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Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Announces Dr. Ioanna Morfessis to be honored at 12th Annual Heroes of Education Event
Dr. Ioanna Morfessis, President of IO.INC, has been named as the 2017 honoree of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation (MCCF) Heroes of Education award. This award, celebrating its 12thyear, is given to a champion of public education in Arizona and recognizes the personal and professional commitment to support Maricopa Community College students and educational opportunities. Morfessis has been an outstanding advocate for education by providing leadership and support for numerous initiatives at the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Wilmington businessman kills self as embezzlement case looms 4/24/17
David Powell, formerly of the Piedmont Triad Partnership, the regional EDO in Greensboro, NC, passed away on Saturday. He previously was involved with NetJets and the chamber of commerce in Columbus, Ohio.

Former Blackford County leader joins Indy partnership 4/20/17
Everett is a Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council, and is a graduate of Ball State University.

Don Cunningham: Federal economic growth policy is a Rubik's Cube 4/19/17
Once a year the International Economic Development Council, IEDC, gathers states and large regional economic development organizations to review and discuss federal economic growth policies in Washington. President Donald Trump sent the ranking leaders of his community and economic development team: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon.

Learning always a part of economic development 4/19/17
Caleb McMahon, the Alliance’s director of economic development, completed the Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) in early April. The course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). This year it was held at the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce at Little Rock.

Poloncarz, officials join in support of National Community Development Week 4/19/17
CDBG coalition members include the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, National Community Development Association, Council of State Community Development Agencies, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, National Association for County Community and Economic Development, National Association of Development Organizations, American Planning Association, Local Initiatives Support Corp., Habitat for Humanity International, Feeding America, YWCA USA, Enterprise Community Partners, Rebuilding Together, National Recreation and Park Association, National Association of Regional Councils, National Urban League, International Economic Development Council, Heartland Alliance, The Trust for Public Land and National Development Council.

Hot Springs constituents complete course in economic development 4/17/17
Offered annually in the spring, the Mid-South Basic Course provides an intensive overview of the process and practice of local economic development. It features more than 20 instructors who are recognized experts in their fields. It is one of 22 such courses accredited by the International Economic Development Council.

Grand Forks EDC CEO Klaus Thiessen to retire 4/13/17
In addition to his leadership with the EDC, Thiessen has served on boards of the Chamber, United Way and the UND Engineering Advisory Board. He is a past president of the Economic Developers Association of Canada and a past director with the International Economic Development Council.

Jon Bittner appointed SBDC Statewide Director 4/12/17
In 2015, Bittner was named to the Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Economic Development by the Development Counsellors International (DCI). The International Economic Development Council named Bittner the Young Economic Development Professional of the Year in 2014. That same year, Bittner was selected to Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

Scottsdale’s Robert Tunis procures national recognition 4/12/17
Robert Tunis, economic development manager for the city of Scottsdale has earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer, a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

Economic Resilience, Disaster Recovery Course to be Held in Madisonville 4/11/17
In partnership with the Delta Regional Authority and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, the International Economic Development Council is conducting another round of training courses for DRA’s Leading Economically Competitive and Resilient Communities program between February and September, 2017.

Delta Regional Authority to host economic development and economic resiliency training 4/10/17
The Delta Regional Authority presents a series of intensive two-day courses focused on economic development and disaster resiliency strategies to enhance the effectiveness of local elected officials, economic development practitioners, and other community leaders in the Delta region. The workshops are held in partnership with the International Economic Development Council and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

Webster police jurors discuss economic growth 4/7/17
She talked about an upcoming economic development and economic resiliency training set to take place in May in Ruston, sponsored by the International Economic Development Council and Delta Regional Authority.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce to Address Federal Economic Development Policy Experts 4/7/17
The Honorable Wilbur L. Ross Jr. will speak at the 2017 International Economic Development Council’s FED Forum on Monday April 10.

Everett Joins Indy Partnership 4/5/17
Everett is a certified economic developer through the International Economic Development Council, and is a graduate of Ball State University.

Economic development experience certified 4/5/17
Accompanying it was a congratulatory letter from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) acknowledging that the Economic Development Alliance’s president and CEO, Lou Ann Nisbett, had satisfied IDEC requirements for re-certification of her Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation.

Lutton named VP of economic development 4/5/17
Lutton is a Muncie native and graduate of Ball State University. She has completed the Economic Development Institute through the University of Oklahoma and is an active member of the International Economic Development Council and the Indiana Economic Development Association.

Community leaders gather to raise funds for joining Arizona Town Hall 4/3/17
In an email Tuesday, he said a study by the International Economic Development Council found that “nationally a majority of Economic Development Directors work for a public sector organization, while only 6 percent work for a private/public organization – as envisioned by a small group.”

