May 16, 2016

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- Economic Development Week Celebrations Around the Nation
- 52 Weeks of Economic Development: Week 20
- New IEDC Video Interview Series
- 2016 Economic Future Forum
- Economic Development Journal - Call for Articles
- New Excellence in Economic Development Awards Category - Deadline June 10
- Don't Miss any of IEDC's Virtual Learning Opportunities
- Utilizing philanthropic contributions - take a quick IEDC survey
- May 16 Job Listings

Economic Development Week Celebrations Around the Nation

Communities around the country have concluded their celebrations for the first ever national Economic Development Week, hosted by the International Economic Development Council. Dozens of proclamations have been sent to IEDC showcasing how elected officials recognized the invaluable contributions that practitioners make on local, regional and national economies. The Year of the Economic Developer celebrations will continue during IEDC's 2016 Annual Conference to be held in Cleveland. Stay tuned to for future stories on this year-long campaign. If your community hosted a celebration, please share it with Akia Ashmond Brew at We would like to help you showcase your success.

Also in light of its 90th anniversary, we are running 52 Weeks of Economic Developers, an interview series that profiles and celebrates those who have influenced the profession. This week, we're featuring two of your peers:

Amy Clickner, CEcD, CFRM
Lake Superior Community Partnership
Marquette, Michigan

IEDC: How did you get into economic development?
Clickner: Actually, totally by accident! While working in the private sector, I spent many years as a chamber of commerce board member and as president. I had always said I would love to get paid for the work I so much enjoyed doing as a volunteer. And one day, I got my chance. Our community suffered the loss of an Air Force base, and we knew that to survive we had to consolidate organizations and work together. Hence, the formation of the public-private Lake Superior Community Partnership. I was hired as its first employee and oversaw the merger of the chamber and economic development organizations under this umbrella. Fast forward to today, and I'm still carrying out its economic development functions as the organization's first CEO.

IEDC: What is your proudest professional achievement?
Clickner: Becoming a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). It's just like achieving your master's degree and feels incredible.

Read the full story.

Donald Dunshee, FM, HLM, CED, EM
President and CEO (retired)
Broomfield Economic Development Corporation
Broomfield, Colorado

IEDC: How did you get into economic development?
It was an unexpected route for me. In December of 1960, I was a senior studying urban geography at the University of Minnesota. At that time, I thought I wanted to be a city planner. I was working nights at a gas station until six in the morning for some extra money. One day I noticed a job ad on the department's bulletin board - the Minnesota Gas company's area development department was looking for cartographers. I thought to myself it's got to be much warmer making maps than pumping gas.

IEDC: What is your proudest professional achievement?
I worked in the field for 51 years exactly, from December 1960 until December 2011. I thoroughly enjoyed the business of retaining and recruiting business. Something else I always prided myself in was being able to work with young people - some of which are still in the profession today. I truly enjoyed training them and urging them to get involved with groups like AEDC (and then IEDC) and to sit for their CED (and then CEcD) exam. I was always looking for ways for them to stay involved in the profession as a way to help them one day find a more challenging job with more responsibilities.

Read the full story.

New Video Interview Series - by IEDC
Have you seen the new IEDC video interview series launched during Economic Development Week? Grab your favorite beverage and watch your peers share insight on what economic development means to them, how they've created impacts in the industry, and how IEDC has helped them create success.

2016 Economic Future Forum

We'll be in Tulsa next month for the 2016 Economic Future Forum. You will see the city, hear from dynamic speakers and engage with your peers. You'll discover what Tulsa is doing to make itself more prosperous and livable, as well as how you can adapt these practices for your community. Here's a presentation about the content we'll cover during the conference. Get started now. Register for the conference. Reserve your hotel, and prepare to engage in dynamic discussions about the future industries that will fuel economic development.

The Pillars of Future Economic Development from Jeff Finkle, CEcD

Arrive early in Tulsa. Sign up for the pre-Forum training course, Economic Development Credit Analysis

Date: June 8-10, 2016
Location: Tulsa, OK

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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 increased productivity. Course participants will also perform credit analysis by determining how well a company buys and sells to make a profit. Learn how to read financial reports, financial statements, balance sheets and profit and loss statements. Enroll now to understand the basics of structuring deals for small businesses that often combine public and private sector financing programs.

Economic Development Journal - Call for Articles

Contribute to Economic Development Journal for this special anniversary year.

In honor of its 90th anniversary, IEDC has devoted its entire fall issue Economic Development Journal to the milestone event, the history of IEDC and the Year of the Economic Developer.

Essentially, the issue will show appreciation of the job and public service that economic developers do and how they make a difference. This is your opportunity to participate in the special, year-end publication.

