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2019

OU EDI Spring 2019 Institute

Laith Wardi will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana in late April to take part in OU EDI's Spring 2019 Economic Development Institute. Laith will be presenting for OU EDI PLUS on Global Economic Trends. This presentation is slated for Monday, April 29th. For more information, go to OU EDI.

Louisiana BR&E Training

Laith Wardi will travel to Hammond, Louisiana in early April to conduct a two-day, intensive business retention and expansion training course for the Louisiana Industrial Development Executive Association (LIDEA). This training is part of the Certified Louisiana Economic Development Program and is sponsored by Southeastern Louisiana University in conjunction with LIDEA. For more information, go to LIDEA's website. We're looking forward to seeing our old friends in the state and meeting new ones.

EDCO Webinar Series

Laith Wardi will conduct a four-part "lunch and learn" webinar series, Disruptive Technologies & Economic Development, for the Economic Developers Council of Ontario. This series will explore trends in Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Drones and much more…and how these emerging technologies impact our private sector and ultimately will change our economic development profession. The series will begin in March and run through early May of 2019. For more information, go to EDCO's website.

British Columbia EDA Annual Conference

Laith Wardi will travel to Richmond, British Columbia in early March for BCEDA BC Economic Summit. He'll be part of a North American panel discussion on best practices BR&E. The annual in British Columbia is always a great session with excellent take-a-ways. For more information, go to BCEDA's website.

C2ER Webinar

Laith Wardi, CEcD, will participate in an upcoming webinar, How Do Economic Development Researchers Use CRM Systems, for the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CERC) and Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER). The webinar is scheduled for February 28th at 3:00pm ET. Information will be forthcoming on C2ER's Website.

IEDC Session in Baltimore

Laith Wardi and Erik Collins, Director of Montgomery County Ohio's Economic Development Department, will conduct a two-day BR&E certification session for the International Economic Development Council on February 26 and 27th in Baltimore, Maryland. This session will cover everything from the basics to topics like multi-layered touch points, social media and even disaster recovery. Laith Wardi of ExecutivePulse has been providing BR&E certification training for IEDC since 1995. For more information on this training session and other IEDC offering please go to IEDC Online.

Springfield Missouri MOmentum Conference

Laith Wardi will travel to Springfield, Missouri in February to present the keynote for their regional MOmentum State of the Workforce Conference. He'll explore workforce realities and remedies in this age of talent scarcity. Go to MOmentum's website for more information.

2018

OUEDI On Line BR&E Course

Laith Wardi will instruct for OUEDI's eight-week online course for business retention and expansion. The course will begin November 11, 2018 and conclude on January 7th, 2019. The course features great reading and video content as well as weekly conference calls and visits with industry leading experts. Looks like another full class!

OUEDI BR&E Session

Laith Wardi will travel to New Orleans on November 5th and 6th to present Global Technology Trends Impacting Economic Development for Oklahoma University's Economic Development Institute (OUEDI) PLUS. While in the Big Easy, he'll conduct an intensive two-day BR&E training session for OUEDI.

IEDC Session in Toronto

Laith Wardi and Dale Wheeldon, from British Columbia's Economic Development Association, will conduct a two-day BR&E certification session for the International Economic Development Council on October 18 and 19. This session will cover everything from the basics to topics like multi-layered touch points, social media and disaster recovery.

IEDC Annual Conference in Atlanta

Laith Wardi will moderate a 90-minute session, "Reinventing BR&E in the Global Economy" during IEDC's Annual Conference in Atlanta. Panelists include Allison Larsen CEcD, Jenny Mizutowicz CEcD, Erik Collins and Dale Wheeldon. Should be a great session with a lot of pertinent takeaways and food for thought.

OEDI BR&E Session

Laith Wardi will travel to the Columbus Ohio region on September 20 and 21 to conduct an intensive two-day BR&E training session for the Ohio Economic Development Association. He'll be tag teaming with Erik Collins from Dayton Metro area.

