December 16, 2013

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• All-Star Group of Keynote Speakers for 2014 Leadership Summit
• Deadline Extended for 2014 IEDC Conference Session Proposals
• January: Neighborhood Development Strategies Training in Newark
• Our Full 2014 Professional Development Schedule is Out
• First Webinar of 2014 to Focus on Economic Gardening
• New Report by IEDC and Economic Development Research Partners
• Registration Open for 2014 Federal Economic Development Forum
• Register for IEDC's Online Consultant Database
• Partners
• Request for Proposals, City of Cumberland, MD
• December 16 Job Listings

Link:  2014 Leadership Summit

IEDC Confirms All-Star Group of Keynote Speakers for 2014 Leadership Summit

Registration prices will increase this Friday, so don't hesitate - register today

The 2014 IEDC Leadership Summit is coming to Irvine, California this February, and will focus on empowering economic development leaders with the strategies, tools, and information to adapt to today's global business environment. Our stellar keynote speaker roster (or lineup) is just one way you will gain new insights into emerging business trends, leadership strategies, education partnerships, and new ways to foster entrepreneurship, along with other hot topics.

Check out our list of confirmed keynote speakers, who will offer ideas aimed at helping you to build a more sustainable economic landscape in your community.

Tina Aldatz
Foot Petals
Irvine, CA

Michael Drake, M.D.
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

Emile Haddad
President and CEO
Five Point Communities
Irvine, CA

Victor Hwang
CEO, Co-Founder, and Managing Director
T2 Venture Creation
Portola Valley, CA

Mary Walshok, PhD.
Associate Vice Chancellor
Dean of UC San Diego Extension
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA

Deadline Extended for 2014 IEDC Conference Session Proposals

Still Time to Submit a Proposal for Ignite Session at Leadership Summit

IEDC is accepting proposals for the fifth installment of our popular Ignite IEDC format, where speakers will share the best of what they're currently working on in economic development in 5 minutes and 20 PowerPoint slides. Our next Ignite session will take place at the 2014 Leadership Summit in Irvine, CA from February 2-4. To be considered for inclusion in Ignite IEDC V, simply email a 250-word description of your proposed presentation, your biography and complete contact information to by Friday, December 20, 2013.

We Need Your Ideas for Our 2014 Annual Conference

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)

Neighborhood Development Strategies Training Held in Newark this January

Neighborhood Development Strategies
Date: January 16-17
Location: New York, NY Metro Area

Participants will learn how to identify the major neighborhood actors, their objectives, and strategies for redevelopment, in addition to understanding the process for creating a strategic economic development plan to meet the neighborhood development goals. Specifically, this course will examine social capital (e.g., linkages, networks, talent, etc.), environmental capital (e.g., stewardship, residual management, etc.) and economic capital (e.g., investment and reinvestment) facing distressed neighborhoods and offer solutions to address local needs.


Diane Lupke, CEcD FM
Lupke & Associates, Inc.

Our Full 2014 Professional Development Schedule is Out

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

First Webinar of 2014 to Focus on Economic Gardening

Discover How Economic Gardening Can Accelerate Growth For Your Companies

Wednesday, January 22 | 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST

Economic Gardening® has become a major buzzword in economic development circles because of its ability to boost regional prosperity by helping existing companies to expand. Yet there are many misperceptions of this growth strategy - people often think they're practicing Economic gardening when, in reality, they're employing traditional economic development tactics. Economic Gardening isn't about connecting entrepreneurs with support institutions or helping them with workforce development or tax credits. It's about leveraging sophisticated research tools and focusing on very strategic growth issues.


Chris Gibbons
National Center for Economic Gardening
Littleton, CO

Penny Lewandowski
Vice President, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Direction
Edward Lowe Foundation
Cassopolis, MI

Jessica Nelson
General Manager
National Center for Economic Gardening
Cassopolis, MI

Mike Fox
Ingenuity IEQ
Midland, MI

New Report Released by IEDC and Economic Development Research Partners

Raising the Bar Together: Successful Strategies for Workforce and Economic Development Collaboration

A community's workforce is of fundamental importance for economic growth. To meet the needs of today's companies, and to sufficiently educate workers for the demands of the knowledge economy, economic development organizations must collaborate with workforce development organizations and other stakeholders, including their partners in business and education. IEDC's paper, “Raising the Bar Together: Successful Strategies for Workforce and Economic Development Collaboration” distills best practices in collaborative efforts that leverage the strengths and resources of all partners to create a sustainable labor force.

