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December 2007:Regional Strategies,Local Action, Global Success• EDA’s 2007 Symposia: Regional Conversations on Key Topics in 21st Century Economic Development
• Unlocking Rural Competitiveness: The Role of Regional Clusters
• Industry-Driven Leadership Is Vital for Rural Communities

Summer 2007:EDA’s Excellence in Economic Development 2007 Award Winners• The Five New Realities of Economic Development in the 21st Century

Spring 2007:The Power of Information: Using Data to Create and Refine Your Economic Development Strategy • How a Dose of Data Reality Can Enhance Your Region’s Competitive Positioning
• Fiscal Impact Analysis Creates a Win-Win for Projects and Communities
• Economic Gardening: Using Information to Help Your Entrepreneurs Grow
• Using Location Intelligence to Attract Retail to Underserved Areas
• Targeting a Portfolio of Clusters
• Quantifying the Creative Economy
• Economic Developer “Dinosaurs” Vs. Fast Internet Information
• Your Regional Knowledge Economy Strategy: Is it Succeeding?
• “We Have the Site, But We Need the Workforce!”

Winter 2007:Growing and Keeping your Region’s Businesses• Putting the Business Back in Business Retention
• SmartBusiness – the Smart Way to Help Halifax Businesses
• Relationship-Building and Business Retention: The Community Call Blitz Program
• Making the Most of Statewide Business Retention, Expansion, and Modernization Efforts
• Chicago’s New Direction: Leading the Race to the Top in Global High-Performance Manufacturing
• Five “Musts” for Business Incubator Success
• Growing and Keeping Your Region’s College-Educated Workers
• Learning to Learn: What to Do Different in the New Modern World
• Competing in a Global Age: New Skills for Our Nation’s Students
• Business Retention on a Budget: Billings’ BEAR Program Leverages Volunteers

Fall 2006: The Economic Developer’s Toolkit • Business Retention: Helping Companies Compete in a Global Economy
• Predicting Corporate Behavior: Why Companies Relocate or Expand
• Economic Development Targeting: Laying a Sound Foundation for Your Strategy Plan
• A City’s Tools for Downtown Development: Much More Than Money
• Building the Ideal Financing Toolbox
• Clawbacks in Economic Development: Policies and Practices
• Community Colleges: The Economic Developer’s Workforce Partner
• Using a Balanced Scorecard to Measure Your Economic Development Strategy
• Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) Summary of Requirements

Summer 2006: EDA’s Excellence in Economic Development 2006 Award Winners Excellence in:
• Economic Adjustment Strategies: The City of Pueblo Rebuilds Its Economic Base
• Technology-Led Economic Development: North Dakota State University Research & Technology Park
• Enhancing Regional Competitiveness: Yielding Positive Results in Southwestern Pennsylvania
• Community and Faith-based Social Entrepreneurship: St. Patrick Center Programs Build Permanent, Positive Change
• Rural Economic Development: Yuba-Sutter EDC
• Innovation: Kentucky’s Technology Transformation
• Urban or Suburban Econoic Development: Tinley Park Builds on 35-Year Plan for Success

Spring 2006: Global Gateways• Helping States Encourage Exporting
• Building Businesses on the Border: The Bi-National Sustainability Laboratory As an Engine of Economic Change
• Trade Adjustment Assistance: Helping Firms Compete in the Global Economy
• World Trade Centers: Gateways to the Global Marketplace
• The U.S. – Mexico Border: Integrated Economies
• A Sea Change in Ocean Shipping
• Intermodal Opportunities in Appalachia
• America’s Dependence on Flight-by-Night Operators: The Underappreciated Role of Air Cargo in the U.S. Economy
• Making Charlotte an International City

Winter 2006: Rural Entrepreneurship and Innovative Leadership
• President Bush’s 2007 Budget Request for EDA: Good News for Rural America
• A Framework for Developing Rural Entrepreneurship
• Supporting Rural Entrepreneurship: What Can States Do? What Should They Do?
• Jack Schultz: A Man with 7 1/2 Keys to Small Town Success
• The HomeTown Competitiveness Initiative
• Incorporating Entrepreneurship into North Carolina’s Economic Development Infrastructure
• Entrepreneurship on Tribal Lands
• Innovation Commercialization in a Rural Region: The Case of Greater Johnstown, Pennsylvania
• Kentucky Leadership Program Coaches Entrepreneurs
• Wyoming Business Camp Encourages Youth to Make Their Own Jobs

