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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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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: May 1–22, 2019
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This hands-on course will review the fundamentals of developing and implementing a high-impact marketing and attraction plan. Businesses looking to locate or expand need accurate, up-to-date, and credible information and communities need rock-solid marketing techniques to reach the needs of the business community. Course participants will be able to learn how to craft their community's message by learning about online marketing fundamentals, GIS technologies, website design, and... Details
When: May 7–8, 2019
Where: Minneapolis, MN
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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: May 9–10, 2019
Where: Minneapolis, MN
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Economic developers regularly encounter situations that require sound judgment and strength of character. Saying no is not always easy, but it may be the right thing to do. No theoretical lecture, this webinar will focus on real life ethical situations faced by economic developers where your decisions could mean the difference between success and failure in your career and life. Learn about:

- Essential instruction on ethics in economic development
- Tools to foster a... Details
When: May 9, 2019
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Summer is around the corner, schools will be out and leave time will be used -- are you ready? Tourism offers great opportunities to sell your community, bring customers to your businesses, and even attract the attention of investors. How are you telling the world about your tourism offerings? What investments in tourism marketing yield the best results? Our discussion will offer the latest in tourism marketing techniques while examining recent successful... Details
When: May 16, 2019
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This advanced course will focus on the key principles and practices of professional management in economic development. It will define excellence in economic development and explain the fundamentals of managing for results, outcome-based performance, organizational assessment, stakeholder identification, vision and mission scope, organizational culture and more. Also, participants will learn how to engage their board or council, staff and community stakeholders, constituents, and... Details
When: June 6–7, 2019
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
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The Economic Future Forum is a forward-looking conference that focuses on fostering innovation and economic transformation in the new economy. The conference explores industry trends and the partnerships and strategies needed to grow, attract, retain, and expand companies in established and emerging industries. 

Join fellow economic development professionals and experience Salt Lake City’s economic development success, including its enormous urban revitalization and recent... Details
When: June 9–11, 2019
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
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This hands-on course presents an overview of business financing tools and available private financing options, as well as how the public sector can complement bank financing. Learn how to read financial reports, financial statements, balance sheets and profit and loss statements. Course participants will perform credit analysis by determining how well a company buys and sells to make a profit. Also, they will learn how to determine if the company pays it suppliers on time, collects... Details
When: June 12–14, 2019
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
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Everybody eats! And the path to economic growth might just be through the stomach. Food-centric economic development strategies include myriad topics, from urban agriculture, to maker spaces, to business improvement districts and digital marketing. When it comes to supporting this industry, there is always more to learn, and knowing first is key to staying ahead of the competition.

When: June 20, 2019
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This advanced course teaches the core components to bring the world economy to your community’s front door. Foreign direct investment (FDI) and exporting are now essential components of a local economic development strategy. Attendees will learn how to attract foreign investors, from identifying targeted sectors to engaging new businesses. They will also explore how to facilitate exports in their community, with an emphasis on how existing federal and state programs can assist. The... Details
When: July 9–30, 2019
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What to do with that storefront on Maple Street? How can you effectively use short-term office space for long-term growth? How can you put your rural community on the map as a destination for new businesses and residents? We're discussing placemaking, for makers, manufacturers, planners and real estate developers, with an emphasis on existing land and stock. Join us for this webinar to learn how your community can build an identity and use placemaking as a catalyst for economic... Details
When: July 18, 2019
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The core objective of this analytical course is to explain the financial tools used to stimulate private sector investment that results in the creation of permanent, private sector jobs, increased productivity and improvement in the local tax base. Specifically, the course will review current debt, equity, grant and incentive-based financing programs that are accessible to practitioners both rural and urban. Moreover, course participants will learn how to calculate debt/service... Details
When: August 14–16, 2019
Where: Denver, CO
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International opportunities abound for economic developers. From increasing FDI and exports to overseas lead generation and visas, the topics in 'international' economic development offer many new opportunities. Our International Advisory Committee will offer a webinar featuring the latest trends, tools and resources to succeed on an international scale.

When: August 15, 2019