CEDAS Academy Webinar Series

Economic Development Strategy Tapas Webinar Series2016-2017 Economic Development TAPAS Strategy Series

In the Spanish world, “tapas ” are small, flavorful dishes eaten with others to encourage conversation and sharing. The “tapas” webinar series takes a broad look at foundational economic development strategies and serves up several community based examples in a “small plate” format. This means you’ll hear a summary of what’s worked, and what hasn’t and pickup ideas to try out in your community straight from other leaders and local professionals. CEDAS Academy-ED Strategy Series is a web-based educational learning series developed by UConn Extension in collaboration with the Connecticut Economic Development Association and the Connecticut Economic Research Center. Join us for this series to: Learn about timely, relevant economic development issues and strategies, get a taste of best practices and community successes from other practitioners and community leaders, access local resources relevant to your community

Thursday December 15, 2016 11 am- 12 pm
Farming Opportunities: Food Systems Strategies for Economic Development

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Speakers:

  • Northwest Connecticut Food Hub Feasibility Study  Jocelyn Ayer – Community & Economic Development Director, NW Hills Council of Governments
  • Shellfisheries and Economic Development – Emily Stengel- Deputy Director, Greenwave

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Thursday February 16, 2017 11am – 12 pm
Innovations in Workforce Development

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Speakers:

  • Overview of the Workforce in Connecticut – Patrick Flaherty, Assistant Director of Research and Information, Office of Research and Information Connecticut Department of Labor
  • Eastern Connecticut Workforce Pipeline – Mark Hill Chief Operating Officer, Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
  • Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Inc. – Adrienne Farrar Houel, President & CEO, The Green Team; Park City Green; Next Chapter Books

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Thursday April 13, 2-17 11 am- 12 pm 

Activating third places: Maker and co-working spaces

Speakers:

  • SPARK Makerspace, New London – Hannah Gant Founding Member
  • BHive: Bridgeport – Marcella Kovak- Co owner of Founder / Partner at The Bananaland Co-Founder / Partner at B:Hive Bridgeport

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Thursday June 1, 2-17
Community Driven Business Retention & Expansion Programs

Speakers:

  • Michael Darger Business Expansion Community Economics Specialist,  Director, Business Retention & Expansion Program University of Minnesota Extension
  • Andre Garron, Extension Specialist, Regional Economic Development University of New Hampshire Extension and Ret Program (Invited)

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Thursday August 10, 2017 August
Entrepreneurship: Creating a culture of Innovation

  • Possible Working Cities winner – Holyoke MA invited
  • SBDC Ice House Program invited

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May 12, 2016 – Marketing Your Community for Economic Development.  11 am-12 pm

  • Access slides from this presentation here.  Webinar recording is available on request  info@cedas.org or to CEDAS members through the CEDAS member login.
  • Learn about the most important factors in community marketing, how site selection works, some “big ideas” and pitfalls in marketing your community for economic development.  The webinar will highlight concrete strategies to adapt and use in your own community.
  • About the speakers 
    Janet Ady, President & CEO, Ady Advantage
    Janet Ady is an experienced marketing strategist who knows how to reach expanding and relocating companies, talent, and stakeholders with compelling messages that promote business investment and growth. Janet’s passions are business-to-business marketing and economic development. As president of Ady Advantage, she has led marketing initiatives for a wide range of organizations. Ultimately, her work helps to strengthen existing businesses, enhance the quality of life, attract new and expanding businesses, and retain and attract talent. Janet’s background is in marketing research and strategy development. In that capacity, she has conducted over 2,500 in-depth qualitative interviews with business and technical decision-makers across a broad swath of businesses. Her knowledge of multiple industries allows her to provide value to individual businesses as well as communities and regions targeting specific sectors. She also brings an in-depth knowledge of the site selection process, especially in terms of understanding what factors are evaluated during each step along the decision-making process and how to optimally position places and develop compelling, differentiating messages. In this way, Ady Advantage brings both the science and the art to economic development marketing. Janet consults on many aspects of economic development marketing, including agribusiness strategies, rural economic development strategies, marketing planning, economic development branding, and websites. Janet authored The Rural Economic Development Toolbox in 2014 and regularly speaks and teaches on economic development business and marketing strategy.Andy Levine, President/Chief Creative Officer, Development Counsellors International (DCI)
    Andy joined DCI in 1991 and became DCI’s President in 1994. Under his leadership, the agency has grown to 50+ full-time individuals, the largest assembly of place-marketing professionals in the world. Andy is a frequent speaker on the topics of investment attraction and economic development marketing. Recent speaking engagements have included the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), the Association of University Research Parks (AURP), California Association of Local Economic Developers (CALED) and the Select USA Investment Summit. He authors a column for Forbes.com on the topic of place marketing and is the primary author of “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing,” a continuing survey of corporate executives with site selection responsibilities.