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Becoming Accredited: A Conversation on the AEDO Program

Date: May 10, 2018

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  Free

Registration deadline: May 10, 11:00 a.m. ET

Instructions will be emailed on May 9

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


Does your organization have what it takes to become an accredited economic development organization (AEDO)? Is your organization considering submitting an application to join the elite group of accredited economic development organizations?

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is holding a free informational webinar regarding the Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 2:30 – 4:00pm ET. The webinar will feature a conversation from representatives of AEDO organizations.

The presenters will speak to their experiences preparing an application, navigating the documentation review process, and hosting an AEDO site visit. In addition, they will discuss the impact of accreditation on their organizations and the benefits afforded by the AEDO program. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask their questions to the presenters.

This free webinar is a great opportunity to learn more about the AEDO program by speaking directly to accredited organizations and program leaders.

For more information about the AEDO program, please contact AEDO Manager Dana Crater (dcrater@iedconline.org; 910-833-7020) or visit the AEDO webpage.




Glenn (Skip) W. Smallwood, Jr., CEcD, CEM

Glenn (Skip) Smallwood has worked in the utility industry for over 37-years and held management positions in business development, industrial sales/marketing, and customer service.

Skip has earned a Master of Science in Engineering and Technology Management from Oklahoma State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Webster University. In addition, he has earned professional designations in economic development, energy engineering, and manufacturing engineering.

Skip holds memberships in the International Economic Development Council (IEDC); Senior Member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE); Professional Member of the Institute of Industrial and System Engineers (IISE); and Professional Member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). He has held leadership roles in local and state economic development organizations and serves on numerous civic and community boards/foundations.



Bradley Arnold
County Administrator
Sumter County, Florida

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with the major in Physics from The Citadel, a Master of Public Administration degree from Valdosta State University, and he is currently at the stage of all but dissertation (ABD) to achieve Doctor of Business Administration from Saint Leo University.

Since 2006, Bradley Arnold serves as the County Administrator of Sumter County and previously served in two similar positions in Georgia. He also served in two family businesses and the Navy Reserve with an active duty deployment to Afghanistan.

JoAnn Crary, CEcD, FM, HLM
Saginaw Future, Inc.
Saginaw, MI

JoAnn Crary is the President of Saginaw Future, a non-profit economic development organization. She has held that position since 1993. Crary has a Bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University and a graduate degree from Central Michigan University. She is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional. In 2015, she was awarded the Fellow Member and Honorary Life Member designations by the International Economic Development Council.

Crary was the 2015 Board Chair of the 5000-member International Economic Development Council and in that role, Crary focused on Inclusive Economic Development. It was a top priority of the IEDC Board, the Economic Development Research Partners and work of an Equity Committee, which identified policy issues, solutions and tools around economic opportunity. Widening the circle for economic inclusiveness continues to play an important role in IEDC’s strategic plan today. JoAnn remains involved in IEDC as is a member of the Committee for Professional Conduct and the Economic Development Research Partners.

She is also a member of the MEDC’s Collaborative Development Council, an advisory group to Michigan’s economic development leaders. In 2016, Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder appointed JoAnn to serve on the 21st Century Economy Commission to help recommend a vision for Michigan’s economic future and in 2017, the Governor appointed Crary to serve on the Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control.

Ms. Crary also serves on the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Dow Chemical Community Advisory Panel, Huntington Bank Market Area Board, the City of Saginaw Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Mobile Medical Response Finance Committee and the Michigan Community Capital Board of Directors.

Jim Fram, CEcD, CCE, FM
Founder and Principal
Community Growth Strategies, LLC

In the mid 1980’s, Jim launched a 30+ year career as a professional economic developer and chamber executive. He became a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) as well as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) and has achieved a great deal of success in job creation, new capital investment, increasing of public revenues, and product development in smaller communities like Dewey, OK and Harrison, AR then to medium size cities such as Hot Springs, AR, Bartlesville, OK, and Killeen/Fort Hood, TX to the large metro areas of Lincoln, NE and Tulsa, OK. He has extensive experience in project management with everything from a small grocery store to a million square foot distribution center and about everything in between.

Fram is a past Chair of the Oklahoma Governor’s Economic Development Team (2007), an Oklahoma Economic Developer of the Year (2001), Arkansas Chamber Executive of the Year (2017), and has served in many leadership roles during his tenure in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Nebraska. He has served on the state economic development and chamber of commerce association’s Boards of Directors in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Arkansas. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as well as the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). He currently serves on the AEDO (Accredited Economic Development Organization) Committee of the International Economic Development Council and is a frequent speaker, moderator, and instructor at chamber and economic development conferences and forums.

He most recently served as the President & CEO of the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Hot Springs Metro Partnership in Arkansas leading both organizations to accreditation by their respective professional associations.

In 2018, Jim launched Community Growth Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm that offers affordable assistance to cities, communities, chambers of commerce, and economic development organizations who have a desire to position themselves for growth.

Paul Saldana, CEcD
President & CEO
Tulare County Economic Development Corporation
Exeter, CA

Paul Saldana, CEcD, is the President & CEO of the Tulare County Economic Development Corporation since January 2001. He has been an economic development professional for nearly 30 years, having worked in city, county and regional economic development positions throughout his career. Paul served as Chair of the California Association for Local Economic Development, Chair of the California Central Valley Economic Development Corporation and served on the Board for the American Economic Development Council.

Paul served a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute and Assistant Director/Instructor for the CETYS Economic Development Institute in Mexico. He also was a founding Board Member of the California Community Colleges Economic Development Network (ED>Net).

Paul has been involved in a variety of projects and activities that have resulted in the receipt of a number of national and state economic development awards for business recruitment, retention, marketing and project management. Paul has managed two organizations that have been recognized as an Accredited Economic Development Organization. Paul has testified before a number of legislative hearings, has been quoted and appeared in national news media and served on technical assistance and professional advisory teams assisting economic development throughout the US and Mexico.

Paul and Leah have six children and two grandchildren and are active in transforming lives through the sharing of the gospel of Jesus Christ.


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