» IEDC Member download
» Purchase in the bookstore
» Executive summary

Registration is Now Open for the 2014 Federal Economic Development Forum

Federal Economic Development Forum
March 23-25, 2014 | Washington, DC Metro Area

Register before Friday, January 10 and save with our Early Registration rates

IEDC's Federal Economic Development Forum is the only annual gathering bringing together top federal economic development policymakers and thought leaders with economic development professionals from across the country. Why should you join your peers in Washington this spring?

Consider this:

Learn: Nowhere else will you get the latest information on current federal programs and initiatives. Be the first to know what is coming down the pipeline in the future, with two days of workshops, roundtables, and interactive sessions.

Teach: The Federal Forum provides direct access to dozens of officials and agencies that want YOUR input on how their programs are working - or not working - in your community; the future of federal economic development is in your hands!

Collaborate: There is no substitute for direct, personal interaction. The Forum is specifically designed to maximize interaction between economic developers and Federal officials, ensuring lasting connections beyond the final session.

Mastering federal programs to benefit your community is no easy task. Attending the Federal Economic Development Forum is a vital component to any economic development strategy. Register today and take the first step toward making the federal government work for you!

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 website, 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


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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, City of Cumberland (Cumberland, MD)

The City of Cumberland, MD Economic Development Office is seeking proposals from qualified economic development consulting firms to prepare a city-wide Economic Development Strategic Plan. The successful consultant will have extensive and demonstrable experience in developing successful economic development strategic plans for small to mid-sized cities.

Letters of interest are due by 12/20/13 and the RFP may be accessed at:

Job Listings

Openings for the week of December 16

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.

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December 16, 2013
• Community Account Manager, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (La Crosse, WI)
• Commercial Redevelopment Manager, City of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
• President/CEO, The Roane Alliance (Kingston, TN)
• President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Spokane Incorporated (Spokane, WA)

December 9, 2013
• Executive Director, Otsego County Economic Alliance (Gaylord, MI)
• Associate Director of Economic Development, Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce (Palm Beach, FL)
• Director of Economic Development, Entergy Corporation (New Orleans, LA)
• President/CEO, Upstate SC Alliance (Greenville, SC)
• Vice President of Economic Development, Denton Chamber of Commerce (Denton, TX)

December 2, 2013
• Director of Business Services, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber (Waterloo, IA)
• Business Opportunity Officer or Lending & Investment Manager, Portland Development Commission (Portland, OR)
• Economic Development Director, Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corporation (Lehighton, PA)

November 25, 2013
• Executive Director, Southeastern Ohio Port Authority (Marietta, Ohio)
• Executive Vice President/Chief Economic Development Officer, TexAmericas Center (Texarkana, TX)
• Chief Executive Officer, Greenwood Partnership Alliance (Greenwood, SC)
• Director of Economic Development, City of Dayton (Dayton, OH)
• Director of Economic Development & Tourism, City of Southlake (Southlake, TX)
• Economic Development Specialist – Marketing, City of Scottsdale (Scottsdale, AZ)
• Economic Development Program Manager, City of Tualatin (Tualatin, OR)
• Director, Economic Development, City of Carrollton (Carrollton, TX)

Link:  Join IEDC

Upcoming IEDC Events:


2014 Leadership Summit
February 2-4 | Irvine, CA

2014 Federal Economic Development Forum
March 23-25 | Washington, DC

2014 Spring Conference
June 1-3 | Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN

Web Seminars

Discover How Economic Gardening Can Accelerate Growth For Your Companies
January 22

Free: Lessons from the Field: Small Business Recovery Strategies After a Disaster
January 28

Training Courses

Neighborhood Development Strategies
January 16-17 | Newark, NJ

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

Economic Development Credit Analysis
March 5-7 | Madison, WI

Workforce Development
March 20-21 | Washington, DC

Business Retention & Expansion
April 24-25 | Atlanta, GA

IEDC Services:

Did You Know IEDC Members Receive a Free Membership to GrantStation? Valued at $699 a year, this is an IEDC member benefit you should use!

New IEDC Members:

City of O'Fallon, MO

City of Kissimmee, FL

Chmura Economics and Analytics
Richmond, VA

City of Winter Park, FL

Harris County Community Services Department
Houston, TX

Town of Pennington, AL

Lemay Deveolopment Corporation
St. Louis, MO

Launch New York
Buffalo, NY

Economic Leadership, LLC
Raleigh, NC

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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