Economic Development

Yakima Valley economic development association gets head start on fundraising

By Mai Hoang  |  Yakima Herald  |  Full Article “The Yakima County Development Association launched its new fundraising campaign Tuesday, but the organization is already more than halfway to its $3 million goal. As of…

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Draft: Economic development alliance will need backing

By Ginger Livingston  |  |  Full Article “…officials from the county and city of Greenville in February funded a study to possibly streamline multiple economic development efforts. Officials initiated the study after questions emerged…

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Economic development group seeks $2 million contribution from Rapid City

Rapid City Journal  |  Full Article “The group, Elevate Rapid City, was unveiled in April as a collaborative umbrella organization including the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, Rapid City Economic Development Partnership, Ellsworth Development Authority…

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Tompkins County authorizes new five-year agreement with TCAD

By Matt Steecker  |  Ithaca Journal  | Full Article “Following a vote Tuesday, county legislators authorized County Administrator Jason Molino to execute a new memorandum with TCAD for economic development services. TCAD will receive about…

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NCEDA’s June 2018 Patron Sponsor Profile on Convergent

NCEDA Developments  |  June 2018 Issue Seven years ago, amid a slowly-recovering economy, the Alamance Chamber set out to beef up economic development efforts with financial support from the business community. Through the chamber’s foundation,…

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Greater Fremont Development Council wins grant

By James Farrell  |  Fremont Tribune  |  Full Article “The Greater Fremont Development Council (GFDC) was one of 14 organizations to receive a grant award from a newly established state fund that aims to develop…

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TCAD report highlights positive economic growth, workforce challenges in Tompkins County

By Alyvia Covert | Ithaca Voice | Full Article “TCAD President Michael B. Stamm said the development agency established its goals and outcomes for investments after launching its fundraiser drive more than five years ago….

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New life sciences cluster under way at Greenwood Genetic Center

By Liv Osby  |  Greenville News  |  Full Article “The Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation wants to use land around its Greenwood campus for a technology cluster and has enlisted the Greenwood Partnership Alliance to help develop…

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Private and public sector leaders announce Elevate Rapid City

By Madison Elliott  |  KOTA TV  |  Full Article “Rapid City area business leaders are forming a new group to try and fast track major economic growth over the next five years. Leaders say this…

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SCEDC Campaign Launch Casts 5-year Vision

“On Thursday, March 29, area business and community leaders gathered at the Ronald L. Neeley Conference Center at Terra State Community College in Fremont, OH to celebrate the official launch of the Sandusky County Economic…

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Redefining ROI: Moving from a transactional to a transformational mindset

April 24, 2018

We’ve all been there. You go in to meet with a potential investor, begin to outline your strategic plan and funding needs and are having a great dialogue. Frankly, you’re in the zone and loving…

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Spotlight on Economic Development

February 06, 2018

The search for Amazon’s second HQ in the United States has thrust economic development into the national spotlight. In fact, one of my favorite sessions at IEDC‘s 2018 Leadership Summit was the Tuesday morning special…

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A Promising Year Ahead for Community College Fundraising

January 25, 2018

In December I reached out to community college leaders across the country to ask, “What are the next big trends in the world of community college fundraising?” While some speculated about the ways social media…

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Looking back at #IEDCToronto

September 26, 2017

This year’s International Economic Development Council Annual Conference really lived up to its promise to “Connect. Collaborate. Create.” Not only was the conference packed full of great educational sessions, there were countless opportunities for attendees to…

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Best Practices for Funding Economic Development

September 12, 2017

Watch the video below to learn the key steps included in the investment campaign model. This best practices approach is a proven and highly successful way to secure the funding needed to implement a wide…

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Fundraising FAQs from Florida Economic Developers

May 16, 2017

I very much enjoyed yet another Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) conference this year, and especially having the opportunity to introduce my partner Cheryl Hardy to so many of you. Florida has become our fastest…

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Community Colleges Leading the Entrepreneurial Way

April 17, 2017

“Nimble, inclusive, and entrepreneurial.” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos used these three terms to highlight the unique role community colleges play as a catalyst in workforce development issues. “You’re absolutely essential engines of workforce and economic…

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Community Colleges & Workforce Development: Growing Stronger Together

February 17, 2017

Community Colleges change lives. We all have heard the stories of the financially strapped students whose dreams of a college degree seem unachievable until a scholarship opportunity opens the doors to their future. Philanthropy at…

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Women in Economic Development: It’s Time to Give Yourself Permission

November 02, 2016

When I first decided to write about Women in Economic Development, my initial plan was to share the post immediately after the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference. That conference is well in the…

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University Economic Development Association Annual Summit Recap

October 28, 2016

There were plenty of great sessions at this year’s annual summit, and we’re honored that Principal Andy Coe was included as one of the presenters. His session, “The Power of Community Partnerships in Funding Workforce…

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Launching a Successful First Capital Campaign: A Rural Economic Development Case Study

March 20, 2015

How does a rural community Economic Development Organization (EDO), which has never run a capital campaign in the past, launch a major fundraising initiative? How does this EDO generate full buy-in from a business community…

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Hiring Fundraising Counsel After Years of Successful, In-house Campaigns: An Economic Development Case Study

January 14, 2015

Why should an Economic Development Organization (EDO) that has run successful capital campaigns for years seek professional fundraising counsel? What is the benefit of conducting a full feasibility study prior to launching a campaign? How…

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Decreasing Dependency on Events for Funding: An Economic Development Case Study

November 24, 2014

How does an Economic Development Organization (EDO) that has depended primarily on an annual fundraising event for years make the leap to launching a multi-year capital campaign? How do they secure buy-in and support from…

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