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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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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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The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Community Navigator Pilot Program. The program aims to support small businesses and entrepreneurs in accessing federal resources made available in response to the COVID-19 health and economic crises. This program is a competitive grant funding initiative open to economic development organizations, non-profits, and state & local governments. Join us for this webinar... Details
When: June 21, 2021
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Are you faced with ethical dilemmas in your professional life? Do you have the tools to deal with ethical issues? Economic developers regularly encounter situations that require sound judgment and strength of character. Saying no is not always easy but may be the right thing to do. This session will provide essential instruction on ethics in economic development and will provide you with the tools to foster a culture of high standards in your organization. No theoretical lecture,... Details
When: June 24, 2021
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Services deserts – from food to broadband to healthcare – have a great impact on equity in communities. For example, racial and economic disparities in food access remain a considerable concern with around thirty percent more non-white residents facing limited access to food retail than white residents. Fast internet means new online opportunity in any city, and many food deserts provide limited or unaffordable healthcare services, contributing to negative health outcomes for people... Details
When: June 28, 2021
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In today's economic environment, it's vital to show that your organization is at the top of the field. From earning the trust of your stakeholders to connecting with leading economic developers, every competitive advantage counts. One of the most significant advantages your organization can access? The Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) Program. 

Join AEDO application reviewers for an honest discussion on what they are looking for across all stages of... Details
When: July 8, 2021
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It has been one year since America's long overdue awakening to structural racism. But what does structural racism look like in economic development? And what is the role of the economic developer in dismantling racism and furthering equity? This webinar will start exploring these questions through two case studies in diverse American cities, and discuss areas in which economic developers can tackle systemic disparities. During this webinar, we will also report on the state of... Details
When: July 12, 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: July 15–16, 2021
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The definition of going to work has turned into working from home and working remotely. Communities around the country--and world--have created incentive programs to promote talent attration and retention to top tier rural communities. Is your community looking to bring in remote workers? Find out how some communities have been able to revitalize their workforce through talent attraction.

When: July 15, 2021
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In this webinar, we will be revisiting the top challenges presented by top higher education associations pre-pandemic. A year has passed and many higher education institutions are still facing the challenges of COVID-19. In this session, our top higher education association leaders will provide us details on lessons learned by the pandemic. How prepared are higher education associations in dealing with a third wave or similar challenges like a pandemic? What are some of the lessons... Details
When: July 20, 2021
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In this interactive course, participants will gain a thorough knowledge of business stages and how to provide support and financial resources addressed specifically to their needs The course will help participants develop a deep appreciation for the unique needs and challenges of minority and women-owned businesses, and the benefits of building ecosystems in communities of color. Participants will also learn to appreciate the role of legislators and policy makers, how storytelling... Details
When: July 29–30, 2021
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An increase in natural disasters, changing workplace, and home dynamics due to the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the need for reliable broadband for communities. It is also magnifying the digital divide between various populations and rural communities. Join IEDC for this webinar on:

- How communities can best incorporate broadband into underserved communities
- The required capacity of broadband to meet current needs and "build back better"
- Comments ... Details
When: July 29, 2021
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Learn how the cities of Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and province of Alberta, use data and insights to measure and promote their startup ecosystems. Find out about some of the key initiatives they are doing on a local, regional, and global level to attract tech talent and raise the visibility and awareness of their own region - including tracking startup formation, funding, jobs, economic impact, university spin-offs, diversity, and... Details
When: August 5, 2021