October 7, 2013

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• Webinar Next Week: Diversifying Your Community's Economy
• Business Retention & Expansion Training Offered in Toronto, ON
• IEDC's Fall and Winter Training Course Schedule is Out
• New IEDC Webinar Series: Getting the Most from Social Media
• Registration is Now Open for the 2014 IEDC Leadership Summit
• IEDC Report on the Economic Development Impacts of Immigration
• Partners
• October 7 Job Listings

There's Still Time to Register for Next Week's Webinar on Diversifying Your Community's Economy

Diversifying Your Economy: Creating Opportunities and Transforming Sectors

Wednesday, October 16 | 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST

While the Great Recession affected nearly every community in North America, locales with diversified economies were better able to weather the financial storm. As economies now begin to rebound, communities are starting to look for ways in which to reduce their vulnerability to future downturns. Economic diversification is a proven method of creating strong local economies that enjoy low unemployment rates and an expanded tax base. Webinar attendees will learn to identify their local and regional assets, ascertain effective industry and sector targets, and develop a plan for attracting companies and encouraging new businesses. In addition, attendees will know how to engage both the public and private sectors in order to build support for their diversification initiative.

Join us for a webinar on October 16 at 2:30 EST and learn how to:

• Inventory and assess your community and regional assets.
• Indentify which industries and sectors your community should target.
• Develop a plan for attracting companies and spurring entrepreneurial growth in those target industries and sectors.
• Engage their community and mobilize both public and private-sector support for the diversification effort.

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 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

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

Registration is Now Open for the 2014 IEDC Leadership Summit

Economic Development Leadership in Today's Global Economy
Irvine, CA | February 2-4, 2014

Register before November 8 and save with our Early Registration rates

The International Economic Development Council's 2014 Leadership Summit, February 2-4, in Irvine, California will focus on the economic development industry's transition into the global economy. The conference will identify the skills that leaders in the profession must have to excel within international business models.

In today's world of international connectivity, where geographic boundaries are easily crossed, it is imperative that the economic development industry find innovative ways to stimulate business and develop new revenue streams across national boundaries. The economic development professional's new goal is to build a long-term, sustainable community that is connected worldwide. The 2014 Leadership Summit will focus on the success of leaders who have been able to adapt to today's global business environment. Industry experts will also discuss the tools and relationships needed to create a sustainable economic landscape.

Have You Checked Out IEDC's Report on the Economic Development Impacts of Immigration Yet?

Immigration is an integral part of America's past, present, and future. In recent decades, the waves of immigrants coming to U.S. shores have grown larger. Due to changes in immigration flows and settlement patterns, some economic development organizations (EDOs) are now facing immigration issues and immigrant populations without adequate knowledge or relevant experience. This paper summarizes the large body of research on immigration and economic development, and finds much evidence that immigration strengthens the economy and contributes in several positive ways. Throughout the paper, various case studies illustrate how EDOs in communities large and small have engaged immigrants in economic development.

The report is available via download to IEDC members free of charge and for sale in print to non-members for $60.


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Job Listings

Openings for the week of October 7

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.

October 7, 2013
• Director of Workforce Services, Barren River Area Development District (Bowling Green, KY)
• CEO, Economic Development Council for Central Illinois (Peoria, IL)
• President/ CEO, Economic Development Corporation of Lea County New Mexico (Hobbs, NM)

September 30, 2013
• Business Recruitment Consultant, State of Kansas Department of Commerce (East Coast, US)
• Economic Development Coordinator, City of Las Cruces (Las Cruces, NM)
• Economic & Community Development Director, City of Germantown (Germantown, TN)
• Executive Director, Pacific County EDC (Raymond, WA)
• President, Yankton Area of Progressive Growth Inc. (Yankton, SD)
• Senior Project Associate, The Brookings Institution (Washington, DC)
• Business Development Manager, Dorchester County Government, Economic Development Department (Cambridge, MD)

September 23, 2013
• Director of the Trade and Development Department, City of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio)
• Vice President of Business Development, Denison Development Alliance (Denison, TX)
• Sector Development Manager, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (Madison, WI)
• Director of Economic Development, Hernando County Board of County Commissioners (Brooksville, FL)
• Community Development Program Manager, City of Lompoc (Lompoc, CA)
• Economic Development Director, Calumet City (Calumet City, IL)
• Senior Project Manager, Site Consultant Services, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (Lansing, MI)
• Managing Director, Redevelopment, Invest Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
• Senior Vice President Economic Development, Greater Omaha Chamber (Omaha NE)
• Vice President, National Business Attraction, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce/Quad Cities First (Davenport, IA)
• Community & Economic Development Director, Village of Oak Park (Oak Park, IL)

September 16, 2013
• Economic & Business Relations Manager, County of El Dorado (Placerville, CA)
• President & CEO, The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
• Senior Economic Development Specialist, City of Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
• Economic Development Specialist, Capitalize Albany Corporation (Albany, NY)

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Upcoming IEDC Events:


2014 Leadership Summit
February 2-4 | Irvine, CA

Web Seminars

Diversifying Your Economy: Creating Opportunities & Transforming Sectors
October 16

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
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

Economic Development Marketing & Attraction
February 13-14 | Atlanta, GA

Real Estate Development and Reuse
February 20-21 | Baltimore, MD

IEDC Services:

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

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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