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Community Colleges’ Roles in Economic Diversification


This trio of papers was developed to explore the various ways that community colleges aid the economic diversification of their service areas. The papers were developed in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, to support economic diversification efforts in communities in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee that have been affected by the changes in the coal industry. Community colleges’ roles are organized into three themes: “ [Read Full Post]

IEDC’s Heartfelt Condolences to Those Impacted by Recent Hurricanes & Tropical Storms


IEDC’s board of directors and staff send our heartfelt sympathies and prayers to those who are being impacted by the recent hurricanes and tropical storms, including Harvey, Irma, Maria, Jose and other catastrophic and unprecedented events. We also send our deepest condolences to those impacted by the west coast fires. We hope for a full recovery in all communities that are impacted. IEDC is committed to sharing resources that help communities build ... [Read Full Post]

Webinars for economic development in small and rural Communities that have faced disinvestment


This series of six webinars addressed top challenges faced by small and rural communities who had coal impacted economies and explored opportunities for these communities to build and diversify their economies. Click below to access the full webinar recording, as well as the presentations and the biographies of the speakers. Business Retention and Expansion Programs for Existing Businesses Marketing Strategies and Tactics ... [Read Full Post]

Webinar Recording: Maximizing the Use of Federal and State Tools for Economic Development


Take advantage of assistance readily available to you, while also learning how to influence and shape projects in your region. You’ll hear how to partner with regional, state and federal authorities to accomplish your goals. This webinar will show you how to use available technical assistance that can help you advance your objectives Click here to download the webinar recording [Read Full Post]

Webinar Recording: Preserving Our Stories – Opportunities for Heritage Tourism


Increasingly, visitors are looking to experience the history and heritage of a region. What great stories does your community have to tell? This webinar will reveal ways to partner in larger regional storytelling, and how to link your stories to a wider audience with technology. This webinar, held on March 15, 2017, is the fifth in the six-part mini-series of disaster-recovery webinars targeted to ... [Read Full Post]