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Flood Recovery Project Wins Silver Award in Business Retention and Expansion Category September 29
The Howard County Economic Development Authority was awarded a Silver Award for their role in the Ellicott City Flash Flood Response and Recovery. The EDO worked with building and business owners as well as the Howard County Government to assist them in gaining access to facilities, navigating the permits and licensing process, and locating external real estate for temporary or permanent relocation.


Jeffrey A. Finkle Organization Leadership Award Granted to Alberta's Bev Thornton September 27
Ms. Thornton is a longstanding member of Economic Developers Alberta (EDA), currently serving as President of its board of directors. She was named EDA Economic Developer of the Year in 2013. The award recognizes an individual who has continuously led the same public or non-profit organization with integrity, tenacity, and philanthropic spirit for at least 15 years.


Public Administration Students Attend IEDC Annual Conference September 24
IEDC and the Seneca Alumni Affinity Program made it possible for all students from Seneca’s Public Administration program to attend an important industry training event and seminar - 2017 Annual Conference. Seneca’s Alumni Affinity program provided financial assistance to make this partnership possible.


Mannequin Challenge Video Earns Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award September 22
The Mannequin Challenge made its way to economic development and Loudoun Department of Economic Development took home an Bronze award for its creativity. The EDO also won a Silver Award for its special print brochure.


Halifax Partnership Wins Gold and Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award September 21
The Halifax Partnership won a “gold excellence in economic development award” for its Game Changers Awards Celebration and a “silver excellence in economic development award” for its Sell Halifax-Toronto Mission. The Game Changers Awards Celebration, introduced last fall, recognizes exceptional Halifax businesses, organizations and individuals that demonstrate leadership in hiring youth, helping them professionally and inspiring others to take action to keep young professionals in Halifax and Nova Scotia.


Williston Economic Development Wins Award for Video Folders September 21
Williston takes home a Gold Excellence In Economic Development Award for its 9 by 12 inch video folder, which features a 7-inch HD video screen, and an internal hard drive that holds up to 256 MB of video promotion. The video folder idea was developed in response to the challenge of adequately sharing the tremendous growth and economic development activity in Williston due to an influx of oil and gas activity.


Immersion Video Technology Launched During 2017 IEDC Annual Conference September 21
Golden Shovel Agency, unveiled the PlaceVR immersive video technology. Among many functions, the tool allows people to experience a community, providing a look around and feel of the environment.


Lynchburg, VA Wins Two Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Awards September 21
Two Lynchburg projects, Innovation Week and a marketing video to attract young professionals, gain an official nod for economic development excellence.


NLEP Takes Home Three Silver Excellence in Economic Development Awards September 20
North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) won three Excellence in Economic Development Awards. The projects were for Silver inReal Estate Development and Reuse; the Silver for Human Capital; and the Silver for Video/Multimedia Promotion.


City of Fort Collins wins Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award September 20
IEDC awards Fort Collins for support of the NoCo Manufacturing Sector Partnership, a project in the category of Human Capital. The NoCO Manufacturing Partnership which hosts an annual manufacturing trade show for the region.


Laura Fritts appointed to IEDC Board of Directors to Service 2-Year Term September 20
Announced during 2017 IEDC Annual Conference, Salt Lake City's Laura Fritts will serve a two-year term beginning Jan. 1. Fritts will represent Salt Lake City alongside 55 voting members from public and nonprofit economic development organizations across the country.


Greater Omaha Chamber Wins Silver excellence in economic development award for video campaign September 20
Showcasing the tech-start-up scene, Omaha's Silicon Prarie has a strong startup scene of several established major companies, including Google, LinkedIn, Paypal and Yahoo, and was recognized by IEDC during the 2017 Annual Conference.


Estes Park Economic Development Corporation Receives Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its General Purpose Website September 10
Estes Park EDC takes home Silver award for its website which communicates the community's economic development priorities, reflecting a regional strategy that was based on extensive stakeholder interviews and 790 e-survey responses. The survey research represents about 7 percent of Estes Valley's population. More existing and potential businesses are reaching out for assistance looking to do business in the Estes Valley.


