Networking and Training

A critical part of economic development involves networking with location consultants, state and federal officials, company representatives and other economic development professionals.  Networking enables Members and their economic development teams to learn best practices from successful economic development initiatives in other parts of the country.  It also creates critical opportunities to educate site location consultants and companies about the competitive advantages of doing business in an IMPA public power community and also the State of Indiana.  IMPA provides funding support for a variety of networking events, conferences and trade shows. 

Annually, IMPA offers support for the Mid-America Economic Development Council’s (MAEDC) Best Practices Conference, held Sunday-Tuesday in the first full week of December  and the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) annual conference, which is held in the fall at a different location each year in the United States.  IMPA offers additional support for training opportunities through the Indiana Economic Development Association’s (IEDA) conferences throughout the year and economic development training offered through the American Public Power Association (APPA), which provides a unique focus on economic development specifically geared towards public power communities.  Finally, IMPA teams with the Indiana Economic Forum to host its annual meeting each fall.  Below is some additional information about MAEDC, IEDC, IEDA, APPA and the IEF.


MAEDC represents a collaborate effort of ten Mid-American states - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin - to promote and share the best practices of economic development.  Additionally, the annual December Competitive Conference brings together site selectors from around the country, whose practices include assisting companies through the location selection process for projects targeted for the Midwest.  MAEDC is a great resource for making contact with site selectors, advancing regional economic development programs and accessing thought leadership.  See these You-Tube links to learn more about MAEDC Members' perspectives of the organization: MAEDC - Nebraska Public Power testimony and Carroll Area Development Corporation (Iowa) testimonial.  Also see MAEDC's website for additional information.


IEDC is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the economic development profession.  IEDC focuses on creating more high-quality jobs, develop more vibrant communities and generally improve the quality of life in its members’ regions.  It is the predominant national training and networking organization for economic development professionals and offers conferences, summits and webinars throughout the year.

See IEDC's website for additional information.


IEDA is the voice of economic development for Indiana.  Its membership is made up of economic developers, utilities, attorneys, consultants, financial institutions, higher education professionals, engineers, architects and construction professionals.  IEDA has four conferences each year and also holds one-day workshops that focus on hot topics in the profession.  Benefits of IEDA membership include on-going education, the exchange of ideas and best practices with Indiana peers, interaction with legislators and state officials and the improvement of professional skills.  IEDA also works to promote state and federal policies that support a positive business climate to help existing businesses flourish and attract new businesses to the state.

See IEDA's website for additional information.


APPA, based in Washington, D.C., is the service organization for the nation's more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities.  APPA offers an annual training opportunity for economic developers as a part of the Customers Connections Conference.  See APPA's website for additional information.


The IEF holds ten luncheons yearly and an annual meeting featuring speakers on topics of interest related to national, regional and local economic development.  It is a chapter of the National Association of Business Economists.  Membership is open to all who are interested in participating.
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