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Cheers to 90 Years! #YearofEconDev

Never before has the field of economic development been so complex, challenging or rewarding. Economic developers remain vigilant in their communities, seeking opportunities for economic growth, better jobs for residents and an improved quality of life. IEDC's 90th year as the premier professional association for the economic developer presents new opportunities not only to be more effective in all we do, but also to equip emerging leaders with the thought-leading, yet practical knowledge they'll need to succeed. Celebrating IEDC's 90th anniversary in 2016, this year is ours. We remain committed to serving economic developers around the globe and the communities we jointly serve as beneficiaries.

IEDC celebrated the first ever national Economic Development Week

More than 75 communities participated. The attached PDF offers a samples that communities submitted, including resolutions, proclamations, news clippings and photos shared on various websites and social media tools.

See information shared and tools provided to communities to help them prepare for the celebration experience:

Why There’s an Economic Development Week – by IEDC President & CEO, Jeffrey Finkle

How will You Celebrate Economic Development Week? - An EconDev3.0 Blog entry by IEDC Immediate Past Board Chair, JoAnn Crary, CEcD, President, Saginaw Future Inc.

Economic Development Week Celebration Guide

IEDC SlideShare about Economic Development Week

Webinar Recording download, and Webinar PowerPoint Presentation download

» Sample city resolution
» Sample county resolution
» Sample state resolution
» Sample press release
» Sample advertisement

And hear how the Fed engage in economic development across the country.

Will Lambe of the Altanta Fed and Daniel Davis of the St. Louis Fed discuss various Bank initiatives in an economic development podcast. Tune in here.

Ongoing 90th Anniversary Celebration Activities

52 Weeks in Economic Development

See your colleagues highlighted all year long. Each week, starting January 4, 2016, you'll see an economic developer's reflections and industry contributions.

See 52 Weeks here.

#YearofEconDev hashtag.

Join in on the social media fun – share your photos of how you’re celebrating this special anniversary year.

Upcoming 90th Anniversary Celebration Activities

IEDC 2016 Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio

Join your peers for the largest yearly gathering of economic development professionals. Over 1,500 attendees attend IEDC’s Annual Conference. See the conference program at a glance, and speakers. Get ready to rock.

Innovation in EDW Campaign – New Free Award Category
See who will be awarded the Economic Development Week award, a new campaign created to promote the economic development profession in your community, region, or state/province. Communities that participated during the EDW qualified. Types of promotions accepted include, but were not limited to, an event, seminar, marketing tour, web or print projects, video, and social and digital media campaigns. Find category details and requirements at www.iedcevents.org/AnnualConference.

90th Anniversary Video Interviews – Subscribe to the IEDC Youtube Channel

IEDC launched a special video interview series of economic development professionals sharing their experiences and thoughts on the profession and how IEDC has contributed to their success. Check back often for new interviews.


Have you seen IEDC’s new video series of interviews with economic developers?

Allison Larsen, CEcD, Principal, Tadzo
Cecilia Harry, CEcD, Executive Director, Greater Fremont Development Council
Craig J. Richard, CEcD, FM, President and CEO, Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation
Darrell Auterson, CEcD, EDFP, President and CEO, McKinney Economic Development Corporation
Dyan Brasington, CEcD, FM, HLM, Executive Vice President, Economic Development at The Beacon Council
Gilberto Salinas, Executive Vice President, Brownsville Economic Development Council
James Collard, PhD, Director of Planning and Economic Development, Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Jan Rogers, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho
Jeff Finkle, CEcD, President and CEO, International Economic Development Council
JoAnn Crary, CEcD, FM, HLM, (Immediate Past Chair), President, Saginaw Future, Inc
Joe Marinucci, FM, HLM, President, Downtown Cleveland Alliance
Linda DiMario, CEcD, Vice President, Economic Development & Tourism, Irvine Chamber of Commerce
Raymond Gilley, President, Decide DeKalb Development Authority
Robin Roberts-Krieger, FM, HLM, VP for Business and Industry Training, Oklahoma State University
Barry Matherly, CEcD, FM, Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc.
Kenny McDonald, CEcD, Columbus 2020!
Bill Popp, Anchorage Economic Development Corporate
Michael Langley, FM, Greater MSP
Jim Fram, CEcD, FM, CCE, Hot Springs Metro Partnership
Tracey Nichols, City of Cleveland – Department of Economic Development
Regina Lindsey, CEcD, Greater Beaumont – Department of Economic Development
Ken Dobson, HLM, FM, GRI, CSI, Fulton County Government, Economic Development Division
Tracye McDaniel, Texas Economic Development Corporation
Todd Greene, CEcD, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Mike Neal, CCE, CCD, Tulsa Regional Chamber
Ron Kysiak, Ret., HLM, FM
Marva Bryan, CEcD, EDFP, Development Authority of Fulton County
Steve Weathers, CEcD, Erie County Industrial Development Agency
Bill Michalerya, Lehigh University
Scott Martinez, CEcD, North Louisiana Economic Partnership
Paul Krutko, FM, HLM, Ann Arbor SPARK
Denny Coleman, CEcD, FM, HLM, EM
Lyneir Richardson, Rutgers Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
John Zakian, CEcD, Zakian Consulting
Derieth Sutton, CEcD, EDFP, Niagara Bottling, LLC
Diane Lupke, CEcD, FM, Diane Lupke & Associates
Allison Thompson, CEcD, EDFP, City of Cedar Hill – Economic Development
IEDC Fellow, Sarah Steller, Gradate Student, Virginia Tech – Master of Urban and Regional Planning program
Rodrick Miller, President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation