Tools That Work for Economic Development – WINTER PARK @ Winter Park Civic Center
Aug 11 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

General Description

Tools That Work for Economic Development WorksshopEffective economic development requires leadership. Policy decisions, implementation strategy and economic reality ideally come together to achieve a community’s economic development goals. This program provides real-world guidance on the fundamentals and tools of realistic economic development. Elected officials can use them to guide strategies for sustainable economic development in their communities.

Each workshop is limited to the first 100 registrants. Participation is limited on a space-available basis, and to city affiliated interests.

Speaker: Kevin S. Crowder, CEcD

Kevin Crowder is the director of economic development for Redevelopment Management Associates, an economic development and redevelopment consulting firm. He has practiced economic development in Florida for more than 20 years, which includes 15 years as the director of economic development and government affairs for the City of Miami Beach. Crowder serves on the Florida Redevelopment
Association Board of Directors and is an IEDC-certified economic developer. His expertise includes public-private partnerships, business improvement districts, market research, business and entrepreneurial assistance, private capital investment, redevelopment agency programs and government affairs. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to network among themselves for best practices and innovations.

Program Agenda

8:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:15 a.m. What Drives Economic Development?
10:00 a.m. Managing and Funding Economic Development
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Real Estate and Public Private Partnerships
11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Retention vs. Recruitment
1:00 p.m. Branding for Business
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. Measuring Economic Development
2:30 p.m. Wrap Up Exercise – Economic Drivers and Opportunities
3:30 p.m. Adjourn


NOTE: This year, the Florida League of Cities is using a new online registration system for the convenience of our members. This new system requires online registration for any FLC event. The good part is that for any event, a member need only remember a password and the system will recognize them and enter all the data for that person. This will streamline the process for people who are registering for others, as well as themselves. If you have any problems with the registration portal, please contact Carol Westmoreland at or (850) 701-3608. We are working very hard to ensure a smooth transition for this system, and every new system has a learning curve. Thank you for your patience and please do let us know how we may be of assistance at any time.

IEDC 2015 Annual Conference
Oct 4 – Oct 7 all-day

IEDC 2015 Annual Conference


Join economic developers from around the world to discuss the most important issues in economic development today, including:

  • Infrastructure development and public financing
  • Building effective economic development organizations and affiliates
  • Encouraging a robust private sector
  • Relationships and communication

The growing global economy requires new methods to secure economic resiliency for the future. What better place than Alaska, the New Frontier, to explore a new foundation for economic prosperity, and evolving roles for economic development practitioners. The conference will follow four tracks that explore the theme of creating future growth & prosperity:

  • Government and Economic Resiliency
  • Frameworks for a Robust Private Sector
  • Value Proposition of NGOs and Nonprofits
  • Role of Institutes of Higher Learning in Economic Development

With over 1,000 projected attendees, this event is essential for economic developers at all stages in their careers and at all levels within the profession. Don’t miss out on the largest international gathering of economic development professionals in the world.

Information and Registration

Florida Companies to Watch Awards Program @ Hard Rock Live
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Presented by GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, in association with Edward Lowe Foundation, Florida Companies to Watch (FLCTW) celebrates growing second-stage companies headquartered in Florida.

Companies to Watch is a unique way to recognize and honor second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes, making them “worth watching”.

View the FLCTW program video.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship is now available! Get your company in front of second-stage companies entrepreneurs and show your support by becoming a sponsor. For information on sponsorship, contact