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As one of the largest independent site selection firms in the country, Site Selection Group knows what it takes for communities to catch the eye of businesses. In this webinar, analytics experts from Site Selection Group and Emsi will share the types of data and specific metrics site selection consultants and businesses most care about. They’ll also uncover the labor and community data that are most difficult to find on your city or town.

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When: December 4, 2018
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The explosion of AI in consumer products testifies to how useful this technology is and how widespread its applications can be. The effects of AI & Big Data on economic development are being felt on multiple levels but nowhere so acutely as in targeting strategy and lead generation. The ability to identify early-stage signals for corporate expansion provides a distinct competitive advantage for economic developers.

Please join Steve Jast, President and Founder of Gazelle.ai,... Details
When: December 11, 2018
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Join us for a year of learning through our 2019 Webinar Series! IEDC is pleased to offer a year's worth of current economic development topics paired with the best minds in the profession through 10 monthly webinars plus our popular Fall Series. Webinars include: 

January 17: Data Driven Success in the New Year
February 21: Be Your Own Best Advocate
March 21: Get in the (Opportunity) Zone
April 18: The Cannabis Economy
May 16: Put Your Best Foot Forward:... Details
When: January 17 – December 19, 2019
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Join us for a year of learning through our 2019 Webinar Series! IEDC is pleased to offer a year's worth of current economic development topics paired with the best minds in the profession through 10 monthly webinars plus our popular Fall Series. Select 5 of the following 10 webinars when you register: 

January 17: Data Driven Success in the New Year
February 21: Be Your Own Best Advocate
March 21: Get in the (Opportunity) Zone
April 18: The Cannabis Economy... Details
When: January 17 – December 19, 2019
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Start your year off on the right foot! Identify key data points and performance metrics to track your performance progress throughout 2019. How should you assess your community's economic health in order to plan for the future. Examine examples of how data-driven decisions and planning has yielded success. Discuss how best to connect data with strategic goals, including how to track them and how to share them with your... Details
When: January 17, 2019
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This multi-faceted course explores the core aspects of entrepreneurial and small business development, including value-add partnerships, technical assistance programs, financing, business incubation, and more. Entrepreneurs and small businesses stimulate job creation, develop crucial innovations in both products and services, and promote the diversification of the economic base. In this course, participants will learn the financial and managerial tools economic developers use to... Details
When: January 24–25, 2019
Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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IEDC's Leadership Summit is a unique gathering of senior-level and CEcD-certified economic developers. Experience peer networking and active discussions on the latest issues affecting economic development leaders. The Summit will illustrate ways organizations are bringing together polarized factions to form successful collaborations. Key themes to creating collaborative communities:

- Building strong business climates
- Creating partnerships in education and training
- ... Details
When: January 27–29, 2019
Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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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,... Details
When: January 30–31, 2019
Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Budget season is upon us! In addition to critical discussions with elected-officials about funding, you'll also be making the case for their support of your plans and goals. And learning about their plans and goals, too. We'll talk about connecting economic development plans with elected-officials' objectives, campaign promises, and bureaucratic challenges, while showcasing successful advocacy campaigns, fly-in's and communications... Details
When: February 21, 2019
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This interactive course presents the core components of a BRE program and why the concerns of local businesses need to be actively addressed. By building an understanding of business visitation techniques and survey methods, practitioners will be able to clearly gauge their community's business climate. Learn the "red flags" that may indicate a company is looking to move elsewhere, and learn how to structure an effective technical assistance program to respond to business concerns.... Details
When: February 26–27, 2019
Where: Baltimore, MD
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Skilled workers are the backbone of a productive and efficient economy, and a critical decision point in today's business location decisions. This versatile course explains the essential relationship between economic and workforce development through case studies, practical examples, and current research. Course participants will learn what programs currently leverage federal, state/provincial, and local financial resources to support workforce development. Learn about what you can... Details
When: February 28 – March 1, 2019
Where: Baltimore, MD
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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 an innovation to market, including technology protection and product licensing. Learn how to partner with government, industry, higher... Details
When: March 6–7, 2019
Where: Vancouver, BC
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This highly interactive course lets participants work in small teams to help understand the complexity of strategic planning and its challenges. Economic developers must build consensus among board members, stakeholders and the community as a whole, creating a unified vision for the future. Learn techniques to build consensus among stakeholders who represent different values and interests. Also, participants will learn the quantitative techniques used to better understand their... Details
When: March 7–8, 2019
Where: Phoenix, AZ
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This comprehensive training course will introduce the economic development profession to highly-engaged participants both young and old. Economic developers use a number of financing and development tools to ensure a healthy local economy, from helping small businesses grow to leading large real estate development projects. Learn how economic development strategies can be structured to encourage local and regional development and advance your community's growth potential. This course ... Details
When: March 13–15, 2019
Where: Toronto, ON
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One of the most exciting parts of the 2017 tax bill was the inclusion of a new program for distressed communities: the Opportunity Zone program. A little over a year has passed, and the Treasury Department has completed designations and funds are being established to being investing in designated communities. We'll discuss current regulations for zones and funds and best practices for taking advantage of the program, based in part on the successes and failures of past 'zone'... Details
When: March 21, 2019