03 Oct 2013








IEDC Sessions You Don't Want To Miss

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.

The GIS Planning team is very excited to be attending next week's International Economic Development Council's annual conference in Philadelphia, PA, as well as the pre-conference training starting today. Be sure to come and see us at our booth in the Exhibitor's Hall (#400/402) starting Sunday at noon!  We know you wouldn't want to miss these exciting sessions, so make a note on your calendars now and we look forward to seeing you there.


Moneyball Economic Development. Sunday, October 6th, from 3:45-5:15 p.m. in Salon F. 

Presenters: Anatalio Ubalde, Russell Riblett, Mark Hays. Moderator: Alissa Sklar. 

How do you beat competitors that have more money and big name talent? Billy Beane's famous Moneyball data strategy lead the A's baseball team to beat bigger and supposedly better teams. How can you beat all of your competition with an economic development Moneyball strategy? And how do you help your local businesses make smarter decisions than their competitors? By breaking the rules, tossing out ineffective tradition, and using big data to set your organization on the path to taking your unfair competitive advantage to crush competitors. Learn how to play to win.


Taking the Mystery Out of Best Places Rankings. Monday, October 7th, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Salon CD.

Presenters: Kurt Badenhausen, Scott Cohn. Moderator: Dariel Y. Curren.

A CNBC senior correspondent and Forbes Magazine editor give an inside look at annual "Best Places for Business" rankings. Learn more about their research methods, ranking process and what - if anything - cities, states and countries can do to make a difference in their ranking and coverage by the media.


Disrupt or Die: Economic Development Innovation. Tuesday, October 8th, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Salon F.

Presenters: Anatalio Ubalde. Moderator: Alissa Sklar.

Do economic development organizations even know what innovation is? Some do. Innovation is the creation value for customers but it is often confused with best practices or simply being different. If you are really committed to breakthrough success, being an innovative organization is your only option. EDOs that lack cutting-edge thinking will die. This talk discusses the confusion, barriers, and paths to innovation. Case studies from economic development are used to show how new and inventive ideas are rejected or accepted. Learn how to thrive through innovation.


Data Unleashed: Tools for Success. Wednesday, October 9th, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Salon F.

Presenters: Maggie McCullough, Eric Simundza. Moderator: Moira M. Baylson.
Which free data tools can help your community to make more informed decisions, and which are already helping to fast track economic recovery efforts in different settings? This session will explore how communities can turn existing information into valuable resources for economic development leaders, city officials, entrepreneurs, and the general public. Learn more about the creation of specific data instruments, including a free mapping tool developed through a partnership between the City of Philadelphia, The Reinvestment Fund, and the University of Pennsylvania that compares arts and culture activity alongside various civic and demographic information.


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