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Advisory Committees


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The Advisory Committee Handbook (PDF) was adopted by the IEDC Board of Directors in September 2010. It provides and orientation to the role of Advisory Committees in IEDC’s work and explains what the committees do. The Handbook also outlines the policies and procedures that govern IEDC Advisory Committees.


Accredited Economic Development Organizations Committee

This committee oversees AEDO applications, conducts the AEDO process, and makes recommendations for AEDO status. This committee reports to the Performance Oversight and Monitoring Committee.

Chair: Daniel Henderson,CEcD, Town of Gilbert, Office of Economic Development, Gilbert, Arizona
Vice Chair: Quentin L. Messer Jr., New Orleans Business Alliance,New Orleans,Louisiana

Contact: Dana Crater, dcrater@iedconline.org, (910) 833-7020


Basic Economic Development Course Advisory Committee

This committee, composed of the BEDC Course Directors, functions as an organized group to share information and enhance the BEDC program. Any policy action must be referred to the Education and Certification Advisory Committee. Activities of the Committee may include profiling and sharing best practices among BEDC Course Directors related to program and instructor development, advising potential BEDCs and/or newly accredited BEDCs, alerting staff to contacts that may potentially serve as champions of a new BEDC within a state that currently does not have one, and acting as ambassadors to boost awareness of the accreditation program. The BEDC committee reports to the Education and Certification Advisory Committee, which reports to the Board of Director’s Performance Oversight and Monitoring Committee (POM). POM oversees the accreditation of new BEDCs and other programs as well as the subsequent reaccreditation activity. The BEDC Committee meets four times a year: an in person meeting at the annual conference and three conference calls throughout the year.

Chair: Joyce Grossman, Executive Director, Arizona Association for Economic Development, Phoenix, AZ
Vice Chair: James Hoelscher, Program Manager, University of Northern Iowa – Institute for Decision Making, Cedar Falls, IA

Contact: Courtney Day, cday@iedconline.org, (202) 942-9464


Education and Certification Advisory Committee

The Education and Certification Advisory Committee assists in the development of new CEcD exam content and provides input to help shape the relevancy and content of professional development courses, including advanced courses. The committee monitors complimentary and competitive education offerings by outside groups within the economic development industry. The work of this committee will include reviewing questionable CEcD applications in which the candidate's eligibility cannot be clearly determined by staff; disputed "failed" results of the CEcD exam; applications for level two re-certification credits; and applications for Basic Economic Development Course accreditation. The committee will oversee the Re-accreditation of Basic Economic Development Courses on a 3-year cycle. This Committee reports to the Performance Oversight and Monitoring Committee. Due to the nature of the content discussed and reviewed, this committee is open only to current CEcDs.

Chair: Lindsey Ballas Kimball,CEcD,Director,Hillsborough County Economic Development,Tampa,Florida
Vice Chair: Melody Woodworth,CEcD, Executive Director, Louisiana Department of Economic Development,Baton Rouge,Louisiana

Contact: Courtney Day, cday@iedconline.org, (202) 942-9464


Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee

This committee makes recommendations for enhancing the Excellence in Economic Development Awards and conducts the judging for the awards. Members must be able to participate in the judging in Washington DC. This Task Force reports to the Performance Committee.

Chair: Catherine Timko, Principle/CEO, The Riddle Company, Wilmington,Delaware
Vice Chair: Tim Vanderhoof,Senior Vice President,Business Development, Enterprise Florida Inc.,Orlando,Flori

Contact: Allison Mahnke, amahnke@iedconline.org, (202) 942-9483


Higher Education Advisory Committee

The IEDC Higher Education Advisory Committee develops and implements strategies to foster broader engagement between economic developers and the higher education sector, including universities, community colleges, and technical colleges. This Committee encourages building the capacity of economic developers and higher education to work collaboratively to grow jobs, investment and talent in a knowledge-based economy.

For more information on economic development-university collaboration, download this document.

