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Feb
9
Mon
2015
2015 IEDC Excellence Awards – Call for Entries
Feb 9 – May 15 all-day

2015 IEDC Excellence Awards - Call for EntriesIEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These 34 awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Winners are recognized at IEDC’s Annual Conference.

2015 AWARDS TIMELINE

Call for Entries Begins: February 9
Early Bird Deadline: April 10
Final Deadline: May 15
Judging: June
Notification: July/August
Awards Presentation: October 4-7

Award Categories and More Information: http://www.iedcevents.org/AnnualConference/Awards.html

Feb
28
Sat
2015
Janus Forum – Amelia Island @ The Omni Plantation on Amelia Island
Feb 28 – Mar 4 all-day

Janus-Amelia-Island-programFor our alums who are returning for another Janus Forum experience, welcome back. For our new attendees who will soon be alums, be prepared to participate in a professional meeting like you never have before, for you are the program.

The Janus Forum started six years ago as an informal gathering of about a dozen invited economic development professionals on my porch overlooking scenic Lake Rabun in Northeast Georgia. The theme of the Janus Forum has always been “getting away from it all” and sharing experiences, concerns and best practices with peers. Experienced economic developers have extensive knowledge to share while young professionals bring new ideas and techniques into the field. The Forum approach proved to be very popular, and the Janus Institute has now partnered with Conway to take the program across the nation.

Because we want to address the entire “value chain” of economic development, we now invite a limited number of site consultants and corporate real estate executives to each Forum. The small group nature of the Forum allows economic development professionals to interact and learn from the consultants and executives in a unique and valuable way.

As any veteran will tell you, relationships are important in the economic development business, and the strong ties with consultants, executives and peers that Forum attendees acquire is an extremely valuable asset for themselves and their communities.

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Mar
12
Thu
2015
North Florida Economic Development Academy @ Crystal Cove Resort
Mar 12 – Mar 13 all-day

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Academy is a 4-day program with welcoming remarks starting at 8:00 a.m. March 12, 2015

North_Florida_EDAThe North Florida Economic Development Academy (EDA) is designed to provide a basic understanding of the concepts and methods of Economic Development, and to help local communities build stronger community sales teams who are better able to recognize, prepare for, and respond to economic development opportunities. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the process, key players, and roles that guide economic development, ethical and leadership issues and critical best practices.

The EDA adds valuable information to the Developer’s Toolkit as it helps volunteers build on existing skills to enable a more critical approach to problem solving, project development, community development, and team building – all necessary components for sustainable, vibrant communities. The EDA, recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to economic development, offers sound development principles, encourages team building, and offers helpful ideas on how to prepare, so when opportunity arrives, you are ready.

Registration

Draft Agenda

For NFEDP member communities, a limited number of scholarships are available for eligible participants. Eligible participants include Economic Development Officials/Representatives (EDOs), local elected and appointed government officials, NFEDP Board Members, and some regional business leaders, corporate partners, and public agency partners. Scholarships may cover all or part of registration fees, lodging, mileage/rental car, and per diem meal expenses at the State reimbursement rates.

If you are requesting an NFEDP Scholarship, you MUST complete the Scholarship Application first and then you will be notified if you have been approved or not. In addition, you must complete and submit the registration form to attend the Academy and pay the registration fee upfront as well as the overnight accommodations (if needed). At the conclusion of the Academy (March 27, 2015) you have five (5) business days to complete the travel reimbursement for which was included in the Scholarship packet along with any of your receipts. We will then review and approve and mail you the reimbursement check.

Our staff is available to assist you with any questions you may have regarding receipts eligible for reimbursement or anything directly with the completion of the Scholarship or reimbursement form. For example, mileage or rental car (based on State of Florida rates).

Scholarships are limited, so please apply early! Scholarships are made available through the NFEDP’s Regional Rural Development Grant provided by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the generous investments from our Corporate and Public Agency partners! For additional information, contact Debby Smallwood or call 850-487-1870.

Scholarship Application

Mar
26
Thu
2015
North Florida Economic Development Academy @ Crystal Cove Resort
Mar 26 – Mar 27 all-day

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Academy is a 4-day program with welcoming remarks starting at 8:00 a.m. March 12, 2015

North_Florida_EDAThe North Florida Economic Development Academy (EDA) is designed to provide a basic understanding of the concepts and methods of Economic Development, and to help local communities build stronger community sales teams who are better able to recognize, prepare for, and respond to economic development opportunities. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the process, key players, and roles that guide economic development, ethical and leadership issues and critical best practices.

