October 28, 2013

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• Whose Line Is It Anyway? Improv for Economic Developers in Irvine
• 2014 Annual Conference Request for Session Proposals
• Economic Development Credit Analysis Training in San Antonio
• IEDC 2014 Professional Development Guide is on its Way
• Nov Webinar: Unlock Strategies to Attract Investment from Asia
• Webinar Series: Learn the Ins and Outs of Social Media for EDOs
• Free Webinar this Thursday: Economic Development Potential of Wind Energy
• Partners
• Request for Proposals, Charles County, MD
• October 28 Job Listings

Link:  2014 Leadership Summit

Whose Line Is It Anyway? Improv for Economic Developers in Irvine

» Register before November 8 and save with our Early Registration rates

Professional Workshop: Improv for Economic Developers
Monday, February 3 | 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

All economic developers find themselves in high-pressure situations. Having improvisational skills helps one stay focused and energized under pressure, become a more authentic public speaker, and feel comfortable performing in uncertain situations. It's also downright entertaining. Join Amy Holloway, IEDC member and CEO of Avalanche Consulting, for an improv and sales workshop designed specifically for economic developers. Whether recruiting a potential future prospect, working with a site selector, or reaching out to entrepreneurs and other community stakeholders, every economic developer will benefit from this unique professional development opportunity.

Be prepared to be put on the spot, but don't be shy! This workshop will take place in a supportive environment where creative interaction and professional growth are the main goals.


Amy Holloway
President & Chief Sherpa
Avalanche Consulting
Austen, TX

2014 Annual Conference Request for Session Proposals

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is presenting its 2014 Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX from October 19-22, 2014. This conference is a unique opportunity to highlight economic development success stories, share new ideas, pursue new conference formats, and engage your colleagues at the largest yearly gathering of economic developers in the world. IEDC is seeking compelling session proposals to ensure a comprehensive slate of program offerings at the 2014 Annual Conference, while supporting next year's conference theme, Steering Towards the Future: Convergence, Connectivity, and Creativity.

» Download the RFSP (Word .docx)

Economic Development Credit Analysis Training to be Held in San Antonio, TX

Economic Development Credit Analysis
Date: December 4-6
Location: San Antonio, TX

This hands-on course presents business financing tools and available private financing options, as well as how the public sector can complement bank financing. You will learn how to stimulate private sector investment that results in the creation of permanent, private sector jobs and increased productivity. Course participants will also perform credit analysis by determining how well a company buys and sells to make a profit. Learn how to read financial reports, financial statements, balance sheets and profit and loss statements. Enroll now to understand the basics of structuring deals for small businesses that often combine public and private sector financing programs.


Sheldon Bartel, CEcD
Vice President, Lending
National Development Council

Keep an Eye on Your Mailbox - Our 2014 Professional Development Guide is on its Way

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

First Quarter Training Courses Include:

• 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
• April 24-25: Business Retention and Expansion, Atlanta, GA

» View the entire calendar

November Webinar to Explore Methods to Attract and Grow your EDO's FDI Programs in Asia

Unlock Strategies to Attract Investment from Asia

Thursday, November 14 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EST

What's the power of foreign direct investment (FDI)? During 2012 the state of Florida created over 11,450 jobs from FDI alone, and the state of Texas saw $18 billion in investment. With 1,671 FDI projects occurring during 2012 in North America, economic development organizations can't afford to be on the sidelines any longer. Our November webinar will explore the continent of Asia and how it remains one of the top FDI project regions for EDOs to target.

By hearing from our expert speaker and learning best practices from relevant case studies, economic developers will be able to apply the strategies and methods taught during this webinar and tailor it to their community's position in the Asian market.


Dennis Meseroll
Tractus Asia Ltd
Bangkok, Thailand

Learn the Ins and Outs of Social Media for EDOs with our Webinar Series this Fall

When: Tuesdays thru 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 remaining web seminars for only $340

Become a member of IEDC today and save

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 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

Stay Ahead of the Curve and Register for our December Webinar: Partnering with Your Local Healthcare Industry to Drive Economic Impact, Thursday, December 12, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST

Free Webinar this Thursday on Economic Development Potential of Wind Energy

Economic Development Potential of Wind Energy

Date: October 31, 2013
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST
Cost: Free

This free webinar provides an economic development perspective on the growth of wind energy. IEDC will also discuss its two recent reports on wind energy. The first report, "Understanding Renewable Energy Businesses", interviews renewable energy companies to identify local and state assets most important to company growth; the relative importance of local and regional policy tools; the top challenges to company growth; and the economic development programs most helpful to RE companies. The second report, "Creating the Clean Energy Economy" provides an analysis of the offshore wind energy industry and outlines how economic developers can unlock the potential of this industry to grow local wealth, jobs and investment.

