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Economic Development Ethics

Date: May 9, 2019

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Price:  Free, but registration is required

Registration Deadline: May 9 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on Tuesday, May 7

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


Economic developers regularly encounter situations that require sound judgment and strength of character. Saying no is not always easy, but it may be the right thing to do. No theoretical lecture, this webinar will focus on real life ethical situations faced by economic developers where your decisions could mean the difference between success and failure in your career and life. Learn about:

- Essential instruction on ethics in economic development
- Tools to foster a culture of high standards in your organization through interactive case studies
- IEDC's Code of Ethics and Enforcement Procedures

Ethics training is a part of the CEcD Recertification Process.

Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs) are required to have 2 hours of ethics training to be eligible for recertification. Participation in this web seminar fulfills the ethics training requirement.

Please note that an electronic certificate of completion will be sent out 2-4 weeks following the webinar as proof of attendance and fulfilling the ethics requirement for recertification.




LaDene H. Bowen, CEcD, FM, HLM, EM
Competitive Solutions LLC

In a career that has spanned over three decades, LaDene Bowen has served in a leadership role in facilitating and creatively implementing economic development programs. She is currently a Principal with Competitive Solutions, an economic development consulting firm. Prior to her current position, Bowen was Director for the Institute for Decision Making (IDM) at the University of Northern Iowa, an integrated business and community services program, where she consulted hundreds communities and EDO Boards in all aspects of economic development in the Iowa, West and Midwestern states and has trained over 2,800 new professionals in economic development. Additionally, she served as the Director of UNI’s nationally recognized EDA University Center focusing on regional entrepreneurial development. She retired from the University as Director Emeritus in 2016. The scope of her professional involvement and leadership reaches from Iowa communities to the International Economic Development Council, where she served on the Board of Directors for 12 years and continues to be active on advisory committees.

She is considered one of the emerging transformational leaders in helping local communities and economic development professionals prepare for a different kind of future. Her recognized development expertise has been shared in international and national speaking engagements, consulting, mentoring, teaching and authoring of articles. She was named Dean of OU/EDI in January 2012. She continues to teach Ethics in Economic Development, Future of Economic Development, Leadership Capacity-Building and Strategic Planning.

Ean Johnson, CEcD
Regional Manager, Economic Development
BNSF Railway
Fort Worth, TX

Ean Johnson is currently a Regional Manager of Economic Development for BNSF Railway. In this position he leads the class 1 railroad’s economic development efforts in the southeastern US and is responsible for the site selection of railroad customers and preparing communities to embrace rail-related growth. Ean is a part of a team that was responsible for aiding in the generation of over seven billion in capital investment and 3,500 jobs by rail-served customers on over 100 projects in 2017. Prior to this role, Ean was on the on the BNSF economic development team, via Jones Lang LaSalle, based in Chicago. A native of Ohio and graduate of Wright State University, Ean has economic development experience at the municipal, and regional levels in Ohio & New York and a stint as an Economic Development Representative for the US Economic Development Administration for the state of Illinois. Ean earned his certified economic developer designation (CEcD) in 2016. Ean is based in Ft. Worth, Texas with his wife Wakita and their dog Snow.


Instructions and Technology

Instructions and dial-in information will be sent up to three days in advance and a minimum of two times. If you do not receive an email from IEDC or GoToWebinar 24 hours prior to the start of the web seminar, it is your responsibility to email webinar@iedconline.org. No refunds or credits will be given for not receiving the dial-in information for the webinar.


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• Using Desktop VoIP: A computer equipped with the following:
-- a supported sound card
-- speakers or headphones
-- a microphone (for speaking during the conference)


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• Broadband Internet connection

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