Mid-America EDC Webinars

UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

 

June 28, 2022 12:30-1:15 PM ET

2022 Best Practices Conference Overview

This month’s webinar will feature Horton Hobbs, Vice President of Economic Development at the Greater Springfield Chamber, as he provides an overview of the upcoming Best Practices Conference.  The 2022 Best Practices Conference, themed “Vibrancy Matters!”, will be held July 13-15, 2022 in Springfield, Ohio.  You will hear from Horton Hobbs about the various conference sessions and events/activities, as well as some background on the various facilities hosting the events in Springfield this year.  There will also be opportunities to ask questions. 

Big or small, vibrancy matters!  Plan to join us in Springfield, Ohio to learn how a Midwestern community is leveraging its assets to create vibrancy and sustainable economic growth.  Attendees will not only learn from the presenters and each other, but will leave with actionable ideas to build upon their own community’s assets.  Along with educational sessions, take advantage of interesting, unique tours, and - of course - enjoy multiple opportunities for networking and getting to know your fellow Midwest economic development professionals and stakeholders in economic development.  This is one conference you do not want to miss.

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PAST WEBINARS

 

 

May 25, 2022 12:30-1:30 PM ET

Groundbreaking Strategies to Solve the Housing Shortage in Your Community Webinar

A lack of entry-level housing could be the biggest thing preventing workers from moving to communities. Solving this challenge requires a comprehensive plan and more than a little creativity.

Bethany Quinn, VP Strategy & Content Development, spoke with economic developers and community leaders from throughout North America to compile best practices and strategies that have worked to spur housing development at the local level. These solutions are being presented in our latest whitepaper so that economic developers can be inspired and empowered to solve the housing crisis for their communities.

You won't find this collection of strategies and solutions anywhere else. They are diverse, actionable and proven.

Economic developers who attend this presentation and read the whitepaper will benefit from reviewing comprehensive housing strategies without needing to do the research.

Download the whitepaper here for more information:
https://www.goldenshovelagency.com/housing-shortages

 

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April 27, 2022 12:30-1:30 PM ET

Inclusive Economic Development:  Good for Growth, Good for Workforce, Good for Communities Webinar

Please join us as we revisit this interesting, relevant topic presented at the 2021 Competitiveness Conference in Chicago!  Recognizing the need for authentic collaboration to advance the economy, understand the impact of diversity in business, and improve opportunities for citizens, this panel will discuss how investments in community-driven strategies support diversity, equity and inclusion.
 

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March 23, 2022 12:30-1:30 PM ET

A New Lens for Cyber:  Exploring the Economics of Digital Risk and Readiness Webinar

Until recently, a breach or a hack affecting your organization may have seemed like a low-probability, high-impact risk that could be mitigated by cyber insurance alone. Now, organizations are forced to contend with the eventual inevitably of being impacted, and the “hardened” cyber insurance market may not be able to fully meet the needs of many organizations. Let’s explore how organizations can work to minimize damages and downtime, obtain appropriate insurance coverage, and understand their options when it comes to readiness. Specific topics include:

  • Digital Risk- What is it and how can you measure it?
  • The Dollarization Equation- How can you determine the potential economic impact of an event?
  • Readiness- How can you improve your cyber posture? How does cyber insurance fit into a larger picture of readiness?


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February 23, 2022 12:30-1:30 PM ET

Award-Winning Project Overview:  Greater Springfield Partnership Magnify Career Videos and Career TV Webinar

Join us for a project overview webinar of our 2021 Annual Award Winner in the Talent & Workforce Large Community Category! In November of 2020, the Greater Springfield Partnership launched a suite of talent retention programs and activities branded as “Magnify.” These include a series of 19 videos highlighting the 16 nationally recognized career clusters, internships and experiences with employers, and Career TV. Career TV allows the Partnership to deliver video content to each of the fourteen (14) public and private High Schools in Clark County remotely from their office. The “How It’s Made” style videos showcase information about local companies, products/services, employment and career opportunities, as well as education requirements and wage information.
 

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January 26, 2021 12:30-1:30 PM ET

Successfully Navigating the Dual Demands of Business + Talent Growth and Diversification Webinar

The biggest trend impacting economic development over the past ten years is the difficulty that companies have in being able to find qualified workforces.  This long-term trend is rooted in basic demographics – declining birth rates, increasing retirements, and related factors – which Ady Advantage outlined in depth during the Midwest Talent Strategies research and publications that we developed for MAEDC members in 2019.  Fast forward two years: despite COVID, qualified talent is still in short supply for many industrial, professional, scientific and technical companies.  In this session, you will learn:

  • What the implications are for midwestern EDOs
  • How to position your community for continued success in a talent-gap world
  • The eight critical guidelines for addressing talent smartly
  • Insider perspectives of how the business development world is changing and what it means for EDOs
  • Examples and best practices from your peers

Note: This webinar is a repeat of a session presented live and in-person at the Mid-America EDC competitiveness conference in Chicago.  We received numerous requests for an encore for those who couldn’t attend in person, or those who did and want to hear it again.

