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TRAINING COURSES: LOCAL LEADERS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & DISASTER RESILIENCY TRAINING


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Overview of Training Courses

The intensive training courses are designed as two-day classroom-style “boot-camps” that focus on the role of public and elected officials in economic development, resiliency and economic recovery. The interactive courses will provide participants with concrete, practical tools to support critical economic development and disaster resilience activities within their communities. The course content is designed for leaders in small towns and communities without economic development officials and/or any local leader interested in learning more about the economic development and disaster resilience. Course content will be developed by IEDC in partnership with the DRA and EDA, and in coordination with local economic development organizations and other partners.

Course Highlights

• Improving economic resilience through business retention and expansion efforts
• Marketing to attract new businesses and consumers
• Creating growth through workforce development strategies
• Revitalizing neighborhoods and districts to improve the economic stability of your city/town/region
• Catalyzing entrepreneurship efforts by establishing effective financial and business development institutions.
• Mitigating the impact of economic disasters on your economy
• Diversifying markets to improve economic resiliency
• Collaborating and communicating during times of economic hardship to alleviate recessions.

 

 
   

Economic Development for Local and Elected Leaders - Training Agenda*

Day 1

8:00 - 9:00 am

Registration

9:00 - 10:15 am

Development as a Process and a Practice
What is economic development and who does it in your community? What makes your community a good place to invest? What are you hoping to gain from this course?

10:15 - 10:30 am

Break

10:30 - 12:00 pm

Things You Should Know About Economic Development
An overview of the key topics that make up the system of economic development. A discussion of your role as a local leader, as well as that of partners in the region, state, federal government, and private sector. Key competencies and ethical issues for people engaging in economic development.

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch
Group discussion of your vision and challenges for economic development in your community.

1:00 - 2:15 pm

Thinking Strategically About Your Economy and the Future
The economic development strategic planning process, what should be in your plan, key economic indicators, and metrics for your region, determining targeting industries, cluster development, engaging your community, pitfalls to avoid in the planning process.

2:15 - 2:30 pm

Networking Break

2:30 - 4:00 pm

An Economic Developer’s View of Entrepreneurship & Small Businesses
Entrepreneurship and small business is the foundation of the American economy. How can you measure entrepreneurship and small business growth in your community and what is your role in supporting new businesses?

4:00 - 4:05 pm

Wrap Up

 

Day 2

9:00 - 9:05 am

Welcome and Overview of Today’s Topics

9:05 - 10:15 am

Business Retention & Expansion: Growing from Within
Where does local business retention and expansion fit in with regards to planning and practice in your community? How do you engage your business community? The importance of “BRE” in economic development and your role as community leaders.

10:15 - 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 - 11:30 pm

Revitalization: Breathing New Life into Divested Locations
Dealing with vacant, blighted buildings and revitalizing declining downtowns is a significant concern for communities of all sizes. The good news is there are things local leaders can do to tackle this complex issue.

11:30 - 12:00 pm

Economic Resilience and Why it Matters
From industry downturns to natural disasters, what are the things you can do to recover from economic shocks? With proper planning, you can achieve a more economic resilient community. This presentation will include a demonstration of free tools and resources on RestoreYourEconomy.org

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Understanding the Marketing & Attraction and Site Selection Process
Attracting, creating, retaining and expanding businesses are the cornerstones of economic development. This presentation covers preparation to market your community, the site selection process, and using incentives wisely to meet your strategic goals.

2:00 - 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 - 3:15 pm

Workforce Development for Sustained Economic Growth
Workforce development is an essential component of business attraction and retention. What is your role? Building a workforce pipeline involves seeking out employers’ workforce needs and coordinating the right resources.

3:15 - 3:30 pm

Take Aways

* Sample agenda. Subject to change

 

 
   

 

Economic Resilience Training Agenda*

Day 1

8:30 - 9:00 am

Registration

9:00 - 9:05 am

Host Welcome

9:05 - 10:15 am

Introduction to Community Economic Resilience
Description: Recent disasters demonstrate why economic resilience efforts matter now more than ever to your communities. Topics we’ll cover will also be an introduction to economic development challenges with natural and manmade disasters, focusing on the role of elected and appointed community leaders, as well as economic developers.