San Diego wins Excellence in Economic Development Gold for Nonprofit Academy September 19
City of San Diego among winners to receive Excellence in Economic Development Awards during 2017 IEDC Annual Conference. The award was for its Nonprofit Academy, which is a partnership between the city and The Nonprofit Institute at University of San Diego, offering free, two-day educational workshops to more than 100 local nonprofits that provide — or intend to provide — essential services to San Diegans.


Florida Ranks as Second Best for Business Climate September 18
Second only to Texas, Florida grabs the number two spot or states with the best business climate. The assessment, which is conducted by Development Counsellors International (DCI) every three years, tracks economic development trends. The latest breakdown was released Monday at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference in Toronto. In third, fourth and fifth place respectively are were Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

A different story on the same study discusses how the United States is less likely to see corporate expansion over the next three years.


Mesa's Office of Economic Development Accredited by IEDC September 15
After a review of its funding, structure, programs and staff, among other items, by an Accredited Economic Development Organization's subcommittee team members Mesa Office of Economic Development earns IEDC's most coveted stamp of excellence for EDOs. The AEDO accreditation, which is a peer-review process, must be renewed every three years. There are less than 65 EDOs in the entire world that carry the credential.


Walter Sprouse to Retire End for 2017 September 15
Walter Sprouse, named one of the top 50 economic developers of influence, announces retirement from the Augusta Economic Development Authority at the end of the year. Sprouse has served as the Executive Director of the Authority for the past fifteen years. During that time, more than $3 billion in new investments and more than 15,000 new jobs were created under his leadership. Among many credentials held by Sprouse, he's an Honorary Life Member and in the College of Fellows for the International Economic Development Council


Study Connects Local University to Economic Impact September 14
Campbellsville University supports a total of 1,509 jobs by all related Campbellsville University operations. The university's operations directly employ and support over 13.26 percent of all jobs in Taylor County. The study was conducted by Younger Associates. The firm's methodology is recognized by the International Economic Development Council and used in courses taught at the Economic Development Institute.


Greener Pastures for Sustainable Economic Development September 10
Economic development and sustainability overlap in many ways and this article shares the benefits of looking at them in the same vein, versus as mutually exclusive concepts. Several examples are cited.


Lehigh Valley's Projects Win Awards and Recognition September 7
IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Awards program included in list of accolades for Lehigh Valley it's urban renewal projects.


IEDC's Local Leaders Training in the Delta States Region Gains Awareness September 7
50 leaders show up for a local leaders training sponsored by the Delta Regional Authority and conducted by the International Economic Development Council. “We provide conferences, training courses, publications, research, technical assistance all that kind of thing to help economic developers do their jobs better,” IEDC Senior Associate Louise Anderson said.

Anderson said one of the main goals of the session is for leaders to share ideas of how they can make their communities better.


2018 IEDC Board Chair, Craig Richard, Adds to Amazon HQ2 Discussion September 7
Craig Richard CEcD, discusses the uniqueness of Amazon's site selection opportunity in this BBC.com article which offers details on the project and political insights as well.


2017 IEDC Board Chair, Michael Langley, Chimes in on Amazon HQ2 Deal September 7
Amazon announces new HQ2 deal to select a north American location for its second home and economic developers across the continent participate in request for proposal process. Michael Langley, FM HLM offers insight as head of the International Economic Development Council and CEO for GREATER MSP.


ROI Research on Investment to launch new product at IEDC Annual Conference in Toronto, September 6
RIO to launch Gazelle.ai, an artificial intelligence-based platform geared towards identifying and attracting corporate investment for economic development organizations and deal professionals during IEDC Annual Conferenece. The new product, just out of beta phase, is based on a combination of macroeconomic data, trained algorithms that identify signs of early-stage corporate growth, and human-curated information and interviews with thousands of companies annually.


Donvan; Garner and Renzas Guides Site Selection Strategy September 2
Dennis Donovan, of Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting of Bridgewater, NJ; Jay A. Garner is president of Garner Economics of Fayetteville, GA; and Jim Renzas, of The RSH Group, Inc. of Mission Viejo, CA to provide strategic guidance for Fulton County's future site selection endeavors.


