October 27, 2014

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- 2015 Leadership Summit - Register Today
- Now Accepting Proposals for Ignite Session at Leadership Summit
- 2015 Annual Conference Call for Session Proposals
- Get Ready for Our Cluster Crash Course Webinar Series
- Canadian Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Training
- Remaining Professional Development Opportunities in 2014
- November Webinar Explores Exporting for Small Businesses
- Free Webinar for Students and Young Professionals
- Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop Requirement
- Register for IEDC's Online Consultant Database
- Partners
- RFPs / RFQs
- October 27 Job Listings

Link:  2015 Leadership Summit

2015 Leadership Summit - Register Today

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).

Now Accepting Proposals for our Ignite Session at the Leadership Summit

Would you like to participate in an IEDC conference? We have an opportunity for you to do just that.

IEDC is accepting proposals for the next installment of our popular Ignite® IEDC session, where speakers will share the best of what they're currently working on in economic development. Our next Ignite session will take place at the 2015 Leadership Summit in Palm Beach County, FL, January 25-27. To be considered for inclusion, simply email a 250-word description of your proposed presentation, your biography and complete contact information to by Friday, November 14, 2014. Speakers will be announced by early December.

What's an Ignite® IEDC speech? It's the lightning round of public speaking with:

- 12-15 speakers
- 5 minutes per speaker on any economic development subject you choose… we're serious!
- 90 minutes total
- 20 slides per speaker, automatically advanced every 15 seconds… you better keep up!
- An excited audience of your peers who can't wait to see and hear you

Ignite® IEDC will be more than a fun exercise. It will be a highly effective way of testing a new idea, spreading the word on a successful project and/or program, gauging audience reaction to a new way of presenting important information or refining your speaking skills.

2015 Annual Conference Call for Session Proposals

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) presents its 2015 Annual Conference in Anchorage, AK, from October 4-7, 2015. This is an opportunity to highlight success stories, lessons learned, share cutting-edge ideas, and engage your colleagues at the premier educational and networking event for members of the economic development community. IEDC is seeking compelling session proposals to ensure a comprehensive slate of program offerings at the 2015 Annual Conference. The conference theme is "Foundational Transformations: Creating Future Growth & Prosperity".

Download the RFSP. Submission deadline: December 5, 2014.

Get Ready for Our Cluster Crash Course Webinar Series

Clusters Crash Course
When: Tuesdays thru December 9 from 2:30-4:00 pm EST

» Register for the series

This fall, IEDC will be offering a special in-depth series of webinars on the most innovative industrial sectors that are creating millions of highly-skilled, high-paying new jobs.

To build a successful cluster, economic developers need to understand how companies in these industries analyze local workforce skills, supply chains, infrastructure, taxes, capital access, research, and quality of life when choosing where to invest. They must map their assets, fill in gaps, and conduct focused marketing. Join a cutting-edge conversation about how your community can respond to sophisticated site selection requirements, and build 21st century clusters through IEDC's Crash Course webinar series starting this November. Each webinar brings together a site selector, an economic developer, and an industry expert who will give insight into the trends driving today's corporate location choices- and how they will affect your cluster strategy.

- November 4: Learn How to Build Your Cluster
- November 11: The Secrets to Life Sciences Clusters
- November 18: Energize Your Cleantech and Energy Cluster
- November 25: Advancing Your Manufacturing Cluster
- December 2: Flying High with Aerospace and Defense Clusters
- December 9: Informing and Communicating Your ICT Cluster Strategy

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 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

November Webinar Explores Exporting for Small Businesses

Growing Small Businesses and Your Economy: Assistance in Exporting
November 6, 2014 | 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

Exports play a critical role in helping to bring economic prosperity to local economies by increasing jobs and wealth, and helping to grow local industry. Companies that export have a proven track record of providing higher wages, adding jobs, spurring innovation, and bringing increased stability to their operations in times of economic downturns. Now is a great time for economic developers to help their community's small businesses navigate through resources, and achieve their goals.

Attend this webinar and learn:

- How to address concerns of your small businesses
- Resources to help bring small businesses to the international market
- Tips and strategies for outreach to your small businesses to bring resources to them

Free Webinar for Students and Young Professionals

Young Professionals to Students - How I Got Here
November 19, 2014 | 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET

Economic development is a complex, diverse profession that people from a vast array of backgrounds enter into. In this special webinar, students will be introduced to the field of economic development as a career. Participants will hear from a panel of young economic development professionals from all corners of the profession and have the opportunity to get their most pressing questions answered about what a job in economic development can be.

