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Economic Development Week

Highlight the economic impact your organization is making to support your local economy

“…the coming economic recovery, following this global crisis, will be led by economic developers.” 

National Economic Development Week, #EDW2020, was created by the International Economic Development Council in 2016 in order to increase awareness of local programs and services that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase quality of life among our communities.

The Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) and the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) are partnering once again, to demonstrate how our professionals swiftly went into action to assemble their response teams. They have helped create short-term relief programs, supported policies and initiatives to help our businesses stay open, are assisting in workforce and supply chain gaps, and in the coming weeks to months will be on the front lines of the largest economic recovery this world has ever seen. 

Don’t forget to use the Social Media Tags & Hashtags

#EDW2020 | @ColoradoEcoDevo | @EDCofCO | @iedctweets

Don’t have a Social Media presence? No Problem! Send us your story and we will push it out on your behalf. Submissions due by May 1 to kim.woodworth@edcconline.org

Schedule

EDCC assembled a schedule of social media posts and daily educational opportunities for the week. We asked all Economic Development stakeholders to incorporate #EDW2020 in all tweets and tag @EDCofCO, @ColoradoEcoDevo & @iedctweets throughout the week so that we could tag and follow back.

Monday

Colorado Campaign Kick-off: We introduced COVID-19 Response Task Forces that have been assembled throughout the state to respond to the economic impact of the Stay-at-Home orders.

3-4:30 PM ET

IEDC FREE Webinar: The Bottom Line – How to Fund your Organization through the Pandemic & Beyond
Go to Recording 

Tuesday

Day 2: Share your short-term strategies in supporting your businesses by posting to your favorite social media platform.

3-4:30 PM ET

IEDC FREE Webinar: Reinforce Your Small Businesses and Commercial Districts
Go to Recording

Wednesday

Day 3: Share a success story from your business community by posting to your favorite social media platform.

3-4:30 PM ET

IEDC FREE Webinar: Rethinking BR&E in the COVID-19 ERA
Go to Recording

Thursday

Day 4: Share resources & tools that your task force has developed in response to the pandemic. Post to your favorite social media platform.

10 – 11 AM MT

EDCC FREE Webinar: Combating COVID-19 with EMSI Data
Go to Recording  |  Go to EDCC/EMSI Discount Program

Friday

Day 5: Help EDCC recognize the dedication, hard work and sacrifice from Colorado’s small business owners by sharing a story that highlights an action or event undertaken by one of your community’s small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, that highlights that business’ civic pride and commitment and underscores the value of strong, sustainable business ecosystems

8:30 – 9:30 AM MT

EDCC FREE Webinar: RETAIL DISRUPTION – How Retail will Change How Localities do Business

Guest Speakers:
John Weisger, Senior VP, CBRE
Meghann Martindale, Global Head of Retail Research, CBRE
Go to Webinar  |  Go to Presentation Slides

Goal

This year’s Colorado Specific Campaign will demonstrate how our professionals swiftly went into action to assemble their response teams. They have helped create short-term relief programs, supported policies and initiatives to help our businesses stay open, are assisting in workforce and supply chain gaps, and in the coming weeks to months will be on the front lines of the largest economic recovery this world has ever seen.

Contest

Highlight the response teams, programs and initiatives that you are working on to keep you community economically viable.

Utilize our social media campaign schedule and examples. Put your unique spin on it!

Incorporate #EDW2020 in all your tweets and tag @EDCofCO, @ColoradoEcoDevo & @iedctweets so that we can follow you!

Engage Your Elected Officials

We are encouraging all organizations and stakeholders to engage your Elected Officials in the celebration by writing a letter highlighting all the ways your organization has impacted your community and how they can assist with your efforts.

Use our sample letter and customize it for your organization.

Other ways to ENGAGE your Elected Officials

  • PROCLAIM: its Economic Development Week in your community. Sample resolutions can be found at iedconline.org/edw
  • MEET:  Request an in-person meeting with your elected officials
  • CALL:  Call your elected officials and inform them of the importance of economic development
  • TWEET:  Tag you elected officials in a tweet and incorporate the hashtags #EDW2020  to raise their awareness within your individual community and beyond

TELL your Community’s Economic Impact!

SHARE it on Social Media

  • Be sure to tag us and use the hashtags so that we can follow your campaign. We will help push your campaign to the top!
  • Tag @ColoradoEcoDevo, @EDCofCO & @iedctweets
  • Include hashtag #EDW2020
  • Don’t have a Social Media presence? No problem! Send us your story and we will push it out on your behalf. Send submissions to kim.woodworth@edcconline.org and are due by May 1

CREATE a Press Release and send it to your local news outlets (press release template)

WRITE a Guest Column for your community’s newspaper (sample ad’s)

  • SEARCH online publishers in your community and reach out to them
  • CREATE a small community of bloggers and vloggers
  • ASSIGN them different topics and provide them with direction for sharing
  • CREDIT them for their work by exchange logo’s and links, special social media badges, or a forum to share their stories
  • Show-off your staff, office, and services that you provide
  • Have your executive leadership team or elected official welcome people to the virtual office tour

Create a competition that incorporates our theme for the week “the coming economic recovery, following this global crisis, will be led by economic developers.” 

Incorporate the entries into your marketing and printed materials to continue the movement long after Economic Development Week