September 16, 2013

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• 2013 Annual: What Questions Would You Ask a Healthcare CEO?
• 2013 Annual: Free Workshop for Disaster-Impacted Communities
• Project Analysis & Mentoring for Presidentially Declared Disaster Areas
• Business Retention & Expansion Training Offered in Toronto, ON
• IEDC's Fall and Winter Training Course Schedule is Out
• Sept Webinar: Turning Your Board Members into Owners of Change
• New IEDC Webinar Series: Getting the Most from Social Media
• Partners
• September 16 Job Listings

Link:  2013 Annual Conference

What Questions Would You Ask a Healthcare CEO?

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

Increasingly a stable source of jobs and good wages for workers at multiple skill levels, the health care sector is transforming across the world. What does the future look like in health care and economic development, and how can you position your community to capitalize?

Send in your questions for Dan Hilferty, CEO of Independence Blue Cross.

Join IEDC in Philadelphia at the Keynote Luncheon for this year's Annual Conference, where Daniel Hilferty, CEO of Independence Blue Cross, will discuss health care innovation and answer questions from economic developers in a “fireside chat” moderated by Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Director for KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia.

To ask a question for Mr. Hilferty, simply send your query to by Friday, September 20, 2013. Responses will be kept anonymous and sent to Dr. McDonough for inclusion in a dynamic Q+A with the leader of one of southeastern Pennsylvania's leading health insurers.

Attendance at the keynote luncheon is included with registration for the 2013 IEDC Annual Conference, so whether you're close to Philadelphia or coming from out of town, register today to attend this unique event.

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

IEDC's Fall and Winter Training Course Schedule is Out

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

• 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 16-17: Neighborhood Development Strategies, New York, NY Metro Area
• Jan 30-31: Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies, Irvine, CA
• Feb 13-14: Economic Development Marketing and Attraction, Atlanta, GA
• Feb 20-21: Real Estate Development & Reuse, Baltimore, MD
• March 5-7: Economic Development Credit Analysis, Madison, WI
• March 20-21: Workforce Development, Washington, DC

» View the entire calendar

There's Still Time to Register for Next Week's Webinar on Engaging with Board Members

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.


Doug Eadie
President & CEO
Doug Eadie & Company

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

Announcing IEDC's Newest Webinar Series! Getting the Most from Social Media

When: Tuesdays from October 22 to November 26 at 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST
Price: Each web seminar is $95 for members and $135 for Non-members
Members: Register for all six web seminars for only $400 - a $170 savings

Become a member of IEDC today and save $410 on the entire series

Learn the Ins and Outs of Social Media for EDOs
This fall, IEDC will be offering a special in-depth series of web seminars on the best use of social media for economic development initiatives. Each web seminar will provide instructions on how to use the platform, including useful tips for EDOs of all sizes. Presenters will answer your questions to help you better understand how to create a pro-active social media strategy.

Join IEDC this fall to gain a stronger understanding of what the social media platforms offer and learn how to develop a powerful strategy that draws global attention to your community. This web seminar series is being held in partnership with Atlas Advertising.

October 22: Economic Development Marketing - Metrics that Matter - Changing the Debate about Whether or not Economic Development Makes a Difference

October 29: Supercharging Business Retention and Expansion with Social Media

November 5: Engaging Talented Workers in a Global Economy

November 12: Community Branding Online: A Positive Presence in an Opinionated World

November 19: Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Become an Attention Hound

November 26: Economic Development Marketing From Good to Great: 8 Economic Development Marketing Tips to Get Your Community Noticed Today


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Job Listings

Openings for the week of September 16

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 16, 2013
• Economic & Business Relations Manager, County of El Dorado (Placerville, CA)
• President and CEO, Erie County Industrial Development Authority (ECIDA) (Buffalo, NY)
• Senior Economic Development Specialist, City of Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
• Economic Development Specialist, Capitalize Albany Corporation (Albany, NY)

September 9, 2013
• Project Manager, Berwyn Development Corporation (Berwyn, IL)
• President and CEO, Erie County Industrial Development Authority (ECIDA) (Buffalo, NY)
• Chief Administrative Officer, International Economic Development Council (Washington, DC)
• Director of Business Retention & Expansion, Baton Rouge Area Chamber (Baton Rouge, LA)

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)

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Upcoming IEDC Events:


2013 Annual Conference
October 6-9 | Philadelphia, PA

2014 Leadership Summit
February 2-4 | Irvine, CA

Web Seminars

Free: Effective Communication Before and After a Disaster
September 17

Turning Your Board Members into Owners of Change
September 26

Social Media Series #1: ED Marketing - Metrics That Matter
October 22

Free: How to Collaborate with Federal Partners in Disaster Recovery
October 28

Social Media Series #2: Supercharging BRE with Social Media
October 29

Training Courses

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 | Phoenix, AZ

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

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

Neighborhood Development Strategies
January 16-17 | New York, NY Metro Area

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

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Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Madison, WI

Orlando, FL

St. Landry Parish Economic Industrial Development District
Opelousas, LA

Buffalo, NY USA

City of Sun Valley, ID

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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