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IEDC Advanced Course: Foreign Direct Investment & Exporting
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10/19/2017 to 10/20/2017
When: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Where: Philadelphia, PA
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Prepare today for your next discussion with foreign investors

IEDC Professional development


Foreign Direct Investment & Exporting | Oct 19-20 | Philadelphia




In IEDC's newest, advanced* course, you'll learn the essential components of attracting foreign direct investment and helping local businesses become successful exporters.

Are you able to determine whether or not you're on the radar of new international investors? And, are you prepared to talk with them today? It's becoming clear that foreign direct investment (FDI) and exporting are now essential components of a local economic development strategy, and while your community may be at the top of their wish list, any new deal can pass by if there's no plan for successful and mutually beneficial engagement. Get immersed in all things foreign direct investment, and learn about investor perspectives, how to attract them and more during this two-day training course to be offered in Philadelphia.

Course Description:

Learn how to attract foreign investors, identify targeted sectors and engage new businesses. You will also explore how to facilitate exports in your community, with an emphasis on how existing federal and state programs can assist. The course will cover all aspects of doing business with foreign entities, from cultural differences to tax and financing issues.

A few course highlights:

- Understanding how the federal government specifically supports EDOs in pursuit of FDI and in growing exports, especially among small to medium sized businesses.
- In-depth coverage of how to make the most of trade shows and trade missions, including working with elected officials and dealing with the press.
- Explanation of why an investor would be interested in setting up operations in the United States, and the means by which they may undertake investment from mergers and acquisitions to new greenfield development.

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*Please note: This course, called advanced because of the specialized nature of the content, is open to all interested participants. Those individuals looking to take courses in preparation for the Certified Economic Developer exam should look to our core and elective courses, as the Foreign Direct Investment and Exporting course does not fulfill the professional development requirements. Current CEcDs can take this course for recertification points.


Steve Weathers, CEcD

President & CEO
Erie County Industrial Development Agency

Be led through this course by Steve, former President and CEO of the World Trade Center San Diego. He also served as the President and CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, where he led the effort to launch the World Trade Center Savannah as part of fully integrated international economic development strategy. See his full bio.

Accommodations/Training Location:

Hampton Inn
1301 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Room rate: $129
Cut off date: September 27, 2017

Even for the most seasoned economic developer, working with international partners can present many unfamiliarities. This course will help you navigate this complex topic in order to increase your community's attractiveness to foreign investors. Find out more about this course and register today; you can save up to $140 if you act now.


International Economic Development Council

IEDC is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban and local to international, IEDC's members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.



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