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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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Every two years, IEDC hosts our most popular webinar series on the latest in digital marketing. 2019's series will take a fundamental look at the emerging technologies and new standards that will shape the future of how we communicate to our audiences. From cutting-edge topics ranging from artificial intelligence to search engine optimization (SEO) to privacy, this year's series offers an accessible way for every economic development professional to understand and implement useable... Details
When: September 25 – November 6, 2019
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Let's face it: we don't all have the means to create dynamic websites like Apple. But that doesn't mean your organization has to settle for second best! Thankfully, technology has made it extremely practical for anyone to modify and update a website without the need for a web development background. Join us this fall as we discuss strategies for designing on platforms without breaking the bank, and for measuring and optimizing return on investment. We'll look at successful campaigns, ... Details
When: October 23, 2019
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This advanced course will focus on the key principles and practices of professional management in economic development. It will define excellence in economic development and explain the fundamentals of managing for results, outcome-based performance, organizational assessment, stakeholder identification, vision and mission scope, organizational culture and more. Also, participants will learn how to engage their board or council, staff and community stakeholders, constituents, and... Details
When: October 24–25, 2019
Where: Edmonton, AB
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Opportunity Zones present a major "opportunity" for economic developers to rebuild existing businesses and also attract new investment. Join us for this webinar that will detail strategies for making your Opportunity Zones attractive to investors.

Key Takeaways:

- Gain insight on how utilizing Opportunity Zones can be a strategic effort in community's disaster recovery & economic resilience efforts. 
- Learn what investors are seeking when considering investment... Details
When: October 29, 2019
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Your organization uses data to improve its services and understand your community's needs. But are you using data to tell your story? Join us for this webinar to learn how EDOs can use data visualization to market their community's assets and their organization's impact. We'll discuss the different types of data visualizations, cutting edge tools available to you, as well as best practices for building an effective dashboard and determining what information is most important for... Details
When: October 30, 2019
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Improve brand recognition and trust through your social media platforms. Explore how targeted paid advertising can improve your overall reach, attract your audience and generate recurring revenue. Work smarter not harder by implementing SEO strategies to increase your visibility and reach your desired audience. This webinar will dive into the analytics of advertising to gain an understanding for each platform and how to apply best practices to... Details
When: November 6, 2019
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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, GIS technologies, website design, and... Details
When: November 7–8, 2019
Where: Toronto, ON
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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: November 14–15, 2019
Where: Omaha, NE
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If you were to ask experienced economic developers about the start of their careers, many would respond with, "If only I had known..."  This YP-focused webinar will feature three young professionals who have reached executive positions at their respective organizations. Find out what they've learned along the way that they wish they knew when they started their career. Tips include how they've navigated age bias, how they made the transition from education to the workplace, and more. ... Details
When: November 14, 2019
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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: November 21–22, 2019
Where: Carrboro, NC
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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 join the elite group of accredited economic development organizations?

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is holding a free informational webinar regarding the Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) on Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 2:30 – 4:00pm EST. The webinar will... Details
When: November 21, 2019
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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: December 3–17, 2019
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Tis the season for reflection. You came into 2019 with a plan and you executed it. How did you do? Let's talk about how we interpret outcomes, how these outcomes should inform future planning, and how we should communicate our successes and failures with our community and stakeholders.

When: December 19, 2019