IEDC in Denver

Laith Wardi and Erik Collins, Director of Montgomery County Ohio's Economic Development Department, will conduct a two-day BR&E certification session for the International Economic Development Council in Denver, CO on August 16th and 17th. Recovery. Should be a full house. We are looking forward to the session!

Arkansas Community Development Institute (CDI)

Laith Wardi presented two sessions for the Arkansas Community Development Institute on August 30th. The first session was "Understanding Local Economies" and the second session was "Business Retention and Expansion." CDI was held at the Central Arkansas Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center. This was our first time involved with CDI and what they are doing is truly impressive. Lots of professional students who are excited and engaged in the economic development profession!

Speaking of Universities and BR&E Training…

Laith Wardi will head to Jackson, TN on July 18th and 19th for a two-day BR&E training session sponsored by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services. This training is part of the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer training curriculum. Special thanks to Kim Denton, CEcD for including us in the mix again this year. This is another longstanding summer session for ExecutivePulse. It's always great being part of this training.

Auburn University Intensive Economic Development Training Course

Laith Wardi will conduct a morning training session on best practices BR&E at the Auburn University Intensive Economic Development Training Course on July 10th in Auburn, Alabama. We've been doing this training for many years and it's always a great experience. Special thanks to Dr. Joe Sumners and his entire staff for including us again in 2018!

Springfield MO MOmentum

Laith Wardi has been invited to return to Springfield, MO in early 2019 to present the keynote for their regional MOmentum State of the Workforce Conference. More details will be forthcoming as details are available.

British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA)

Laith Wardi will travel to British Columbia for a June 11th presentation at the British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) Annual Conference in Kelowna. BCEDA and many communities and regions across the Province use ExecutivePulse for their economic development CRM needs. Happy to be involved with BCEDA again this year!

City of Springfield, MO Department of Workforce Development

Laith Wardi will travel to Missouri to facilitate a workforce strategic planning session for the City of Springfield Department of Workforce Development on Wednesday, June 6th. The session will feature a presentation on technology trends that impact our private sector and how this ultimately alters the economic development equation. The balance of the day will be spent formulating a workforce plan for the Ozark Region.

OU EDI Business Retention Course

A new OU EDI Business Retention on line course begins on May 21st. Laith Wardi will be instructing this eight-week course for the fourth time. This OU EDI on line offering provides the opportunity for students to fully immerse themselves in all things BR&E.

Visit OU EDI for more information!

Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course

Laith Wardi will speak at the Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course on Monday, May 7th in Nashville. The course is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services/Institute for Public Service. Laith will kick the course off with an overview of emerging economic and workforce trends and then do a brief session on BR&E.

OU EDI Plus in Ft. Worth Texas

Laith Wardi will present on Global Technology Trends Impacting Economic Development at OUEDI Plus in Ft. Worth on Monday, April 30th.

Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) 2018

Laith Wardi, CEcD, will participate in a panel discussion on business retention and expansion at EDCO's 2018 conference in Toronto on Tuesday, February 6th. The session--Decoding the Art and Science of Supporting Your Existing Business--will be moderated by Stephen Morris, Team Lead for Economic Development at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). The session also features Chris Lau, Manager of Disruptive Technologies Unit at OMAFRA. Thanks to Stephen for including us in this session!

IEDC Session in Las Vegas

Laith Wardi and Erik Collins, Director of Montgomery County Ohio's Economic Development Department, will conduct a two-day BR&E certification session for the International Economic Development Council on January 25th and 26th. They'll be joined by Dale Wheeldon, Director of British Columbia's Economic Development Association, on Friday to discuss Disaster Recovery. Looking forward to the session!

2017

New Clients

Let's dispel the notion that people are in "shut down mode" after Halloween each year as they prepare for the holidays. We've been extremely busy with new and existing client work over the past few months. This hasn't slowed down--even during December. We want to acknowledge a number of new ExecutivePulse CRM clients including Cheyenne LEADs and Goshen County in Wyoming, Red Deer Alberta, the JEDISO region of Ohio, Merced County California, League City Texas, Longmont Colorado and Norfolk County Ontario. Most of these new customers switched from other economic development CRM systems.

