Economic Development Webinars

Golden Shovel Agency economic development webinars are at the forefront of economic development trends and technologies. Participants can attend these online at no charge to strengthen their understanding of the latest key economic development principles to help deliver success for their communities.

Attendance is free, but registration is required to attend one of these current Golden Shovel Agency economic development webinars.

Upcoming Economic Development Webinars:


The Economic Development Benefits of Community EV Charging


Electric vehicle (EV) sales continue to rise year over year, and the average price of a light-duty vehicle in Q1 2024 was 9.0% lower than it was in Q1 2023. Communities, businesses, utilities, and residents across the U.S. are working to hit lofty targets, such as 56% of new vehicle sales being EVs by 2032. Hitting these targets not only has climate impact reduction benefits but also supports quieter and healthier communities with new tools to boost local business traffic.

Support and involvement from Cities, Chambers of Commerce, Utilities, and business owners in communities across the country are vital for hitting these targets and, just as importantly, effectively reaping the other benefits of electrifying the transportation sector.

This webinar is intended for economic development professionals working at the community level and will dive into the benefits and methods for building helpful, community-focused electric vehicle charging infrastructure. We will address a number of best practices and tools, including funding opportunities, for bringing EV charging to your area.

The webinar will be on July 24, 2024, at 11 AM CDT. You can attend at no charge, but space is limited, and registration is required. 

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Runways to Revenue: Unlocking the Economic Potential of Your Airport


Join us for an exclusive webinar, “Runways to Revenue: Unlocking the Economic Potential of Your  Airport,” presented by Ron Kresha, aviation enthusiast and CFO of Golden Shovel Agency. This insightful session will delve into the economic potential of general aviation airports and provide actionable strategies for leveraging these valuable assets to drive local and regional economic growth.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Economic Impact: Understand how general aviation contributes over $150 billion annually to the US economy and supports approximately 8 million jobs.
  • Community Engagement: Learn effective methods for increasing community involvement and dispelling common misconceptions about local airports.
  • Case Studies: Gain insights from successful airports like Chicago's DuPage Airport and innovative community engagement initiatives in Mason City, IA.
  • Funding and Regulation: Navigate the complexities of airport funding and regulatory frameworks to secure necessary resources for airport development.

Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your understanding of general aviation and unlock the economic benefits for your community. Register now and take the first step towards transforming your local airport into a thriving economic engine.

The webinar will be on July 31st, 2024, at 11 AM CDT. It is free to attend, so save your seat today!  

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Recorded Webinars

Access past recordings of Golden Shovel Agency’s economic development webinars on our YouTube channel. Or scroll through the list below to find the perfect information to meet your economic development needs today!