Principals Andy Coe & Mark Bergethon are looking forward to starting the 2016 conference season off by exhibiting at this year’s IEDC Leadership Summit. According to the conference website, “We’ll discuss the latest trends and hot topics for our profession and challenge leaders to think anew about the meaning of resiliency. We’ll also explore the partnerships communities must develop, the latest techniques to improve EDO performance, and your leadership role in achieving economic growth. With a focus on economic equity, a prepared workforce, the built and natural environment and fully optimized EDOs using technology, this Summit will demonstrate what can be achieved under visionary leadership.”

We are especially excited to see that “exploring partnerships” will be one of the main focuses of this year’s Leadership Summit. One of the recent editions of ED Now, an economic development magazine published by IEDC, included the article “Ten Tips for Effective Community Partnerships,” written by Convergent Principal Andy Coe. In the article, Andy discusses how, “Economic development organizations increasingly are joining forces with like-minded organizations to tackle complex economic issues. Nurturing collaboration with community partners helps stimulate job creation, economic development, and build community capacity and leadership.”

The article identifies key questions that economic developers should ask to help determine what conditions will support or inhibit a collaborative effort, examines the successful partnership work being driven by Jacksonville Onslow Economic Development in North Carolina, as well as provides readers with 10 tips for success. This article is exclusively available to IEDC members, and is accessible via this link. If you would like to discuss any of the points made in the article with Andy further, he’d love to set up a time to chat with you during the conference. Simply contact him at to do so.

For more information on this year’s Leadership Summit, please visit the conference website.