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2018 IEDC Virtual Learning Opportunities

IEDC produces dozens of virtual learning opportunities each year that you and your colleagues can participate in to stay at the top of the profession.


Keeping Up with Both Sides of The NAFTA Debate and its Impacts on the Global Economy

Thursday, June 7 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Having trouble untangling the many aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement? Regardless of where you stand on the issues, trade and investment between NAFTA members -- namely the USA, Canada and Mexico -- are vital to each country and to the rest of the world. Trade helps enable economic opportunity in communities around the world. Where do you jump in and how do you help your stakeholders understand the benefits of NAFTA that your community may be missing out on? Hear from experts on the potential for outward investment from NAFTA members, and the potential of North America as a market for companies around the world. This is your opportunity to chime in on a global discussion of trade and investment between NAFTA members.


The Changing Energy Landscape and Its Impact on Economic Development In America

Thursday, July 26 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Based on IEDC's recent report The Changing Energy Landscape and Its Impact on Economic Development in America, this webinar takes stock of current trends and looks beyond the horizon toward America's energy future. The story of American economic development is also the story of energy. The fortunes of communities have risen and fallen as new technology has unleashed growth and old methods have lost competitiveness. This reality continues to play out, with major implications for rural communities, regions, cities and states. Sign up today and prepare to explore economic development challenges surrounding coal, oil and natural gas, and renewable energy, and discuss how economic developers are working to stabilize their communities, meet demands of businesses and maximize opportunities created by energy market transformations.


Affordable Housing & Economic Development - A Rural Approach

Thursday, August 23 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Rural and small communities are generally known to face a unique set of workforce and development challenges compared to their urban counterparts. Consequently, rural areas often feel the negative impacts of limited housing on a larger and magnified scale. Join this webinar to hear how your economic development organization can support its rural workforce and increase its economic competitiveness through affordable housing.


Community Startups Need Help! What's Your Strategy?

Thursday, September 13 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Startups are essential to a community's economy. In addition to creating jobs, these new and young firms can help drive competition and encourage innovation. Many are able to achieve long-term success. However, a considerable number are forced to exit the market after just a few years due to regulatory barriers, limited support systems, and other variables. Economic development organizations are in a unique position to support the startups in their communities. Tune into this webinar to learn more about the role your EDO can play in assisting young firms. You will also hear success stories of startup accelerator and incubator programs.