The 2015 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) conference, a major economic development event, takes place in Anchorage, Alaska from October 4-7. The meeting offers an array of education sessions and workshops, as well as networking opportunities. Presentations at the meeting cover case studies, resources, and development opportunities. Program tracks include:
Government and Economic Resiliency
Frameworks for a Robust Private Sector
Value Proposition of NGOs/Nonprofits
Roles of Institutes of Higher Learning in Economic Development

Go here for details on this key annual economic development event.

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

Some of the presenters at the conference include:

Robin Keegan
Director, Community Resilience
GCR Inc.
New Orleans, La.

Charles Hayes, CEcD
President & CEO
Research Triangle Regional Partnership
Cary, N.C.

Gerald Gordon, FM, HLM
President and CEO
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
Vienna, Va.

Katie Baker
Kauffman Foundation
Kansas City, Mo.

Tom Davis
Senior Planner, Planning Division
Municipality of Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska

Gene DePrez
Founder & Partner
Global Innovation Partners
Sparta, N.J.

John Gant
Director of the Department of Economic Development
Louisville Forward
Louisville, Ky.

Karen Dickson, CEcD
Vice President of Economic Development
Brooks Development Authority
San Antonio, Texas

Susan Bell
McDowell Group
Juneau, Alaska

A valuable preconferenxe education session is also on tap. Here are details on the workforce development strategies course:
Date: October 1-2, 2015
Location: Anchorage, Alaska

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification Maintenance points are available for those attending the session.
Some course highlights--
The core components of the workforce development system and its essential role in economic development
-- Understanding occupational data analysis
--Assessing qualifications, skills and abilities of current workforce
--Recruitment and retention of a skilled labor force
--The role of higher education in workforce and economic development
--New alliances, new models, federal funding and best practices in regional & local initiatives

Go here for details on this important economic development event.

In the video, see Alaskan scenes that lead to the upcoming IEDC conference.


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