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Insights from economic development professionals in ~3 minutes

Since spring 2020, the triple challenge of a global pandemic, an economic recession, and a public reckoning over U.S. racial inequity have put economic development organizations under tremendous pressure.

Economic development leaders have had to learn how to serve their communities in new ways, keep their teams motivated, address organizational challenges, and keep stakeholders engaged. In the interviews below, economic development professionals offer their insights on four topics crucial to effective leadership in a time of crisis:

  1. Managing an EDO (financial stability and other organizational issues)

  2. Leading People (managing and motivating a team)

  3. Board Leadership (keeping board/investor relationships strong)

  4. Adding Value (responding to community needs)

View the full series on youtube. 



EDRP Leader Series: Covid-19

During the first few months of the pandemic, how did leading economic development organizations respond to the challenges facing their businesses, organizations, and communities? This series of briefs features responses by members of IEDC's Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP) program. 

Download the briefs here.