Pittsburgh Marketing VP Named to Concord Eco Development Position 4/2/17
Before working for PRA, Pegg was an executive director with the British American Business Council of the Pittsburgh Region, a board member for the International Business Center at the University of Pittsburgh, is presently serving as chairwoman of the International Economic Development Council’s International Advisory Steering Committee, and is a past Pittsburgh “40 under 40” awardee, Baia noted.

2 ways to make great professional connections without going to networking events 3/30/17
Event organizers and industry associations are always looking for volunteers to help with committees and events. This can be great ways to show off your expertise and work ethic while working on a team with more seasoned professionals. I personally know people organizing events right now at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the Red Cross, and the International Economic Development Council.

Placemaking: Investing to Draw and Keep Talent 3/29/17
And it is not the sole province of large cities with developed urban cores that have taken placemaking to heart. A couple of examples highlighted at the International Economic Development Council’s annual conference in Fort Worth demonstrate how smaller communities have both creatively and consciously integrated placemaking into their development strategies.

Activities planned to celebrate Economic Development Week 3/27/17
The Johnson County Economic Development Corp. board plans to celebrate Economic Development Week May 8-14. The International Economic Development Council created the week last year to celebrate its 90th anniversary.

NCI develops new website 3/21/17
After reviewing proposals from experienced professional economic development website companies throughout the nation, the NCI Board contracted with web designer Accrisoft from North Carolina. This company’s extensive portfolio includes Minneapolis, Charlotte, Oklahoma City, Palm Beach, Southwest Michigan, Corpus Christi and the International Economic Development Council.

Fargo City Commission Learning Ways to Boost City’s Economic Growth 3/20/17
“If you don’t have them, you put yourself in a real problem,” said President & CEO of the International Economic Development Council, Jeff Finkle. Finkle was brought to Fargo City Hall to give a better explanation of how incentives are the best bet for a successful workplace.

Get to know: Shawn Miller, Clovis business development manager 3/19/17
Miller has earned numerous local, national and international awards from the American Advertising Federation, California Alliance for Local Economic Development, International Economic Development Council, California Downtown Association and others.

Coffee at the Museum program to feature CEO of Burke Development Inc. 3/17/17
The organization is a two-time International Economic Development Council’s Excellence in Economic Development Award recipient.

Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce names new president/CEO 3/17/17
In recent years, the Fox Cities Chamber has achieved successes including the launch of the Talent Upload program, which was awarded the Best in Show Award from the International Economic Development Council, and a renewed focus on programming to attract and retain young professionals in the area.

Ready to Give the Presentation of Your Life? “ED TALKS” Nominations Are Now Open 3/17/17
Speakers have the chance to engage an audience with a topic that they are passionate about at the IEDC 2017 Annual Conference.

Georgia Tech Marks 50 Years of Economic Development Education 3/17/17
The Georgia Tech 50th Annual Basic Economic Development Course will be held at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta on March 21 to 24, 2017. Since its inception in 1967, the BEDC has prepared more than 3,100 economic developers from all over the world for the International Economic Development Council certification exam.

New economic development director named 3/14/17
E. Linwood Thomas IV was voted among the Top Ten under 40 Young Professionals in the Greater Fredericksburg Region in 2012 and is a 2013 graduate of the Executive Management Program’s “Leadership Fredericksburg.” He is a member of the International Economic Development Council and the Virginia Economic Developers Association.

Douglas County officials hoping business retention effort will help spark local job growth 3/14/17
The goal, according to county economic development coordinator and Spark DC program manager Becky Nelson, is to establish relationships, open a dialogue and gain insight into how the county can support and nurture those companies. Nelson pointed out the International Economic Development Council estimates as much as 80 percent of new job growth comes from existing businesses.

Tourism, recreation focus of meeting 3/14/17
A meeting on tourism and recreation was one of several held last Wednesday and Thursday during a visit by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the West Virginia Development Hub.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Names Siemens USA CEO Judy Marks to U.S. Investment Advisory Council 3/13/17
Today, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. announced the appointment of Judy Marks, CEO of Siemens USA to the U.S. Investment Advisory Council. Jan Rogers, Kenny McDonald, Chris Camacho and Jeffrey A. Finkle, are also members.

Governor Abbott Appoints Eight To One Call Board Of Texas 3/13/17
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Jason Hartgraves and Janie Walenta, and appointed Jesus Antonio Garza and James Schneider to the One Call Board of Texas for terms set to expire on August 31, 2018. Jesus Antonio Garza of Kingsville is the City Manager for the City of Kingsville. He is a member of the Texas City Management Association, International Hispanic Network, and International City Management Association and of the International Economic Development Council.