December 1, 2014

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- More than just PowerPoints & Plenaries in Palm Beach County
- Real Estate Development & Reuse in Conjunction with Leadership
- The 2015 Professional Development Schedule is Out
- 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
- Free Webinar on Using BRE to Mitigate the Effects of a Disaster
- Get Involved - Join an IEDC Advisory Committee in 2015
- Partners
- RFPs / RFQs
- December 2 Job Listings

Link:  2015 Leadership Summit

There's more to do with IEDC in Palm Beach County than just PowerPoints and Plenaries

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

Register by Friday, December 26, and save with our Registration Rates

The 2015 Leadership 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.

Experience what makes Palm Beach County tick during our Leadership Summit! We have many opportunities for attendees to get out of the hotel, mingle with fellow professionals, and enjoy some Florida sunshine. These include:

Sunday, January 25:
- Golf Outing at the PGA National Resort on The Palmer Course (8:00 a.m.)

Monday, January 26:
- Guest Tour: Norton Museum of Art (10:00 a.m.-11:45 p.m.)
- Educational Tour: Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.)

Real Estate Development & Reuse Training Offered in Conjunction with Leadership Summit

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

This course clearly articulates the eight stage process for real estate development and reuse. Specifically, course participants will learn the fundamentals of market and site analysis, financial feasibility, and what political considerations are required to move a development project from conception to realization. Additionally, this course will cover a wide variety of financing tools that are available at the local, regional, and state levels, including tax increment financing, bond financing, tax credits, tax abatements, land assembly, and brownfield redevelopment. Multiple in-class case studies will be used to help participants work through actual financial and regulatory problems.


Mark Barbash, FM
Chief Operating Officer
The Finance Fund

James Russell, CEcD
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
The Pizzuti Companies

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

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 Flying High with Aerospace and Defense Clusters

December 2: Flying High with Aerospace and Defense Clusters
Register for this webinar

Aerospace continues to have banner year after banner year: orders will increase 25% in the next 10 years, while sales growth is predicted to increase by 5% this year alone. Attend this webinar to learn what workforce, infrastructure, and supply chain assets your community needs to attract big-ticket aerospace investments and take advantage of focused opportunities in the defense sector.

David Brandon
Senior Vice President
Site Selection Group
Dallas, TX

Kelly Flenniken
Executive Director
Grand Junction Economic Development Partnership
Grand Junction, CO

Eliot Lees
Vice President, Aviation
ICF International
Cambridge, MA

Only One More Webinar Left! 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).

Free Webinar on Using BRE to Mitigate the Effects of a Disaster

Using Business Retention and Expansion to Mitigate the Effects of Disaster
Wednesday, December 3 | 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET

In the post-disaster environment, businesses that do not have strong ties to the community may leave or close. Establishing relationships with businesses prior to a catastrophe is one of the best ways to ensure they stay. Economic developers can strengthen these relationships through their business retention and expansion (BRE) efforts, while expanding these tools to improve disaster planning and mitigation capacities.

In this webinar, two industry leaders will discuss the application of BRE strategies as the underpinning for preparedness and response to natural and man-made disasters.


Dale Wheeldon
President & CEO
Economic Development Association of British Columbia
Chilliwack, BC, Canada

Mickie Valente
Valente Strategic Advisers LLC
Saint Petersburg, FL

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 December 2

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.

December 1, 2014
- President/Chief Financial Officer, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (Newark, NJ)
- Director - Business Intelligence, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (Fort Lauderdale/Broward County, FL)
- Senior Business Development Coordinator, Portland Development Commission (Portland, OR)

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)

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Upcoming IEDC Events:


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

Web Seminars

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?

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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