IEDC Disaster Preparedness programming responds to Hurricane Harvey August 31
IEDC's briefings and conference calls and recruitment of volunteers to help support economic recovery in Texas. The article mentions many of IEDC's capabilities to help cities struck by major catastrophes.


Jim Fram receives statewide award for contribution to Hot Springs August 30
The outgoing president and CEO of The Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and Hot Springs Metro Partnership received statewide recognition for his work this week.


Matthew Diaz recertified as CEcD August 27
With over 15 years of economic development experience, Diaz served as the director of economic and community development in Allegany County from April 2006 to November 2016, and currently serves as property and lease manager for the department.


New National Disaster Resilience Program Leader Brings Experience August 15
John Zakian supports Minot, North Dakota after flooding. The project is long-term and will take it approximately five and a half years to meet the time requirement for spending the $74.3 million Minot was awarded in the resilience competition.


The placemaking session from 2016 Annual Conference is still creating buzz. This article points out July 12
Examples of placemaking in smaller communities in order to attract talent and businesses are highlighted in this Livability article, which also includes mention of a 2016 IEDC Annual Conference session.


Thompson hired to replace current CEO George Mallay - Sarnia-Lambton Econmic Partnership June 27
Thomson, past lead economic developer for the City of Port Colborne and the Niagara Economic and Tourism Corporation is hired as CEO for Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership.


IEDC Policy Insight Included in Manufacturing Jobs Article 6/19
IEDC’s Matt Mullin, Sr. Director of Policy and Strategic Engagement provides insight on relevance and necessity for MEP program.

Evolution of International Trade article cites IEDC September Webinar on FDI 6/10/17
The Changing Face of Foreign Direction Investment Forecast: 2020 – 2025 webinar was ranked as no. 3 of selected sources based on frequency of occurrence. Other cited resources include “Global International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development” “What the Stanley Cup Tells us about International Trade” published by The Hill “Global trade is a factor in international relations.”

Sandoval Economic Group Hires President 6/8/17
Jenkins also has worked in Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Colorado, Louisiana and North Carolina. He holds a business degree from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, according to the release. He is a member of the International Economic Development Council, where he serves on the certification committee, the International Asset Management Council and the World Future Society.

NLEP Ranks in the Top Ten for the Number of Certified Economic Developers 6/7/17
North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) sets the standard for economic development excellence as two more professional staff members earned their Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation. This brings the total number of Certified Economic Developers on staff to four. NLEP now ranks in the Top Ten of all economic development organizations globally for the number of CEcDs on staff.

London Magazine receives IABC London 2017 Virtuoso Award of Merit for Writing 6/7/17
In 2016, the London Magazine saw three notable awards from provincial and international organizations, including MarCom Awards, International Economic Development Council (IEDC), and the Economic Development Council of Ontario (EDCO). You can read more about these recognitions in our recent article.

Most disengaged on job, council told 6/6/17
Jon Harrison worked for Caterpillar for 25 years, the last two as general manager for the firm's North Little Rock plant. He spoke at the International Economic Development Council's 2017 Economic Future Forum at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock.

Morgan, Preston Give Advice, Share Perspectives at Economic Future Forum 6/6/17
Mike Preston, the executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, and Charles Morgan, a longtime leader of the Arkansas technology industry, were the keynote speakers for the final day of the International Economic Development Council's annual Economic Future Forum at the Little Rock Marriott Hotel.

Wal-Mart's Quinn: Community Leaders Key to Workforce Development 6/5/17
The International Economic Development Council's annual Economic Future Forum is underway now and continues Tuesday at the Little Rock Marriott Hotel.

Yates County's Griffin named economic developer of the year 6/5/17
Due to the economic activity in Yates County since 2009, the Finger Lakes EDC was selected by the International Economic Development Council as one of seven highest performing economic development organizations in the world.

City official explains economic development 6/3/17
The International Economic Development Council defines economic development as “the process of creating wealth through the mobilization of human, financial, capital, physical and natural resources to generate marketable goods and services.”

International Recognition For Montgomery Economic Development 6/2/17
The executive director of the Montgomery Economic Development Corporation, Charlene Coulombe-Fiore, was awarded her re-certification of Certified Economic Developer by the International Economic Development Council, according to Kane County Connects.

