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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.

 
 
 

How Economic Developers are Thinking about the Future - Visioning

Thursday, October 11 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

The future is being shaped by industries in your own backyard, right now. Connecting your strategy with their vision of the future is essential to your community's health. Join this webinar to learn how communities conduct "horizon scanning" exercises by engaging with industry experts and investors. We will also explore the "Future Ready Framework", which is a tool designed to help economic development organizations (EDOs) think about, plan for and succeed in the future.

This webinar is part of the series, Future Ready Economic Development Organizations.

 
 
 

The Future of Infrastructure

Thursday, October 18 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

What do retail, healthcare and advanced manufacturing have in common? The answer is infrastructure - whether it be broadband, 'smart' roads or buildings. Economic developers must learn the varying infrastructure needs of tomorrow's industries to remain competitive. This webinar will examine the needs of some emerging industries as well as changing needs of well-established industries and how communities are addressing both.

This webinar is part of the series, Future Ready Economic Development Organizations.

 
 
 

The Future of Work

Thursday, October 25 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Technological advancements will lead not just to more automation across various industries, but the creation of new fields with corresponding new job functions. Factor in a demographically older and more diverse talent pool, plus an increasing shift away from traditional employment toward the gig economy, and it is easy to see a vastly different future of work. Economic developers must begin now to understand and plan for the future needs of workers and employers and help set their community on the path to a successful tomorrow.

This webinar is part of the series, Future Ready Economic Development Organizations.

 
 
 

The Future of Technology Development and Commercialization

Thursday, November 1 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Cities and regions all over the world are experimenting with myriad strategies to establish themselves as a hub for major emerging technologies. This webinar will showcase examples of how communities can identify, nurture and expand their technology-based brand in a way that they attract more talent and more businesses to their community.

This webinar is part of the series, Future Ready Economic Development Organizations.

 
 
 

The Future of Economic Development Practices

Thursday, November 8 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

It is imminent that economic development practices and tactics will evolve in response to tectonic shifts projected for the future. Tomorrow's economy will bring jobs and prosperity for those that can correctly spot the changes as well as adapt their practices in response. This concluding webinar will examine two such shifts that will impact economic development practices and approaches significantly: a) use of new and emerging technology in EDOs, and b) responding to climate change.

This webinar is part of the series, Future Ready Economic Development Organizations.