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2017/2018 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.


It's All About Relationships: Trends in Supporting Your Existing Businesses

Tuesday, December 12 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

As the saying goes, people do business with those they know, like and trust. How much time and effort are you investing in building relationships with business owners and entrepreneurs in your community Hear best practices in Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) in this upcoming IEDC webinar, and review recent findings from the Economic Development Research Partners' research paper to be published early fall 2017.


Public-Private Partnerships: Drivers for Civic and Social Infrastructure

Thursday, January 18 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Public-private partnerships (PPP) have gained momentum as an increasingly popular economic development model. In place of traditionally-run state or local economic development agencies, PPPs leverage the assets, funding, and expertise of public and private partners to create jobs, attract businesses, and drive revitalization efforts. Although transportation projects have garnered increasing attention in recent years, many regions have also adopted PPPs as catalysts for civic and social infrastructure. These projects may include water infrastructure, broadband, public buildings, university housing, energy production, wastewater facilities, recreational facilities, and more. Attend this session to hear examples of new types of PPP projects. You will be introduced to trends and innovations which will allow you to turn civic and social infrastructure burdens into business opportunities.


Corporate Social Responsibility and Economic Development

Thursday, February 15 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

As part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, many companies are pledging to locate stores in distressed urban neighborhoods and hire workers from those communities. Doing so reinforces their mission, increases satisfaction rates among shareholders and adds layers of value onto their overall brand. Others are fostering rural-oriented CSR strategies to promote development throughout rural regions. When a recognizable corporation chooses to locate in an underserved area, other businesses follow. Economic developers, therefore, have a significant role to play in attracting these companies and supporting their success. Tune into this webinar and hear how private firms are driving urban and rural development by creating business investments for a greater good. Walk away from this webinar knowing how your organization can partner with these companies to promote economic development activities in your area.


Fighting Neighborhood Decay: From Blight to Bright

Thursday, March 8 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Facing a blight issue in your community? Are several economic and social problems stemming throughout your region? Lack of investment in urban infrastructure over time can result in vacant lots, abandoned buildings, derelict homes, environmental contamination, and other public nuisances which may have a blighting effect. Neighborhood decay has been commonly linked to depreciating property values, higher crime rates, and increased unemployment levels. Fortunately, you may be able to take advantage of the many citywide blight-eliminating campaigns which are underway. Government officials and economic developers are viewing blight as an opportunity to further redevelopment and rehabilitation projects in their communities. During this webinar, you will hear best practices for fighting blight, and for bringing vacant buildings and abandoned properties back to productive use.


Cultivating a Great Outdoor Recreation Economy

Thursday, April 12 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Gone are the days when outdoor activities are limited by location or targeted towards a specific demographic.Today, tourists of all ages and backgrounds are traveling near and far to experience outdoor excitement. And it’s not just tourists. Local residents are also seizing the opportunities available in their own backyards to bike, raft, boat, ski, hike, and more. As millions of consumers enjoy outside activities, is your community building a lively and fun recreation economy that will attract even more? Did you know that this segment of the economy generates billions of dollars every year, and that as this money is recirculated into the economy, the demand for jobs, businesses, and related industries grows? This webinar will help your team understand how to grow commercial and tourism industries that boost and sustain the outdoor recreation economy.


Strengthening Your Workforce and Economic Development Partnerships

Thursday, May 17 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

A strengthened workforce is an essential component of any community’s economic development plans. Sustaining a viable workforce helps promote the growth and longevity of current and future businesses and industries. Achieving this entails strong collaborative efforts between economic development organizations and their community’s workforce partners, including stakeholders such as businesses and educational institutions. This webinar will focus on innovative strategies for creating the right economic and workforce development partnerships. You’ll hear tactics for implementing the most effective partnership frameworks.