IEDC Business Retention and Expansion Webinar

Laith Wardi, CEcD, will be participating in IEDC's Business Retention and Expansion Webinar--It's All About Relationships: Trends in Supporting Your Existing Businesses--on Tuesday, December 12th from 2:30-4:00pm ET. Laith will be sharing presentation duties with Melinda Goforth and Jennifer Graves, CEcD, for this session. Contact IEDC at webinar@iedconline.org to sign up for more information.

New Modules, Features and Enhancements

ExecutivePulse is releasing 14 major modules, features and enhancements to our CRM System in early December 2017. Contact our management or technical staff for details on these significant updates to our CRM System.

Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth

Laith Wardi will conduct a one-day business retention & expansion session for Ohio's Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG). This training will focus on general business retention and global trends as well as outreach skills.

IEDC Session in Atlanta

Laith Wardi and Erik Collins will conduct a two-day BR&E certification session for the International Economic Development Council on November 2nd and 3rd at Georgia Tech. We've trained at Georgia Tech's Conference Center many times before. They offer a state-of-the-art training venue and great support for the BR&E course. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) BR&E Training

Laith Wardi will join Erik Collins in Dublin, Ohio for a two-day BR&E training session on October 26 and 27. The session will be held at Ohio University's Integrated Educational Center. This session is sponsored by the Ohio Economic Development Association in conjunction with JobsOhio and Ohio University.

Auburn University BR&E Session

Laith Wardi, CEcD, will conduct a business retention and expansion training session for the Economic & Community Development Institute at Auburn University on July 12th. ExecutivePulse has a longstanding relationship with the Economic & Community Development Institute. We appreciate the opportunity to do this training session each year for them.

Powhatan Virginia BR&E Sessions

Laith Wardi will be in Powhatan, Virginia the week of June 26th for a few days of business retention training and mentoring work. ExecutivePulse is working with Liz Povar and the folks at The RiverLink Group. The BR&E component is part of a comprehensive new framework for community, economic and workforce development in this Virginia county being developed by RiverLink. ExecutivePulse is providing ongoing consulting services as Powhatan adopts a new, more systematic and sustainable business retention program.

New Clients

Alberta communities, Devon and Lac La Biche, have recently adopted ExecutivePulse for their CRM needs. In North Carolina, we are working with The City of Raleigh and Transylvania County. We are also working with new clients in Ashland County Ohio, Lebanon Tennessee, Queen Anne's County Maryland, Rosenberg Texas, Luzerne County Pennsylvania, Sumter County Florida and Nipawin Saskatchewan.

BusinessFirst! Session

Laith Wardi will conduct presentations on global trends and best-practices business retention and expansion for economic development and workforce stakeholders in the Dayton, Ohio market area. ExecutivePulse has worked with Erik Collins and the BusinessFirst! business retention and expansion program in that region of Ohio since 2000. It's always great to see our friends in the dynamic Miami Valley region. The session is scheduled for Monday, June 5th at their new Montgomery County Business Solutions Center.

Webinar for Dubuque Iowa

Laith Wardi will conduct a webinar for economic developers in the Dubuque, Iowa regional market area on global technology trends and best practices in business retention & expansion. The two-hour session will be offered on Monday, May 22nd. This session is sponsored by the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA). Special thanks to Holly McPherson and her team for the invitation and all the help!

New Clients

We're happy to announce two new clients in the Grand Canyon State. The Tucson metro area and Prescott Valley have both adopted ExecutivePulse for their database technology needs. These are very different markets areas--each with unique needs for a CRM. They join other Arizona communities from Buckeye to Yuma that are using the ExecutivePulse.

Tennessee

Laith Wardi will be doing both the keynote kickoff and a two-hour BR&E session for the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS) on May 8th in Nashville. Happy to be involved with UTCIS and visiting with the great folks in Tennessee in early May.