Economic Future Forum Is June 4-6 In Little Rock 6/1/17
The International Economic Development Council is hosting its Economic Future Forum from Sunday-Tuesday at the Little Rock Marriott Hotel.

State Economic Development Council honors FLEDC president 5/31/17
Between 2009 and 2015, Yates County has had 230 new projects. As a result, the EDC was selected by the International Economic Development Council as one of seven highest performing economic development organizations in the world.

Economic Development Week declared a success 5/26/17
May has been a busy month for Mesquite Regional Business, as CEO Rachel Dahl lit up the businesses in Mesquite for International Economic Development Week 2017 as structured by the International Economic Development Council.

IEDC Board Member, Bryan Daniels is quoted in NYTimes Opinion News 5/24/17
Bryan Daniels shares why it is vital for community development programs to get the population back to being employable. He shares how Knoxville is exploring new ways to get workers from into thriving labor forces.

Liberty Development director 5/24/17
Boots earned the Economic Development Finance Professional Certification from the National Development Council and graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s International Economic Development Council Economic Development Institute.

Economic Development Coalition Releases Contribution Analysis of Brewery Industry in Asheville Region 5/24/17
The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and over 80 private investors through AVL 5×5. The EDC holds the prestigious distinction of being one of only 50 Accredited Economic Development Organizations in the world by the International Economic Development Council.

Heartland Economic Development Course Provides Intensive Professional Development 5/22/17
HEDC is coordinated by the Institute for Decision Making at the University of Northern Iowa and certified by the International Economic Development Council.

Dallas Architecture Forum Presents "The Urban Burbs -- Corporate Campuses and Suburbia" 5/19/17
Panelist Peter J. Braster is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the North Texas Urban Land Institute TOD Product Council, and the International Economic Development Council.

Commissioners celebrate development week 5/19/17
Hancock County Commissioners recognized the 91st anniversary of the International Economic Development Council and named 2017 “The Year of the Economic Developer.”

Laura Lewis Marchino awarded recertification in economic development designation 5/18/17
Laura Lewis Marchino, executive director of Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado, has been awarded recertification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Economic development is worth celebrating 5/16/17
Last week, the International Economic Development Council held its second National Economic Development Week and the Sherman Economic Development Corp. took part in the celebration with a number of events that shined a spotlight on what economic development means to the city.

Bringing the business: McKinney EDC celebrates Economic Development Week May 8-12 5/16/17
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) last year created Economic Development Week, and the McKinney Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) celebrated last week by highlighting its various initiatives.

Carbon County recognizes economic development 5/15/17
On Thursday, the county commissioners adopted a resolution recognizing May 8 to 13 as Economic Development Week in Carbon County, as well as celebrating the 91st anniversary of the International Economic Development Council.

Mills County, IA Launches Powerful New Online Marketing Strategy and Website5/15/17
Allely is a recognized International Economic Development Council Certified Economic Development (CEcD) professional, began his new role on July 1, 2016 and is engaging all areas of Mills County, both rural and urban, in the establishment and implementation of future growth initiatives.

Partnership's IEDC accreditation brings worldwide recognition 5/14/17
First number, 5,000 at last count and growing. That’s the total membership of the International Economic Development Council.

SEDCO delivers thanks, check to Nature’s Source 5/13/17
The thank you banner was part of a week of presentations of appreciation at 22 local industries by SEDCO staff as part of Economic Development Week. The celebration coincides with the International Economic Development Council’s National Economic Development Week, which was created to raise awareness of local programs that create jobs, increase quality of life and further career development opportunities.

Paige Tilghman Selected as QAC’s Economic Development Director 5/13/17
She completed a Master’s of Science degree in Technology Management from the University of Maryland, University College and a Bachelors of A&S degree from Catholic University of America in Washington DC in addition to professional development programs in the field of economic development through the IEDC.

LePage appoints his economic adviser to head labor department 5/12/17
Butera is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a master’s degree in regional science. He is past president of the Northeast Economic Developers Association and has been a member of the Economic Development Council of Maine and the International Economic Development Council.

Greenway expansion spotlighted at Blount County Tourism Day 5/11/17
The Maryville-to-Townsend Greenway expansion plan was spotlighted Thursday during Blount County’s annual Tourism Day as an important investment that will benefit Blount County significantly.

