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Opportunity for All: Strategies for Inclusive Economic Development

  • 13 Dec 2016
  • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Webinar

"Opportunity for All: Strategies for Inclusive Economic Development" was one of the most popular sessions from the recent 2016 IEDC Annual Conference. Missed the event? Now you can hear in-depth information about the research findings, including insights from the case studies. You'll walk away with inspiration and ideas on how to cultivate an inclusive economy in your community. 

In this webinar you will learn: 

- Why more people aren't prospering, in the midst of an economic expansion 
- What these trends mean for economic developers 
- Why economic opportunity matters 
- What economic developers can do to encourage opportunity for all 

Date: December 13, 2016

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: December 13 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on December 12

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Friday, December 2

Questions? Please contact


Allison J.H. Thompson, CEcD, EDFP 
Director of Economic Development and Tourism 
City of Cedar Hill 
Cedar Hill, TX 

Allison Thompson has been in economic development for over 17 years and has worked with the City of Cedar Hill, Texas since April of 2007. Currently she is Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the City as well as Executive Director for the Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation. Allison has earned professional certifications from both the International Economic Development Council (CEcD) and the National Development Council (EDFP). A graduate of the Economic Development Institute of the University of Oklahoma (OU/EDI), she also holds an MA in Urban Affairs from the University of Texas of Arlington and a BS in Criminal Justice from Texas Christian University. Ms. Thompson sits on the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council and is the current Chair of the Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP). See full bio

Michael A. Finney 
President and CEO 
Community Ventures Resources Inc. 
Ann Arbor, MI 

Michael A. Finney is an entrepreneurial executive with an extensive track record of success in leading private sector and non-profit organizations. Mike recently founded Community Ventures Resources, Inc. (CVR), where he serves as President and CEO. CVR is a "social impact" consulting team that assists communities with development and execution of strategic plans designed to create a pathway out of poverty for populations who are disconnected from employment resources. Prior to his current role, Mike served Governor Rick Snyder as Senior Advisor for Economic Growth and President & CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). His responsibilities at MEDC included serving as Governor Rick Snyder's Economic Growth Group Executive and as President and Chairman of the Michigan Strategic Fund. Under Mike's leadership, the MEDC moved to the forefront of U.S. economic development organizations with innovative new initiatives, including Pure Michigan Business Connect, Community Ventures, and the revitalized "Pure Michigan" tourism campaign and Michigan Export programs. See full bio

Dennis G. Coleman, CEcD, FM, HLM 
Co-Founder and President 
Community and Economic Development Solutions 
St. Louis, MO 

Denny Coleman recently retired as CEO of St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. Since 1982, Coleman has overseen a multitude of economic development initiatives that have earned St. Louis national recognition for outstanding progress in the areas of community revitalization, business development and job creation. Prior to the Economic Development Partnership, Coleman was Director of Development for both St. Louis County and St. Louis City and managed neighborhood, housing, and economic development efforts. He also served as Vice President for Community Development at Mercantile Bank (now U.S. Bank) when the bank's community development corporation received the National Fair Housing Award and a Private Sector Initiatives Award from the White House. Mr. Coleman is a past chairman of the board of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). See full bio

Take full advantage of the webinar experience: 

Read up before the event - download the paper today. 

IEDC Members download EDRP papers for free. Visit the EDRP Publications page to download this publication. 

Non-Members may request a hard copy for $75. Visit the IEDC bookstore now. 

Don't delay. This is one of the last webinars of 2016 on a trending topic in the profession. Register now for a great learning opportunity from the comfort of your home or office. 

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