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By Ben Wright on September 19, 2017

Like any relationship, destination marketing and economic development organizations can have their ups and downs. But no matter the mood, these two industry developers cohabitate in most communities around the country. So it helps if they get along!

 
Categories: destination, development, economic, marketing
By Polo Willman on September 18, 2017

This week at IEDC 2017 in Toronto, Community Systems proudly recognized its first annual Digital 25! These are 25 people in North America who best use digital technology to power their economic development organizations online.

Categories: development, Digital25, economic, IEDC
By Ben Wright on September 11, 2017
Economic development leaders in Scotland have a laser like focus on consistent, long-term growth - so much so that it might be called economic gardening for companies. Unlike the deal-focused approach we see so often in the US, Scotland supports inclusive growth across all sectors and provides long-term entrepreneur support, both inside and outside of the country.
Categories: development, economic, edo, enterprise, scottish
By Ben Wright on September 11, 2017
According to Expedia, tech workers (and likely Millennials) are re-defining business travel, helping to create the “Bleisure” category. 
Categories: Tourism
By Ben Wright on September 06, 2017
Economic development organizations are increasingly being tasked with finding skilled workers and competing with neighboring cities and towns - or even states. And with good reason, as evidence suggests EDOs are the key reason why some communities excel at attracting talent.
Categories: data, development, economic, edo, for, talent, war
By Ben Wright on September 05, 2017
In 2006, Adults traveling as couples represented 61% of all leisure travel.  Have fun with this blast from the past post from 2006, at the height of pre-recession travel success.
Categories: Tourism
By Polo Willman on August 28, 2017
Paul Saldana, CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Tulare County, CA believes that if you want to be a high performing EDO, especially with limited staff and budget, today you can’t be afraid to take a risk.
Categories: "Business Development & Leadership", "Competing Online", "Digital 25", "Economic Development Leaders"
By Ben Wright on August 28, 2017
As our business has grown in the destination marketing industry, we have come across multiple companies that we really believe can help DMOs prove (and make) a demonstrable impact.  Here are three companies that we think are on the forefront of the next generation of high impact solutions for DMOs.
Categories: "Best Practices", Tourism
By Ben Wright on August 21, 2017
Destination marketing organizations and the tourism industry in general have always relied on "Word of Mouth" marketing as one of the most cost efficient and effective ways to attract visitors to their communities. And, with the rise of social media, word of mouth marketing is becoming more influential than ever.
Categories: Tourism
By Ben Wright on August 21, 2017
Tired of entering prospect data into Salesforce?  If you are, you are not alone.  As important as having timely data about prospects is to your economic development efforts, it is almost impossible to keep this data current when we are busy. 
Categories: CRM, Development, Economic, Salesforce, Software
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