Recognizing Economic Developers in May
Friday, April 26, 2019
May 6-11 is International Economic Development Week (EDW). It’s an opportune time to reflect on the importance of local economic development efforts to building a vibrant and sustainable community.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) created EDW in 2016 to help raise awareness for the profession. Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) are often misunderstood because their activities happen behind the scenes, outside of the public eye.
EDW is a chance to recognize economic developers, the local leaders and organizations that work tirelessly to recruit investors, develop businesses, create jobs, enhance the tax base and ultimately improve the quality of life of their communities.
Did you know that Tehama County Economic Development provides a comprehensive range of critical services geared towards building the local economy and supporting area businesses?
We are continually looking for opportunities to recruit new businesses to the region. Our team is currently working on six active leads that could have a major impact on the economy, bringing in up to 110 jobs.
Here are some of the primary ways EDOs like Tehama County Economic Development work to better our communities:
Support for entrepreneurs and small businesses
EDOs are a valuable resource for new and developing companies. From advising on basic topics like business planning to helping find a location and identify financing, these services are integral to helping early-stage businesses succeed.
Business attraction, retention and expansion
Economic developers are tasked with recruiting investors and companies to our regions in order to expand the tax base and create new jobs. Because existing businesses are crucial to local economies, we also offer services to help them problem-solve, succeed and expand. This might be as simple as offering advice or technical assistance. Or it might entail helping a company access funds to enable renovations, equipment upgrades or infrastructure improvements.
Marketing and promotion
Economic developers are at the forefront of marketing their cities and regions to attract prospective investors and residents. They are experts at identifying a community’s assets and business advantages in order to promote them to the world.
Assistance with workforce development
Finding skilled workers is one of the primary challenges for businesses today. That’s why economic developers work closely with local partners to help build and maintain a strong local workforce. We commonly help companies with recruitment as well as the development of specialized training for in-demand jobs.
Providing funds for businesses
Economic developers are knowledgeable about business financing. They can help new and existing businesses identify the capital and incentives they need to start up and grow. Many EDOs even offer revolving loan funds or other incentives to encourage local investment.