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The 21st century is turning into a creative economy. Leaders are building partnerships with community art organizations and industry professionals to cultivate art creation and promote resident artists. These resident artists, musicians, and designers spearhead art projects to draw in more visitors. Join us for this webinar for a deep dive into the projects around the country that integrate art, culture, and design to strengthen communities’ local economic and social outcomes. From... Details
When: January 23, 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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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.  

Select 6 of the following 12 webinars when you register:  

- January 23: Drawn Together: Arts & Economic Development
- February 20: Making... Details
When: January 23 – December 17, 2020
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In recent years, entrepreneurial development has become a job creation strategy utilized more and more by economic development organizations. With so many resources for entrepreneurs, is your community connecting these resources to create an environment that supports small business owners? Developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem takes identifying all resources and stakeholders, connecting them and filling the gaps you see in your network. Learn about the benefits, challenges and... Details
When: January 30, 2020
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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: February 6–7, 2020
Where: Tampa, FL
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Jackson's Bistro 
601 S. Harbour Island Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33602

Transportation will be provided – bus departs from Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Lobby.

For questions or to make any dietary requests please contact Katie Krieger at kkrieger@iedconline.org.

When: February 8, 2020
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Attend IEDC's 2020 Leadership Summit to explore social impact strategies and their ability to transform the economic well-being of communities everywhere.

At the 2020 IEDC Leadership Summit, economic development professionals will engage with thought leaders and peers who have implemented or are developing innovative approaches to addressing pressing social challenges as part of their economic growth strategy. Through keynote and plenary sessions, breakout sessions and tours, ... Details
When: February 9–11, 2020
Where: Tampa, FL
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Give yourself adequate time to prepare for the exam and increase your chances of passing and ultimately, joining the fold of certified professionals.

Being certified by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the highest form of credibility and competency in the economic development profession. Earning the CEcD designation has opened a world of possibilities for hundreds of professionals. You can take advantage of the opportunity to advance your career,... Details
When: February 13, 2020
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There’s no doubt about it: Opportunity Zones are the hot topic in economic development these days. How will your community make the most of your zone? From real estate development to supporting small businesses & entrepreneurs, there are many options. And while the program is still in its early years, there are lessons to be learned. Attendees will leave this webinar with ideas, examples, and direction for how best to leverage this... Details
When: February 20, 2020
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The Economic Development Academy meets the certification requirements for the Economic Development Marketing and Attraction and Real Estate Development and Reuse courses. These courses can be taken separately by going to the... Details
When: February 25–28, 2020
Where: Baltimore
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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: February 25–26, 2020
Where: Baltimore, MD
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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, website design, and current trends in... Details
When: February 27–28, 2020
Where: Baltimore, MD
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This course teaches the core components of bringing 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 business. They will also explore how to facilitate exports in their community, with an emphasis on how existing federal and state programs can assist. The course... Details
When: March 10–31, 2020
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Downtown areas and main street hub projects are increasingly becoming trendy places to eat, dine, and shop. This webinar will share downtown revitalization success stories, whether your vision is in preliminary phases or has been decades in the making. Discover how to strengthen your existing local business partnerships, enliven dormant spaces, and manage brick and mortars despite the growth of e-commerce... Details
When: March 19, 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: March 26–27, 2020
Where: Buffalo, NY