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June 22, 2017

Building Small Communities’ Economic Resilience through Marketing and Business Recruitment

Date: Thursday, June 22
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm ET

Are your rural region’s strengths being marketed effectively for business recruitment? Attracting new businesses is a key element of many communities’ economic development programs, but there are more and less effective ways to go about it. No matter the size of your staff, budget or community, strategies exist that can be implemented to either bolster or begin effective business recruitment. Join IEDC to learn how to grow your rural economy through impactful community marketing.

Attend this webinar to learn:

• Proven tips and strategies for community marketing and business recruitment
• How to maximize your time and resources in marketing and recruitment
• Ideas and examples of successful recruitment from small communities

 

Date: June 22, 2017

July 20, 2017

Staying on the Ready: Strategies for Communities Welcoming Evacuees

Date: Thursday, July 20
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm ET

A storm is a brewing and communities in nearby jurisdictions are being evacuated. Being along the evacuation route often means the relocation of evacuees to your community. Depending on the damages faced by the evacuated communities, your community and local businesses can be responsible for providing support services to these evacuees for an undefined period of time. Join us in July to learn strategies on how to best support evacuees while addressing the needs of the community’s citizens.

Attend this webinar to learn:

• The ways a community can support evacuees
• Strategies to balance the needs of the business community with those of the evacuees
• Integrate long-term evacuees into the community

 

Date: July 20, 2017

July 27, 2017

What’s Cooking? Niche Food Businesses, That’s What!

Date: Thursday, July 27
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm ET

Niche foods are trending. Why? Because American palates are becoming more adventurous and demanding, leading to new business opportunities for farmers, gardeners, home cooks, bakers and others. Yet budding niche food entrepreneurs need help figuring out how to turn their hobbies into businesses. Helping them start and grow a profitable business operation enables them to serve the local community, export beyond the region, provide jobs, generate wealth and increase the overall quality of life. Discover how your community can leverage all the benefits that come along with niche foods.

Again a plateful of information about:

• How to assess your community’s potential to support a food industry cluster
• Essential elements of programs geared toward supporting food entrepreneurs
• How to other communities’ successes can inform your own strategies

 

Date: July 27, 2017

August 15, 2017

Leveraging Transportation Routes for New Opportunities in Rural Areas

Date: Tuesday, August 15
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm ET

The ability to move goods and people in, out and around a community is a key ingredient of its economic success. Highways, rail lines, airports and ports are assets frequently examined by firms looking for new locations to establish operations. How can your region best enhance, market and leverage these critical connections to available land, workers and suppliers? This webinar will examine how to get the most out of your transportation assets to grow your industrial base.

Attend this webinar to learn how to:

• Effectively market transportation assets to business location consultants and corporate real estate directors
• Develop and connect your community’s narrative around workforce, land and regional assets to transportation networks
• Capture opportunities around new transportation routes, trends and technologies

 

Date: August 15, 2017

August 24, 2017

Reinvigorating Downtown: Strategies to Drive Traffic Post-Disaster

Date: Thursday, August 24
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm ET

Downtown is the heart of many communities. It is the local gathering spot, the place to shop local, and the place to be part of the community. When a disaster strikes downtown, citizens can feel disconnected or lost. Returning downtown into a thriving center of activity is an essential part of the recovery. Come along with us in August as IEDC explores the ins and outs of rebuilding post-disaster and driving traffic into impacted downtowns.

Attend this webinar to learn how to:

• What to consider when rebuilding downtown
• How to create an inviting atmosphere for locals and visitors to downtown
• How communities have been successful at creating a thriving downtown post-disaster

 

Date: August 24, 2017

September 14, 2017

Retail Boomtowns: Creating an Atmosphere for Retail Attraction

Date: Thursday, September 14
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm ET

In a rural region, a thriving retail sector is a phenomenal asset, bringing in both people and tax revenues. Though many national retailers gravitate towards larger cities, with the right strategies, small communities also can earn their attention and investment. Discover how your community can lay the groundwork for retail attraction and creatively tell its story to gain the interest of local, regional and national firms, growing both employment opportunities and the tax base.

Attend this webinar to learn how to:

• Use data and visuals to tell your community’s retail story
• Create programs to encourage local and regional retailers to open stores
• Learn how other small communities have become retail hubs and identify replicable strategies

 

Date: September 14, 2017