IEDC Session in New Mexico

Laith Wardi will once again team up with Erik Collins, Economic Development Manager for Montgomery County Ohio, for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) BR&E Session on May 4th and 5th in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We've updated course content to reflect emerging global technology and workforce trends as well as new approaches to BR&E. Look forward to a great session with our friends in the Southwest US and beyond.

Tennessee

Laith Wardi conducted a two-day BR&E session for the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services on March 20th and 21st outside of Memphis. Great session with state, regional and local professionals from around the state. Special thanks to Kim Denton and the folks at UTCIS for including us in the session and all of their support! Laith will be back in Tennessee in early May doing a keynote and BR&E overview for their basic course in Nashville.

Louisiana

Laith Wardi conducted a two-day BR&E session for Louisiana's Industrial Development Executives Association (LIDEA) at Southeastern Louisiana University in on March 14th and 15th. Great group of state, regional and local economic developers from around the state made for an excellent class. Special thanks to Ed Bee and Scot Byrd for the third opportunity to work with LIDEA.

OUEDI BR&E Course

Laith Wardi is instructing his third on line BR&E class for Oklahoma University's Economic Development Institute. This eight-week course offers a great mix of professional content--from IEDC, customized video case studies and other best practice examples from across North America. Best of all, students learn a lot from each over the two-month course. We also feature "virtual field trip" with industry experts on topics like Disaster Recovery and Workforce Development. This is the first of two offerings in 2017. For more information on OUEDI and their business retention offering, please visit them on the web.

IEDC Session in Jacksonville, Florida

Laith Wardi will do tag team BR&E instruction with Erik Collins, Economic Development Manager for Montgomery County Ohio, for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) on January 26th and 27th in Jacksonville, Florida. This is the first BR&E session for 2017. There will be two additional sessions--Albuquerque in May and Atlanta in November. As always, course content will reflect relevant global economic trends as well as new information on retention and expansion. We look forward to this two-day course and seeing everyone there! This session is held in conjunction with IEDC's Leadership Summit.

2016

IEDC Session in Madison, Wisconsin

Laith Wardi will do tag team BR&E instruction with Erik Collins, Economic Development Manager for Montgomery County Ohio, for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) on October 13 and 14, 2016 in Madison Wisconsin. This is the fourth session Wardi has conducted for IEDC this year and the third for Collins. As always, we have updated course content to reflect relevant global economic trends as well as new information on retention and expansion. We look forward to this two-day course and seeing everyone there!

New Clients

2016 has been an extremely busy year for us. Here's a partial list of new clients. Bend Oregon, Birmingham Alabama Region, Boone County Indiana, Fuquay-Varina North Carolina, Gallup New Mexico, Gillett Wyoming, Loveland Colorado, Mason County Colorado, Philadelphia Regional Workforce Investment Board, Saratoga County New York, Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, Solano County, California, Tallahassee Florida and Yarmouth Maine. In addition, we are doing a lot of new and interesting projects with our existing customers.

Solano California

Laith Wardi will meet with economic development and workforce development professionals from the Solano California metro area as part of their implementation of the ExecutivePulse CRM platform. This trip is slated for latter October 2016. We are working with our friends at Chabin Concepts on this great project. Special thanks to Audrey Taylor from Chabin for her help with this project.

Hermosillo, Sonora Mexico

Laith Wardi will conduct a two-day FDI Aftercare session for public and private sector stakeholders in Sonora, Mexico in early September. The session will explore the commonalities and differences between traditional BRE and Aftercare. The session will provide officials in Sonora with a sustainable framework for growing firms after FDI.

New York State BR&E Session

Laith Wardi will travel to Albany on June 21st to conduct a session on best practices business retention and expansion for the state's Economic Development Council (NYEDC). Thanks to Rob Camoin for the invitation.

IEDC Session in Vancouver, British Columbia

Laith Wardi will conduct a two-day BR&E training session with Dale Wheeldon, President of the Province's Economic Development Association. This training session, scheduled for June 15th and 16th, is part of the International Economic Development Council's (IEDC's) professional certification program. Because so many communities and regions in the Province of British Columbia use the ExecutivePulse 2016 CRM, we'll be doing a technology refresher and preview of new features and functions of the CRM on June 14th--a day before IEDC's retention and expansion session.