10:15 - 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 - 11:45 am

Business Assistance Before and After a Crisis
Description: With at least one in four businesses not reopening after a disaster, knowing how to assist businesses is essential to economic recovery. This session will discuss the many ways to engage small businesses in preparedness, as well as implementing a post-disaster business assistance including a business re-entry plan and a business recovery center. These strategies among others help get local firms up and running more quickly after a disaster and will help small businesses survive in the long-term.

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm

The Federal Government Response After A Disaster
Description: After any major crisis local and state recovery stakeholders will have the opportunity to work with federal government assistance. This session describes how to work with federal partners to maximize the speed and effectiveness of recovery efforts.

2:00 - 2:15 pm

Networking Break

2:15 - 3:15 pm

Economic Diversification & Building Capacity for Recovery
Description: This session will cover pre- and post-disaster strategic planning to build capacity for recovery. We will also address why your economic resilience philosophy and practice should include industry diversification.

3:15 - 3:30 pm

Group Discussion & Wrap-up
Questions, Discussion, Sharing

 

Day 2

9:00 - 9:30 am

Welcome and Day Two Overview

9:30 - 10:45 am

Creative Financing for Economic Recovery
Description: Continuing the business assistance discussion, this session will cover the topics of financing and federal resources for businesses and your community recovery.

10:45 - 11:00 am

Networking Break

11:00 - 12:00 pm

Crisis Communication Strategies
Description: During and after a crisis, traditional channels of communication often fail and the need to communicate effectively is critical. This session discusses the basics of crisis communication, delivering a unified response, dispelling rumors that can crush the economy, and communication strategies to re-open businesses.

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 - 2:15 pm

Revitalization and Other Recovery Efforts
Description: Regardless of whether you’ve lived through a disaster, dealing with vacancy and blight is an issue that communities all over the nation face today. Post-disaster neighborhoods and parts of a community may require special revitalization effort focused on recovering and rebuilding vibrant neighborhoods. This session will give you new strategies on dealing with vacancy and blight.

2:15 - 2:30 pm

Networking Break

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Wrap Up: Strategies for Long-term Recovery & Building Back Better
Long-term, business retention and expansion is where your focus should be. This session will cover some “BRE” strategies and inspiring case studies of communities that are building back with creative long-term strategies.

Major takeaways from the training

* Sample agenda. Subject to change

Schedule

Carbondale, IL
February 27-28
Topic: Economic Resiliency

Poplar Bluff, MO
March 2-3
Topic: Economic Development

Phenix City, AL
April 17-18
Topic: Economic Resiliency

Evergreen, AL
April 20-21
Topic: Economic Development

Pineville, LA
May 8-9
Topic: Economic Development

Ruston, LA
May 11-12
Topic: Economic Development

Germantown, TN
May 22-23
Topic: Economic Development

Oxford, MS
June 8-9
Topic: Advanced Economic Development

Clarksdale, MS
June 12-13
Topic: Economic Development

Henderson, KY
June 26-27
Topic: Economic Development

Madisonville, KY
June 29-30
Topic: Economic Resiliency

St. John the Baptist Parish
July 6-7
Topic: Economic Development

Jackson, TN
July 17-18
Topic: Advanced Economic Development

Savannah, TN
July 20-21
Topic: Economic Resiliency

Pine Bluff, AR
August 7-8
Topic: Advanced Economic Development

Searcy, AR
August 10-11
Topic: Economic Development

Marion, IL
August 28-29
Topic: Economic Development

Cape Girardeau
August August 31-September 1
Topic: Advanced Economic Development

 

Registration

To register online, please follow the link below:
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Contact:

For information regarding course registration and logistics, please contact Grant Rieckenberg (202) 223-7800 or reception@iedconline.org.

All other questions about IEDC training courses should be directed to Sarah Garcia (202) 223 7800 Ext. 3331 or sgarcia@iedconline.org.