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2019 Webinar Series

Join us for a year of learning through our 2019 Webinar Series! IEDC is pleased to offer a year's worth of current economic development topics paired with the best minds in the profession through 10 monthly webinars plus our popular Fall Series. Here's what you need to know to take advantage of this professional development opportunity:

• The 2019 Webinar Series is available in packages or individually:

- Half-Series Package: 5 webinars for the price of 4! -- $380 for Members, $540 for non-Members
- Full-Series Package: 10 webinars for the price of 8! -- $760 for Members, $1,080 non-Members
- Individual webinars can be purchased for $95 for Members and $135 for non-Members

• Purchase one series package or individual webinar for the whole team!
- IEDC webinars can be viewed by everyone in the office -- set up in your conference room and participate together!

• IEDC paid webinars are eligible for re-certification points for Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs)
- Participation in 3 IEDC paid webinars equals 2 recertification points

• Registration for IEDC's 2019 Digital Marketing Fall Webinar Series is now open. Click here to learn more about this year's series, and to register.

• Sponsorship opportunities are available! Contact IEDC if your organization would like to sponsor a 90-minute webinar on the first Thursday of any of the months of 2019 except October and November.

• IEDC will host free webinars in 2019 on the second Thursday of the month -- are you picking up on a theme? IEDC webinars will take place on Thursdays -- must see PD!


Data Driven Success in the New Year

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

Start your year off on the right foot! Identify key data points and performance metrics to track your performance progress throughout 2019. How should you assess your community's economic health in order to plan for the future. Examine examples of how data-driven decisions and planning has yielded success. Discuss how best to connect data with strategic goals, including how to track them and how to share them with your stakeholders.


Be Your Own Best Advocate

Thursday, February 21 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Budget season is upon us! In addition to critical discussions with elected-officials about funding, you'll also be making the case for their support of your plans and goals. And learning about their plans and goals, too. We'll talk about connecting economic development plans with elected-officials' objectives, campaign promises, and bureaucratic challenges, while showcasing successful advocacy campaigns, fly-in's and communications strategies.


Get in the (Opportunity) Zone

Thursday, March 21 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

One of the most exciting parts of the 2017 tax bill was the inclusion of a new program for distressed communities: the Opportunity Zone program. A little over a year has passed, and the Treasury Department has completed designations and funds are being established to being investing in designated communities. We'll discuss current regulations for zones and funds and best practices for taking advantage of the program, based in part on the successes and failures of past 'zone' initiatives.


The Cannabis Economy

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

Almost 40 states have legalized medicinal and recreational use of cannabis. Some communities have been living in a legalized environment for years and there is much to learn as the trend toward full legalization continues. We will examine regulatory concerns as well as ways to support small business and entrepreneurs associated with this industry.


Put Your Best Foot Forward: Marketing Tourism

Thursday, May 16 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Summer is around the corner, schools will be out and leave time will be used -- are you ready? Tourism offers great opportunities to sell your community, bring customers to your businesses, and even attract the attention of investors. How are you telling the world about your tourism offerings? What investments in tourism marketing yield the best results? Our discussion will offer the latest in tourism marketing techniques while examining recent successful campaigns.


Feeding the Masses, and Your Economy

Thursday, June 20 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Everybody eats! And the path to economic growth might just be through the stomach. Food-centric economic development strategies include myriad topics, from urban agriculture, to maker spaces, to business improvement districts and digital marketing. When it comes to supporting this industry, there is always more to learn, and knowing first is key to staying ahead of the competition.


Big Ideas, Small Town: Rural Placemaking

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

What to do with that storefront on Maple Street? How can you effectively use short-term office space for long-term growth? How can you put your rural community on the map as a destination for new businesses and residents? We're discussing placemaking, for makers, manufacturers, planners and real estate developers, with an emphasis on existing land and stock. Join us for this webinar to learn how your community can build an identity and use placemaking as a catalyst for economic development.


International Opportunities in Economic Development

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

International opportunities abound for economic developers. From increasing FDI and exports to overseas lead generation and visas, the topics in 'international' economic development offer many new opportunities. Our International Advisory Committee will offer a webinar featuring the latest trends, tools and resources to succeed on an international scale.


All in: Developing Inclusive Workforce Strategies

Thursday, September 19 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Economic developers work to create strong, resilient economies offering opportunity to all, a mission our profession takes seriously. Our conversation will focus on workforce strategies that specifically target marginalized populations in our communities and how to connect them with new opportunities.


Year in Review: Interpreting Your Results

Thursday, December 19 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Tis the season for reflection. You came into 2019 with a plan and you executed it. How did you do? Let's talk about how we interpret outcomes, how these outcomes should inform future planning, and how we should communicate our successes and failures with our community and stakeholders.