November 24, 2014

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- President & CEO of U.S. Chamber to Keynote Leadership Summit
- 2015 Annual Conference Call for Session Proposals
- Cluster Crash Course Continues: Advance Your Manufacturing Cluster
- December Webinar: Growing Your Region's Craft Distillers
- Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop Requirement
- Technology-led Economic Development Training Offered in Phoenix
- The 2015 Professional Development Schedule is Out
- Get Involved - Join an IEDC Advisory Committee in 2015
- Partners
- RFPs / RFQs
- November 24 Job Listings

Link:  2015 Leadership Summit

President & CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Keynote Leadership Summit

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

Register by this Friday, November 28, and save with our Early Registration Rates

Opening Plenary Session
Sunday, January 25 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Thomas J. Donohue is president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Since assuming his position in 1997, Donohue has built the Chamber into a lobbying and political powerhouse with expanded influence across the globe.

In an era of economic and fiscal challenges, Donohue has aggressively advanced the American Jobs, Growth, and Opportunity Agenda, a plan that includes expanding trade and domestic energy production, rebuilding America’s infrastructure, combating an avalanche of new regulations, protecting intellectual property, revitalizing capital markets, and reforming entitlements and the tax system. Donohue has also spearheaded the creation of the Campaign for Free Enterprise, a positive, long-term program to defend, protect, and advance the free enterprise system. A signature project of the campaign is Hiring Our Heroes, which identifies job opportunities for tens of thousands of returning military veterans and spouses.

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.

Cluster Crash Course Webinar Series Continues Tomorrow with Advancing Your Manufacturing Cluster

November 25: Advancing Your Manufacturing Cluster
Register for this webinar

It's dawn for a new kind of manufacturing, one that delivers innovative new products, designs and processes using high performance computing, robotics, and custom production technologies. Your community may have low-cost materials, reliable energy, and high-skilled labor, but how do you market these assets? What else are companies looking for? In this webinar, we'll hear from an economic developer who has successfully leveraged their assets to build an impressive new manufacturing cluster, a site selector who has been responsible for investments worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and an industry expert who will share where the next big investments may be going.

Angelos Angelou
Principal Executive Officer
Austin, TX

Susan Helper
Chief Economist
US Department of Commerce
Washington, DC

Mike Molnar
NIST Advanced Manufacturing Program
Gaithersburg, MD

Jay Moon, CEcD, FM, HLM
President and CEO
Mississippi Manufacturers Association
Jackson, MS

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 25: Advancing Your Manufacturing Cluster
- December 2: Flying High with Aerospace and Defense Clusters
- December 9: Informing and Communicating Your ICT Cluster Strategy

Still Spaces Left for 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.


Nicole Austin
Engineer/Distiller, Oak View Consulting
Master Blender, Kings County Distillery
President, New York State Distillers Guild

Penn Jensen
Executive Director
American Craft Spirits Association

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

Get Involved - Join an IEDC Advisory Committee in 2015

Please consider volunteering for one of these important assignments in 2015. Our advisory committees are an excellent place to network with your peers, engage with the challenges of strengthening our shared profession, and learn about trends and topics that will impact the work that we do. Download our Advisory Committee Handbook (PDF) or visit our website to learn more.

IEDC Advisory Committees include:

- Accredited Economic Development Organizations Committee
- Basic Economic Development Course Advisory Committee
- Education and Certification Advisory Committee
- Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee
- Higher Education Advisory Committee
- International Advisory Committee
- Membership Development Advisory Committee
- Public Policy Advisory Committee
- Sustainability Advisory Committee
- Young Professionals Advisory Committee

Please contact our Director of Membership, Phil Goodwin at or (202) 639-9106.


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, Hot Springs Metro Partnership and West Central Arkansas Planning & Development District, Inc. (Hot Springs, AR)

The Hot Springs Metro Partnership and West Central Arkansas Planning & Development District, Inc. are interested in acquiring a professional consultant or firm to facilitate a comprehensive redevelopment strategic planning effort for the Downtown Historic District in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Qualified consultants are invited to download the full RFP package from the website: under the "News and Events" section.

Job Listings

Openings for the week of November 24

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 24, 2014
- Community Services Program Coordinator I, Hillsborough County Economic Development Department (Tampa, FL)
- Community & Economic Development Coordinator, Village of Bloomingdale (Bloomingdale, IL)
- Chief Economic Development Administrator, Economic Development Division, Economic and Workforce Development Department, City of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
- Finance Officer Economic Development Division, Economic and Workforce Development Department, City of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

November 17, 2014
- Economic Developer, Commerce Chenango, Inc. (Norwich, NY)
- Economic Development Manager, Town of Addison (Addison, TX)
- President, Regional Economic Growth Initiative, (Wisconsin Rapids, WI)
- President and CEO, Greensboro Partnership (Greensboro, NC)
- Executive Director, Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance (“Alliance”) (Naples/Fort Myers, FL)
- Economic Developer, ElectriciCities (Raleigh, NC)
- Supervising Planner, Housing and Economic Planning, County of San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA)
- Vice President, Business Development, Tampa Hillsborough EDC (Tampa, FL)

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)
- Planner II, Community Development and Services Department, City of Henderson (Henderson, NV)
- Executive Director, Bastrop Economic Development Corporation (Bastrop, TX)

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)

Link:  Join IEDC

Upcoming IEDC Events:


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

Web Seminars

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

Free: Building a Powerful Grants Strategy for 2015
December 10

Free: Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop
December 16

Spirited Businesses: Growing Your Region's Craft Distillers
December 17

Training Courses

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

Managing Economic Development Organizations
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

Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies
April 9 - 10 | Atlanta, GA

IEDC Services:

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

New IEDC Members:

MS Engineering and Development, LLC
Ridgeland, MS

Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corp.
Kenora, Ontario, Canada

Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority
Oceanport, NJ

Law Office of Douglas W. Otto
Long Beach, CA

Alternative Finance & Business Strategies
Jonesboro, GA

High Technology Development Corporation
Honolulu, HI

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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