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Join IEDC throughout 2020 for a year's worth of online professional development on emerging topics and trends from the profession's leading voices. IEDC's 2020 webinar series offers 12 webinars on a broad range of current topics, including Opportunity Zones, the night economy, entrepreneurship, and real estate, among others.   

- January 23: Drawn Together: Arts & Economic Development
- February 20: Making the Most of Your Opportunity (Zone)
- March 19: Revitalization... Details
When: January 23 – December 17, 2020
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Join IEDC throughout 2020 for a year's worth of online professional development on emerging topics and trends from the profession's leading voices. IEDC's 2020 webinar series offers 12 webinars on a broad range of current topics, including Opportunity Zones, the night economy, entrepreneurship, and real estate, among others.   

- January 23: Drawn Together: Arts & Economic Development
- February 20: Making the Most of Your Opportunity (Zone)
- March 19: Revitalization... Details
When: January 23 – December 17, 2020
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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 34 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 Dallas, TX. There are three steps to the IEDC Awards submission process: 

1.Pay for... Details
When: January 31 – June 26, 2020
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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 emailDetails
When: January 31 – June 26, 2020
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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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Measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 are at a direct opposition to the tourism industry; when the recommendation is to stay home and avoid plane travel, no amount of promotion will bring back the flow of visitors. Now, those in the travel industry are cautiously looking forward to re-opening, with new campaigns highlighting safety, and new procedures for air, train, and public transportation. This webinar will provide information that you can implement and share with your... Details
When: June 15, 2020
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Please note: Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of registrants and instructors, IEDC has made the decision to shift this course from in-person to online. 

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... Details
When: June 18–19, 2020
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You’ve got a great story, businesses, plans and goals and it is time to tell the world about them! Getting the word out in a loud arena filled with other communities, and often on a budget, can be a daunting task. Add to that the constant innovation happening in marketing, with increasingly technical platforms and mediums, and you’ve got yourself a situation. Join us as we discuss these issues and set your community on a path to marketing and attraction... Details
When: June 18, 2020
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Mainstreet retail is at risk due to the Coronavirus. The small businesses that line the streets of once-bustling neighborhoods are highly impacted by the sharp economic downturn; they are less likely to be considered essential, less likely to have an emergency fund, and more likely to close permanently. Innovative strategies can provide a lifeline to these businesses - from loan programs to easing restrictions on doing business in the street. Join our experts to hear from communities ... Details
When: June 22, 2020
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COVID-19 has disrupted food supply chains in America and around the globe. As schools, restaurants, and other major consumers of food products closed, demand dried up, leaving farmers with excess crops. At the same time, food banks around the U.S. saw more clients as unemployment soared. These circumstances have reverberating effects on the restaurant, agriculture, and grocery store industries. In some way, food instability impacts every community. In this webinar, we will consider... Details
When: June 25, 2020
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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: July 7–28, 2020
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Please note: Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of registrants and instructors, IEDC has made the decision to shift this course from in-person to online.  

This hands-on course presents business financing tools and available private financing options, as well as how the public sector can complement bank financing. You will learn how to stimulate private sector investment that results in the creation of permanent, private sector... Details
When: July 15–17, 2020
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The number one issue, by leaps and bounds, that economic developers are challenged by is workforce. Workforce development is essential to any successful economic development strategy, and understanding the dynamic workforce needs of your businesses is what separates good strategies from great strategies. Explore case studies and trending practices in matching workforce development with business development using BRE and marketing & attraction activities. Discover your community’s... Details
When: July 16, 2020
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Economic diversification is a cornerstone of resilience; learn how tourism can be leveraged to support a variety of enterprises.

When: July 23, 2020
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Please note: Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of registrants and instructors, IEDC has made the decision to shift this course from in-person to online.  

Skilled workers are the backbone of a productive and efficient economy. This versatile course explains the strong relationship between economic and workforce development through case studies, practical examples, and current research. Course participants will learn what programs ... Details
When: August 6–7, 2020