16 Oct 2014

Last minute tips for IEDC 2014

Alissa Sklar is the director of marketing for GIS Planning. She has extensive experience as a consultant, writer and educator in the fields of technology and communications. Dr. Sklar has a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts of Amherst, and has as worked closely with B2Bs and economic development agencies to assess, develop and implement social media strategies for business development.

Economic developers in TexasIEDC’s Annual Conference is a few days away and the GIS Planning team will be there. Be sure to stop by and visit us at booth #317 in the Exhibit Hall. This year we will have the usual collection of goodies, some all-new economic development t-shirts for your collection, and news about a brand new product (hint: ask us about our Intelligence Components!). Here are some last minute reminders if you are heading off to Fort Worth.

Sessions you won’t want to miss:

Master Class: LinkedIn for Economic Developers

Sunday, October 19th, Noon (Learning Lab A)

Alissa Sklar, Ph.D., director of marketing, will be speaking at a learning lab about LinkedIn, the popular professional networking tool. Are you getting the most out of this social media tool for business? Walk through practical ways to put this online tool to use for networking, lead generation and business intelligence. This session will focus on ways to optimize both personal and organizational LinkedIn profiles for business development. 


Not Silicon Valley: Entrepreneurship, Everywhere

Monday,  October 20th, 10:30am

Mark Hays, our SizeUp LBI national Sales Executive, will take part in a panel discussion on fostering entrepreneurial growth. “Not Silicon Valley: Entrepreneurship, Everywhere” will look at the key ingredients to generating new high-growth jobs and venture activity. You’ll hear new ideas on how to provide the right combination of assets and services to build a diverse entrepreneurial environment. Check the IEDC program online for session locations.

And hear are some of our last minute packing tips for the biggest economic development conference of the year:

1) Advil: There’s not a year that goes by that we don’t see somebody’s back go out from getting just a little too low on the dance floor during one of the nightly parties. We're not saying that’s going to be you, but be prepared for it.

2) Cowboy boots: While in Fort Worth, you might as well get in touch with your inner cowboy/girl!

3) Clothes, clothes, clothes, and shoes: During the course of the week there will be events that are casual, semi-casual, and formal. There will also be session rooms that are 35 degrees along with ones that are 95.  Clark Kent himself doesn’t have to change as often as the average IEDC participant. Come prepared!

4) An open mind: You’ll be surrounded by a lot of great ideas from both your peers and exhibitors.  Be open to change. “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” -Tony Robbins

5) Pocket money: Two free drink tickets is never enough...

6) If you remember NOTHING ELSE, remember to stop by booth 317 to say hello to the GIS Planning team and check out our cool new economic development t-shirts. (Also Advil, remember the Advil.)

See you in Fort Worth!


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