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Now: Next Gen E-ship, Part 2 + Economic Recovery Volunteer Takeaways

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JULY 8, 2019 | VOLUME 19 | ISSUE 13


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More than Beer and Ping-Pong: Growing the Next Generation of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Part 2

What’s needed to foster entrepreneurship is different today than it used to be. Following up on an earlier installment, this article shares advice on how to build around your community’s assets, invest in people, capitalize on diversity, and break down barriers to grow meaningful entrepreneurship and innovation programs.

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Economic Recovery Volunteers Bring Lessons Home

When an economic development professional volunteered to help a community with long-term recovery from Hurricane Florence, he found that many of the lessons from the experience could be applied in his own community.

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AEDO Profile: Cedar Hill (Texas) Economic Development Corporation

IEDC's Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) program recognizes organizational excellence in the areas of internal and external operations, structures, and procedures. This series profiles newly accredited AEDOs, putting some of economic development's highest-performing organizations in the spotlight. This edition: Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation.

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Congratulations to reaccredited AEDOs!

Analysis & impacts

- U.S. manufacturing job growth has been steady, but slowing
What economic developers can learn from the NBA

Neighborhood & community development

- How mayors and makers can be more effective partners
10 cities join economic mobility initiative

Real estate & revitalization

- Why housing access is an economic development issue
Boston’s new innovation district already needs retrofitting for flood prevention
Democratic and Republican congressmen discuss affordable housing solutions


- Rural states expand incentives to attract workers
Certifications benefit workers who lack a college degree
Working two jobs is not as common as you might think

- Lara Fritts, CEcD, will leave her position as director of economic development for Salt Lake City to become president and CEO of the Greater Richmond (Va.) Partnership, effective August 12.

- Dave Gammon has been appointed economic development director for Charlotte County (Fla.) Economic Development. Gammon had been serving as interim economic development director since January.

- Eric Fitzer is the new development services director for the City of Glendale (Ariz.). Fitzer previously served for five years as the community development director for the City of Surprise (Ariz.).

- Christina M. Winn has been appointed economic development director of Prince William County (Va.). Winn previously served as business investment director for Arlington County (Va.) Economic Development.

- The Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance (Va.) has hired Amy Jordan as vice president of business development and customer relations management. Jordan previously served as director of economic development for James City County (Va.).

- Danny Chavez has started his new position as senior vice president for McKinney (Texas) Economic Development Corporation. Chavez previously served as vice president of business development for the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation.

- J. Michael Eades, CEcD, has retired from his position as director of economic development for the County of Lexington (S.C.).

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July 8, 2019
- Deputy Director, Economic Development, St. Mary's County Government (Leonardtown, MD)
- Food Sector Director, Eastern Market Partnership (Detroit, MI)

July 1, 2019
- Deputy Economic Development Director – Strategic Initiatives, City of Mesa (City of Mesa, AZ)
- Executive Director, Oconee Economic Alliance, Oconee County Government (Walhalla, SC)
- President/CEO, North Central Illinois EDC (Bureau-LaSalle-Putnam Counties, IL)
- Economic Development Manager, Roanoke County Economic Development (Roanoke, VA)
- Director of Economic & Tourism Development, Queen Anne’s County (Centreville, MD)
- Director of Building and Development, Loudoun County (Loudoun, VA)

June 17, 2019
- Economic Development Director, Rolla Regional Economic Commission (Rolla, MO)
- Vice President of Business Development, Detroit Regional Partnership, Detroit Regional Partnership (Detroit, MI)
- Business Development Manager, Detroit Regional Partnership (Detroit, MI)
- Economic Development Manager, Clackamas County (Oregon City, OR)
- Economic Development Manager, City of Fort Worth (Fort Worth, TX)

June 10, 2019
- Director, Dayton Community Development Corporation (Dayton, TX)
- Community Development Director/City Planner, City of Two Rivers (Two Rivers, WI)
- Director of Economic & Community Development, Roanoke County (Roanoke, VA)
- E-Center Program Manager and Outdoor Industry Director, Estes Park EDC (Estes Park, CO)
- Economic Development Manager, City of Chandler’s Economic Development Department (Chandler, AZ)

"Successful strategy means not emulating what others do to win, but playing the kind of game that best positions you to win."

Richard Florida on growing your own success

The arts generate 4.2 percent of U.S. GDP and support nearly 5 million jobs nationwide.(Americans for the Arts)
We Need You! Volunteer to Assist Disaster-Impacted Communities

IEDC continues to mobilize economic development volunteers to assist disaster-impacted communities, thanks to generous support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Volunteers serve on site for a week or longer, providing a range of assistance in economic recovery and resilience strategies. IEDC is currently sending volunteers to Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Please complete this form to indicate your interest in participating. Thank you!

LISC Opportunity Zones Playbook

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has developed an Opportunity Zones playbook to lay out possible trajectories and best practices for OZ stakeholders. The playbook addresses how to organize, plan, and assess OZ projects in a transparent manner that ensures local communities will reap the benefits of the incentive.


2019 Annual Conference

October 13-16 | Indianapolis


Big Ideas, Small Town: Rural Placemaking
July 18

International Opportunities in Economic Development
August 15

All in: Developing Inclusive Workforce Strategies
September 19

Training Courses

Foreign Direct Investment and Exporting
Tuesdays, July 9-30 | Online

Business Retention and Expansion
July 18-19 | Atlanta, GA

Economic Development Finance Programs
August 14-16 | Denver, CO

Neighborhood Development Strategies
September 19-20 | Baltimore, MD

We're interested in your feedback, suggestions for subjects to cover, and guest author inquiries. Contact Managing Editor Louise Anderson ( or Associate Editor Melanie Hwang ( with your ideas or interest.

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The 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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