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2020 Webinar Series

Join IEDC throughout 2020 for a year's worth of online professional development on emerging topics and trends from the profession's leading voices. IEDC's 2020 webinar series offers 12 webinars on a broad range of current topics, including Opportunity Zones, the night economy, entrepreneurship, and real estate, among others.

With the increase in teleworking, we understand that webinar participants may no longer be able to participate together with their colleagues. Please note that login instructions distributed to the registered individual can be forwarded to other colleagues so that they can also join the webinar. One set of login instructions can be shared so that your office and other stakeholders can join the webinar.

Webinar Rates

Half-Series Package

Full-Series Package
(Best deal!)


Members: $425

Members: $850

Members: $99

Non-Members: $675

Non-Members: $1,350

Non-Members: $149

• 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

• Have questions about the series, program or speakers? Please contact Erica Panado at epanado@iedconline.org.

• Please note that login instructions are provided two days prior the webinar, and final instructions are sent on the day of the webinar. Registration closes promptly at 11:00 am ET on the day of the webinar.

• Sponsorship opportunities are available! Contact Shari Nourick at snourick@iedconline.org if your organization would like to sponsor a 90-minute webinar in 2020.


Drawn Together: Arts & Economic Development

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

The 21st century is turning into a creative economy. Leaders are building partnerships with community art organizations and industry professionals to cultivate art creation and promote resident artists. These resident artists, musicians, and designers spearhead art projects to draw in more visitors. Join us for this webinar for a deep dive into the projects around the country that integrate art, culture, and design to strengthen communities' local economic and social outcomes. From public and community art to cultural district planning and design of space, attendees will walk away with many new ideas.


Making the Most of Your Opportunity (Zone)

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

There's no doubt about it: Opportunity Zones are the hot topic in economic development these days. How will your community make the most of your zone? From real estate development to supporting small businesses & entrepreneurs, there are many options. And while the program is still in its early years, there are lessons to be learned. Attendees will leave this webinar with ideas, examples, and direction for how best to leverage this opportunity.


Revitalization through Downtown Development Districts

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

Downtown areas and main street hub projects are increasingly becoming trendy places to eat, dine, and shop. This webinar will share downtown revitalization success stories, whether your vision is in preliminary phases or has been decades in the making. Discover how to strengthen your existing local business partnerships, enliven dormant spaces, and manage brick and mortars despite the growth of e-commerce retail.


Understanding Philanthropic Resources in Economic Development

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

Foundations and grant-awarding organizations have dedicated funds available for community and economic development. Accessing those funds can sometimes seem too onerous an endeavor, but you may be walking away from real money. This webinar will share case studies and best practices for both accessing and using philanthropic resources for your economic development projects and goals.


A Multilayered Approach to Economic Development Finance

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

A prosperous economic development financial plan includes multiple funding streams. The multi-layered approach entails tapping into existing resources, such as public financing programs, revolving loan funds, and business financing programs. Economic developers can build a robust and sustainable financial plan using financial tools and structural systems already available to them.


Best Practices in Rural Marketing & Attraction

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

You've got a great story, businesses, plans and goals and it is time to tell the world about them! Getting the word out in a loud arena filled with other communities, and often on a budget, can be a daunting task. Add to that the constant innovation happening in marketing, with increasingly technical platforms and mediums, and you've got yourself a situation. Join us as we discuss these issues and set your community on a path to marketing and attraction glory!


Matchmaking: Workforce & Business Development

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

The number one issue, by leaps and bounds, that economic developers are challenged by is workforce. Workforce development is essential to any successful economic development strategy, and understanding the dynamic workforce needs of your businesses is what separates good strategies from great strategies. Explore case studies and trending practices in matching workforce development with business development using BRE and marketing & attraction activities. Discover your community's path to matching workforce development with business needs, now and in the future.


Agri/Ecotourism: Put Your Surroundings to Work

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

From winery tours to state and regional parks and from local makers fairs to farmers markets, agritourism and ecotourism blend just the right amounts of entertainment, education, and business. All communities have agritourism and ecotourism resources -- are you leveraging yours to their greatest potential? Supporting these resources in turn supports local entrepreneurs, placemaking, business retention & expansion, marketing & attraction, and workforce development -- pretty much every facet of economic development! Join us as we explore case studies and emerging trends in agritourism and ecotourism.



Thriving in a New World: Supporting Immigrant Investors and Entrepreneurs

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

The data is clear: immigrant investors and entrepreneurs offer significant contributions to our local, regional and national economy. Communities with programs that support their immigrant neighbors' integration into their economy are reaping the benefits. How can your community develop and implement initiatives that bring immigrants into the fold? We'll explore this question through real-world examples of how it is being done right now.



Not So Foreign Trade Zones

Thursday, October 22 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Foreign trade zones (FTZ) are currently located in all fifty states and Puerto Rico. How can your community and organization take advantage of FTZ for production and employment purposes? This webinar will provide an introduction to foreign trade zones and how FTZ can benefit your community. We will consider eligibility, the application process, types of zones, and permitted activities within the zones.


On Successful Pitches and RFP Responses: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

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

Wondering what, exactly, site selectors look for in their received proposals? Struggling to craft the perfect pitch to investors? How do you create a pitch that sells -- but doesn't sell out -- your community? In this webinar, we will discuss what site selectors count on and how your city can flaunt its best selling points. We will uncover how to best present this information and spotlight your favorite sites to investors looking to bring in various trades from manufacturing to tech.



Mastering Master Planning in Your Community

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

Master-planned communities (MPCs) bring convenience, variety, and renewal -- all to one place. In one example, the New Albany International Business Park has encompassed over 3,000 acres in a community that has grown to over 10,000 residents. Its expansion has attracted Fortune 500 companies, R&D facilities, and industry giants. This webinar will discuss examples and case studies of communities that incorporate master plans inclusive of business, recreational, and retail amenities.