Webinars

Webinars

Webinars

Webinars

We've made a commitment to stay on top of economic development trends and technologies. We take that seriously. In that same spirit, Golden Shovel Agency frequently conducts online webinars.

Training Webinars

Golden Shovel's training webinars focus on best practices in using social media and the Economic gateway. Training webinars are led by GateKeeper representatives.

Expert Webinars

Expert webinars are a way to share the latest trends and technologies with you. We focus on current technologies and thought leaders so we can all learn from one another.

Join our upcoming free webinars!

"Lead Forensics: Giving Economic Developers the Data Advantage"

We will be pleased to have you joining us for a free webinar where you will learn why Lead Forensics is the lead generation tool that helps you fuel your sales outreach and grow your business.

What can Lead Forensics do for your organization?

Imagine if you could take control of your lead generation activity and convert sales-ready prospects, before your competitors even get close? Lead Forensics is the software that reveals the identity of your anonymous website visitors, and turns them into actionable sales-ready leads. In real-time.

Lead Forensics can tell you:

  • Who is visiting your website
  • Providing highly valuable contact information including telephone numbers and email addresses
  • And….insight into what each visitor has looked at, as well as where they came from.

Please register using the button below.

July 18, 2017 from 11:00am-12:00pm CST.  Click here to register!

 

"Business Retention & Expansion, The Foundation to All Economic Development Work"

In a 21-year career serving as the chief executive of a Main Street program, rural county economic development organization, and two metropolitan economic development organizations and chambers of commerce, Joe Raso used his Business Retention & Expansion program as the foundation for all his work. In that time, he discovered the four essential challenges all economic development staff and organizations face in their work:

  • Showing investors you and your organization are doing the work.
  • Using predictive and objective data from your existing companies to determine who to invest time and resources on.
  • Using existing industry data to show industry-attraction focused leaders the importance of investing first in your local companies.
  • Showing how strategic existing industry data can be used to drive your recruitment, workforce development, public policy and other programming areas.

In this presentation, Raso will explain each of these challenges and offer solutions you can implement immediately.

Joe Raso is President of Blane, Canada Ltd., a leading economic development management-advisory firm headquartered in the greater Chicago region. In 2016, Raso led the development of the nation's first analytical tool aimed at demand-driven workforce development from the perspective of human resource executives - known as Synchronist Talent. Prior to his work with Blane, Canada, he spent more than twenty-years providing executive leadership to four private non-profit economic development and chamber of commerce organizations in Colorado and Iowa. Raso’s organizations have received more than a dozen awards for business retention & expansion, targeted industry recruitment, marketing, workforce development and branding.

The webinar will be June 27th, 2017 at 10:00 - 11:00 AM CDT. Click here to register!

 

You can attend any or all of the above listed webinars at no charge, but space is limited and registration is required

 

Save your seat today!

The Golden Shovel Team.

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May 24, 2017

Expert Webinar: Organic Economic Development and Permitting Assistance
Each year more than half a million new businesses are formed. These new employers are a key element to creating strong communities, but often their first interface with local government relies upon the tools of a different era. Those tools are costing cities too much money, and too many opportunities. In this webinar, presented by Peter Koht, Co-Owner of OpenCounter, we’ll share statistics and case studies...

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Apr 26, 2017

Expert Webinar: What Your ED Board Needs to Know About That Cost-Benefit Report - Part 1
Cost-benefit reports are ubiquitous in economic development but their quality and relevance vary significantly. The lack of an industry standard concerning terminology and presentation contribute to widespread confusion and misinterpretation. In many cases a high-quality cost-benefit report will help all sides better understand the good and the bad of what may come with a planned project and bring to light issues requiring further study. However,...

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Apr 26, 2017

Expert Webinar: What Your ED Board Needs to Know About That Cost-Benefit Report - Part 2
Cost-benefit reports are ubiquitous in economic development but their quality and relevance vary significantly. The lack of an industry standard concerning terminology and presentation contribute to widespread confusion and misinterpretation. In many cases a high-quality cost-benefit report will help all sides better understand the good and the bad of what may come with a planned project and bring to light issues requiring further study. However,...

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Mar 29, 2017

Expert Webinar: Becoming an Age-Friendly Town, City and State
There are 10,000 baby-boomers retiring every day.  This demographic fact provides a great opportunity to help revitalize small towns and cities. Bring talent, experience, and income to your area by attracting retirees. How do you attract this asset to your community? How age friendly is your community? What are “encore adults” looking for in an age-friendly community? In this session, presented by Dean F. Whittaker, CEcD., President & CEO of...

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Feb 23, 2017

Expert Webinar: Retail as a Catalyst for Economic Development
This session will be for those seeking to understand and grow their community’s retail and restaurant businesses. Discover how retail today is a catalyst for economic development fostering a critical base to a vibrant community and strong workforce. Learn the consumer shopping trends that drive profits impacting real estate decision for opening and closing locations. Presenter Bio: This webinar was presented by Lacy Beasley, President & COO...

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Jan 17, 2017

Expert Webinar: A Disrupted Economy - Is Your Community Ready for Tech Disruptions?
Disruptive trends in technology are irrevocably changing economic development. Employment, supply chains, and social norms are all being impacted. Traditional models are no longer sufficient; our assumptions about what constitutes economic vitality must evolve. Every industry is adapting to respond to disruptive trends in technology. Economic development–as a profession–must show similar flexibility and a similar commitment to change. This webinar, presented by  Jon Roberts, Principal and...

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Nov 09, 2016

Expert Webinar: Revitalize Small-Town America by Focusing on the Future of Work
What incentives would you offer to a company that would create 50 jobs with an average pay of $80,000 a year? In this session, you would learn how to attract these workers without the incentives.  Dean Whittaker will be leading a discussion on how to attract the mobile workforce or "freelancers" to your community. Who are these workers and what makes them tick? Presenter Bio: Dean Whittaker is...

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Aug 24, 2016

Expert Webinar - Impact Analysis: A Tool for Building Support for Your Economic Development Deal
Effective communication is crucial when it comes to building support for your vision among local ED stakeholders. If the benefits of the project are seen as one-dimensional, you may only convince a portion of your audience, but if you are able to convey the benefits from multiple angles you can build broad support and receive less resistance from boards or city councils. Impact DataSource is an...

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Jul 28, 2016

Expert Webinar: How to Increase Your Success Securing Grants
Grant funding can play a significant role in project feasibility. Securing grant funding can be a bit tricky at times, but in this session, you will learn tips on how to find available grants, how to cultivate relationships with funders, and how to create a “dream” proposal that a program officer can hold up as a model for other grantseekers to emulate, rather than an...

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May 26, 2016

Expert Webinar: The Importance of Integrating CRM For Economic Developers About That Cost-Benefit Report
Implementing the fundamentals of CRM, or Customer Relation Management, is of critical importance for economic developers. CRM allows economic developers to track and manage potential projects over an extended period of time. In addition, it allows for the connection of various stakeholders including company executives, bankers, site selectors, and government officials to any specific project allowing you to quickly identify individuals associated with any project. Join...

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Apr 06, 2016

Expert Webinar: Best Practices for an Economic Development Website Award Winner
Websites are a critical public face for any economic development organization. Whether large or small, your organization needs to think strategically and as an economic development organization, your goal is to provide relevant information and resources to your target audiences, like site selectors and businesses, so they can make investment decisions. The right approach will maximize impact, inform target users and generate engagement. As you know,...

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