An Insider’s Guide to Economic Development

Best and Next Practices for Partnering with Economic Development Organizations

August 19, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

JW Marriott Austin

Lone Star H

This session is limited to 35 attendees, but will repeat Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning and Tuesday afternoon.

Destination marketing organizations and economic development organizations (EDOs) are increasingly being called on to work together by both public and private sector leaders. An integrated approach to telling a community’s story is an ideal solution to attracting visitors, investment and talent. This session will be an understanding of your economic development colleagues—what makes them tick, their hot button issues and how they are funded. We’ll then explore how the two types of organizations can best work together detailed in five examples of success in mini-case studies. Given the limited size of the audience, we’ll leave plenty of time for Q&A and group discussion.

Session Takeaways:

  1. Understand the inner workings of economic development organizations, and the similarities and differences in behavior between DMOs and EDOs.
  2. Hear about five specific examples of successful case studies from a mix of large and small communities.
  3. Learn “next practices” and the role which DMOs and EDOs can play in the emerging practice of workforce “talent attraction.”

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