This webinar features two speakers who have been actively working for many years to promote onshore and offshore wind energy.

» Download the "Understanding Renewable Energy Businesses" and "Creating the Clean Energy Economy" reports

This webinar is available at no cost, thanks to grants from the Energy Foundation, Wind Energy Foundation, Solar Foundation and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.


Visit GIS Planning's Web siteAs IEDC's exclusive partner for online property listings, demographics and online mapping products and services, GIS Planning Inc.'s online solutions are the industry standard for economic development web sites. GIS Planning Inc.'s suite of geographic information systems (GIS) powered products & services, including ZoomProspector Enterprise and the nationwide site selection website, and SizeUp business intelligence are the culmination of over 15 years of experience developing online economic development focused solutions. connects businesses looking for new locations with the communities and economic development organizations that are the right match. Today, GIS Planning online solutions power more economic development websites than any other provider.

Visit Accrinet's siteAccrinet delivers comprehensive solutions in all aspects of digital strategy, tailored specifically to your EDC, community and challenges. Our solutions are designed to increase your revenues, decrease your expenses and improve your communication with your target audience.

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. The exclusive "High Performance Economic Development Marketing Agency Partner for the International Economic Development Council", Atlas' 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 practitioners 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.

Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals, Real Estate Advisory and Brokerage Services, Charles County (Charles County, MD)

Charles County, MD is requesting proposals for Real Estate Advisory and Brokerage services related to a 1.5 M s.f., 277-acre employment park site that is envisioned as a significant economic development project for the county. The successful contractor will have capabilities in market research and analysis, project positioning, marketing, and property disposition, and it will have a national and international experience and reach. The project's zoning and assets are unique amongst projects in early development within the DC Metro area.

Due date has been extended to 11/19/13. Documents for Bid # 14-07 may be accessed at:

Job Listings

Openings for the week of October 28

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 28, 2013
• Economic Development Director, City of Wentzville (Wentzville, MO)
• Economic Development Division Manager, City of Vancouver (Vancouver, WA)
• Director of Business Retention and Research, Greater Waco Chamber (Waco, TX)
• Managing Director of Business Services, Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (Providence, RI)

October 21, 2013
• Director, Regional Business Center & Entrepreneurial Outreach, University of Northern Iowa, Business & Community Services (Cedar Falls, IA)
• Senior Development Specialist, City of Peoria (Peoria, IL)
• Reviewers or Alternates for New Markets Tax Credit Program, U.S. Treasury Department CDFI Fund (Web-based)
• Business Development Manager, Australian Trade Commission (New York, NY)

October 14, 2013
• President/CEO, El Dorado Arkansas Chamber of Commerce (El Dorado, AR)
• Economic Development Manager, Knoxville Chamber (Knoxville, TN)
• Redevelopment Administrator, City of Thornton (Thornton, CO)
• Assistant Director for Industry Development, Economic Development Department, City of San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
• Director of Economic Development, Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation (Portales, NM)
• Director of Economic and International Development, City of El Paso (El Paso, TX)
• Project & Program Manager, City of Green Bay (Green Bay, WI)
• Downtown Development Account Manager, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (Madison, WI)
• Director of Economic Development, Loudoun County (Loudoun County, VA)
• Waldorf Urban Redevelopment Corridor Manager, Charles County Government Administrators Office (La Planta, MD)
• Business Development Director, Washington County Economic Development Council (Johnson City, TN)
• President, Longmont Area Economic Council (Longmont, CO)

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)

Link:  Join IEDC

Upcoming IEDC Events:


2014 Leadership Summit
February 2-4 | Irvine, CA

Web Seminars

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

Free: Economic Development Potential of Wind Energy
October 31

Social Media Series #3: Engaging Talented Workers in a Global Economy
November 5

Social Media Series #4: Community Branding Online
November 12

Unlock Strategies to Attract Investment from Asia
November 14

Training Courses

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

Economic Development Credit Analysis
December 10-12 | Lansing, MI

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!

New IEDC Members:

Village of Hoffman Estates, IL

City of Richland, WA

Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce
Shelby, NC

Development Corporation of Snyder Inc.
Snyder, TX

Kitsap Regional Economic Development Council
Bremerton, WA

Berwyn Development Corporation
Berwyn, IL

The City of Georgetown, TX

City of Guthrie, OK

Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council
Conyers, GA

Municipality of Norristown, PA

New York Grant Company
New York, NY

City of Fillmore, CA

Town of Colchester, VT

City of Miami, OK

Initiatives Prince George
Prince George, BC Canada

Cook County Economic Development Commission
Adel, GA

Growthmap Infonomics
Johannesburg Gauteng, South Africa

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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