focused course explores the core aspects of entrepreneurial and small business development including value-add partnerships, technical assistance programs, financing, business incubation and more. While anyone is welcome to take this course, financing sessions will focus on tools and programs relevant to the Canadian economic developer.


Natalie Gibson
InnoVisions and Associates

Maureen Collins-Williams
Entrepreneurial Communities Project

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).

All Together Now! October Webinar Focuses on Crowdfunding and Your Community

All Together Now! Crowdfunding and Your Community
October 8 | 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. ET

A new crowdfunding provision created in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (JOBS Act) allows businesses to sell shares of their company to a large number of small investors without the expense and reporting requirements associated with going public. Economic development experts believe that this amendment will facilitate the growth of crowdfunding as a financing tool for small and medium sized businesses. This webinar will include a case study of the City of Cleveland's Department of Economic Development, and their experiences working on a collaborative effort with a real estate crowdfunding portal.


Daniel Miller
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Washington, DC

Pravina Raghvan
Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Investment and Innovation
Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

Will Warren
Development Officer
Department of Economic Development
City of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH

Free Webinar This Wednesday 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-cost, 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.

Registration is Now Open for the 2015 Leadership Summit

Gateways to Economic Competitiveness
January 25-27 | Palm Beach County, FL

Register by Friday, November 14, and save with our Early Registration Rates

The 2015 IEDC Leadership Summit brings together leaders from around the world to explore the role and responsibility of economic developers and organizations in channeling new ideas, markets, and products into their "gateways" to increase local, regional, national and global economic growth in today's competitive marketplace.

The Summit will highlight the South Florida region's physical and intellectual infrastructure. Attendees will see examples of what is happening at the local level and how these successes can be replicated in their communities. Whether it's the physical infrastructure of shipping ports, airports, highways, and rail services, or the intellectual infrastructure of universities and research facilities, Palm Beach County will show you what it takes to maintain a competitive edge in today's world.

Attendance is limited to senior managers of economic development organizations and Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs).


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


Request for Proposals, Atlantic County Improvement Authority (Mays Landing, NJ)

The Atlantic County Improvement Authority is seeking a qualified economic development consulting firm to prepare a countywide Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan. The Plan will provide a framework to increase the tax base of Atlantic County, New Jersey by enhancing the business climate and creating higher-paying jobs and present a key set of strategies, with action items, that build upon the current asset base of Atlantic County, New Jersey and the surrounding region. For information on obtaining the RFP please visit

Job Listings

Openings for the week of September 15

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.

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September 15, 2014
- Economic Development Division Director, City of Madison's Economic Development Division (Madison, WI)
- Director of Business Development - Project Manager, New North, Inc. (Green Bay, WI)
- Executive Director, Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership (Ballston Spa, NY)
- Economic Development Specialist, Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (Watkins Glen, NY)
- Director of Economic Development, City of Sacramento (Sacramento, CA)
- Economic Development Marketing Manager, City of Cedar Hill (Cedar Hill, TX)

September 8, 2014
- President, Morgantown Area Economic Partnership and Director, Monongalia County Development Authority (Morgantown, WV)
- Economic Development Administrator, County of San Bernardino (San Bernardino, CA)
- Economic Development Director, Contracted, Town of Timnath (Timnath, CO)
- Chief Executive Officer, Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation (Oshkosh, WI)
- Director, Regional Economic Planning Services, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research (Kalamazoo, MI)

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)
- Economic Development Director, Norwalk Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) (Norwalk, OH)

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)

Link:  Join IEDC

Upcoming IEDC Events:


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

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

Web Seminars

All Together Now! Crowdfunding and Your Community
October 8

Training Courses

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:

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

New IEDC Members:

City of Sacramento, CA

Office of Business and Economic Development
Naples, FL

Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission
Woodstock, VT

Holt County Economic Development
Oneill, NE

Community Concepts Finance Corp.
Paris, ME

Washington County Economic and Tourism Partnership
Plymouth, NC

Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development
Auckland, New Zealand

Richland County Government
Columbia, SC

City of Center, TX

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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