A sweet way of reaching out to local biz 5/11/17
The international awareness campaign week was designated by the International Economic Development Council to better explain the scope of the economic development profession and how departments support municipalities and businesses in order to grow cities and regions.

Alpharetta first city in Georgia to receive economic development accreditation 5/11/17
The city has been recognized by the Accredited Economic Development Organization with an AEDO qualification, making it “part of a group of distinguished, nationally known leadership municipalities,” according to a news release.

Verrier: Celebrating International Economic Development Week 5/11/17
Editorial.

Changing lives - Business growth fosters success 5/11/17
Arkansas will play an important part in celebrating economic development efforts when it hosts the International Economic Development Council's 2017 Economic Future Forum June 4-6.

Chamber's first CEO hails from Maryland 5/11/17
He is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management, an economic development finance professional from the National Development Council, and a certified economic developer from the International Economic Development Council.

EDD director awarded recertification 5/10/17
Laura Lewis Marchino, Executive Director of Region 9 EDD, has been awarded re-certification by the International Economic Development Council.

Commentary: Regional jobs ‘Job One’ for development 5/10/17
During the week of May 8-12, Jacksonville and Morgan County are joining communities across America in recognizing the work of these professionals during National Economic Development Week.

Fayetteville hires economic vitality director 5/10/17
Devin Howland, IEDC member, was hired as Fayetteville’s new economic vitality director.

SEDCO hosts Economic Development Week celebration 5/9/17
The celebration coincides with the International Economic Development Council’s National Economic Development Week, which was created to raise awareness of local programs that create jobs, increase quality of life and further career development opportunities.

Celebrating National Economic Development Week - May 8-13 5/9/17
The Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission (AAEDC) is excited to be celebrating National Economic Development Week, May 8th through 13th in the Alexandria area.

International Economic Development Week Celebration in Progress 5/9/17
Communities around the world are celebrating the second annual Economic Development Week May 8-13.

Economic Index reveals growing economy in Saratoga County 5/9/17
The luncheon was held in conjunction with National Economic Development Week, an initiative of the International Economic Development Council.

OC EDC RELEASES STRATEGIC INITIATIVES 5/9/17
The Orange County Economic Development Corporation has outlined its strategic focus for the 2017-2018 cycle to coincide with the International Economic Development Council’s 2017 Economic Development Week celebration.

St. John events highlight week of celebration 5/8/17
This celebration was created and is coordinated by The International Economic Development Council and will be the organization’s 91st anniversary as the largest professional membership organization for economic developers.

National Economic Development Week 5/8/17
Created by the International Economic Development Council, and inspired by IEDC’s Immediate Past Chair, Barry Matherly, CEcD FM, President and CEO, Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc., the goal of Economic Development Week (EDW) is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life.

National Economic Development Week - Director Lynn Longan 5/8/17
Mason County EDC Director, Lynn Longan, came on Daybreak at the start of National Economic Development Week to talk about just what economic development means and what the Mason County EDC is doing to help the community.

Mayor Katchur declares Economic Development Week in the Fort 5/8/17
The declaration is in conjunction with the International Economic Development Council to promote local business, and in turn, bolster the local economy; the economic development council also creates jobs and encourages development in the city's commercial and industrial sectors.

A week to celebrate economic development 5/8/17
Soonias says their networks will be hosting soup and bannock on May 8th in their offices and have invited different leadership in the business communities to attend. A toolkit was made from SFNEDN and SEDA, which was adopted and amended from the International Economic Development Council.

May 8-12 is Economic Development Week! 5/8/17
Created by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the goal of Economic Development Week is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and increase the quality of life.

IEDC DECLARES 2017 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEEK 5/8/17
May 8 through 13 is Economic Development Week and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is recognizing the work of Economic Developers and their organizations across the United States.

Happy Economic Development Week! 5/8/17
Today marks the commencement of the second annual Economic Development Week (EDW), created by the International Economic Development Council to give locations far and wide a focal point to showcase their best practices and achievements.

Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces New Associate Director of Sales & Marketing 5/8/17
Ashley is a 2010 graduate of Georgia Academy for Economic Development, a member of Augusta Regional Development Alliance where she previously served as the Chairman, and she has completed all six International Economic Development Council courses towards the Certified Economic Developer Certification.

SEDCO's Economic Development Week Celebration 5/8/17
EDW is a national campaign created by the International Economic Development Council to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and increase quality of life.

City celebrates Economic Development Week 5/8/17
The International Economic Development Council created the week last year to celebrate its 90th anniversary. This will be the first year for Muskogee to participate.

Hot Springs Chamber kicks off Economic Development Week 5/8/17
Hot Springs Chamber kicked off Economic Development Week, created by the International Economic Development Council.

Business Buzz: Community recognizes Small Business, Economic Development weeks 5/7/17
Economic Development Week brings attention to the creation of jobs and wealth and improvement of quality of life through the work of economic development.

REDC celebrates second annual Economic Development Week 5/7/17
The weeklong celebration was created by the International Economic Development Council in 2016 to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life, according to its website.

Cherokee County celebrates Economic Development Week 5/6/17
Created by the International Economic Development Council in 2016, the goal of Economic Development Week is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life. The 2017 event dates are Monday to Friday.

Blount Partnership to receive state's first IEDC accreditation at Tourism Day 5/6/17
Blount Partnership is joining an exclusive group as it has received accreditation by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as an Accredited Economic Development Organization — a distinction that marks the first IEDC-accredited organization in the state and the 57th in the world.

Norwalk celebrates Economic Development Week 5/6/17
The week-long event was created by the International Economic Development Council and is being held during the organization’s 91st anniversary. The IEDC is the world’s largest professional organization for economic developers. Locally, the event is being spearheaded by the Norwalk Economic Development Corp. (NEDC).

EDCMC Celebrates National Economic Development Week - May 8-13, 2017 5/5/17
The Economic Development Corporation Michigan City (EDCMC) celebrates Economic Development Week from May 8-13. Economic Development Week was created and is coordinated by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Celebrating Economic Development Week in London, Ontario 5/5/17
Economic Development Week (EDW), created by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2016, is a nationwide campaign running from May 8-13, 2017.

EDCMC celebrates National Economic Development Week 5/5/17
Economic Development Week was created and is coordinated by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Thad Rieder Receives Designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council 5/4/17
Thad Rieder, Senior Business Development Manager at The Right Place Inc., has earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes comprehensive knowledge in the field of economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

What is Economic Development Week? 5/4/17
Salt Lake City is celebrating Economic Development Week starting on May 8th, so Lara Fritts form the Department of Economic Development joined Good Morning Utah with a preview.

SEDC looks to raise profile this month 5/4/17
The Seguin Economic Development Corporation is set to take part in Economic Development Week as a way to raise awareness about the organization and celebrate its accomplishments.

City hires economic consultant 5/4/17
Cheryl Morphew, an IEDC member, was approved on a contract as a consultant for the City of Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Solar power is topic for MEDC lunch Thursday to mark Economic Development Week 5/3/17
The second annual Economic Development Week celebration officially kicks off next Monday, May 8. In Montgomery, the Village Board will pass a resolution acknowledging the economic development profession. In addition, the MEDC has a “lunch and learn” event planned on May 11 at Village Hall.

Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Announces Dr. Ioanna Morfessis to be honored at 12th Annual Heroes of Education Event
Dr. Ioanna Morfessis, President of IO.INC, has been named as the 2017 honoree of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation (MCCF) Heroes of Education award. This award, celebrating its 12thyear, is given to a champion of public education in Arizona and recognizes the personal and professional commitment to support Maricopa Community College students and educational opportunities. Morfessis has been an outstanding advocate for education by providing leadership and support for numerous initiatives at the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Wilmington businessman kills self as embezzlement case looms 4/24/17
David Powell, formerly of the Piedmont Triad Partnership, the regional EDO in Greensboro, NC, passed away on Saturday. He previously was involved with NetJets and the chamber of commerce in Columbus, Ohio.

Former Blackford County leader joins Indy partnership 4/20/17
Everett is a Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council, and is a graduate of Ball State University.

