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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.


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.


The Economic Development Website of the Future: 5 Predictions

Thursday, September 6 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Your website is one of your most critical marketing and business development tools. Too often we find that economic development groups aren't using their website to its full potential. We are here to help change that! From design aesthetic,usability, interactivity, story-telling to data visualizations, we have five predictions and real world examples of EDOs already mastering these techniques to leave you inspired.


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.