Thanks for Joining Us at the Northeastern Economic Developers’ Association Annual Conference!

Thanks for Joining Us at the Northeastern Economic Developers’ Association Annual Conference!

This year’s Northeastern Economic Developers Association’s Annual Conference proved to be another success! More than 150 economic development professionals converged on Syracuse to learn and to share their best practices as it related to this year’s theme, “Re-Think, Re-Vive, Re-Thrive…Leveraging the Assets of Our Communities.” As NEDA’s website proclaimed, their goals were to “help you Re-Think the possibilities for your community, Re-Vive your Professional passion for everything from downtown revitalization, to tech incubation, to sustainable land use, and to workforce development to so much more that will be discussed in lively interactive sessions. Then we want you to return home ready to Re-Thrive your community.” Mission accomplished!

I had the privilege of leading a breakout session titled, “Fundraising Trends in Economic Development.” In addition to sharing some fundraising statistics we’re seeing in today’s environment, I also provided a history of economic development fundraising and shared some of the trends we’re seeing in our clients’ fundraising campaigns across the country. Most of these focus on existing business retention/expansion and workforce recruitment/retention/development. Not surprisingly, we’re seeing stakeholders make significant financial commitments to underwrite these initiatives. You can download my presentation slides here, and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

In addition to learning and participating in the conference’s many breakout sessions, it was great to see so many old friends and clients. I’ve been a NEDA member since 2007, so it’s been fun getting to know so many dedicated professionals over the years. The Awards Dinner Monday evening recognized several of these influential leaders and businesses in the economic development arena, and in particular, I enjoyed seeing Brian Anderson with National Grid acknowledged as NEDA’s 2015 Member of the Year. As a sponsor and exhibitor of NEDA’s conferences over the years, I’ve always appreciated Brian checking to see how things are going and thanking us for our support. That really means a lot.

As quickly as one conference wraps up, another begins, and that’s the case with IEDC’s annual conference next week in Anchorage. If you plan to attend, please stop by Booth #600 to say hello and let’s find some time to catch up!


About the author

Rick Kiernan

Rick has provided fundraising counsel in dozens of communities throughout the nation. His diverse fundraising experience provides Rick with a rare, well-rounded understanding of all aspects of community fundraising – both economic and community development.