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    • 07 Mar 2019
    • 01 May 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Online webinar
    • 38
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    Lunch & Learn Webinar Series

    Artificial Intelligence…Automation…Blockchain…Drones…Robotics…The Internet of
    Things. These technologies are—individually and collectively—reshaping our world
    and fundamentally altering the global economy and private-sector firms operating
    within it.

    It is impossible for economic developers to understand the private-sector—to meet
    their evolving needs and expectations—without first understanding the opportunities
    and threats facing these businesses.

    Today, the vast majority of these opportunities and threats are rooted in technology
    and rapid technological change. In order to remain relevant to the private-sector,
    economic developers must understand how technology is disrupting and reshaping our world.

    This four-part “lunch and learn” webinar series will examine major global technology
    trends are impacting our world, economies and private-sector. These technologies will
    be examined in detail—where they are today…and where they are going. These
    technology trends will be dissected against the backdrop of real-world economic
    development realities and scenarios.

    This four-part webinar series should prompt thought and discussion about how
    technology fundamentally challenges, and changes widely accepted economic
    development practices, goals, objectives and metrics.

    The webinar series will be conducted by Laith Wardi, CEcD. Laith is a longstanding
    instructor for both the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and
    Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute (OU EDI). He is a frequent
    speaker and presenter for economic development audiences across Canada and the
    United States and has also done presentation and training work in both Europe and
    Mexico.

    Session #1: March 7- explore the rapid pace of technological change and how it impacts every industry sector across the globe. (Recording available)

    Session #2: March 27 - examine drone and GIS technologies through the agriculture lens.

    Session #3: April 17 - explore the burgeoning e-commerce phenomenon and how it is impacting traditional commerce.

    Session #4: May 1 - examine block chain and what it means for personal and business transactions and security, and why it's essential in today's digital world.

    • 21 Mar 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online Webinar
    • 492
    Register

    Small and medium-sized brick & mortar retailers work hard to compete in an increasingly digital marketplace. Offering critical community data and market intelligence can make the difference between thriving shops and shuttered storefronts. This webinar will focus on five specific data-driven strategies to support retailers in your location. 

    Providing robust, analyzable data is one important way economic development organizations can help their retailers thrive, especially since small and medium-sized businesses often cannot afford to pay for this data on their own. From choosing ideal business locations, understanding consumer spending patterns to predicting important demographic shifts, data is a critical and often overlooked part of retail success. At the end of this session, you’ll know what kind of data is most helpful to existing store owners (and prospective investors), as well as how to provide, showcase and promote this data to ensure your community is seen as friendly to and supportive of retail. 

    What You Will Learn: 
    1. Helping retailers find their best business location in your community 
    2. How to use data to visualize opportunity for retail (mention of other data sources?) 
    3. How to mine data sources for retail market intelligence & labour force information 
    4. Creating an online forum for retailers in your region 
    5. Reaching millennial retailers and entrepreneurs

    • 08 May 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • 09 May 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • The Westin House, 220 Gord Canning Drive, The Blue Mountains, ON
    • 136
    Register

    2019 Spring Symposium
    Economic Development: The Human Factor

    May 8, 2019 - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Opening reception

    May 9, 2019 - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
    Program details and speakers available soon

    Cost: $175 per person plus HST

    Hosted in partnership with the Western Ontario Warden's Caucus.

    Sponsored by County of Simcoe and Grey County.

    The Westin House
    220 Gord Canning Drive
    The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0V9

    Symposium room rates $199 to $219 plus applicable fees and taxes, applicable until April 9, 2019, based on availability.

    • 04 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 05 Jun 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Ontario Investment Trade Centre, 250 Yonge Street, 35th Floor, Toronto, ON
    • 22
    Register

    FDI 101: Attracting foreign direct investment for practitioners

    This 2-day session will help economic development practitioners evaluate the local/regional FDI attraction potential, develop new strategies and programs and measure impacts.

    Check out the full description at: www.edco.on.ca/FDI101

    Members: $495 plus HST
    Non-Members: $595 plus HST

    Accommodations:

    Sheraton Centre Toronto
    123 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
    EDCO Corporate Rate $239 plus taxes (based on availability)
    Use code EY2 when booking



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29 Jan 2019 Economic Development for Elected Officials
29 Jan 2019 EDCO 2019 Conference: Powershifting Economic Development
05 Nov 2018 Intelligent Cities Summit
26 Oct 2018 EDCO Strategic Planning Session
24 Oct 2018 OCC's Ontario Economic Summit
18 Oct 2018 IEDC Business Retention and Expansion
16 Oct 2018 Rural Talks to Rural Conference
15 Oct 2018 Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference -East 2018
11 Oct 2018 Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) Symposium
30 Sep 2018 IEDC Conference
26 Sep 2018 Kingsville Tourism and Economic Development Conference
26 Sep 2018 State of the North Conference
18 Sep 2018 Community Future (OACFDC) Conference
14 Sep 2018 EDCO Board of Directors Meeting
13 Sep 2018 Escape the Cornwall Jail EDCO Networking Event
12 Sep 2018 Ontario East Municipal Conference
08 Sep 2018 EDAC Conference
21 Jun 2018 EDCO YPN Networking Event
06 Jun 2018 2018 APMA Annual Conference and Exhibition
17 May 2018 Technology-Led Economic Development
05 May 2018 Economic Development Week
08 Apr 2018 Resorts of Ontario 2018 Spring Conference & Trade Show
15 Mar 2018 IEC Webinar: Ec Dev Week Award Winning Strategies and Tips
23 Feb 2018 Open YPN Committee Meeting
08 Feb 2018 Rewriting the Rules
06 Feb 2018 EDCO Annual General Meeting
05 Feb 2018 EDCO's Women in Economic Development Event
05 Feb 2018 EDCO 2018 Annual Conference and Showcase
27 Nov 2017 Measuring Up! Performance Measurement Resources for Economic Development: Durham Region
23 Nov 2017 4th Annual Meet the Investor Dragons: Toronto
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06 Nov 2017 2017 Ontario Tourism Summit
20 Oct 2017 Planning 101 for Economic Developers
18 Oct 2017 9th Annual Municipal Agriculture Economic Development Planning Forum
03 Oct 2017 Online Course: Technology-Led Economic Development
28 Sep 2017 EDCO Fall 2017 Webinar Series
27 Sep 2017 State of the North 2017
26 Sep 2017 From Problem to Prosperity: Using Data to Reverse the Scourge of Urban Blight
17 Sep 2017 IEDC 2017 Annual Conference
14 Sep 2017 Retail Boomtowns: Creating an Atmosphere for Retail Attraction
14 Sep 2017 Economic Development Strategic Planning
13 Sep 2017 The Changing Face of Foreign Direct Investment | Forecast: 2020 - 2025
13 Sep 2017 Ontario East Municipal Conference 2017
13 Sep 2017 Delicious Development: Economic Opportunities in Value-Added Agriculture
09 Sep 2017 EDAC 2017 Annual Conference
07 Sep 2017 Thriving Rural Communities: Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Talent
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30 Aug 2017 CETA: Unlocking the Potential Webinar
21 Aug 2017 Municipal Economic Development Index (MEDI) Webinar
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17 Aug 2017 Managing the Essential Link: Affordable Housing & Economic Development
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09 Aug 2017 Ryerson University LED Launch Event
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13 Jul 2017 Placemaking - An Economic Development Strategy
29 Jun 2017 Teeny Tiny Summit 2017 - Havelock
28 Jun 2017 Teeny Tiny Summit 2017 - Merrickville
27 Jun 2017 Economic Development Writing Webinar
27 Jun 2017 Ontario’s AIM “Accelerate to International Markets” Program
27 Jun 2017 Hydrogen for Sustainable Northern Communities Forum
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15 Jun 2017 International Lead Generation: Winning Strategies for Foreign Investment Attraction
08 Jun 2017 Let's Talk Exports 2017
31 May 2017 How to Write Successful Grant Applications
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18 May 2017 Emerging Real Estate Trends for Economic Development
16 May 2017 Community Building Through Collaboration - EDCO Spring Symposium
14 May 2017 Young Professionals Week
09 May 2017 Canadian Immigration Summit 2017: Innovating at 150 and Beyond
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09 Feb 2017 Annual President's Dinner and Awards Ceremony
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16 Dec 2016 Tourism Investment Dragon's Event
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19 Sep 2016 EDAC & University of Waterloo Seminar: Performance Measurement in Economic Development
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