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2017 IEDC Virtual Learning Opportunities

IEDC produces dozens of virtual learning opportunities each year that you and your colleagues can participate in to stay at the top of the profession.


Managing the Essential Link: Affordable Housing & Economic Development

Thursday, August 17 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

A lack of affordable housing can hinder business, deter new residents from moving into a community and increase chances that the existing workforce will seek different housing options in neighboring communities or out of the region altogether. Several studies associate affordable housing with increased job creation, consumer spending, and other economic factors. Hear how to? manage this essential link in this upcoming IEDC webinar.


Thriving Rural Communities: Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Talent

Thursday, September 7 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

While rural communities face unique workforce challenges compared to their urban counterparts, more and more, they are leveraging their unique set of assets to increase their marketability, drive business and strengthen their workforce. Hear how to take new measures to appeal to talent through investment of revitalization projects, utilization of natural resources and promotion of low-cost living, to name a few. Learn more about this September IEDC virtual learning opportunity.


The Changing Face of Foreign Direct Investment | Forecast: 2020-2025

Wednesday, September 13 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

The growth of FDI has been a key driver of globalization, which today is under threat from populist policies advocating nationalism, trade protectionism, and controlled migration. In 2016, global FDI fell 13% to an estimated $1.52 trillion, according to the United Nations. In 2010, OCO made predictions of the impacts of FDI on market and sectors, most of which did come true. These included the increasing convergence between FDI, trade and innovation, growth of cities as a magnet for FDI, and rebalancing of West-East flows via re/nearshoring. As we look to the future, some of the major changes in global FDI trends will most likely gain momentum in the short and medium term. Join us to hear Mark O’Connell, CEO of OCO Global, outline how the prevailing mood of international business will differ from 2020 to 2025.


It's All About Relationships: Trends in Supporting Your Existing Businesses

Tuesday, December 12 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

As the saying goes, people do business with those they know, like and trust. How much time and effort are you investing in building relationships with business owners and entrepreneurs in your community Hear best practices in Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) in this upcoming IEDC webinar, and review recent findings from the Economic Development Research Partners' research paper to be published early fall 2017.