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VEDA Summer Membership Meeting
Economic Development 2.0: Back to Basics

Mining Prospects & Community Marketing  

Panel Presentation
STEAL THIS IDEA: Smart Ideas For Marketing Your Community

Keynote Presentation by Dariel Curren

Dariel Y. Curren, Vice President, Development Counsellors International

With nearly three decades of experience in media relations and marketing, Dariel Curren has worked with Development Counsellors International for the past 15 years. She has led the company’s Economic Development Division since January 2010. Known as the “Leader in Marketing Places,” DCI specializes in economic development and tourism marketing and has helped more than 400 cities, regions, states and countries attract business investment and visitors since the firm was founded in New York City in 1960. 

About DCI - Development Counsellors International (DCI) is the leader in marketing places. Since 1960, DCI has worked with more than 400 cities, regions, states and countries, helping them attract both investors and visitors. The company specializes exclusively in all phases of economic development and travel marketing.

Debbie Kurtz, President, 310 Ltd.

A respected expert in the field of economic development marketing, as well as the practices of product positioning and sales, Debbie has carved out a niche in designing and implementing business development strategies that address the unique needs of marketing locations. Debbie's own experience includes more than 19 years of sales and marketing management, 12 of which are specific to economic development.

About 310 Ltd. - Since 1999, 310 Ltd. has evolved best practice applications in research and forged direct access to the perspectives of senior corporate executives. With expert precision, they assess corporate plans so that opportunities can be identified. 310 Ltd's analysts have extensive management experience in a variety of industries, communicating complex business concepts; unearthing genuine business intelligence; and delivering insight as well as opportunities.

Rick Whittington, President, Rick Whittington Consulting

Rick has 15 years of experience designing, building and marketing websites. His career includes management of a web design team for a Fortune 500 company and has been responsible for creating more than 140 websites. Rick's expert skill in website design, usability and online marketing strategy have earned his company a nationwide client base.

About Rick Whittington Consulting - Rick Whittington Consulting is a Richmond, Virginia-based website consulting firm specializing in designing effective websites. The company offers professional website design and inbound marketing services for companies of all types and sizes. We work with companies who need their website to produce results.



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