IEDC is looking for articles of 2500-4500 word length on the following topics:

- history of economic development
- case studies of economic development organizations in existence for 40 or more years
- milestones that made profession history
- profiles of people who have made a difference in the profession.

Together, the articles will help tell the story of the profession's evolution.

Article submissions deadline: June 1
Contact: ED Journal Editor, Jenny Murphy, at

New Excellence in Economic Development Awards Category - Deadline June 10

Did your community create a campaign for Economic Development Week?

For the very first time, you may apply for this new and free Excellence in Economic Development Awards campaign. A campaign organized to promote the economic development profession in your community, region, or state/province during EDW. Types of promotion include, but are not limited to, an event, seminar, marketing tour, web or print projects, video, and social and digital media campaigns.

Innovation in EDW Campaign - Free
Deadline: Postmarked by June 10, 2016

Judging Criteria for Innovation in EDW Campaign: Please note that criteria are meant for completion during EDW (May 8-14)

- Goal/mission
- Innovation/creativity
- Effectiveness of EDW promotion
- Community or other EDO involvement (local, regional, or state level)
- Use and quality of promotion utilizing social media

» Download the entry form

Don't Miss any of IEDC's Virtual Learning Opportunities

Refreshing your Perspective on Foreign Direct Investment
Date: Wednesday, May 25
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET
Price: $95 for IEDC members, $135 for nonmembers

Join this webinar to learn about the latest trends, strategies, and federal tools that communities from throughout the U.S. are using to grow their local economies with foreign direct investment (FDI). Aside from successful tips and practical tools, you will also hear details about two success stories from the region of Western Michigan and Pittsburgh, PA. Learn from your peers and gain valuable knowledge of what did and didn't work in implementing and attracting FDI to their communities.

Since the 2007 recession, foreign direct investment (FDI) into the U.S. has only continued to grow. With over 5.7 million people employed in 2012 alone, the U.S. ranks no. 1 in the world for FDI. As foreign companies grow eager to tap into America's large, affluent and stable market, communities are working diligently to improve FDI opportunities, as well as to capture some of the post-recession growth. But with such a wide variety of tools and programs available, how can your EDO and your community provide the most opportunities and best environment for success?

Join this webinar to:

- Explore best practices and strategies for growing FDI in your locales
- Discover ways to provide an attractive, competitive environment for foreign investors
- Learn how two communities Michigan and Pennsylvania have overcome barriers to FDI


Rebecca Moudry
Acting Director of Investment Promotion & Facilitation
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, D.C.

Suzi Pegg
Vice President, Global Business Development
Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA)
Pittsburgh, PA

Birgit Klohs
President and CEO
The Right Place, Inc.
Grand Rapids, MI

Other virtual learning opportunities this week:

Digital Age and Business Attraction: Impress your Prospects with GIS
This free webinar
, sponsored by mapping software provider Esri, will teach participants how to effectively use a geographic information system (GIS) to best convey their community's value proposition. Join us this Thursday, May 19 to learn how to tell the story of your community in data, maps, imagery, text and video.

Utilizing philanthropic contributions - take a quick IEDC survey

New Deadline: May 22

With support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, IEDC is surveying economic developers in order to better understand how foundations support traditional economic development activities. Survey results will contribute to research about philanthropy-led economic development and will be released in a research paper and session at the 2016 IEDC Annual Conference in Cleveland. Get started now. Also, participating in the survey means we may showcase your community as a case study in our upcoming paper.

Track your own health by helping us track philanthropic contributions to community health. We're giving a Fitbit Charge Hr to one survey participant, so be sure to complete our survey by May 13.


Request for Qualifications, City of Columbus

The City of Columbus (Ohio), Department of Development is seeking qualifications from national consulting firms to perform an analysis of the city’s current incentive offerings for residential, office and industrial development. The City is seeking to better understand the impacts of its current incentive programs on the City’s development patterns and competitiveness, and if advisable, is seeking recommendations for modifications to its current incentive policies and program offerings to achieve the desired industry growth patterns that foster job expansion, competitive wages, workforce attraction and economic inclusion.

The objective of this national analysis will be to set a baseline competitive standard for the City and the Columbus Region as a whole setting a clear, universal standard for office and industrial development incentives, including both property tax and income tax incentives, within the City. For additional information, please call or email: Quinten Harris at 614-645-0772 or

Request for Qualifications, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) is seeking a firm and / or a team with relevant expertise to provide a suite of services that will enable the City of Pittsburgh and the URA to evaluate potential business leads, build a strategic toolkit and proactively engage business attraction targets. Responses to the RFQ are due by June 3, 2016. Full details (PDF).