Tennessee

Laith Wardi will do two speaking sessions for the Tennessee Economic Development Council on May 2nd. During the first session. he'll explore trends in economic development. The second session will focus on BR&E basics. This is the third time ExecutivePulse has worked with the folks at the Tennessee Economic Development Council. The session will be held in Nashville.

IEDC BR&E Training

Laith Wardi and Erik Collins will provide business retention and expansion certification training for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) the 14th and 15th of April in Lansing Michigan. This training is co-sponsored by the Michigan Economic Developer Association (MEDA). Look forward to this two-day training session and seeing everyone there!

New Clients

The latter part of 2015 was very busy for us. The trend continues in 2016. A number of new communities from both Canada and the United States have adopted ExecutivePulse for their economic development efforts. Here are some examples: From metro Ontario, Canada we welcome the Cities of Barrie and North Bay! From Texas, we welcome the Cities of Addison and Murphy as well as Bastrop County! In Washington State, we welcome the Cities of Issaquah and Renton! In Georgia, we welcome City of Marietta! In Ohio, we welcome Richland County! In Virginia, we welcome Goochland County!

IEDC Business Retention & Expansion Class

Laith Wardi and Erik Collins from Montgomery Ohio will offer tag team instruction for IEDC's business retention and expansion class in Baltimore, Maryland on February 25 and 26th. For more information, visit IEDC Online.

2015

IEDC Business Retention and Expansion Training

Erik Collins and Laith Wardi conducted a two-day business retention and expansion training session for IEDC in Denver on August 20th and 21st. We had a full house of smart and actively engaged economic developers from across North America. You made the class fly by. This was a truly enjoyable learning and sharing environment. Thanks for a great two days!

Business Retention and Expansion in Montana

It was great seeing old friends and meeting new ones during the half day business retention and expansion training session in Flathead County Montana on August 18th. The session was sponsored by the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce and included key local, regional and state stakeholders. This market area is doing some great things and they certainly have a cohesive economic development team.

Business Retention Session for Auburn University

On July 8th, Laith Wardi will do a two-hour session on business retention and expansion as part of Auburn University's Intensive Economic Development Training Course. This is the second time ExecutivePulse has presented for this event.

OU EDI

ExecutivePulse is pleased to announce that Laith Wardi will serve as Program Coordinator for OU-EDI's online professional development class on business retention and expansion. This eight-week distance learning course begins in June 2015. For more information on the course, visit OU EDI.

They'd Rather Switch Than Fight

What do economic developers in places like Eugene Oregon, Santa Rosa Florida and Vaughan Ontario have in common? They all switched from another BR&E technology system to the ExecutivePulse 2015 CRM. These market areas represent a major movement from another BR&E system to ExecutivePulse over the past few years. If you are tired of fighting with a one size fits all technology solution that doesn't work for your community or organization, contact us today. Our newest CRM provides for BR&E, Investment Attraction, Entrepreneurial Development, Workforce and much more.

BREI--Nova Scotia

Laith Wardi will demo and discuss the ExecutivePulse 2015 CRM at the Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) Annual Conference in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia on June 25th. The province of Nova Scotia has used ExecutivePulse for over a decade, but they recently overhauled their retention and expansion framework. This technology demo gives new practitioners across the province and any other interested conference attendees a chance to see database features, functions and navigation for themselves.

IEDC Business Retention and Expansion Training

Erik Collins, Economic Development Manager for Montgomery County Ohio, and Laith Wardi will travel to the Big Easy--New Orleans--to conduct a two-day session on business retention and expansion for the International Economic Development Council. The session is being held on May 21st and 22nd at the Hilton New Orleans. Sessions for IEDC are always well attended and well received! Hope to see you there!

