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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:

State

  • 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)

National

  • 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

May

Economic Development Week!

05/09/2021 - 05/15/2021

It's here! The 2021 Economic Development Week is May 9 - 15, 2021. Created by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2016, the goal of Economic Development Week is t...

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2021 Virtual Best Practices Conference

05/12/2021 - 05/13/2021

We hope you can join us for the 2021 Mid-America EDC Best Practices Conference! As Economic Development professionals, we are always telling the story of our communities, but what d...

NEW! Create online virtual tours for your city or free zone with ZoomTour

05/12/20218:00 PM - 9:00 PM

GIS Planning is proud to offer an overview of ZoomTour. These smart online tours are designed to be created by cities, regions or free zones on themes of their choice...

NEW! Create online virtual tours for your city or free zone with ZoomTour Photo
Ask Me Anything: Broadband Experts Take Your Questions

05/13/202111:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Access to reliable, affordable broadband internet is essential for communities to thrive in the 21st century. Yet for a range of reasons, many places still struggle to get service to thei...

Ask Me Anything: Broadband Experts Take Your Questions Photo
Three Ways IEDC Membership Can Benefit You

05/13/20212:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Have you been curious about becoming more involved with IEDC, but are not sure if membership is the right step for you and your organization? With over 5,000 members, IED...

Three Ways IEDC Membership Can Benefit You Photo
Accountability & Transparency in Incentive Programs

05/17/20218:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Tax incentive programs have come under major taxpayer scrutiny over the past few years, with resulting pressure for communities to be more predictable, transparent and accountable in offering incentives. Thi...

Accountability & Transparency in Incentive Programs Photo
Preparing for the State Small Business Credit Initiative

05/18/20212:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The American Rescue Plan Act will provide $10 billion to fund the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). This webinar will discuss the federal-state funding structure of SSBCI, recommendations fo...

Preparing for the State Small Business Credit Initiative Photo
Economic Development Finance Programs

05/19/2021 10:00 AM - 05/21/2021 4:30 PM

The core objective of this analytical course is to explain the financial tools used to stimulate private sector investment that results in the creation of permanent, private sector jobs, increase...

Economic Development Finance Programs Photo
Webinar: How to use virtual tours to support businesses, attract investment, and jumpstart tourism

05/19/202110:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Travel restrictions resulting from the pandemic mean economic developers, chambers, tourism and commercial brokers have to be a little more creative when it comes to showcasing the top features i...

Webinar: How to use virtual tours to support businesses, attract investment, and jumpstart tourism Photo
SBA Certifications: 8(a), HUBZone, and WOSV Informational Webinar

05/19/202111:30 AM - 1:30 PM

During this informational webinar, we review three of the certification programs within Federal contracting – the Woman-Owned Small Business Set-Aside Program, the HUBZone Program, and the 8(a) Business Development Program...

SBA Certifications: 8(a), HUBZone, and WOSV Informational Webinar Photo
Online Attraction for Shrinking Budgets

05/20/20211:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Online visibility and presence is more important now than ever; businesses, investors, visitors, and potential residents rely on accurate and user-friendly information found online to make important decisions. With tigh...

Online Attraction for Shrinking Budgets Photo
Environmental Racism and Sustainable Communities

05/24/20212:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Environmental racism has been an ongoing environmental, social, and economic challenge for communities across the country. Ensuring our communities have a safe, clean environment is crucial to the advancement an...

Environmental Racism and Sustainable Communities Photo
Environmental Racism and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Resiliency, Social Justice, and Equity

05/24/20213:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Environmental racism has been an ongoing environmental, social, and economic challenge for communities across the country. Ensuring our communities have a safe, clean environment is crucial to the advancement an...

Environmental Racism and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Resiliency, Social Justice, and Equity Photo
OEDI - Site Selection / Site Development

05/27/2021 8:00 AM - 05/28/2021 4:00 PM

OEDI - Site Selection / Site Development Photo

June

IEDC 2021 Economic Future Forum

06/06/2021 - 06/08/2021

The Economic Future Forum is a forward-looking conference that focuses on fostering regional innovation and economic transformation and equity in the new economy. The conference will explore industry trends an...

IEDC 2021 Economic Future Forum Photo
Diversifying the EDO Talent Pipeline

06/14/20212:00 PM - 3:30 PM

There is a lack of diversity within the economic development profession, which is reflected in the make-up of many economic development organizations. So, how do you create diversity within you...

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Recreation Nation

06/17/20211:30 PM - 3:00 PM

From sports parks to new trail connections, communities across the U.S. are making it easier and more attractive to get outdoors. Accounting for 2.1 percent of the GDP in 201...

Recreation Nation Photo
Foreign Direct Investment

06/28/20218:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is an integral part of an open and effective regional economic development system and can be a major catalyst to development. The practice of FDI ca...

Foreign Direct Investment Photo
The Services Desert and its Impact on Equity

06/28/20212:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Services deserts – from food to broadband to healthcare – have a great impact on equity in communities. For example, racial and economic disparities in food access remain a considerabl...

The Services Desert and its Impact on Equity Photo

July

On Talent Attraction

07/15/20211:30 PM - 3:00 PM

The definition of going to work has turned into working from home and working remotely. Communities around the country--and the world--have created incentive programs to promote talent attraction and retentio...

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Ohio's Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) Program

07/19/20218:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Ohio’s Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) program is the major state program that enables collaboration between municipalities and townships to encourage investment and job creation. Over the past few years...

Ohio's Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) Program Photo

August

It's Time to Update Your Strategic Plan

08/19/20211:30 PM - 3:00 PM

2020 brought massive disruption caused by public health, economic, and social justice events of historic proportions. These events have created a sense of urgency to foster change; how can w...

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