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What You Don't Know: A Conversation with Young Professionals

Date: July 17, 2018

Time:  3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  Free

Registration Deadline: July 17 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on July 16

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


If you were to ask experienced economic developers about the start of their careers, many would respond with, "If only I had known..." This YP-focused webinar will feature three young professionals who have reached executive positions at their respective organizations. Find out what they've learned along the way that they wish they knew when they started their career. Tips include how they've navigated age bias, how they made the transition from education to the workplace, and more. Use what you learn from your peers during this webinar to take the next step in your career.




Kevin Kramer, CEcD
Economic Development Director
Village of Hoffman Estates
Hoffman Estates, IL

Kevin Kramer is the Director of Economic Development for the Village of Hoffman Estates, Illinois in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He's worked in this position for four and a half years after working as a planning and economic developer for a nearby municipality. He serves on the IEDC Young Professionals Advisory Committee and recently started the Young Professionals group for the Illinois Economic Development Association. Kevin proudly earned his CEcD in January 2017 and would love to give advice to anyone considering taking the exam. While he loves all things economic development he also loves DIY projects around the house, hiking in the mountains (not in Illinois of course), and reading a book on the deck while enjoying a craft beer or fine whiskey. Kevin lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and two children.



Danielle Casey, CEcD, EDFP
Economic Development Director
City of Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ

Danielle Casey joined the City of Scottsdale in June 2013. She is responsible for the oversight of the Economic Development Department, which includes executing the City's initiatives related to new business attraction, business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurial support, and employment center revitalization. Under her leadership, the Scottsdale Economic Development Department has received three awards of excellence from the International Economic Development Council, status as an Accredited Economic Development Organization, the 2015 'Large Community Economic Development Organization of the Year' award from the Arizona Association for Economic Development, and unanimous Council approval of a Five Year Economic Development Strategic Plan. In less than three years, the department has directly assisted more than 35 companies representing more than 3,000 new jobs in the first 12 months of operation, exceeding $40 million in direct revenue over 5 years to the city.

Prior to joining the City of Scottsdale, Ms. Casey served in various executive roles at the City of Maricopa since June 2005, most recently as the Assistant City Manager. Departments under her oversight included economic development, community services, development services, and City-wide marketing and communications activities. Since the inception of the City of Maricopa, she managed a number of noteworthy tasks in the establishment of the City's economic development office, such as the creation of an Industrial Development Authority, the creation of the City's Redevelopment District Area Plan, a City-wide branding initiative and Five Year Economic Development Strategic Plan. Prior to her time in Maricopa, Ms. Casey attained significant experience in the non-profit sector working in fundraising, marketing, and event and membership management.

Ms. Casey received her Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State University and Masters of Administration from Northern Arizona University, and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) as well as a certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP). She is a member of the International Economic Development Council and serves on its Board of Directors, is a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council's (GPEC) Healthcare Leadership Council and is a GPEC Emeritus Ambassador. Ms. Casey is a Past President of Arizona Association for Economic Development, a statewide professional association with more than 480 public and private members. In May 2010, Ms. Casey was the honored recipient of the 'Economic Developer of the Year – Small Community' award from the Arizona Association for Economic Development.


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