November 10, 2014

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- 2015 Leadership Summit Registration Rates Increase After Friday
- Now Accepting Proposals for Ignite Session at Leadership Summit
- 2015 Annual Conference Call for Session Proposals
- We Need Your Input! Take Our Workforce Development Survey
- Cluster Crash Course Webinar Series Continues
- December Webinar: Growing Your Region's Craft Distillers
- Free Webinar for Students and Young Professionals Next Week
- Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop Requirement
- Technology-led Economic Development Training Offered in Phoenix
- The 2015 Professional Development Schedule is Out
- Partners
- RFPs / RFQs
- November 10 Job Listings

Link:  2015 Leadership Summit

2015 Leadership Summit Registration Rates Increase After Friday

Gateways to Economic Competitiveness
January 25-27 | Palm Beach County, FL

Register by this 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.

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.

We Need Your Input! Take Our Workforce Development Survey

IEDC’s in-house think-tank, the Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP), is developing a paper that explores national, state, and regional policies around workforce development, and is asking fellow economic developers (that means you!) to complete this survey about their efforts in workforce development.

Your input is critical to our research. Please take the survey by this Friday, November 14.

Cluster Crash Course Webinar Series Continues Tomorrow with The Secrets to Life Sciences Clusters

November 11: The Secrets to Life Sciences Clusters
Register for this webinar

Jobs in the health services are expected to increase by 20% by 2022, making it the fastest growing employment large sector in the United States. The life sciences industry is experiencing increased demand for medical devices, pharmaceuticals, healthcare management services, health software, and biomedicine. But where are these companies locating their key facilities, and why? Learn policy secrets from an economic developer who has extensively targeted life sciences investments, and find out how this sector's explosive growth is creating new opportunities for communities to build new clusters in life sciences.

David Griggs
Vice President of Business Investment
Greater MSP
St. Paul, MN

Andrew Shapiro
Managing Director
Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company
Princeton, NJ

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

» Register for the series

This fall, IEDC is 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. Join a cutting-edge conversation about how your community can respond to sophisticated site selection requirements, and build 21st century clusters.

Remaining Webinars Include:

- 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

Announcing our December Webinar: Spirited Businesses: Growing Your Region's Craft Distillers

Spirited Businesses: Growing Your Region's Craft Distillers
December 17, 2014 | 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET

Craft spirits is a $10.2 billion market and growing fast. According to the American Craft Spirits Association, there are at least 350 craft distilleries in the United States today - a figure projected to pass 500 in 2015. The craft spirits industry holds economic development opportunities in tourism, manufacturing, revitalization, exporting and more.

What issues challenge the growth of craft distilling? Many state governments still have Prohibition-era legislation on the books, and often, local restrictions stifle growth as well. At the same time, many states are quickly making progress at changing laws to allow on-site sampling and sales at distilleries, while guilds are forming to address industry barriers and engage in marketing and consumer events. Economic developers can foster the growth of these homegrown manufacturers and destination magnets by addressing policy barriers, building partnerships, and more.

Free Webinar for Students and Young Professionals Next Week

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).

Technology-led Economic Development Training Offered in Phoenix

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

This technical course focuses on the competitive advantage of regions and the role of economic developers and community stakeholders in building an innovation ecosystem. It is important to understand the process of technological commercialization. In this course participants will be introduced to the legal and financial framework for bringing innovation to market, including technology protection and product licensing. Learn how to partner with government, industry, higher education, and the private sector to create a highly integrated network of technology and innovation. Multiple case studies will be presented to explain the role of business incubators, accelerators, venture capital, angel networks, gap financing, and more.


Maureen Collins-Williams
Entrepreneurial Communities Project

Carol Kraus Lauffer
Business Cluster Development

Robert M. Okabe
Co-founder and Managing Director
RPX Group

The 2015 Professional Development Schedule is Out

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

2015 Training Courses Include:

- January 22-23: Real Estate Development and Reuse, Palm Beach County, FL
- February 5-6: Business Retention and Expansion, Phoenix, AZ
- February 26-27: Managing Economic Development Organizations, Baltimore, MD
- March 12-13: Economic Development Marketing and Attraction, Denver, CO
- March 26-27: Technology-Led Economic Development, Washington, DC Metro Area
- April 9-10: Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies, Atlanta, GA
- April 15-17: Economic Development Credit Analysis, Indianapolis, IN
- April 29-30: Economic Development Marketing and Attraction, Vancouver, BC
- May 7-8: Real Estate Development and Reuse, Ottawa, ON
- May 13-15: Economic Development Credit Analysis, Baltimore, MD
- May 21-22: Business Retention and Expansion, New Orleans, LA
- June 4-5: Economic Development Strategic Planning, Madison, WI
- June 10-12: Economic Development Finance Programs, Atlanta, GA


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 November 10

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.

November 10, 2014
- Economic Development Director, Albemarle County (Charlottesville, VA)
- Senior Planner of Economic Development & Future Planning, City of Madison (Madison, AL)
- Economic Development Director, City of Wentzville (Wentzville, MO)
- CEO, Marin Economic Forum (MEF) (San Rafael, CA)
- Economic Development Planner/Specialist, City of Riverdale (Riverdale, GA)
- Senior Economic Developer, Capitalize Albany Corporation (Albany, NY)
- President & CEO, National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) (Athens, OH)

November 3, 2014
- Executive Director, Strategic Action Council (SAC) of Northwest Louisiana (Shreveport, LA)
- Economic Development Director, Town of Garner (Garner, NC)
- Director of Economic Development, Gloucester County (Gloucester County, VA)
- General Manager, National Center for Economic Gardening, Edward Lowe Foundation (Cassopolis, MI)

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)
- Executive Director, Logan County Economic Development Corporation (Sterling, CO)
- President/Chief Executive Officer, Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (Richmond, VA)
- President/CEO, Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (Pikeville, KY)
- Existing Business Manager, Williamson, Inc. Economic Development (Franklin, TN)

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)

Link:  Join IEDC

Upcoming IEDC Events:


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

Web Seminars

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

Cluster Series #4: Advancing Your Manufacturing Cluster
November 25

Cluster Series #5: Aerospace and Defense Clusters
December 2

Cluster Series #6: Informing & Communicating Your ICT Cluster Strategy
December 9

Training Courses

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

Business Retention & Expansion
February 5-6 | Phoenix, AZ

Business Retention & Expansion
February 26-27 | Baltimore, MD

Economic Development Marketing & Attraction
March 12-13 | Denver, CO

Technology-Led Economic Development
March 26-27 | Washington, DC Metro Area

IEDC Services:

Did You Know: IEDC Members have access to our economic development policy blog?

New IEDC Members:

City of Lancaster, PA

Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce
Manhattan, KS

Redevelopment Resources, LLC
Wausau, WI

Rockland County Economic Development
New City, NY

Beaufort County Economic Development
Washington, NC

Town of Okotoks, Alberta, Canada

Town of Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada

Innovative Finance & Incentives
Carmel, IN

North Peace Economic Development Commission
Fort St John, British Columbia, Canada

City of Perry, GA

Anchor Consulting Maine
Falmouth, ME

Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board
Binghamton, NY

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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