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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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There is an urgent need within economic development for minority-owned companies to be primary job producers. However, how does one recruit minority-owned companies that are primary job producers? In addition, is recruiting other companies with a good diversity and inclusion and minority subcontracting efforts a reasonable alternative? This webinar will examine these two questions to determine best practices on recruiting minority-owned... Details
When: April 26, 2021
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The Economic Development Academy (EDA) meets the certification requirements for the Workforce Development Strategies and Business Retention and Expansion courses, as well as the CEcD Exam... Details
When: May 4–7, 2021
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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 currently leverage federal, state, and local financial resources to support workforce development. Learn about what collaborative programs will help upgrade the skills of your community's existing workforce.... Details
When: May 4–5, 2021
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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: May 6–7, 2021
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Broadband is amongst the top issues affecting the economic competitiveness of communities, a fact that has been further highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Multiple federal agencies, state, and private organizations are providing financial resources and information to expand connectivity in underserved urban and rural areas. This brief report will compile existing tools and resources that economic development professionals can use to support expanded broadband access in their own... Details
When: May 6, 2021
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Over the last five years, Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality has worked closely with Florida A&M University, the number one HBCU in the country, to collaborate on economic development initiatives to community’s diverse local economy. These initiatives include supporting the growth of minority, women, and small businesses and research opportunities with businesses. Join us in this webinar to learn more about these best practices and how your economic development team... Details
When: May 10, 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on many industries, but it has been particularly difficult for the retail and hospitality industries. What can economic developers do to help these sectors rebound after the pandemic? In this webinar, we'll share practical examples of ways that you can support your local business owners and steps you can take now to encourage new growth after the pandemic.

When: May 11, 2021
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Have you been curious about becoming more involved with IEDC, but are not sure if membership is the right step for you and your organization? With over 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind, with the goal of supporting economic development professionals. In this webinar, we will break down the three major benefits of IEDC membership:

- Exclusive Discounts
- Networking & Educational Opportunities
- Access to Information & Resources ... Details
When: May 13, 2021
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The core objective of this analytical course is to explain the financial tools used to stimulate private sector investment that results in the creation of permanent, private sector jobs, increased productivity and improvement in the local tax base. Specifically, the course will review current debt, equity, grant and incentive-based financing programs that are accessible to practitioners both rural and urban. Moreover, course participants will learn how to calculate debt/service... Details
When: May 19–21, 2021