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Becoming Accredited: A Conversation on the AEDO Program

Date: December 10, 2020

Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Instructions will be emailed on Tuesday, December 8

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, December 10 from 2:30 – 4:00pm EST. 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.




Gerald Bologna, CEcD
Executive Director
Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission
Westwego, Louisiana

Jerry Bologna serves as President & CEO of the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO).

Since 2000, Jerry has played a significant role in industry recruitment, business retention efforts and major projects throughout Jefferson Parish. He brokered the $1 billion investment of global industry leader Dyno Nobel America and played an influential role in the acquisition of the Avondale Shipyard, one of the region’s greatest physical assets. Jerry has also attracted international headquarters and publicly traded brands, such as Sleep Number Corporation, Amazon, and US Foods to Jefferson. In 2011, he was recognized by the International Economic Development Council as the New Economic Development Professional of the Year and achieved the Certified Economic Developer designation that same year.

Jerry’s work with Ochsner Health System has supported the development of an underutilized stretch of Jefferson Highway into an international healthcare destination through nearly $400 million in capital improvements and the creation of an additional 3,200 jobs.

In addition to his work at JEDCO, he serves on the Boards of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, the Jefferson Chamber, Greater New Orleans, Inc., and the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association, where he served as President in 2017. He also serves on the Fore!Kids Foundation, producer of the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic.

Jolene Schalper, CEcD, EDFP
Senior Vice President
Great Falls Development Authority
Great Falls, Montana

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs, Apple Inc. co-founder.

Jolene Schalper loves what she does! She works to diversify her region’s economy supporting high wage jobs and increasing market competitiveness. Her background is in Business Administration/Marketing and Organizational Communications. After working on a regional initiative to reduce poverty at the family level, Schalper moved into Economic Development with the regional organization, Great Falls Montana Development Authority. Her strong belief in continuous education motivated Schalper to earn her CEcD, EDFP, and to serve on the AEDO Committee. She has worked with numerous colleagues across the US to support them in achieving their CEcD and advises all economic development organizations to implement the AEDO certification best practices – even if they don’t seek formal accreditation. Implementing professional standards both as individuals and organizations is critical in advancing our communities. Schalper loves to kayak, ski, hike, camp, travel, play guitar, and sing in bands.

Daniel Ryley, CEcD
Executive Director
Arvada Economic Development Association
Arvada, Colorado

As Executive Director of Economic Development, Daniel oversees economic development programs for Arvada Economic Development Association (AEDA), including the organization’s loan and grant funding, business retention, attraction, development and marketing activities. He is responsible for supporting the AEDA Board of Directors, guiding staff on strategy, prioritizing projects and overall leadership of the organization. His economic development team facilitates assistance and services for existing, new and expanding businesses, property owners and developers that engage with the City of Arvada at various levels.

Daniel’s prior experience to AEDA includes serving as the Director of Business Retention for Adams County Economic Development and previous to that, serving in a Business and Economic Development capacity for Adams County Workforce & Business Center and Arapahoe/Douglas Works! workforce centers. Daniel is a Colorado native, holds a Bachelor Degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University, and earned the Certified Economic Developer designation through International Economic Development Council in 2018. He has a combined sixteen years of economic and workforce development experience, and currently serves as the International Council of Shopping Centers P3 Retail Public Sector Chair for the Colorado/Wyoming Region.


Instructions and Technology

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