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Posted on: October 10, 2018

Forney EDC Director Attends International Development Council (IEDC) in Atlanta


IEDC is 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.  

Before 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.    

During 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”.   '

“It is 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 us”.  

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