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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 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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The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program's COVID-19 Metro Recovery Watch is aimed at informing local and state recovery strategies from COVID-19's historic economic impacts in ways that link near-term resilience to longer-term economic transformation, racial equity, and economic inclusion. This webinar will offer promising recovery responses for local and state leaders to generate a racially inclusive recovery by supporting job creation and quality business growth, advancing job... Details
When: September 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 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... Details
When: October 8–9, 2020
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Our nation and the world are in the midst of unprecedented upheaval. Public health, economic, and social crises have gripped much of our attention, but through it all, you have continued to work for a better future in your community. At IEDC, we've been with you each step of the way, providing resources and guidance on how to lead where you live and work. There's much more to come: IEDC's Annual Conference, scheduled to take place in Dallas, Texas, this October, will be transitioned... Details
When: October 13–16, 2020
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As we have seen this year, an unplanned-for crisis can cause major disruption. Disasters - natural, manmade, industrial, and infectious - are constantly emerging around the world, sometimes striking the same communities already reeling from a prior crisis. Incorporating resiliency and adaptability into your strategic planning process can help mitigate this "layering" effect, giving your community the tools to prepare for and recover from disasters in their many forms. 
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When: October 16, 2020
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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: October 20, 2020
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Foreign trade zones (FTZ) are currently located in all fifty states and Puerto Rico. How can your community and organization take advantage of FTZ for production and employment purposes? This webinar will provide an introduction to foreign trade zones and how FTZ can benefit your community. We will consider eligibility, the application process, types of zones, and permitted activities within the zones.

When: October 22, 2020
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Entrepreneurship and small businesses are the cornerstones of a thriving economy, creating 1.6 million net new jobs in 2019 and consistently accounting for almost half of the private workforce.  While their success lies in the support structures - the ecosystem - surrounding them, building an efficient and strong ecosystem requires not only partnerships, creativity, and commitment from stakeholders, but also hard cash. Join IEDC on this free webinar to learn how to work with a... Details
When: October 27, 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 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... Details
When: November 5–6, 2020
Where: Phoenix, AZ
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The CEcD Exam Essentials workshop will provide attendees with a complete overview of the Certified Economic Developer exam process and provide you with tools and techniques that can be used for preparing for the certification exam. This workshop is a requirement for individuals who are planning to sit for the certification exam.

The CEcD Exam Essentials Workshop is free of charge, but registration is... Details
When: November 5, 2020
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appropriate grantmakers for a range of programs or projects. IEDC's new online Grants Research Center allows you to search:

- U.S. and International Charitable Giving funders
- Federal Grant & Loan Listings
- Up-To-Date State Funding Information

This overview tour of GrantStation is a great resource for members to ensure that they are getting the most out of their annual membership, and for potential Members to see GrantStation in action!... Details
When: November 10, 2020
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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: November 17 – December 8, 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 jobs and... Details
When: November 18–20, 2020
Where: Chapel Hill, NC