Economic Development Essentials

Economic Development Essentials Program

In partnership with the University of Oklahoma, W.A.C.E. has presented three Economic Development Essentials programs. The 2015 program takes place August 10-12 in Sacramento,CA.

"This program is designed to provide the chamber professional - CEOs or staff - with a foundation needed for chambers to assume a leadership role in strengthening their local economies," Ken Moore, president/CEO of the Edmond (OK) Chamber, said.

In addition to an overview and discussion of economic development trends, issues and best practices, major components of the 18-hour program include:

  • Community Readiness and Assessment;
  • Funding Economic Development Operations;
  • Business Retention and Expansion;
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development;
  • Marketing and Business Attraction;
  • Building a Strong Economic Development Team; and
  • Ethics in Economic Development.

Decades ago, economic development (business attraction, expansion and retention) was the main purpose of most chambers of commerce, but over the years, local government and public-private partnerships gradually took that function away from the chambers.

Today, more and more business leaders are calling for local chambers to re-engage in economic development and lead efforts in their communities to promote job creation.

W.A.C.E.'s Economic Development Essentials program has trained over 150 chamber professionals since it was first held in 2011.

2015 Event Details

August 10-12, 2015

California Chamber of Commerce
1215 K Street, 14th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814



$550 for W.A.C.E. members. $800 for non-members. Prices increase by $200 after June 17.
Note: Tuition includes breaks, all materials and the Monday evening networking event with Academy
participants; does NOT include meals, transportation, hotel accommodations or parking.


Maureen Collins-Williams, Director of Entrepreneurship Outreach and the UNI Regional Business
Center at the University of Northern Iowa
David Dodd, President of DADCO Consulting Services, Inc. and Co-managing Principal of
Confluence Advisors, Inc.

Hotel Accomodations:

Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street, Sacramento, California 95814
$139 per night + tax for a single/double occupancy room. Parking is approximately $18 per day (selfparking)
at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. Call (888) 421-1442 and ask for the W.A.C.E. Academy block.
Or make your hotel reservations online by using the dedicated online reservations link:
Group rate available until July 14, 2015 or until sold out.

Who Should Attend:

Chamber of Commerce chief executives and staff professionals, Board members and local chamber partners
in economic development. All registrations need to be submitted and endorsed by your local chamber.

2015 Economic Development Essentials Brochure

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