Chair: Joel Simon, Chicago, Illiois
Vice Chair- Dr. Haldane Davies,PhD, Vice President, University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas,Virgin Islands

Contact: Claudia Bellony, cbellony@iedconline.org, (202) 942-9470


International Advisory Committee

This committee provides a venue for networking and knowledge sharing among internationally-active members. These members include practitioners outside the US and those with an interest in global issues, trends and best practices. Members serve as an advisory committee on international content for IEDC's conferences, professional development courses and research projects. The International Committee reports to the External Member Relations Committee.

Chair: Sam Driggers, CEcD, Director of Special Projects; GlobalSF, San Francisco, CA
Vice Chair: Vanessa Goeschl, CEcD, Managing Director, European Office; South Carolina Department of Commerce, Munich, Germany

Contact: Zytha Kock, zkock@iedconline.org, (202) 942-9466


Membership Development Advisory Committee

This committee focuses on membership development and enhancement including the mentoring and cultivating of new professionals in the economic development profession. The Advisory Committee reviews approaches to reach out and communicate to non-members the value of membership in IEDC including reviewing membership development and enhancement programs from other organizations and reviewing the Annual Membership survey for ideas for the provision of new cost-effective member services. This Advisory Committee is externally focused and reports to the External Member Relations Committee.

Chair: Heather McDaniel, CEcD, Vice President, Tompkins County Area Development, Ithaca, NY
Vice Chair: Ann Marie Miller,CEcD, Executive Director,Dayton Community Development Corporation,Dayton, Texas

Contact: Phil Goodwin, pgoodwin@iedconline.org, (202) 639-9106


Public Policy Advisory Committee

This committee monitors and reviews the organization's legislative affairs and federal relations by establishing a list of key legislative issues to be monitored, recommending strategic and policy actions, and providing guidance on the content of the annual Economic Development Summit. The committee reports to the External Member Relations Committee.

Chair: Derieth Sutton, CEcD, EDFP, Director of Economic Development & Government Relations, Niagara Bottling LLC, Groveland, FL
Vice Chair: Mignonne Hollis, Executive Director, Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation, Sierra Vista, AZ

Contact: Matthew Mullin, mmullin@iedconline.org, (202) 942-9482.


Sustainability Advisory Committee

The Sustainability Advisory Committee provides direction to IEDC's activities in the area of sustainable economic development. Specifically, the committee helps identify resources to support sustainability projects, works to develop criteria for identifying best or promising practices in sustainable economic development, and serves as a forum and expert committee for exploring and deciphering the implications and significance of emerging sustainability issues in economic development broadly as well as for IEDC projects specifically. The Sustainability Committee is committed to helping the members of IEDC, as well as the economic development profession, transform and accelerate their organizational and community sustainability thinking and activities. This committee reports to the Planning and Business Development Committee.

Chair: Trish Heidenreich,CEcD, Director, Economic Development, Town of Bel Air,Maryland
Vice Chair: Laura Siblia, Director,Regional Economic Development Strategies& Programs, Battleboro, Vermont

Contact: Louise Anderson, landerson@iedconline.org


Young Professionals Advisory Committee

This committee advises IEDC on matters important to young economic development professionals and students of economic development related disciplines. It recommends programming that is relevant to the younger set, assists with communication to this demographic and those interested in supporting young professionals, and provides general guidance to the organization on engaging young people. The Young Professionals Advisory Committee provides an outlet for younger members to become more involved in the organization and reports to the External Member Relations Committee.

The majority of the Young Professionals Advisory Committee's membership must be made up of individuals who are 35 and younger. Membership is also open to more experienced members of IEDC who find this work important.

Chair: Andy Buffington, CEcD, Business Marketing and Research Manager, City of Cedar Hill
Vice Chair: Tashieka Moore, Research Manager, Partnership Gwinnett

Contact:Allison Mahnke, amahnke@iedconline.org, (202) 942-9483