Fall 2005: Building a 21st Century World-Class Workforce
• Talent Development Is a Key Ingredient for Economic Development
• What Economic Developers Should Know About Workforce Development and Community Colleges
• Workforce Development: A Region’s Key Business Retention and Expansion Tool
• New Governance Structures for Aligning Local Economic and Workforce Development
• Putting Inner Cities To Work
• The Career Readiness Certificate – An Idea Whose Time Has Come
• Manufacturing Skills Certification: A New Fast Track for Regional Innovation
• Preparing Middle and High School Students for Careers in Science and Health
• Help Wanted: Smyth County, Virginia

Summer 2005: Report of the Strengthening America’s Communities Advisory Committee
• EDA Responds to the Gulf Coast
• Rising to the Challenge
• Executive Summary
• The Committee’s Charge and Process
• A Challenge for the 21st Century
• Findings, Guiding Principles, and Recommendations
• Leadership in Action
• Advisory Committee Members

Spring 2005: Communities in Transition
• BRAC – The Denver Experience
• Rural Sourcing, Inc.: Bringing High Tech Jobs to Rural America
• Revitalizing Brownfields: New Benefits from Old Sites
• Kalamazoo’s Economic Revitalization
• Broadband Access in Rural Areas
• Georgia Communities Bounce Back
• National Leadership Through Regional Cooperation: Tennessee Valley Comes Together to Create Jobs of the Future
• Using Department of Energy Assets for Community Benefit
• Enterprise Facilitation: Growing Entrepreneurs One Contact at a Time

Winter 2005: The Marriage of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Building Innovation-Driven Regional Economies in Small and Mid-Sized Metro Centers
• Creating Systems for Entrepreneur Support
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Rural America
• Kentucky’s Rural Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program: An In-Depth Look at How It Works
• The Importance of Networks and Capacity Building in Technology Transfer and Commercialization
• Best Practices in University Technology Transfer
• A 21st Century Model for Engineering Education
• Turning the Corner: Trends in Angel Investing
• Growing Ohio’s High Performance Economy
• Replanting the Economic Forest in Northeast Ohio


May 3–5, 2009
Southeast Workforce and Economic
Development Conference; Atlanta,
GA [Website]
May 3–5, 2009
National Conference on Corporate
Community Investment (BCLC),
Chicago, IL [Website]
May 5–7, 2009
CDFA’s Annual Development
Finance Summit, Pittsburgh, PA
June 1-4, 2009
2009 IEDC Technology-Led
Economic Development Conference
and IASP World Conference on
Science and Technology Parks; The
Research Triangle Park, NC
June 1–3, 2009
NARC 43nd Annual Conference and
Exhibition, Denver, CO [Website]
June 2–5, 2009
Council for Community and
Economic Research (C2ER) 49th
Annual Conference, Kansas City,
MO [Website]
August 29–September 01,
NADO’s 2009 Annual Training
Conference, Chicago, IL [Website]



The problem small- and mid-sized regions face is not
simply a lack of venture capital – equity financing once a
firm has a product and is near going public or other otherwise
exiting – but a paucity of risk equity capital needed
prior to when more traditional venture capital is available.
Smart regions are finding solutions to this private sector
funding gap, generally referred to as pre-seed to seed funding,
through angel funds, private placement expertise, tax
credits and other approaches. Angel networks are an important
way to build private-public partnerships. In other cases,
attracting a fund focused on small- to medium-sized regions
is an avenue in which to focus, as Peoria has done. In other
instances, the formation of a regional fund focused at this
early stage has made a significant difference, as happened in
Innovation-driven economies increasingly will need to
help create privately managed risk pools that build on a track
record of successful entrepreneurs – pools with sufficient
funds to syndicate deals with the national venture funds that
are still focused predominantly on investments on the coasts.
Adjusting their economic tool kits to make equity investments,
for example, to address leasehold improvement
financing for wet labs, some states and regions purchase
insurance, others offer tax credits, and some take equity for
the improvements.
Getting Started: Lessons for Smaller Metro Regions
in Building Innovation Economies
What finally makes a difference in a region or community’s
success is having local champions and leaders with a plan for
the implementation tasks of catalyzing, brokering and connecting
– day-to-day hard work.

[ . . . ]

Small- and mid-sized metropolitan regions can take
advantage of their technology, talent and capital resources to
build innovation-driven regional economies for the future.
Leadership, a hard-nosed willingness to identify and address
gaps, and an implementation plan are critical to these
regions’ success in encouraging entrepreneurship, technology
commercialization, talent retention and attraction, and
wealth generation. In contrast to the history of American
regions of the past – built on what they were given in terms
of natural resources, waterways, and related factors – future
regional development can be positively affected by what a
community does to create its own innovation base. ★ ★ ★



(also covers making technology transfers from university research – there are some better sources and avenues for this information – will post it later.)