There is always something exciting going on at Golden Shovel Agency! Sign up for one of our free expert webinars to keep tabs on the latest trends in economic development or meet up with us in person at the next conference.

We have team members that attend and speak at state and national Economic Development conferences to stay current on best practices and to network with site selectors. Some of the conferences we’ve recently attended include:


  • California (CALED)
  • Idaho (IEDA)
  • Illinois (IRAC)
  • Iowa (PDI)
  • Kansas (KEDA)
  • Minnesota (EDAM)
  • Montana (MEDA)
  • Nebraska (NEDA)
  • North Dakota (EDND)
  • Ohio (OEDA)
  • South Dakota (GOED)
  • Texas (TEDC)
  • Utah (UAED)
  • Wisconsin (WEDA)
  • Wyoming (WEDA)


  • APPA - American Public Power Association
  • IEDC - International Economic Development Council
  • IEDC - Leadership Summit
  • MAEDC - Mid America Economic Development Council
  • NADO - National Association of Development Organizations
  • NREDA - National Rural Economic Developers Association
  • SEDC - Southeast Economic Development Council
  • UEDA - Utility Economic Development Association


Small Town, Big Messaging: Part 1

01/20/20222:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Rest assured: small towns and rural communities have become getaways and even permanent homes for those who chose to relocate during the pandemic. How do we convince the rest o...

10 Key Trends for Economic Development Websites 2022

01/26/20221:30 PM - 2:30 PM

What are the top ED website trends heading in 2022? Will your organization be up to date, or will you fall behind? Join GIS Planning VP of Marketing, Alissa Sklar, Ph.D...

Workforce Development Strategies

01/27/2022 9:00 AM - 01/28/2022 5:00 PM

Skilled workers are the backbone of a productive and efficient economy and a critical decision point in today’s business location decisions. This versatile course explains the essential relationship between economi...

IEDC 2022 Leadership Summit

01/30/2022 - 02/01/2022

The 2022 Leadership Summit will focus on strengthening our communities, attracting new industries and advancing equitable economic growth. Join hundreds of economic development professionals and step boldly into the futur...


Economic Development Academy

02/08/2022 - 01/11/2022

This Economic Development Academy (EDA) meets the Entrepreneurship-led Economic Development certification requirements for the Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies Course and Business Retention and Expansion Course. Courses can b...

Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies Course

02/08/2022 11:00 AM - 02/09/2022 5:30 PM

Explore the core aspects of entrepreneurial and small business development. In this course, you will learn the financial and managerial tools economic developers use to create a climate that encourage...

Business Retention and Expansion

02/10/2022 11:00 AM - 02/11/2022 5:30 PM

This interactive course presents the core components of a BRE program and why the concerns of local businesses need to be actively addressed. By building an understanding of business visitatio...

Understanding Workforce Shortages & How Communities Are Building Their Talent Pipeline

02/10/20221:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join Bethany Quinn and Ron Kresha, Golden Shovel's VP of Strategy and COO, as they present the best practices in workforce attraction and development from throughout the country. We wil...

CEcD Exam Essentials Workshop

02/15/20222:30 PM - 4:00 PM

The CEcD Exam Essentials workshop will provide attendees with a complete overview of the Certified Economic Developer exam process and provide you with tools and techniques that can be use...

Strategies for Creative Financing

02/17/20222:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Needing that extra push on how to make ends meet? A creative finance approach entails tapping into existing resources, such as public financing programs, revolving loan funds, and business financin...

Economic Development Credit Analysis

02/23/2022 - 02/25/2022

This hands-on course presents business financing tools and available private financing options, as well as how the public sector can complement bank financing. Course participants will perform credit analysis b...