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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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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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Townfolio was started as a $500 tech startup and grew nationwide in one-year. With a limited budget, you have to be creative in figuring out ways to promote your company. This is no different than municipalities with a limited budget. Thankfully technology has made it extremely cheap or free to get the word out.

For tech founders, software is the norm, but from talking to hundreds of economic developers, we realized that they have pain points when it comes to budget,... Details
When: March 7, 2019
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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
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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: April 10–12, 2019
Where: Washington, DC
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You've got a strategic plan and a marketing plan. The job descriptions, budgets, and year-end financials are ready. As the accreditation application comes together, you can't help but wonder what the reviewers might think about your materials. What are they looking for when they read the documentation? Is there something you should include to make it stand out? What are the expectations for the site visit?

On Thursday, April 11, join AEDO application reviewers for an honest... Details
When: April 11, 2019
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Discover: Following a hotly contested mid-term election, what will the new Congress focus on and how will the White House utilize the remaining years of the administration? 

Connect: Be among the first to meet the newly-elected and their staff. And reconnect with existing contacts who may be in new positions. 

Access: We'll maximize your interaction with thought leaders as well as economic developers. The FED Forum is meant to be a conversation that leads to stronger, ... Details
When: April 14–16, 2019
Where: Washington, DC
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Almost 40 states have legalized medicinal and recreational use of cannabis. Some communities have been living in a legalized environment for years and there is much to learn as the trend toward full legalization continues. We will examine regulatory concerns as well as ways to support small business and entrepreneurs associated with this industry.

When: April 18, 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