 

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December 8, 2021 12:30-1:30 PM ET

Building the Rural Public-Private-Partnership to Attract Industrial Development Webinar

Industrial development is enjoying an economic renaissance driven by changing consumer demand for e-commerce and the potential for Back-shoring the American industry supply-chain, and the 60,000,000 rural Americans provide a strong industrial workforce base but global pressures for competitive sites demand the creation of Public-Private-Partnerships. Please join the Mid-America EDC webinar on Building the Rural Public-Private-Partnerships to Attract Industrial Development to learn from the experts at the Montrose Group about how to create opportunities for the attraction of high wage industrial jobs and billions in capital investment while providing an ROI for local governments and schools. Montrose Group is a national economic development consulting firm who works with dozens of rural communities and developers to create high-wage industrial jobs and capital investment. This webinar will provide an interesting and interactive discussion and help rural markets build a retention and attraction strategy for attracting new industrial investment.

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November 10, 2021 12:30-1:30 PM ET

What Site Selectors Want for Christmas:  An In-Depth Look at What Makes a Competitive Business Location Webinar

Join us to learn more about the 2021 top state business climates.

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September 22, 2021 12:30-1:30 PM ET

How Skills Data is Helping Jobseekers Webinar

By using skills data, communities can help people get back to work and guide them into in-demand jobs.  In this webinar, we'll dive into the report, From Likely to Aligned, and take a look at likely transitions currently being made by workers,  and how skills data reveals potential aligned transitions.  We'll also look at our new skills-based jobseeker tool.

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September 9, 2021 12:30-1:30 PM ET

State and Federal Child Care Funding:  What you need to know and how to access it for your community Webinar

For decades our communities and workforce have been negatively impacted by a lack of adequate supply of child care. Now, thanks to passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the child care sector will receive a total of more than $50 billion in direct relief funding. This new wave of funding provides a tremendous opportunity to stabilize child care providers. These funds can support providers who are currently operating or are closed for COVID-related reasons as well as cover a range of operational expenses.

View this webinar to learn more about the state and federal child care funding in your state and how this can support your local community and economy.

DOCUMENTS:  Child Care Relief Funding in the American Rescue Plan, ARP Federal Guidance, PDF of PowerPoint

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August 25, 2021 12:30-1:30 PM ET

Rural Technology Company Development and Attraction Webinar

The 60,000,000 Americans in rural communities face unique challenges and opportunities to develop a skilled workforce. Please join the Mid-America Economic Development Council webinar on Rural Technology Company Development and Attraction to learn from the experts at the Montrose Group about what strategies are working to create opportunities for the retention and attraction of high-tech and early stage companies in rural communities. Montrose Group, LLC is a national economic development consulting firm who has worked with dozens of rural communities and developers to foster growth and development through the use of smart planning and local, state and federal government tax incentives and public finance tools. Montrose Group, LLC also published a Rural Corporate Site Location Guide that provides strategies for companies to consider when looking for rural markets for their job creation and facility investment. This webinar will provide an interesting and interactive discussion and help rural markets build a retention and attraction strategy for high-tech and early-stage company development action plan.

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July 28, 2021 12:30-1:30 PM ET

The Challenges Facing Corporate Real Estate Leaders in a Post-Pandemic Environment Webinar

Economic Developers and Business Attraction specialists will benefit from a discussion by Vik Bangia, CEO of Verum Consulting, on the issues facing corporate real estate leaders as work-from-home and work-from-anywhere trends shape the future of the workplace. How do the trends impact your region's ability to attract business and talent?

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May 26, 2021 12:30-1:30 PM ET

Rural Workforce Development  Webinar

The 60,000,000 Americans in rural communities face unique challenges and opportunities to develop a skilled workforce. Please join the Mid-America Economic Development Council webinar on Rural Workforce Development to learn from the experts at the Montrose Group about what strategies are working to create opportunities for the retention and attraction of skilled workers aligned with in—demand occupations and high-wage jobs in rural communities. Montrose Group, LLC is a national economic development consulting firm that has worked with dozens of rural communities and developers to foster growth and development through the use of smart planning and local, state, and federal government tax incentives and public finance tools. Montrose Group, LLC also recently published a Rural Corporate Site Location Guide that provides strategies for companies to consider when looking for rural markets for their job creation and facility investment. This webinar will provide an interesting and interactive discussion and help rural markets build a workforce development action plan.

