Webinar: How Elected Leaders and Economic Developers Can Work Together for Cities

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On May 24, the National League of Cities will join the International Economic Development Council in hosting an hour-long webinar on the ways these partnerships can advance local economic goals.

This is a guest post by Jeff Finkle, President and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  

Good jobs, fair taxes, and community health; these goals reflect the promises many elected leaders have made to their constituents. But how will these goals be accomplished? One key person in your community who can help to bring these promises to reality is an economic development professional.

Economic developers exist at every level of government: city, county, regional, and state. The International Economic Development Council is the premier organization offering support, certification and research for this group of professionals as they champion programs that seek to improve the economic well-being of communities by creating and retaining jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base.

Creating these programs requires support from every facet of the community, and especially from elected officials. Elected officials can support the design and implementation of public policies, raise awareness of key issues and solutions, provide the right level of resources, and help develop and communicate a common economic vision.

The support of local elected leaders is a critical factor in successful economic development. To put it simply, neither economic developers nor elected leaders will generate optimal economic results without the other.

Want proof of the dynamic results of economic development and elected leader partnerships? Next week, the National League of Cities will join the International Economic Development Council in hosting an hour-long webinar to explore these important relationships. Join us on Tuesday, May 24, from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT for “Tales from the Trenches: Elected Leaders and Economic Developers Working Together.” During this webinar, you’ll hear about successful partnerships from economic developers and elected leaders such as:

  • St. Charles, Missouri, Mayor Sally Faith, who will share how her city has upgraded their infrastructure, including adding mixed use corridors, improving parking and public service facilities, and spearheading a $63 million renovation of the Blanchette Bridge
  • Chief Executive Officer and President of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce in Beaumont, Texas, and Silsbee, Texas, former Mayor Regina Lindsey, who will share how she has worked with her local elected leaders to shape an economic development strategic plan that includes business retention, expansion, and attraction, including from foreign markets

During the webinar, our speakers will explain how elected officials can become partners in communicating your economic vision, tactics for keeping elected officials aware of trends and changes in your community and beyond, and how to engage elected officials in seeking resources including grants from state, federal and foundation sources.

The hour-long webinar is designed to benefit both economic developers and elected leaders, as well as their staff, their peers in city hall, and their colleagues at partner economic development organizations. There is no cost, and the speakers and representatives of NLC and IEDC will be available for your questions afterward. Register here for a candid, informative discussion of the ways these partnerships can benefit your city.

jeffinkleAbout the Author: As President and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Jeff Finkle is a recognized leader and authority on economic development.