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IEDC is proud to offer the economic development community these webinars, research, and updates during this crisis at no cost to you. This does not mean, however, that they come at no cost to IEDC. We have invested considerable resources in both staff time, research, production, and technology to bring these items to you. If you are able, please consider contributing to help defray those costs -- any amount helps. Your contribution is appreciated and will help IEDC continue this... Details
When: April 10, 2020 – December 31, 2021
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Diane Lupke, CEcD, is the President of Lupke & Associates and a long-time member of IEDC. Lupke and Associates has worked in more than 75 communities to empower residents to recognize their assets and create change in their communities. Ms. Lupke is a past member of the Board of Directors of IEDC.

A strong advocate for economic development initiatives in distressed communities, Ms. Lupke founded an education scholarship fund for economic development professionals... Details
When: September 30, 2020 – December 31, 2021
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IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year's most influential leaders. These 25 awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Winners are recognized at IEDC's Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.

There are three steps to the IEDC Awards submission process:  
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When: January 18 – May 14, 2021
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These awards recognize outstanding leaders in the public and private sectors who are advancing economic development in their communities.  There are three steps to the IEDC Awards submission process:  

1. Pay for submission(s)  
2. Fill in submission form with code received in payment confirmation email*  
3. Mail in any physical/supplemental submission material (optional)  

*IMPORTANT: If you do not receive your receipt and confirmation... Details
When: January 18 – May 14, 2021
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Join IEDC throughout 2021 for a year's worth of online professional development on emerging topics and trends from the profession's leading voices. IEDC's 2021 webinar series offers 12 webinars on a broad range of current topics, including small town messaging, green economy, recreation economy, and successful partnership collaborations, among others.

With the increase in teleworking, we understand that webinar participants may no longer be able to participate together... Details
When: January 21 – December 9, 2021
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Join IEDC throughout 2021 for a year's worth of online professional development on emerging topics and trends from the profession's leading voices. IEDC's 2021 webinar series offers 12 webinars on a broad range of current topics, including small town messaging, green economy, recreation economy, and successful partnership collaborations, among others.

With the increase in teleworking, we understand that webinar participants may no longer be able to participate together... Details
When: January 21 – December 9, 2021
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IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards program highlights the world's most innovative economic development marketing materials, influential leaders, programs and partnerships. IEDC honors recipients at its Annual Conference each year. Join this webinar to: 

- Gain ideas for eligible projects and programs 
- Understand how to submit a complete entry 
- Ask your tough questions to an award recipient 
- Hear from a judge on the evaluation... Details
When: March 4, 2021
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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: March 11–12, 2021
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Does your organization have what it takes to become an accredited economic development organization (AEDO)? Is your organization considering submitting an application to becoming an accredited economic development organizations?

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is holding a free informational webinar regarding the Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). The webinar will feature a conversation from representatives of AEDO... Details
When: March 11, 2021
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Greater Together: Investing in Communities, People, and Innovation Ecosystems

Communities are facing complex challenges and opportunities shaped by technological disruptions, shifting labor markets, and persistent social, economic, and geographic disparities.  The added events of the past several months have created even more challenging environments, but may also bring opportunities for lasting and inclusive growth. The 2021 Leadership Summit will focus on... Details
When: March 15–16, 2021
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Wealth is the measure of an individual's or family's financial net worth. In the United States, wealth is unequally distributed by race – particularly between White and Black households. African-American families have a fraction of the wealth of White families, which leaves Blacks more economically insecure and with far fewer opportunities for economic mobility. This webinar will delve into centuries of racism and structural inequalities that foster the unequal distribution of... Details
When: March 17, 2021
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From budding entrepreneurs to seasoned business owners, entrepreneurial support organizations (ESOs) provide the foundations and resources that new and growing businesses need. This webinar will feature incubators and accelertor programs that have generated entrepreneurial growth through ESO collaboratives.

When: March 18, 2021
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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, you will learn the financial and managerial tools economic developers use to create a climate ... Details
When: March 25–26, 2021
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Invitation Only

The 7th Annual IEDC Executive Leadership Roundtable will be held virtually March, 25, 2021, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm EST.

This event provides economic development leaders with a unique opportunity to examine the pertinent matters impacting the profession through peer to peer discussions aimed at enhancing the understanding of how shifts and emerging tendencies influence the profession.  

Space is limited. Only one person per... Details
When: March 25, 2021
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Indigenous people have always been on the front lines to promote sustainability, which has further come to light after many officials turned to Native Americans for guidance in the wake of recent natural disasters, including the 2020 wildfires in California. In many cases, these tribal groups tend to focus on more long-term sustainable planning, such as planning for many generations in the future, rather than only a quick fix of today. Join IEDC for this webinar to learn about the... Details
When: March 25, 2021