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By Polo Willman on October 10, 2017
Last month at IEDC Toronto, we kept hearing how economic development organizations are being required to demonstrate their value in order to keep budgets and prevent further cuts.
Categories: budget, development, economic, savings, time
By Ben Wright on October 10, 2017
When destination marketing and economic development organizations collaborate on successful projects, there’s usually a tremendous impact for their community, in addition to their own goals.
Categories: community, destination, development, economic, marketing, partnerships
By Polo Willman on October 03, 2017
From tax breaks to gift cards, there are a lot of incentives an economic development organization might use to convince a business to join or expand into a community. And with good reason - as a single large employer can completely transform an economically depressed region. But are incentives working long-term, as communities compete with each other for business attention?  
Categories: development, economic, incentives
By Ben Wright on October 03, 2017

One of our goals at Community Systems is to help both destination marketing and economic development professionals do more for their community. This often means helping them figure out ways to achieve their goals with perhaps fewer resources than last year.

Categories: destination, development, economic, marketing
By Ben Wright on September 26, 2017

In some communities, there isn’t much cooperation between destination marketing and economic development organizations. But whether or not they know it, there’s a relationship there, defined by the community programs and projects they have in common.

 
Categories: community, destination, development, economic, marketing, partnerships
By Polo Willman on September 25, 2017
If you read our blog, you already know that the Digital25 in economic development was announced at IEDC 2017 in Toronto. But what else happened at the premier annual conference for the economic development industry? Answer: LOTS!
Categories: Development, economic, IEDC
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
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