2020 Webinar Series - Half Series

Join IEDC throughout 2020 for a year's worth of online professional development on emerging topics and trends from the profession's leading voices. IEDC's 2020 webinar series offers 12 webinars on a broad range of current topics, including Opportunity Zones, the night economy, entrepreneurship, and real estate, among others.   

- January 23: Drawn Together: Arts & Economic Development
- February 20: Making the Most of Your Opportunity (Zone)
- March 19: Revitalization through Downtown Development Districts
- April 16: Understanding Philanthropic Resources in Economic Development 
- May 21: A Multilayered Approach to Economic Development Finance
- June 18: Best Practices in Rural Marketing & Attraction
- July 16: Matchmaking: Workforce & Business Development
- August 20: Agri/Ecotourism: Put Your Surroundings to Work
- September 17: Thriving in a New World: Supporting Immigrant Investors and Entrepreneurs
- October 22: Not So Foreign Trade Zones
- November 19: On Successful Pitches and RFP Responses: Putting Your Best Foot Forward 
- December 17: Night Economy: Thrive for a Full 24 Hours
When
1/23/2020 2:30 PM - 12/17/2020 4:00 PM

Program

   

Thursday, 23 January 2020

 
The 21st century is turning into a creative economy. Leaders are building partnerships with community art organizations and industry professionals to cultivate art creation and promote resident artists. These resident artists, musicians, and designers spearhead art projects to draw in more visitors. Join us for this webinar for a deep dive into the projects around the country that integrate art, culture, and design to strengthen communities’ local economic and social outcomes. From public and community art to cultural district planning and design of space, attendees will walk away with many new ideas.
Time
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM

Thursday, 20 February 2020

 
There’s no doubt about it: Opportunity Zones are the hot topic in economic development these days. How will your community make the most of your zone? From real estate development to supporting small businesses & entrepreneurs, there are many options. And while the program is still in its early years, there are lessons to be learned. Attendees will leave this webinar with ideas, examples, and direction for how best to leverage this opportunity.
Time
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM

Thursday, 19 March 2020

 
Downtown areas and main street hub projects are increasingly becoming trendy places to eat, dine, and shop. This webinar will share downtown revitalization success stories, whether your vision is in preliminary phases or has been decades in the making. Discover how to strengthen your existing local business partnerships, enliven dormant spaces, and manage brick and mortars despite the growth of e-commerce retail.
Time
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM

Thursday, 16 April 2020

 
Foundations and grant-awarding organizations have dedicated funds available for community and economic development. Accessing those funds can sometimes seem too onerous an endeavor, but you may be walking away from real money. This webinar will share case studies and best practices for both accessing and using philanthropic resources for your economic development projects and goals.
Time
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM

Thursday, 21 May 2020

 
Myth: a thriving evening and night time economy means a bar or music venue on every corner. Fact: a night economy includes a regulated and planned strategy, and respects both those who prefer quiet and those who like to go out. Evening and night time economies create towns and cities that are vibrant and sustainable for all genders, ages, and cultures. Discover how your community can build and support its own night economy.
Time
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM

Thursday, 18 June 2020

 
You’ve got a great story, businesses, plans and goals and it is time to tell the world about them! Getting the word out in a loud arena filled with other communities, and often on a budget, can be a daunting task. Add to that the constant innovation happening in marketing, with increasingly technical platforms and mediums, and you’ve got yourself a situation. Join us as we discuss these issues and set your community on a path to marketing and attraction glory!
Time
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM

Thursday, 16 July 2020

 
The number one issue, by leaps and bounds, that economic developers are challenged by is workforce. Workforce development is essential to any successful economic development strategy, and understanding the dynamic workforce needs of your businesses is what separates good strategies from great strategies. Explore case studies and trending practices in matching workforce development with business development using BRE and marketing & attraction activities. Discover your community’s path to matching workforce development with business needs, now and in the future.
Time
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM

Thursday, 20 August 2020

 
From winery tours to state and regional parks and from local makers fairs to farmers markets, agritourism and ecotourism blend just the right amounts of entertainment, education, and business. All communities have agritourism and ecotourism resources -- are you leveraging yours to their greatest potential? Supporting these resources in turn supports local entrepreneurs, placemaking, business retention & expansion, marketing & attraction, and workforce development -- pretty much every facet of economic development! Join us as we explore case studies and emerging trends in agritourism and ecotourism.
Time
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM

Thursday, 17 September 2020

 
The data is clear: immigrant investors and entrepreneurs offer significant contributions to our local, regional and national economy. Communities with programs that support their immigrant neighbors’ integration into their economy are reaping the benefits. How can your community develop and implement initiatives that bring immigrants into the fold? We’ll explore this question through real-world examples of how it is being done right now.
Time
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM

Thursday, 22 October 2020

 
Foreign trade zones (FTZ) are currently located in all fifty states and Puerto Rico. How can your community and organization take advantage of FTZ for production and employment purposes? This webinar will provide an introduction to foreign trade zones and how FTZ can benefit your community. We will consider eligibility, the application process, types of zones, and permitted activities within the zones.
Time
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM

Thursday, 19 November 2020

 
Wondering what, exactly, site selectors look for in their received proposals? Struggling to craft the perfect pitch to investors? How do you create a pitch that sells -- but doesn’t sell out -- your community? In this webinar, we will discuss what site selectors count on and how your city can flaunt its best selling points. We will uncover how to best present this information and spotlight your favorite sites to investors looking to bring in various trades from manufacturing to tech.
Time
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM

Thursday, 17 December 2020

 
A prosperous economic development financial plan includes multiple funding streams. The multi-layered approach entails tapping into existing resources, such as public financing programs, revolving loan funds, and business financing programs. Economic developers can build a robust and sustainable financial plan using financial tools and structural systems already available to them.
Time
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM

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