TadZo Consulting Blog

We are featured in Allison Larsen's blog on her Tadzo Consulting website. Go to TadZo Blog for the complete interview. A sincere thank you to Allison for the interest and blog article!

Economic Developers Alberta Annual Conference

ExecutivePulse principal, Laith Wardi, will conduct an in-depth CRM training session as part of the Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Annual Conference. This year's conference will be held from April 8-10 at the Delta Kananaskis Lodge. Wardi and a number of seasoned Provincial users will explore both basic and advanced features of the ExecutivePulse 2015 CRM. This CRM has been customized and deployed specifically for EDA and their communities throughout the Province of Alberta. Aside from Alberta, ExecutivePulse is actively working with the Provinces of British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

IEDC BR&E Session-Tempe, Arizona

Laith Wardi and Erik Collins, Director of Economic Development for Montgomery County Ohio, conducted a two-day business retention and expansion training session for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) February 5th and 6th. We had the pleasure of meeting over 80 attendees from all over North America. Great group! Thanks for your feedback and interest in the session. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and interacting with everyone in the class.

2014

Appalachian Power Company Webinar

Laith Wardi will conduct a 90-minute webinar session, Reinventing and Reinvigorating Business Retention and Expansion, for Appalachian Power Company and their economic development and business allies on November 18th at 10am. The webinar will dissect global economic changes and how they ultimately impact economic development as a whole and, specifically, BR&E. The session will provide rationale for a new, multi-layered approach to BR&E that goes well beyond the traditional model of annual surveys. The session will focus on BR&E as a driver to deliver return on investment and bottom line value to private sector business constituents. The session will also provide a framework and clear path forward for success of the participants. The session is free to members of their stakeholder network. For details, go to AEPED's website.

Business Retention and Expansion Training

We'll be in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on November 13th and 14th to conduct business retention and expansion training for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Coincidentally, ExecutivePulse provides CRM technology to many parts of the Tar Heel State to include the Research Triangle region. See you there!

IEDC Annual Conference in Ft. Worth

ExecutivePulse is a longstanding Chairman's Club sponsor of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). This year, we'll be at their Annual Conference in Ft. Worth, TX. There is a lot going on! Please visit us at booth 500 to see our newest CRM and mobile app. See technology in action during our session, CRM Technology for Economic Development, on Monday, October 20 from 1:45 to 3:15. Plan to attend our panel discussion, Using Business Retention to Prepare for and Mitigate Disasters, on Tuesday, October 21 from 2:15 to 3:45. See you there!

Business Retention and Expansion Training

ExecutivePulse principal, Laith Wardi, and Erik Collins from Montgomery County Ohio provided certified business retention and expansion training for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) on August 21st and 22nd. The session was held in Indianapolis. Coincidentally, the Indy Chamber and affiliated organizations are now using the ExecutivePulse 2014 CRM for business retention, investment attraction and workforce needs.

All New CRM and Mobile Apps

We are pleased to formally release an all-new responsive design CRM system for ALL ExecutivePulse clients across North America. This new site works seamlessly with personal computers, tablets and smart phones. It provides a full CRM experience, regardless of what device is being used. The CRM also has a number of great new features and functions

In addition to the new responsive design CRM, we have also released all-new mobile apps for Apple, Android, Microsoft and even Kindle devices. The mobile app provides a lighter version of the full CRM that is optimized nicely for both tablets and smart phones. This download is available at all major app stores and is free!

Alabama

ExecutivePulse President, Laith Wardi, will do a business retention and expansion training session at Auburn University on July 16th. This session is sponsored by the University's Economic & Community Development Institute-ECDI. This is the second time in 2014 ExecutivePulse has been in Alabama doing speaking and training on business retention and expansion. Laith Wardi was in Birmingham in early February doing a session for the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA). We look forward to seeing our friends there next month.

Miami Valley Ohio

ExecutivePulse President, Laith Wardi, is scheduled to speak on new developments and best practices in business retention on July 10th. This session is being sponsored by The Dayton Development Coalition in conjunction with the region's BusinessFirst! business retention program. ExecutivePulse has a relationship with the Dayton metro area dating back to 2000. The region's BusinessFirst! initiative is considered a model business retention and expansion program--not only for Ohio, but globally.

