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June 2018

Economic Development Strategic Planning

June 14 - June 15

This highly interactive course lets participants work in small teams to help understand the complexity of strategic planning and its challenges. Economic developers must build consensus among board members, stakeholders and the community as a whole, creating a unified vision for the future. Learn techniques to build consensus among stakeholders who represent different values and interests. Also, participants will learn the quantitative techniques used to better understand their community including: location quotients, shift share, input-output and cluster analyses. Explore project…

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July 2018

2018 Chesapeake Basic Economic Development Course

July 23 @ 8:00 am - July 26 @ 5:00 pm

The Chesapeake Basic Economic Development Course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of economic development. The course is designed to prepare participants for the challenges they face in the practice of developing communities. The course will highlight the key aspects in an economic developer’s career: Managing Economic Development Offices Strategic Planning Ethics Business Retention & Expansion Finance for Economic Development Marketing & Business Attraction Neighborhood Revitalization (This section will be taught as part of the MEDA Summer Conference. Registration for the…

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November 2018

Managing Economic Development Organizations

November 8 - November 9

This advanced course will focus on the key principles and practices of professional management in economic development. It will define excellence in economic development and explain the fundamentals of managing for results, outcome-based performance, organizational assessment, stakeholder identification, vision and mission scope, organizational culture and more. Also, participants will learn how to engage their board or council, staff and community stakeholders, constituents, and customers to achieve results in job creation, tax-base stabilization and community growth and development. Since EDOs differ…

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