While anyone is invited to join this webinar, it is intended to be a professional primer for students in economic development related disciplines.

Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop Requirement - Only One More Opportunity Remaining in 2014

Last webinar: Tuesday, December 16, 3:00-4:00 pm ET

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.

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).

Are You an ED Consultant Looking for More Business? Register for IEDC's Online Consultant Database

Let IEDC help clients find you

Market your consulting services to thousands of economic development professionals...for less than a dollar a day. Accessible to all 1000-plus daily visitors to the IEDC Web site, the online Consultant Database makes it easy for potential clients to find you.

You will be able to display detailed company information and list multiple offices/contacts, helping those searching for consultants find you. Here's where you can tell the ED community about yourself: your location, areas of economic development specialty, certified practitioners and other criteria.

Join the Consultant Database. Register online or contact Phil Goodwin at (202) 639-9106 or


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, Oakland County (Oakland County, MI)

Seeking a facilitator to conduct brainstorming sessions between Oakland County and its local communities to turn good working relationships into great working relationships.

The anticipated outcome of this project is a prioritized list of recommendations. The expectation is that an enhanced working relationship will result in increased success in the attraction and expansion of business in our community.

RFP packages and submission details may be found on the Michigan Inter Government Trade Network. For registration assistance and more information contact Joan Daniels, 248-858-5481, Deadline: November 25

Job Listings

Openings for the week of October 27

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 27, 2014
- Project Manager, Virginia Economic Development Partnership (Richmond, VA)
- Development Director, Oak Park Economic Development Corporation (OPEDC) (Oak Park, IL)
- President, Development Authority of DeKalb County (DeKalb County, GA)
- Business Expansion Manager, Virginia Economic Development Partnership (Richmond, VA)
- Executive Director, Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC) (Eau Claire, WI)
- Request for Proposals, Oakland County (Oakland County, MI)
- Executive Director, Logan County Economic Development Corporation (Sterling, CO)

October 20, 2014
- President & CEO, Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation (Corpus Christi, TX)
- Vice President, Business Retention and Expansion, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (West Palm Beach, FL)
- Area Director, Economic Development Administration (Chicago, IL)
- Economic Redevelopment Director, City of Winchester (Winchester, VA)
- Corridor Redevelopment Manager, City of Hollywood (Hollywood, FL)
- Economic Development Officer, Economic Development and Events Department, City of Moncton (New Brunswick, Canada)
- Vice President, Business Retention and Expansion, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (West Palm Beach, FL)

October 13, 2014
- Vice President for Economic Development & Community Engagement, Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA)
- Executive Director, East Grand Forks Economic Development Authority (East Grand Forks, MN)
- Economic Development Manager, East Arkansas Planning and Development District (Jonesboro, AR)
- Chief Executive Officer, Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council (Normal, IL)
- Economic Development Director, City of Irving (Irving, TX)
- Director, Economic Development, St. Mary’s County Government (Leonardtown, MD)
- Assistant Director of Development, City of Hobart (Hobart, IN)
- Business Development Specialist, Harrison County Development Commission (Gulfport, MS)
- Economic Developer, Town of Mt. Pleasant (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
- Chief Executive Officer- Athens Economic Development Corporation (Athens, TX)

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)
- Economic Development Newsletter Coordinator, International Economic Development Council (Washington, DC)
- Economic Development Manager – Community Economic Development, City of Rock Island (Rock Island, IL)

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Upcoming IEDC Events:


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

Web Seminars

Cluster Series #1: Learn How to Build Your Cluster
November 4

Growing Small Businesses and Your Economy: Assistance in Exporting
November 6

Cluster Series #2: The Secrets to Life Sciences Clusters
November 11

Cluster Series #3: Energize Your Cleantech and Energy Cluster
November 18

Free: Young Professionals to Students - How I Got Here
November 19

Training Courses

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

Real Estate Development & Reuse
January 22-23 | Palm Beach County, FL

IEDC Services:

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New IEDC Members:

Explorer Solutions
St-Bruno, Quebec, Canada

Penn's Northeast
Pittston, PA

Economic Development Alliance Inc.
Honolulu, HI

Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe
Midland, Ontario, Canada

Hamilton Consulting Group, LLC
Cincinnati, OH

NAME Strategies
Newport Beach, CA

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 4,500 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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