The EDA adds valuable information to the Developer’s Toolkit as it helps volunteers build on existing skills to enable a more critical approach to problem solving, project development, community development, and team building – all necessary components for sustainable, vibrant communities. The EDA, recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to economic development, offers sound development principles, encourages team building, and offers helpful ideas on how to prepare, so when opportunity arrives, you are ready.

Registration

Draft Agenda

For NFEDP member communities, a limited number of scholarships are available for eligible participants. Eligible participants include Economic Development Officials/Representatives (EDOs), local elected and appointed government officials, NFEDP Board Members, and some regional business leaders, corporate partners, and public agency partners. Scholarships may cover all or part of registration fees, lodging, mileage/rental car, and per diem meal expenses at the State reimbursement rates.

If you are requesting an NFEDP Scholarship, you MUST complete the Scholarship Application first and then you will be notified if you have been approved or not. In addition, you must complete and submit the registration form to attend the Academy and pay the registration fee upfront as well as the overnight accommodations (if needed). At the conclusion of the Academy (March 27, 2015) you have five (5) business days to complete the travel reimbursement for which was included in the Scholarship packet along with any of your receipts. We will then review and approve and mail you the reimbursement check.

Our staff is available to assist you with any questions you may have regarding receipts eligible for reimbursement or anything directly with the completion of the Scholarship or reimbursement form. For example, mileage or rental car (based on State of Florida rates).

Scholarships are limited, so please apply early! Scholarships are made available through the NFEDP’s Regional Rural Development Grant provided by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the generous investments from our Corporate and Public Agency partners! For additional information, contact Debby Smallwood or call 850-487-1870.

Scholarship Application

Mar
31
Tue
2015
8th Annual SEDC “Meet The Consultants” @ The Palmer House Hilton
Mar 31 @ 9:00 am – Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm

2015 Meet the ConsultantsRegistration is now open for the Southern Economic Development Council’s 2015 Meet the Consultants event in Chicago, IL. The one and a half day event, March 31- April 1, at the Palmer House Hilton will feature six panels of Chicago based site location consultants. The highlight of the conference will be a evening reception on March 31 where attendees will have the chance to network with Chicago based site location consultants. SEDC members can register at the low rate of only $360. For those interested in joining SEDC and attending the event, the association is offering a discounted membership rate of $200 for those joining and registering at the same time. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 25.

SEDC has reserved a block of rooms for event attendees for a special discounted rate of only $174.00. This rate is only available until March 9. You can contact the hotel directly at (312) 726-7500 and reference to event to receive the group rate.

Apr
3
Fri
2015
Market Outlook 2015 @ FGCU @ FGCU Cohen Center Ballroom
Apr 3 @ 8:45 am – 11:00 am

An economic outlook conference returns to FGCU and Southwest Florida. The Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University is partnering with Christensen Financial and the Mortgage Bankers Association of Southwest Florida to present an annual review and outlook for our national and regional economies from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, April 3, at the Cohen Center Ballroom on the campus of FGCU.

The regionally and nationally known featured speakers are: David Altig, director of research and executive vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Douglas Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae; and Gary Jackson, director of the Regional Economic Research Institute at FGCU, who will share important information and insights on the regional economy.

The Market Outlook 2015 Conference follows a long-standing tradition to bringing nationally known speakers from the Federal Reserve Banks and other agencies, such as Fannie Mae, who can provide key insights into the regional economy. “This is a great conference that focuses on our economy and brings faculty, students, businesses, government and citizens together to understand and discuss the latest information on the economy,” said Robert Beatty, dean of the FGCU Lutgert College of Business.

The Federal Reserve Bank is a strong supporter of programs which provide an educational forum for the public, professionals, and especially students on factors shaping our economic present and future,” said Mr. Fullick. “Dave Altig is headquartered in Atlanta and is the primary research director for the Atlanta Fed’s territory that includes Florida, Alabama, Georgia and portions of Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Doug Duncan is a preeminent source for the real estate and banking industry, as Fannie Mae is the largest provider of liquidity for residential mortgage loans in the United States and played a major role in guiding the residential real estate market recovery.”

Sponsors are invited to a special breakfast with the Market Outlook presenters at 8 a.m. on the day of the event.

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May
8
Fri
2015
2015 International Town Hall @ Hilton Carillon
May 8 @ 7:30 am – 11:30 am

TAMPA BAY EXPORT ALLIANCE PRESENTS 2015 INTERNATIONAL TOWN HALL

This event kicks off World Trade Month with an in-depth look at the people and programs driving international business growth in Tampa Bay.

More Details Coming Soon! Sponsorship opportunities are available.

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

IEDC 2015 Annual Conference

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 5

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.

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