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Thriving Rural Communities: Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Talent

Date: September 7, 2017

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: September 7 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on September 6

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Monday, August 28

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


Rural communities face unique workforce challenges compared to their urban counterparts. Many workers are drawn to large cities where job offerings, networking opportunities, and social activities abound. Furthermore, businesses located in rural settings oftentimes struggle in reaching potential candidates due to their organization size or location in a lesser-known area. As a result, rural towns must take additional measures to appeal to new talent and promote the benefits of why existing talent should stay.

By implementing asset-based economic development initiatives, small towns have been able to increase their marketability, drive business, and strengthen their workforce. Fostering an enhanced quality of life through the investment of revitalization projects, utilization of natural resources, and promotion of low cost of living are just a few success tactics that have been used. Exploring ways to improve the business climate through worker incentives, entrepreneurial support, and more will also be essential.

Each community is different and must draw upon its unique set of assets to attract and retain talent. This webinar will focus on ways your small or rural community can attract and retain talent to remain competitive for economic growth.

Attend this webinar to learn the following:

• Workforce challenges specific to small and rural communities
• Resources that can be leveraged to implement talent attraction and retention strategies
• Marketing and communications strategies to increase your community’s visibility and attract talent




Speaker information forthcoming.


Instructions and Technology

Instructions and dial-in information will be sent up to three days in advance and a minimum of two times. If you do not receive an email from IEDC or GoToWebinar 24 hours prior to the start of the web seminar, it is your responsibility to email webinar@iedconline.org. No refunds or credits will be given for not receiving the dial-in information for the webinar.


• Using a telephone: A touch-tone telephone
• Using Desktop VoIP: A computer equipped with the following:
-- a supported sound card
-- speakers or headphones
-- a microphone (for speaking during the conference)


• Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 for Windows/Mac/Linux, or Safari 2.0 for Macintosh
• Broadband Internet connection

Learn more about GoToWebinar please review the Attendee Quick Reference Guide(PDF)


Cancellation, Refund and No-Show Policy

• Refunds are available with cancellation until Monday, August 28. There are no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, August 28.

• All cancellations must be received in writing by email, fax or mail to Cherrika Gordon (e-mail: cgordon@iedconline.org / fax (202) 223-4745). Cancellations by phone are not accepted.

• All cancellations and requests for a refund after Monday, August 28 need to be submitted in writing to Cherrika Gordon and will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee of a refund or credit after Monday, August 28 and each will be given consideration under unforeseen circumstances.


Attend Web Seminars and Earn Recertification Credits from the Comfort of Your Office

We understand that CEcDs have a constant yearning to grow and improve their knowledge and expertise in economic development. Therefore, the IEDC web seminars have been approved as professional development programs for recertification. The web seminars provide a convenient and cost-effective online environment for economic developers to learn about cutting-edge research, techniques, and tools that are prevalent in the field.

CEcDs participating in a minimum of three (3) web seminars during a three-year recertification cycle can now earn recertification credits. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Marjorie Rose at mrose@iedconline.org.