Trusted Economic Development Partners
International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind.
Economic developers promote economic well-being and a higher quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs. Climbing employment rates facilitate growth, enhance wealth, and provide a stable tax base.
From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members engage in a full spectrum of economic development initiatives. Given the breadth of work, the IEDC is composed of members employed in a wide variety of entities including, but not limited to: local, state, provincial, and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, and universities.
Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute (OU EDI)
With more than 50 years of experience providing industry professionals with up-to-date knowledge and the tools necessary to succeed in today’s continually changing environment, the OU Economic Development Institute (EDI) is the premier economic-development program in the nation. The OU EDI experience is designed to immediately impact a participant’s professional career by providing comprehensive courses that align with International Economic Development Council (IEDC) manuals and educating participants as to the latest trends in economic development.
OU EDI has trained more top economic development professionals than any other organization. OU’s economic development certificate program is an international educational experience that offers participants from around the world an outstanding level of flexibility in creating course schedules that integrate online and traditional courses.
The British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA)
The British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) is the leading professional association of economic development practitioners in the Province of BC. BCEDA currently has over 420 members from communities throughout the Province. BCEDA provides services that help member communities grow and expand new and existing businesses, attract new business investments, and work towards strategic infrastructure investment, land use planning, and community enhancement.
Economic Developers Alberta (EDA)
Economic developers provide valued expertise that is integral to fostering an economically prosperous, diverse, sustainable Alberta. EDA provides leadership to advance economic development as a profession; enhance the professional development of its members; and support Alberta communities in fostering sustainable community economic prosperity. Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is Alberta's leading economic development network. For almost 45 years, we have been committed to advancing the economic development profession by providing resources, professional development and networking opportunities. As a non-profit organization, we are governed by a volunteer board of directors that represent the interests of our membership.
Barber Business Advisors
Barber Business Advisors (BBA) provides expert counsel to public agencies that are striving to improve their community’s business climate and to private companies that are looking to move or expand their operations.
BBA impacts people's lives for the better by offering economic development organizations an innovative suite of services designed to make communities more attractive to businesses. They also provide companies with a site selection process that creates cost efficiencies and minimizes risk by connecting them to the optimal location for future operations.
Chabin Concepts is an economic development and marketing firm with over 200 clients in 25 states. Their toolbox includes corporate location assessment, strategic roadmaps marketing tools, and stakeholder consensus building. Chabin is known for creating realistic economic development roadmaps based on:
- Assets and opportunities of the community/region
- Involvement and consensus of key stakeholders
- Resources available (financial and human) to implement and manage a successful program
TadZO helps economic development teams shape the future of their communities. When you work with TadZO’s consultants, you’ll experience how compelling and engaging it is to be designing innovative solutions as a group. TadZo’s approach helps groups move quickly from chatter to matter. As a partner and trusted advisor, they offer:
- Community asset evaluation
- EDO assessment
- Event Design & Facilitation
- Group Empowerment
- Strategy development
- Target industry analysis
- Workshops & Speaking
The RiverLink Group
The RiverLink Group is a woman-owned, Virginia-based economic development consulting firm that serves clients at the local, regional, and state level. Their focus is the intersection of community development, workforce, higher education, and business development, where they deliver innovative professional and technical services.
Led by an economic development professional with over 30 years of local and state experience, The RiverLink Group aligns with preferred partners to provide customized and practical economic development solutions. Their capabilities focus on, but are not limited to:
- Business retention and growth
- Entrepreneurial system development
- Higher education partnerships
- Talent system development
- Economic and data analytics
- Group facilitation
- Strategic action planning
- Corporate intelligence