Don Cunningham: Federal economic growth policy is a Rubik's Cube 4/19/17
Once a year the International Economic Development Council, IEDC, gathers states and large regional economic development organizations to review and discuss federal economic growth policies in Washington. President Donald Trump sent the ranking leaders of his community and economic development team: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon.

Learning always a part of economic development 4/19/17
Caleb McMahon, the Alliance’s director of economic development, completed the Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) in early April. The course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). This year it was held at the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce at Little Rock.

Poloncarz, officials join in support of National Community Development Week 4/19/17
CDBG coalition members include the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, National Community Development Association, Council of State Community Development Agencies, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, National Association for County Community and Economic Development, National Association of Development Organizations, American Planning Association, Local Initiatives Support Corp., Habitat for Humanity International, Feeding America, YWCA USA, Enterprise Community Partners, Rebuilding Together, National Recreation and Park Association, National Association of Regional Councils, National Urban League, International Economic Development Council, Heartland Alliance, The Trust for Public Land and National Development Council.

Hot Springs constituents complete course in economic development 4/17/17
Offered annually in the spring, the Mid-South Basic Course provides an intensive overview of the process and practice of local economic development. It features more than 20 instructors who are recognized experts in their fields. It is one of 22 such courses accredited by the International Economic Development Council.

Grand Forks EDC CEO Klaus Thiessen to retire 4/13/17
In addition to his leadership with the EDC, Thiessen has served on boards of the Chamber, United Way and the UND Engineering Advisory Board. He is a past president of the Economic Developers Association of Canada and a past director with the International Economic Development Council.

Jon Bittner appointed SBDC Statewide Director 4/12/17
In 2015, Bittner was named to the Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Economic Development by the Development Counsellors International (DCI). The International Economic Development Council named Bittner the Young Economic Development Professional of the Year in 2014. That same year, Bittner was selected to Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

Scottsdale’s Robert Tunis procures national recognition 4/12/17
Robert Tunis, economic development manager for the city of Scottsdale has earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer, a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

Economic Resilience, Disaster Recovery Course to be Held in Madisonville 4/11/17
In partnership with the Delta Regional Authority and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, the International Economic Development Council is conducting another round of training courses for DRA’s Leading Economically Competitive and Resilient Communities program between February and September, 2017.

Delta Regional Authority to host economic development and economic resiliency training 4/10/17
The Delta Regional Authority presents a series of intensive two-day courses focused on economic development and disaster resiliency strategies to enhance the effectiveness of local elected officials, economic development practitioners, and other community leaders in the Delta region. The workshops are held in partnership with the International Economic Development Council and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

Webster police jurors discuss economic growth 4/7/17
She talked about an upcoming economic development and economic resiliency training set to take place in May in Ruston, sponsored by the International Economic Development Council and Delta Regional Authority.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce to Address Federal Economic Development Policy Experts 4/7/17
The Honorable Wilbur L. Ross Jr. will speak at the 2017 International Economic Development Council’s FED Forum on Monday April 10.

Everett Joins Indy Partnership 4/5/17
Everett is a certified economic developer through the International Economic Development Council, and is a graduate of Ball State University.

Economic development experience certified 4/5/17
Accompanying it was a congratulatory letter from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) acknowledging that the Economic Development Alliance’s president and CEO, Lou Ann Nisbett, had satisfied IDEC requirements for re-certification of her Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation.

Lutton named VP of economic development 4/5/17
Lutton is a Muncie native and graduate of Ball State University. She has completed the Economic Development Institute through the University of Oklahoma and is an active member of the International Economic Development Council and the Indiana Economic Development Association.

Community leaders gather to raise funds for joining Arizona Town Hall 4/3/17
In an email Tuesday, he said a study by the International Economic Development Council found that “nationally a majority of Economic Development Directors work for a public sector organization, while only 6 percent work for a private/public organization – as envisioned by a small group.”

Pittsburgh Marketing VP Named to Concord Eco Development Position 4/2/17
Before working for PRA, Pegg was an executive director with the British American Business Council of the Pittsburgh Region, a board member for the International Business Center at the University of Pittsburgh, is presently serving as chairwoman of the International Economic Development Council’s International Advisory Steering Committee, and is a past Pittsburgh “40 under 40” awardee, Baia noted.

