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2017 Free Webinars


Economic Strategies for Rural West Virginia: Best Practices for Dealing with Dilapidated and Abandoned Properties

Thursday, February 23 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am ET

Communities do not have to quietly endure the decline of its buildings. Learn how other communities have found ways to track and manage vacant buildings, demolish unsafe structures, and creatively activate vacant storefronts.


Washington Update and FED Forum Preview

Wednesday, March 1 | 3:00 - 4:00 ET

Join us for a free 60 minute webinar that will highlight top sessions and speakers featured in the upcoming 2017 IEDC FED Forum. Hear insight into the 2017 FED Forum agenda and how those topics align with current priorities. Also hear how economic developers can engage with future and key policy makers and program managers. We'll also include a brief update from Washington, including highlights of what to prepare for from the new presidential administration and Congress. This webinar will leave you with a great sense of the value and importance of attending the Forum as well as an inside look into what we can expect from Washington in the year ahead. This is a great precursor that will prepare you to maximize your attendance at FED Forum.


Rock Economic Development Week - Your 2017 Campaign

Wednesday, March 8 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Does the average person in your community know what economic development is and what your organization does for the community? Is creating a brand awareness campaign one of your marketing objectives for this year? Could your programs benefit from additional exposure? If you're constantly having to explain your role, key programs your EDO offers, or the definition of economic development in general, creating an Economic Development Week (EDW) campaign for 2017 may help. Not only is EDW a great opportunity to create awareness in your community, but it also helps build team camaraderie as well. The biggest bonus is that you could enter your campaign into the IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Awards and win! Join this upcoming webinar and hear how you can have a successful Economic Development Week campaign. This is an event that will put your EDO more on the map and help your community understand more about available programs you offer. Hear some specific things you can do to rock your campaign, and hear award winning ideas from last year's celebrations as well.


Showcasing Excellence in Your Community: What You Need to Know About IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards

Thursday, March 9 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards program highlights the world's most innovative economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year's most influential leaders. IEDC honors recipients at its Annual Conference each year.


Economic Strategies for Rural West Virginia: Preserving our Stories - Opportunities for Heritage Tourism

Wednesday, March 15 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am ET

Visitors want to experience your history and your heritage. Learn how to tell your stories in a compelling way, partner in larger regional storytelling, and attract visitors.


Economic Strategies for Rural West Virginia: Maximizing the use of Federal and State Tools for Economic Development

Thursday, March 23 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am ET

Partner with regional, state and federal authorities to accomplish your goals. Take advantage of the assistance readily available to you, while also learning to influence what gets done in your region. Use available technical assistance to be the extra help you need to advance your objectives.


Ethics & Economic Development

Thursday, May 10 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Do you know how to tackle difficult situations that pose ethical dilemmas in your professional life? Did you know that IEDC adopted a Code of Ethics in 2008? Does your organization have a code of conduct and do you know how to develop one? Economic developers encounter numerous situations on a regular basis that require sound judgment and strength of character. The IEDC Code of Ethics can help you through the decision making process. This webinar will provide instruction on ethics for economic development professionals, dealing with ethical dilemmas and use case study examples to boost learning among participants on ethical decision making in tough situations.