the world's largest professional organization for economic development
practitioners. With more than 5,000 members across the United States, as well
as Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and other nations. IEDC works
to help economic developers do their jobs more effectively, and to raise the
profile of the profession. IEDC succeeds when our members create more
high-quality jobs, develop more vibrant communities, and generally improve the
quality of life in their regions. To that end, IEDC provides information on
trends and best practices, networking opportunities, professional development
courses and numerous other services. IEDC provides the education and
testing for those members wishing to be certified in the professional by
receiving their “CEcD” designation.
the conference convened, Executive Director Ketteman attended a continuing
education course on Workforce Development Strategies. These types
continuing education courses are required to maintain the professional
certification status. The highlight of the course was the “real life”
case study with the attendees from St. Mary’s, Alaska. The class broke up
into 6 groups, each group tasked with a real life issue currently being
addressed by this impoverished area.
the conference, Mr. Ketteman attended break out session covering various topics
including: Turning Around Contentious Projects, Ask the Corporate Real
Estate Directors, Innovative Retail Strategies for Challenging Urban
Environments, Intersection of Food and Economic Development and Championing
Economic Development. Mr. Ketteman also took part in a guided
walking tour of downtown Atlanta sponsored by “Downtown Atlanta”.
The tour included stops at several new developments, a visit with the developer
of new co-working space, a ride on the downtown streetcar, as well as a visit
to the offices of “Invest Atlanta”. '
always a learning experience attending IEDC events, visiting with peers from
across the globe and sharing ideas during the break out sessions” said Mr.
Ketteman, “and the City of Atlanta really rolled out the red carpet for