December 22, 2014

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- 24, 43, 10 Billion: The Fed Forum by the Numbers
- $5 Bookstore Holiday Clearance Sale
- January Webinar: Transforming Elected Officials into Champions for Economic Development
- Leadership Summit Session Highlight: Income Inequality and Economic Mobility
- Real Estate Development & Reuse in Conjunction with Leadership
- The 2015 Professional Development Schedule is Out
- Get Involved - Join an IEDC Advisory Committee in 2015
- 2014 Salary Survey of Economic Development Professionals is Out
- Partners
- December 22 Job Listings

Link:  2015 Federal Economic Development Forum

24, 43, 10 Billion: The Fed Forum by the Numbers

Register by Friday, January 16, 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.

24 different Federal agencies, representing over 10 billion dollars in spending, sent participants to last year's Federal Economic Development Forum, and we're hoping to beat those numbers this year. With that much money up for grabs, it is crucial for economic developers to keep their federal knowledge and skills up-to-date. Attendees from more than 43 states (including Washington, DC) joined IEDC at the Forum last year, because they saw value in spending two days with dozens of federal agencies representing top-spending federal economic development programs. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn about current and upcoming opportunities.

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!

We’re Cleaning our Shelves! $5 Bookstore Holiday Clearance Sale has Begun

2015 is nearly upon us. Ring in the New Year by building your economic development library!

Every publication on our Discount Page has been knocked down to $5. Our inventory won’t last long – make your purchase today!

Announcing our First Webinar of 2015: Transforming Your Elected Officials into Champions for Economic Development

Transforming Your Elected Officials into Champions for Economic Development
January 21, 2015 | 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. ET

The elections are over! The results are in, and your community selected new officials. Will they be champions for economic development?

Elected officials are extraordinarily important partners to help make your economic development work successful. Your elected leaders have leverage to implement your economic development plan, and ease the time and costs for companies doing business locally. They bring together community agencies, businesses, and key stakeholders to promote projects and programs. An elected leader’s understanding of economic development can set a very positive tone for their term and economic development professionals play an essential role in that relationship building.


Regina Lindsey
Chief Development Officer
Vice President of Economic Development
Greenspoint District
Houston, TX

Upcoming Webinars Include:
• February 18: "Smart" Economic Development: The Advantages of Cutting-Edge Tech Tools
• March 11: Designing Places and Building Economic Success

Leadership Summit Session Highlight

Income Inequality and Economic Mobility: What is the role of the Economic Developer?

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

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

Income inequality and lack of economic mobility has been recognized as a problem the world over, due to its possible damaging side effects of health, social, and political problems, and threat to economic stability and long-term prosperity. What is the role of the economic developer to create an environment that supports economic mobility? This facilitated group discussion will explore what you can do in terms of education, transportation, and jobs to help close the income gap and promote economic mobility.

Ashleigh G. Gardere, Senior Advisor to Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, Director, The Network for Economic Opportunity, City of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Dr. Eloisa Klementich, CEcD, Managing Director Business Development, Invest Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Jeff Marcell, Senior Partner, TIP Strategies, Austin, TX

Check out the full Summit program, expert speakers, and register today.

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, Arlington, VA
- 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.

2014 Salary Survey of Economic Development Professionals is Out

Year after year, IEDC's Salary Survey of Economic Development Professionals has remained the industry standard reference for compensation, demographic, and professional activity information. Data from thousands of economic development professionals make this an authoritative report of exacting detail.

And now, for the first time ever, all of this valuable information is available digitally. Also new this year, Canadian practitioners have the option of purchasing a report that includes country-specific data only.

» Purchase the 2014 Salary Survey
» Purchase the Canadian Version of the 2014 Salary Survey


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Job Listings

Openings for the week of December 22

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 22, 2014
- Bureau Manager, Existing Industry and Business and Global Business, Mississippi Development Authority (Jackson, MS)
- Executive Director, Greater Kingsville Area Economic Development Corporation (Kingsville, TX)
- Executive Director, New River Valley Economic Development Alliance (Radford, VA)

December 15, 2014
- Deputy Economic Development Director, City of Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
- Economic Development Manager, City of Boca Raton (Boca Raton, FL)
- Vice President of Business Development, Ann Arbor SPARK (Ann Arbor, MI)
- Economic Development Director, City of Springfield (Springfield, MO)
- Assistant City Manager for Strategic Initiatives, City of Hudson (Hudson, OH)
- Business Recruiter III, Oklahoma Department of Commerce (Oklahoma City, OK)
- School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Bureau Manager, Existing Industry and Business and Global Business, Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) (Jackson, MS)

December 8, 2014
- Director, Economic Development, St. Mary’s County Government (Leonardtown, MD)
- Executive Vice President, Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC) (Newark, NJ)
- Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC) (Newark, NJ)
- Economic Development Manager, Pasco Economic Development Council, Inc. (Lutz, FL)
- Economic Development Coordinator, City of Fairmont (Fairmont, MN)
- Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator, City of Port Lavaca (Port Lavaca, TX)
- Director, Department of Economic Development, State of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE)
- President and CEO, New Orleans Business Alliance (New Orleans, LA)

December 1, 2014
- President/Chief Executive 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)
- Director of Business Development, North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) (Florence, SC)

Link:  Join IEDC

Upcoming IEDC Events:


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

2015 Federal Economic Development Forum
March 29-31 | Arlington, VA

2015 Economic Future Forum
June 7-9 | Madison, WI

2015 Annual Conference
October 4-7 | Anchorage, AK

Web Seminars

Transforming Your Elected Officials into Champions for Economic Development
January 21

"Smart" Economic Development: The Advantages of Cutting-Edge Tech Tools
February 18

Designing Places and Building Economic Success
March 11

Training Courses

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 | Arlington, VA

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

Economic Development Credit Analysis
April 15-17 | Indianapolis, IN

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:

Joint IDA of Wythe County
Wytheville, VA

Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development
Duluth, GA

Alliance for Strategic Growth, Inc.
Muncie, IN

DWD Consulting
Roseville, CA

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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