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April 28, 2021 12:30-1:30 PM ET

Tackle Talent Attraction Now Webinar

Remote work and migration have created increased opportunities for communities to attract talent.  Emsi's Data Specialist, Nathan Foss, will discuss how Emsi data can provide insights to better attract talent to your region post-COVID.

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March 24, 2021 12:30-1:30 PM ET

Mid-America EDC Digital Transformation of Economic Development Webinar

Digitally-enhanced economic development organizations are making traditional methods obsolete. The most out-of-touch economic development professionals are either unaware this is happening, in denial of the change, or becoming redundant. For economic development professionals who plan to remain relevant, this panel is for you. Join our presenters in identifying trends that simply cannot be ignored.

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February 24, 2021 12:30-1:30 PM ET

Mid-America EDC Rural Downtown Development Webinar - presented in partnership with The Montrose Group, LLC

The 60,000,000 Americans in rural communities face unique challenges and opportunities to develop their Downtowns. Please join the Mid-America Economic Development Council webinar on Rural Downtown Development to learn from the experts at the Montrose Group about what strategies are working to create opportunities for housing, commercial and retail investments in rural communities. The Montrose Group is a national economic development consulting firm who has worked with dozens of rural communities and developers to foster growth and development through the use of smart planning and local, state and federal government tax incentives and public finance tools. Montrose Group also recently published a Rural Corporate Site Location Guide that provides strategies for companies to consider when looking for rural markets for their job creation and facility investment. This webinar will provide an interesting and interactive discussion and help rural markets build a Downtown development action plan.

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January 26, 2021 12:30-1:30 PM ET

The Post-Coronavirus Mid-America & Rural Mainstreet Economies:  Opportunities and Threats Webinar

Creighton’s monthly surveys of manufacturers in nine Mid-America states, and of Bank CEOs in 10 Rural Mainstreet states, indicate that the economy of the mid-section of the nation is improving, but economic activity and employment remain below pre-Covid-19 levels.   Surveys point to a return to pre-Covid-19 economic levels in the second half of 2021.  What will the post-Covid-19 economy look like in terms of jobs, trade, inflation, interest rates, and economic growth?  Will the economic downturn and bounce back resemble a V, W, or a check mark?

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October 21, 2020 12:30-2:00 PM EDT

Winning Business Location Strategies Webinar

How do site selectors make business location recommendations?  What are the latest trends in site selection?  And what implications does this have for reaching site selectors and recruiting new businesses to your state, region, and community?  Learn the latest from Janet Ady and Ashley Scray from Ady Advantage, who will present findings from Mid-America EDC’s triennial survey of site selectors and Mid-America EDC members. This presentation was originally scheduled for the 2020 Best Practices conference; however, we are switching the format of this presentation to virtual so that we can provide these findings to members in a timely manner.

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September 9, 2020 12:30-1:30 PM EDT

The Essence of Place:  How to Placemake Anywhere Webinar

Learn examples of creative placemaking that can work in any size town or city from Kady Yellow.  Yellow is a placemaker focusing on the power of art, music and culture through bringing together people, places and programs as an effective process for economic development and downtown revitalization.

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August 26, 2020 12:30-1:30 PM EDT

From Impact to Recovery:  Strategies for Communities to Come Back Stronger from COVID-19 Webinar

While many news reports and analyses have focused on the economic devastation of COVID-19, communities are hard at work on recovery.  By leveraging skills data, job postings, and labor market information, communities can determine the best strategies to move forward.  Join Mid-America EDC and Emsi for ideas on how to support reemployment and prepare your workforce for a new economy.

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April 29, 2020 12:30-1:30 PM EDT

Understanding the Economic Disruption in Your Community Caused by COVID-19 Webinar

While some components of strategic plans and economic and workforce development strategies will still be in play, many organizations will need to assess the impact of COVID-19 on their community and make significant adjustments.  Emsi is pleased to partner with Mid-America EDC for a FREE webinar on understanding the various economic and labor market impacts of COVID-19. We will discuss how to assess and understand the disruption caused by the pandemic to essential and non-essential industries, use economic impact analysis to convey the magnitude of the crisis on businesses, and evaluate ways to pivot your workforce to resilient, in-demand fields.

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April 27, 2020 - 12:00-1:30 PM EDT

State Agency Leader Webinar: COVID-19 Perspectives/Responses Across the Mid-America EDC Region

This FREE webinar was hosted by the Leaders of economic develpment from States across the region to discuss their State's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and their plans for supporting local communities during the recovery.  Each state agency leader provided a short update followed by a Q&A. 

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April 22, 2020 - 12:00-1:30 PM EDT

Encore Webinar:  Impacts to Economic Development resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Mid-America EDC Board of Directors discussed the impacts to economic development resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic. This interactive free webinar was presented on April 3rd, and due to demand, was will presented again on April 22nd. This webinar was moderated and allowed for attendees to submit questions and answers via Chat.

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