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Advisory Services and Research Projects


Trainings and Workshops

We design and deliver customized trainings and workshops on a variety of economic development topics, for communities and organizations of all sizes. We work with our clients to create facilitated events and ongoing series of events that engage the input of a variety of relevant stakeholders. Through innovative facilitation and learning approaches, we help our clients to advance their economic development strategies and initiatives.

We offer our clients:

• An independent, third-party voice on economic development issues
• Expertise in local economic development, along with a national and international outlook and awareness of best practices
• Highly interactive and customized training and workshop experiences


Entrepreneurship Workshops in TX and LA Gulf Coast (Current, 2013)
IEDC is preparing to deliver two free half-day workshops on entrepreneurship topics to assist regional partners in building out a stronger entrepreneurship eco-system in Greater Beaumont, TX and the Southeast Louisiana region. The first workshop will be on the topic of organizational management and finance for a commercial center. The second workshop is on connecting entrepreneurs to needed capital. Each workshop is being tailored to meet the specific needs of the host community, but will also contain strategies and actions that can be applied elsewhere.


Electric Vehicles and Economic Development Workshop (2012)
IEDC, in partnership with the Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions, held a workshop to examine the economic development potential of electric vehicles in late 2012. This workshop, held in Arlington, VA, is part of a ‘Creating a Clean Energy Economy’ project sponsored by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Approximately 35 economic developers and industry professionals met for a day of discussion about the potential of the EV sector as well as industry-specific hurdles and opportunities for growth. The information shared during the workshop will be incorporated into a ‘Creating a Clean Energy Economy’ report, which IEDC expects to release during the first quarter of 2013.


Public Officials Seminar on Leading Economically Resilient Communities (2012)
IEDC held two free seminars titled “Leading Economically Resilient Communities: What Public Officials Need to Prioritize Before and After a Major Economic Disruption” in Lake Charles, Louisiana on September 27th and in Houston, Texas on September 28th. Instructors included the Honorable Richard Crotty, Former Mayor of Orange County, Florida; Supervisor John McKay, President of the Jackson County, Mississippi Board of Supervisors; and Mickie Valente, Principal of Valente Strategic Advisers, Inc. Attendees included mayors, city councilmembers, city managers, emergency managers and a few economic development directors. A video recording of the seminar is available on RestoreYourEconomy.org.


2012 Disaster Preparedness & Economic Recovery Webinar Series (2012)
IEDC produced the 2012 Disaster Preparedness and Economic Recovery webinar series, which features speakers on topics that range from protecting a community’s economic assets, business preparation activities to post-disaster financing for business retention. This series helps to equip economic developers and chambers of commerce to plan and sustain your community’s economic recovery in the wake of disaster. Webinar recordings are archived on RestoreYourEconomy.org.


Disaster Recovery Workshop in Carroll Valley, PA (August 2012)
IEDC, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), convened approximately 20 economic recovery practitioners, federal agency officials, and corporate foundation representatives for a three-day workshop in Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania. The purpose of this workshop was to identify best practices and lessons learned in economic recovery, resiliency and preparedness for disasters that have occurred since 2005. IEDC will be writing two reports out of this workshop: 1) strategies to build back key industry sectors to the Gulf Coast after a disaster and 2) identifying waivers of federal regulations for the use of federal dollars in the event of a disaster.


Port Arthur Economic Development Workshop (2010)
Location: Port Arthur, TX

The Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation (PAEDC) invited IEDC to facilitate an economic development workshop focused on consensus building among community stakeholders on the economic development priorities. It included an educational introduction to the various economic development functions undertaken at the local level and the development of priorities through focus group meetings. IEDC summarized these priorities in a memo, to be used by the PAEDC in the development of an economic development strategic plan for the community.


Post-Disaster Small Business Recovery Workshop in Cassopolis, MI (2009)
In December 2009, IEDC, in partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), convened approximately 27 post-disaster economic recovery representatives from across the U.S. for a three day workshop at the Edward Lowe Foundation Leadership Center to discuss the subject of post-disaster economic recovery. This working group developed a series of recommendations for improving the federal response and assistance to disaster-impacted communities, as it relates specifically to economic recovery. From these recommendations, IEDC developed the report, An Improved Federal Response to Post-Disaster Economic Recovery.