2 ways to make great professional connections without going to networking events 3/30/17
Event organizers and industry associations are always looking for volunteers to help with committees and events. This can be great ways to show off your expertise and work ethic while working on a team with more seasoned professionals. I personally know people organizing events right now at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the Red Cross, and the International Economic Development Council.

Placemaking: Investing to Draw and Keep Talent 3/29/17
And it is not the sole province of large cities with developed urban cores that have taken placemaking to heart. A couple of examples highlighted at the International Economic Development Council’s annual conference in Fort Worth demonstrate how smaller communities have both creatively and consciously integrated placemaking into their development strategies.

Activities planned to celebrate Economic Development Week 3/27/17
The Johnson County Economic Development Corp. board plans to celebrate Economic Development Week May 8-14. The International Economic Development Council created the week last year to celebrate its 90th anniversary.

NCI develops new website 3/21/17
After reviewing proposals from experienced professional economic development website companies throughout the nation, the NCI Board contracted with web designer Accrisoft from North Carolina. This company’s extensive portfolio includes Minneapolis, Charlotte, Oklahoma City, Palm Beach, Southwest Michigan, Corpus Christi and the International Economic Development Council.

Fargo City Commission Learning Ways to Boost City’s Economic Growth 3/20/17
“If you don’t have them, you put yourself in a real problem,” said President & CEO of the International Economic Development Council, Jeff Finkle. Finkle was brought to Fargo City Hall to give a better explanation of how incentives are the best bet for a successful workplace.

Get to know: Shawn Miller, Clovis business development manager 3/19/17
Miller has earned numerous local, national and international awards from the American Advertising Federation, California Alliance for Local Economic Development, International Economic Development Council, California Downtown Association and others.

Coffee at the Museum program to feature CEO of Burke Development Inc. 3/17/17
The organization is a two-time International Economic Development Council’s Excellence in Economic Development Award recipient.

Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce names new president/CEO 3/17/17
In recent years, the Fox Cities Chamber has achieved successes including the launch of the Talent Upload program, which was awarded the Best in Show Award from the International Economic Development Council, and a renewed focus on programming to attract and retain young professionals in the area.

Ready to Give the Presentation of Your Life? “ED TALKS” Nominations Are Now Open 3/17/17
Speakers have the chance to engage an audience with a topic that they are passionate about at the IEDC 2017 Annual Conference.

Georgia Tech Marks 50 Years of Economic Development Education 3/17/17
The Georgia Tech 50th Annual Basic Economic Development Course will be held at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta on March 21 to 24, 2017. Since its inception in 1967, the BEDC has prepared more than 3,100 economic developers from all over the world for the International Economic Development Council certification exam.

New economic development director named 3/14/17
E. Linwood Thomas IV was voted among the Top Ten under 40 Young Professionals in the Greater Fredericksburg Region in 2012 and is a 2013 graduate of the Executive Management Program’s “Leadership Fredericksburg.” He is a member of the International Economic Development Council and the Virginia Economic Developers Association.

Douglas County officials hoping business retention effort will help spark local job growth 3/14/17
The goal, according to county economic development coordinator and Spark DC program manager Becky Nelson, is to establish relationships, open a dialogue and gain insight into how the county can support and nurture those companies. Nelson pointed out the International Economic Development Council estimates as much as 80 percent of new job growth comes from existing businesses.

Tourism, recreation focus of meeting 3/14/17
A meeting on tourism and recreation was one of several held last Wednesday and Thursday during a visit by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the West Virginia Development Hub.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Names Siemens USA CEO Judy Marks to U.S. Investment Advisory Council 3/13/17
Today, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. announced the appointment of Judy Marks, CEO of Siemens USA to the U.S. Investment Advisory Council. Jan Rogers, Kenny McDonald, Chris Camacho and Jeffrey A. Finkle, are also members.

Governor Abbott Appoints Eight To One Call Board Of Texas 3/13/17
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Jason Hartgraves and Janie Walenta, and appointed Jesus Antonio Garza and James Schneider to the One Call Board of Texas for terms set to expire on August 31, 2018. Jesus Antonio Garza of Kingsville is the City Manager for the City of Kingsville. He is a member of the Texas City Management Association, International H