Request for Qualifications, City of Kansas City

The City of Kansas City, Missouri is seeking consultant to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the City of Kansas City’s historic use of economic development incentives and the resulting impacts. Goal of project is to evaluate use of incentives while also increasing transparency. Consultant will work with City to identify performance indicators, complete historical analysis based on those indicators, and assist City in developing reporting system for future use. Respond online. Deadline to respond is June 12th.

Request for Proposals, Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County, NC is launching an effort to evaluate the county-wide small business eco-system. The goal of this effort is to develop program and policy responses to accelerate the formation and growth of small businesses across the entire County as part of its new Economic Development Strategic Plan. The County seeks to immediately secure the services of a qualified consultant team with demonstrated experience in data collection and analysis, public policy, program evaluation and development, and relevant experience with small business formation and growth. Please contact Peter Zeiler, EDO Director for RFP package. (980) 314-2938. Deadline: June 1st.

Job Listings

Openings for the week of May 16

Got openings? Place your job ad with IEDC and get four weeks of exposure to more than 20,000 economic development professionals across the nation and beyond. Simply fill out the online form.

» Visit the Job Center for details on each listing.

May 16, 2016
- Executive Director, Portland Development Commission (Portland, OR)
- Director of Real Estate & Development, Mobile Airport Authority (Mobile, AL)
- Director of Business Attraction and Retention, Clay County Economic Development Council (Kansas City, MO)
- Economic Development Manager, Tractus Asia (Bangkok, Thailand)
- Community Development Director, City of DeLand (DeLand, FL)
- Associate/Senior Associate, International Economic Development Council (Washington, DC)

May 9, 2016
- Economic Development Professional, Greater Houston Partnership (Houston, TX)
- Economic Development Manager, City of Amarillo (Amarillo, TX)
- Economic Development Director, City of O’Fallon (O’Fallon, MO)
- President and CEO, New Mexico Partnership (Albuquerque, NM)

May 2, 2016
- Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Corporation of North Central Illinois (LaSalle, IL)

April 25, 2016
- Economic Development Coordinator, Town of Prescott Valley (Prescott Valley, AZ)
- Director of Community and Economic Development, City of Des Plaines (Des Plaines, IL)
- Business Development Leader, Great Falls Montana Development Authority (Great Falls, MT)
- Senior Business Development Manager, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber (Oklahoma City, OK)
- Vice President of Business Retention and Expansion, Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Wichita Falls, TX)
- Chief Economic Development Officer, Greater Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Indianapolis, IN)
- Business Attraction Manager, Virginia Economic Development Partnership (Richmond, VA)
- Economic Development Director, City of Georgetown (Georgetown, TX)
- Economic Development Manager, Economic Development Corporation - Michigan City (Michigan City, IN)
- Senior Vice President - Business Development, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (Phoenix, AZ)

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Upcoming IEDC Events:


2016 Economic Future Forum
June 12-14 | Tulsa, OK

2016 Annual Conference
September 25-28 | Cleveland, OH

Gain virtual access to IEDC programming by signing up for our Webinars:

Free: Digital Age and Business Attraction: Impress your Prospects with GIS
May 19

Free: Tales from the Trenches: Elected Leaders and Economic Developers Working Together
May 24

Refreshing your Perspective on Foreign Direct Investment
May 25

Retail Miniseries I: Retail as a Catalyst for Economic Development
June 22

Retail Miniseries II: Attracting Investment to Disinvested Corridors and Neighborhoods
June 29

DoD Assets for Economic Development (Miniseries): Capitalizing on Defense Department Tech-Transfer Opportunities
July 13

DoD Assets for Economic Development (Miniseries): BRAC and Beyond: Creative Reuse of Former Military Installations
July 20

Training Courses

Real Estate Development & Reuse
May 19-20 | Minneapolis, MN

Economic Development Credit Analysis
June 8-10 | Tulsa, OK

Business Retention and Expansion
June 15-16 | Vancouver, BC

Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies
June 23-24 | Baltimore, MD

Economic Development Marketing & Attraction
July 14-15 | Orlando, FL

Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies
July 21-22 | Denver, CO

Advanced Training Course: Foreign Direct Investment & Exporting
July 28-29 | San Diego, CA

Managing Economic Development Organizations
August 11-12 | Atlanta, GA

New IEDC Members:

B D T Housing Services Enterprises
Walls, MS

Paducah Economic Development
Paducah, KY

Yoakum Economic Development Corporation
Yoakum, TX

Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA)
Kansas City, MO

Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB)
Manama, Bahrain

Morgan City Corporation
Morgan, UT

Norfolk County Economic Development
Simcoe, ON Canada

Preble County Development Partnership
Eaton, OH

City of Burbank
Burbank, CA

City of Fayetteville
Fayetteville, NC

Town of Wake Forest
Wake Forest, NC

Membership Contact:
Phil Goodwin
(202) 639-9106

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The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,700 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC's members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.

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