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Webinar Recording: Dealing with Dilapidated and Abandoned Properties- Economic Development Best Practices


Every community has them – properties which used to shine but are now dilapidated, abandoned, or both. These eyesores can lower the value of surrounding properties and inhibit the ability of the community to attract new residents and businesses. Tune in to this webinar to learn how to turn a population decline into a new opportunity to attract and retain businesses. You will better ... [Read Full Post]

Webinar Recording: Rivers & Recreational Trails as Attractions for Tourism and Business Development


This webinar, held on February 15, 2017, is the third in the six-part mini-series of disaster-recovery webinars targeted to small, rural communities in coal-impacted communities. Rivers can be a destination in your community. In your downtown, they can add a new dimension to historic Main Street, enhancing its appeal for residents and visitors alike, and creating a better market that can attract new businesses. ... [Read Full Post]

Webinar Recording: Marketing Strategies and Tactics for Small and Rural Communities


This webinar, held on February 2, 2017, is the second in a six-part mini-series of disaster-recovery webinars targeted to small, rural communities in coal-impacted communities. Social media and online digital tools have helped level the playing field between urban and rural communities. Through technology and partnerships, rural communities can share their stories and attract investment, talent, and visitors. Three IEDC experts provided guidance on ... [Read Full Post]

Webinar Recording: Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Programs for Existing Businesses


This webinar, held on January 26, 2017, is the first of a six-part mini-series of disaster-recovery webinars targeted to small, rural communities in coal-impacted communities.  Three IEDC experts provided strategies on how to support your existing businesses through an economic crisis induced by industry contraction.  You will learn how to reach out to your businesses in an organized way, and with your limited resources. ... [Read Full Post]

Webinar Recording – Guiding Your Community Image and Brand Through A Disaster


On December 8, 2016 IEDC held  this webinar titled Guiding Your Community Image and Brand Through a Disaster. After a disaster, the images of destruction in your community can be powerful messages of the impact and demonstration of need for assistance in recovery. These images can also cause serious damage to a community image or brand, especially for areas that rely on tourism. If visitors, or even your neighbors, ... [Read Full Post]