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Leveraging Regional Strategies & Resources in Economic Development

  • 16 Mar 2017
  • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Webinar

Date: March 16, 2017

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

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

Registration Deadline: March 16 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on March 15

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Monday, March 6

Questions? Please contact


Linking together communities of all sizes is an important economic development strategy you can use to build critical mass through your marketing and more. By pooling the resources of surrounding regions, you can create a more substantial presence in your communication with businesses, states, and investors. Businesses tend not to see jurisdictional borders, but instead, look at locations from the perspective of markets, trading regions, infrastructure and other assets. Communities that fail to think on a broader scale are at risk of over-competing with their neighboring communities. During this webinar, you will explore the topic of regional cooperation and present findings from the newest paper of IEDC's Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP).

Explore the following:

  • Benefits and challenges associated with regional approaches to economic development
    Regional economic development best practices
    Case studies highlighting examples of successful regional economic development efforts


Cathy Chambers
S​enior ​V​ice ​P​resident​, Strategy & Business Development
JAXUSA Partnership ​
Jacksonville, FL​

Cathy Chambers is Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for the JAXUSA Partnership. Recently named as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers, Cathy has over 20 years of experience working for Chambers of Commerce, regional economic development organizations and city government. In her role with JAXUSA, Cathy recruits high-wage jobs and private capital investment to Northeast Florida.

Focused on growing the financial services industry, Cathy has helped recruit more than 10,000 jobs to Jacksonville, including projects with Deutsche Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Fidelity National Financial, Macquarie Group, Fidelity Investments and Adecco. Cathy also oversees the Partnership’s strategic planning, marketing and research initiatives and coordinates partner activities for the seven-county Northeast Florida region.

Cathy serves on several state and local Boards, including her role as chair of the Florida Economic Development Council. She also serves on the Enterprise Florida Board, Clay County Development Authority, Visit Jacksonville Board and is an Advisory Council member for the North Florida chapter of the Urban Land Institute.

Cathy holds a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration from Miami University (OH) and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Xavier University. She is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council and is an active member of CoreNet Global and the International Economic Development Council.

Amy J. Clickner, CEcD, CFRM
Lake Superior Community Partnership
Marquette, MI

Amy Clickner has worked for the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) since 1998, most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer. The LSCP, an AEDO, is a private-public partnership who fills the role of the countywide economic development organization.

Clickner is a graduate of Ferris State University, Northern Michigan University and became a CEcD in 2010. She is also a Certified Fundraising Manager through the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. In 2008, she was chosen and completed a year-long Ford Fellowship on Regional Sustainable Development. She writes a weekly column for the local newspaper, the Mining Journal, is an active Board member of the Michigan Economic Development Association, and is one of only 15 economic developers serving on the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Collaborative Development Council (CDC). The LSCP was appointed by MEDC President Mike Finney to be the lead agency in one of ten regions in the state due to the organizations proven expertise, resources and ability to collaborate in economic development.

Clickner has received several accolades for her efforts in economic development and within the community which included the Evergreen Award (formerly Athena), Michigan Economic Development Corporation Partner of the Yea, R.A.R.E Everyday Hero and the 2014 MEDA Medalist award.

W. Kurt Foreman
Executive Vice President, Economic Development
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Oklahoma City, OK

Kurt Foreman currently serves as head of the Economic Development Division at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, one of the nation’s largest and most successful chambers of commerce. Kurt and the Chamber’s 14-member economic development team focus on job creation and capital investment by attracting new businesses, growing and retaining existing businesses, supporting innovation and entrepreneurial development, and attracting destination retail businesses. He also has either CEO or senior staff level experience at local and regional economic development organizations in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Washington DC and Wisconsin.

In addition Kurt has worked as a site selection consultant and an executive recruiter with a leading international search firm.

Kurt relishes the opportunity to work with boards and volunteer committees. He developed an interest and passion for working with boards over many years as both an economic developer and community/church volunteer. He has direct experience working on board transformation, particularly in the context of merging economic development groups, and seen firsthand the benefits that come from having a well-organized and properly positioned board.

Kurt received his bachelor’s degree at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and his MBA from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Kurt and his wife Julie have four children.


Instructions and Technology

Instructions and dial-in information will be sent up to three days in advance and a minimum of two times. If you do not receive an email from IEDC or GoToWebinar 24 hours prior to the start of the web seminar, it is your responsibility to email No refunds or credits will be given for not receiving the dial-in information for the webinar.


  • Using a telephone: A touch-tone telephone
    Using Desktop VoIP: A computer equipped with the following:
    -- a supported sound card
    -- speakers or headphones
    -- a microphone (for speaking during the conference)


  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 for Windows/Mac/Linux, or Safari 2.0 for Macintosh
    Broadband Internet connection

Learn more about GoToWebinar please review the Attendee Quick Reference Guide(PDF)

Cancellation, Refund and No-Show Policy

  • Refunds are available with cancellation until Monday, March 6. There are no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, March 6.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing by email, fax or mail to Cherrika Gordon (e-mail: fax (202) 223-4745). Cancellations by phone are not accepted.
  • All cancellations and requests for a refund after Monday, March 6 need to be submitted in writing to Cherrika Gordon and will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee of a refund or credit after Monday, March 6 and each will be given consideration under unforeseen circumstances.

Attend Web Seminars and Earn Recertification Credits from the Comfort of Your Office

We understand that CEcDs have a constant yearning to grow and improve their knowledge and expertise in economic development. Therefore, the IEDC web seminars have been approved as professional development programs for recertification. The web seminars provide a convenient and cost-effective online environment for economic developers to learn about cutting-edge research, techniques, and tools that are prevalent in the field.

CEcDs participating in a minimum of three (3) web seminars during a three-year recertification cycle can now earn recertification credits. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Marjorie Rose at

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