October 6, 2014

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- Wednesday Webinar Focuses on Crowdfunding and Your Community
- Annual: A Conversation with Gallup World Poll's Jon Clifton
- Registration is Now Open for the 2015 Leadership Summit
- Canadian-Focused Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Training
- Remaining Professional Development Opportunities in 2014
- Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop Requirement - Only One More Opportunity in 2014
- Free Podcast Explores Microenterprises and Job Growth
- Partners
- RFPs / RFQs
- October 6 Job Listings

Webinar this Wednesday 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.


Max Kirschenbaum
Director of Operations
Washington, DC

Kimberly A. Peyser
Special Advisor
Office of Investment and Innovation
Small Business Administration
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

America Today: Economy, Education, Healthcare, and Jobs
A Conversation with Gallup World Poll's Jon Clifton

Tuesday Luncheon
October 21 | 12:15 p.m.

The International Economic Development Council is very pleased to announce Jon Clifton, Managing Director of Gallup World Poll as our 2014 Annual Conference Defining Issues Luncheon keynote speaker. Mr. Clifton manages Gallup's global government work and the Gallup World Poll, an ongoing study conducted in more than 160 countries, representing 98% of the world's adult population. He is also a member of Gallup's Public Release Committee, the governance board that oversees and maintains Gallup's public release standards for data, research, and methodology.

Don't miss out on the largest international gathering of economic development professionals in the world. Learn more about this year's conference program.

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).

Still a Few Seats Left in our Canadian-Focused Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Training

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:

- 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 - 4:30 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).

Free Podcast Explores Microenterprises and Job Growth

Microenterprises Raise the Floor and Build a Ladder

Some 31 million people are employed in U.S. microenterprises, businesses with five or fewer employees. Do these companies create good jobs with potential career advancement? The Aspen Institute's Joyce Klein and Luz Gomez discuss a report on this topic 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. 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, Montgomery County (Montgomery County, MD)

Montgomery County, MD has issued an RFP for consulting services to help the county develop a Comprehensive Economic Strategic Plan (RFP #1047342). The Comprehensive Economic Strategy will be data-informed and incorporate business, workforce, and community development goals and strategies. The contractor must have expertise in providing project management oversight, economic and market analysis, and creation of economic development strategies.

There will be a pre-submission conference on September 23rd at 1:00. Interested offerors may attend in-person or via conference call (details available in the solicitation). The closing date for the RFP is October 16, 2014 at 3:00pm. Submission details may be found in the solicitation:

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 October 6

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October 6, 2014
- Economic Development Director, City of Benbrook (Benbrook, TX)
- Economic Development Manager, City of Sierra Vista (Sierra Vista, AZ)
- Economic Development Coordinator, City of Fairmont (Fairmont, MN)
- Economic Development Program Specialist, State of Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (St. Paul, MN)

September 29, 2014
- Director of Development Services, City of West Des Moines (West Des Moines, IA)
- Community and Economic Development Coordinator, Village of Forsyth (Forsyth, IL)
- EEDD Economic Development Director, San Joaquin County Employment & Development Department (EEDD) (Stockton, CA)
- Director of Economic Development, City of Muskogee (Muskogee, OK)
- Executive Director and CEO, Morton Economic Development Council (Morton, IL)
- Business Development Officer, Loudoun County Government (Loudoun, VA)
- Economic Development Executive Director, City of Yoakum (Yoakum, TX)

September 22, 2014
- Economic and Community Development Director, Village of Homewood (Homewood, IL)
- Economic Development Director, City of Chandler (Chandler, AZ)

September 15, 2014
- Economic Development Division Director, City of Madisonís 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)
- Executive Director, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) (Brattleboro, VT)
- Economic Development Director, City of Elk Grove (Elk Grove, CA)

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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

All Together Now! Crowdfunding and Your Community
October 8

Training Courses

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

Technology-Led Economic Development
December 4-5 | Phoenix, AZ

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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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