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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.


Leveraging Regional Strategies & Resources in Economic Development

Thursday, March 16 | 2:30 - 4:00 ET

Linking together communities of all sizes is an important economic development strategy you can use to build critical mass through your marketing and more. By pooling the resources of surrounding regions, you can create a more substantial presence in your communication with businesses, states, and investors. Businesses tend not to see jurisdictional borders, but instead, look at locations from the perspective of markets, trading regions, infrastructure and other assets. Communities that fail to think on a broader scale are at risk of over-competing with their neighboring communities. During this webinar, you will explore the topic of regional cooperation and present findings from the newest paper of IEDC's Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP).


Entrepreneurship Mini-Series 1:
Crowdfunding - A Financial Alternative for Entrepreneurs

Thursday, April 20 | 2:30 - 4:00 ET

What's your knowledge level regarding crowdfunding? Over the past five years, it has become a viable source of capital for entrepreneurs, no matter if they are in a small town or big city. This peer-to-peer financing method is easily facilitated by the internet; and thanks to new federal and state regulations, interstate and equity funding is becoming possible. Consider how you can utilize this alternative financing method to create jobs and diversify your local economy. This webinar will discuss how crowdfunding is transforming the way entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.


Entrepreneurship Mini-Series 2:
Women in Entrepreneurship: How You Can Help Break Barriers to Entry

Thursday, April 27 | 2:30 - 4:00 ET

Women entrepreneurs are essential for a competitive, economic landscape. Yet today, they still face many barriers when starting a business. For instance, access to capital has been listed as one of the many challenges women face when launching their startups, along with networking opportunities and work-life balance. Fortunately, changes throughout the market have increased opportunities for female entrepreneurs to fill gaps, bring forth innovation, and break into non-traditional industries for women. This webinar will examine how you can work in your community to develop the right entrepreneurial infrastructure that will help grow successful women-owned businesses.


Emerging Real Estate Trends for Economic Development

Thursday, May 18 | 2:30 - 4:00 ET

Essential to job creation and economic growth, you can create vibrant environments that will draw people to your community. As new opportunities to attract, expand, or relocate businesses arise, you'll want to evaluate your community's real estate market. Innovative trends throughout the real estate industry are providing more creative and flexible infrastructure options that you can capitalize on. Attend this webinar, and you'll learn about emerging real estate trends and how your organization can benefit from them.