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Economic Development Research Partners Program (EDRP)

EDRP...For Innovative Leaders in the Economic Development Community

You're a leader in the field, a visionary, a risk-taker. You constantly seek new opportunities. You don't just want to keep up with current challenges. You want to stay five years ahead of the pack.

Where do you turn to find other economic developers like you? And how can you give back to the economic development community?

By virtue of where you are in your career, there are few networking opportunities that offer you the chance to engage in stimulating dialogue with your peers about the future of the profession. That's why we created the Economic Development Research Partners Program (EDRP).


Direct Cutting Edge Research

The purpose of EDRP is to provide top-level economic developers with a means of directing cutting-edge research that advances the economic development profession as a whole.

This is research that isn't being done anywhere else. You choose what areas of research to fund and how those topics will be addressed. Every topic EDRP tackles is addressed from the practical perspective of how it directly affects the work of the economic developer.

The result: You multiply your own knowledge base and drive the economic development profession forward in a way like no other.

IEDC Members can download EDRP reports at no additional cost. Learn more about and download published research reports. Non-members: Please visit our bookstore to learn more about the different reports and to purchase them.


You Stay Ahead by Being with People Who Are Ahead

This exclusive level of membership - under the IEDC banner - enables peer-to-peer dialogue in an open, collegial environment.

The Partners meet four times a year to consult and brainstorm with peers, coordinate activities, and focus the EDRP agenda on pertinent and practical issues.


Benefits of the EDRP Program

Your participation in the EDRP program opens doors to concepts and people in a way like no other.

The Partners work together in a think-tank environment that supports practical research. You'll work toward solutions on key contemporary issues, such as:

• Finding complementary partners and resources
• Seeking new ways to capitalize on foreign markets
• Integrating regional businesses into the global economy
• Capitalizing on new technologies, networks and software
• Identifying and accessing talent for communities
• Strengthening workforce systems
• Responding to population and demographic changes
• Preparing for risk and unforeseen challenges

Your $5,000 annual membership fee for EDRP includes:

• 1 year of standard IEDC membership
• 8 individuals on the EDRP roster
• Acknowledgement on the IEDC website, conference programs and more
• Access to research data
• VIP networking opportunities

For further information on EDRP membership, please contact: Phil Goodwin, Director of Membership, at (202) 639-9106 or pgoodwin@iedconline.org.


Current EDRP Members

American Electric Power

Invest Atlanta

Metro Atlanta Chamber

Amarillo Economic Development Corporation

Ann Arbor SPARK

City of Austin Economic Development Department

Baltimore County Department of Economic Development

BNSF Railway Company

Brick City Development Corporation

Buffalo Niagara Enterprise

Camoin Associates

CDC Small Business Finance Corporation

Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation

Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance

Charlotte Regional Partnership

Columbus 2020!

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Frisco Economic Development Corporation

Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute

MetroHartford Alliance

Greater Houston Partnership

Hot Springs Metro Partnership

JumpStart Inc.

Lake Superior Community Partnership

Lincoln Economic Development Association

Longview Economic Development Corporation

Los Angeles County EDC

Louisiana Department of Economic Development

Lubbock Economic Development Alliance

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Midland Tomorrow

Mississippi Manufacturers Association

Greater MSP

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

Choose New Jersey, Inc.

New Orleans Business Alliance

Oakland County Executive Office


Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission

Richardson Economic Development Partnership

Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc.

Saginaw Future Inc.

Southwest Michigan First

St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association

The Right Place, Inc.

GO Topeka Economic Partnership

Towson University Division of University and Community Outreach

Tulsa Regional Chamber

Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition

York County Economic Development Corporation

Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation