Economic Development Webinar Series

What:

Free webinar series providing both basic and detailed information on economic and community development principles and best practices. Join them all or choose one or two that best fit your needs and interests.  Webinars will be recorded and posted on the Wyoming Economic Development Association (WEDA) and Wyoming Business Council (WBC) websites for future viewing.  

Why:

Many people engaged in economic development in our communities across Wyoming are not professional economic developers. This series is designed for anyone who finds themself in the economic development world and would like additional knowledge and information on various aspects of the economic development building blocks.  

Who:

Anyone interested in learning more or enhancing their existing knowledge about economic and community development. This includes but is not limited to elected officials, city/county Staff, economic development organization staff and board members, chamber staff and board members, Main Street organizations, etc. 


Economic Development 101

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RESCHEDULED: November 19th, 2021

11:00am-1:00 pm (MTN)

Featuring:Ed McMahon - Senior Fellow at the Urban Land Institute and National Speaker on Community and Economic Development.

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Economic Development is something that many of us talk about but few can really get their arms around. This course will provide an introduction to the concepts and principles of economic development and how they can be used in your community. This webinar is designed for beginning economic developers, local elected officials, county and municipal staff, and others in the community who share the responsibility for growing and moving their community forward.

WyomingSites.com

RESCHEDULED: February 9, 2021

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Wyomgingsites.com is the WBC and Wyoming economic developers access point to the Zoom Prospector system, an international site selection property database used by the site selection industry. The site provides constantly updated community data, a customized proposal generator system, and opportunities to market available properties to site selectors and companies seeking locations in Wyoming for expansion or relocation. Learn how to use this valuable tool and put it to work in your community. 

Proposal Writing

December 15, 2021 • 11:00 AM (MTN)

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Writing a quality proposal to recruit new businesses to your community or to ask for grant funding requires a little bit of work and some specialized knowledge.  This webinar will help you think through the best ways to prepare a proposal, how to tell your story, and why your community is a good fit.  It will also provide tips and tricks and look at alternative ways of creating proposals that appeal to today’s businesses and funding organizations.  


Vetting Prospects

January 12, 2022 • 11:00 AM (MTN)

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In today’s global climate, many businesses are looking for that perfect fit and new place to land. And, right now Wyoming is a very popular place for people to move their business.  Before you go out and start talking to these businesses or recruiting them to your community, you need to take a few minutes to know if they are truly a good fit for your community.  This webinar will help you identify your community’s strengths and assets and how they fit the needs of potential prospects. It will also cover basic due diligence, financial review, and prospect research that can help make sure a business really is a good fit for you.  

Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture in Your Community

March 16, 2022 • 11:00 AM (MTN)

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Helping grow entrepreneurs in your community can be one of the most effective ways to improve your local economy.  And, there are things you can do to support these entrepreneurs and encourage more entrepreneurship.  This webinar features a panel that will explore some of the many resources communities can tap into from the State of Wyoming to help increase entrepreneurship in your community.  Participants will also hear from successful entrepreneurs and what support they are looking for in their community.  

Financial Analysis

May 18, 2022 • 11:00 AM (MTN)

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How do you know if your projects and businesses are successful?  This webinar will present models for looking at the return on investment (ROI) of business and community projects and help you understand how to review financial information to better determine the economic impact of a new business or project in your community.  


Federal Funding Panel

June 15, 2022 • 11:00 AM (MTN)

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The passage of various relief packages and support funding this past year has provided federal economic development partners with a huge influx of dollars and opportunities.  This webinar will bring many of those partners together to discuss what federal COVID opportunities they have and to talk about other more general opportunities for project support as we move past the pandemic and into a stronger recovery phase.