Economic Development

Highlands Economic Initiative launches next phase

By Laura Militana | Herald-Citizen | Full Article “The Highlands Economic Partnership is forging ahead with new investors. Now entering its fourth phase, the program is going even further with the investor base and the development…

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Chamber honors 3 Women of Excellence

Convergent note: We are excited to see Greenwood Partnership Alliance CEO Heather Simmons Jones honored with this award. Our team often says that we’ve been privileged to work with some of the best in the business, so…

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VEKA to Locate in Burke County

By Sara Chester  |  Burke Development, Inc.  |  Full Article “VEKA, a global leader in the vinyl extrusion industry, will locate a new facility in Burke County. Over the next four years the company will…

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RCED enters public phase of campaign

By Scott Carpenter  |  The Daily Courier “County leaders gathered Tuesday evening for a celebration and unveiling of Rutherford County Economic Development’s (RCED) new initiative, “Transforming Tomorrow Together, Spurring Economic Development in Rutherford County.” The…

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Group kicks off campaign to raise funds

By Steve Sharp  |  |  Full Article “A solid percentage of the biggest business and governmental “movers and shakers” in Jefferson and Dodge counties rose perhaps a bit earlier than usual this morning to…

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Lynchburg Regional Business Announces Significant Economic Development Funds Raised for Aggressive Regional Campaign

Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance  |  Full Article “The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance officially kicked off their new ‘Accelerating Our Future’ campaign to a room full of regional business leaders at a reception last night at…

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Fundraising continues for economic development

By Scott Carpenter  |  The Daily Courier  |  Full Article “It has been two months since Convergent Nonprofit Solutions began its fundraising drive for Rutherford County economic development. The company is past the half-way mark…

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Fundraising begins for economic development

By Scott Carpenter  |  The Daily Courier  |  Full Article “Zeb Weaver, of Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, who is spearheading the fundraising drive for the Rutherford County Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDC), was introduced at the…

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JCEDC contract amended

By Alexa Zoellner  |  Daily Union  |  Full Article “The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday amended a contract for services for an Economic Development Capital Campaign to switch providers from Power 10 to…

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Tri-county economic partnership’s capital campaign enters public phase

By Zach Vance  |  Johnson City Press  |  Full Article “The Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership, consisting of public officials and businessmen from Washington, Unicoi and Carter counties, entered into the public phase of its…

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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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Promise Initiatives: Investing in a Long-Term Competitive Advantage

October 18, 2016

This article was originally written for and published in the International Economic Development Council’s “ED Now” newsletter. We are excited to make it available to non-IEDC members here for the first time. There were 5.8 million job…

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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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