New Clients

We are happy to announce three new clients that, we feel, represent the diversity of our customers. The Coweta County, Georgia Development Authority will use ExecutivePulse both for existing industry and business recruitment work in that dynamic part of the state. The Indianapolis, Indiana Chamber will use ExecutivePulse for business retention, business recruitment, entrepreneurial development and workforce development in Marion County. ExecutivePulse currently works throughout the Hoosier State and we are pleased to have the opportunity to work in this world class community. Finally, Alaska's Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development will use ExecutivePulse for an ambitious, coordinated business retention and expansion initiative that will impact all urban and rural areas of that state. Stay tuned for periodic updates on new clients.

British Columbia Economic Development Association

ExecutivePulse President, Laith Wardi, will conduct two breakout sessions during the British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) Annual Conference in Vancouver on June 10th. The first session will focus on ExecutivePulse CRM technology that is being used across the Province for their successful BC BusinessCounts business retention and expansion program. The second session will focus on best practices business retention and expansion tips and techniques. ExecutivePulse is currently working with the Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan in Canada on diverse economic development initiatives.

New BRE.GURU site!

We have launched an all new site, BRE.guru. As the name implies, the site is focused solely on business retention and expansion. Feel free to visit the new website. When you do, be sure to go the Spotlight article from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Greater Halifax Partnership has been doing systematic business retention and expansion for over a decade. They provide some great cause and effect case studies on programs, policies and strategies that have emanated from their Smart Business Program.

Business Retention and Expansion Training Course

ExecutivePulse President, Laith Wardi, and Montgomery County Ohio Director of Community and Economic Development, Erik Collins, will be in Atlanta Georgia on April 24th and 25th to conduct a business retention and expansion training course for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). This year's two-day session will again be held at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. This business retention and expansion course meets the professional development requirements for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam. Visit IEDC Online for more information.

Economic Developers Alberta

ExecutivePulse President, Laith Wardi, will speak at the Economic Developers Alberta Annual Conference at the Delta Kananaskis Lodge near Calgary on April 9th. Economic Developers Alberta acquired the provincial license for the ExecutivePulse 6.0 CRM in latter 2013. This technology is the foundation of their Alberta Business Counts business retention and expansion program. Alberta Business Counts is modeled after similar business retention & expansion initiatives in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Laith will demonstrate the ExecutivePulse 6.0 CRM during a 90-minute session. We hope to see all of our existing Alberta clients and any interested persons there!

More on Pennsylvania PREP

In March, ExecutivePulse President, Laith Wardi, will travel to three regions in Pennsylvania as part of a statewide CRM deployment for their Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) initiative. Deployment and training will take place in the Lehigh Valley, South Central and Southeast regions of the Commonwealth. Laith will be joined by Neil Fowler, Director of Pennsylvania's Office of Innovation and Investment, and Carolyn Lengel, PREP Manager. This training represents the final stage of initial CRM deployment in Pennsylvania.

Economic Development Association of Alabama

ExecutivePulse President, Laith Wardi, is scheduled to present on business retention and expansion for the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) on February 4th. A special thank you to Warren Hicks, Tennessee Valley Authority's Project Manager for Alabama, for all of his help and patience. This speaking engagement was originally slated for last year, but bad winter weather forced a last-minute cancellation. We are looking forward to visiting Alabama in 2014.

Pennsylvania PREP

In January, ExecutivePulse President, Laith Wardi, will travel to three regions in Pennsylvania as part of a statewide CRM deployment for their Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) initiative. Deployment and training will take place in the Central, Northeast and Northern Tier regions of the Commonwealth. Laith will be joined by Neil Fowler, Director of Pennsylvania's Office of Innovation and Investment, and Carolyn Lengel, PREP Manager. The North Central, Northwest, Southern Alleghenies and Southwest Regions have already been deployed. Stay tuned for more news from Pennsylvania!