IEDC Panel on Economic Diversification, October 14

The International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) annual conference is going virtual next week.  While I won’t see you in Dallas, hopefully we can connect on line.  I’ll be leading a panel on Economic Diversification strategies on Wednesday October 14 from 2-3 PM Eastern Time.  I’ll be joined by the National Association of Counties’ Jack Morgan and Lena Fowler, County Commissioner for Coconino County, Arizona.  We proposed this panel pre-COVID, and planned to focus on how to deal with economic shocks like a factory closure or a natural disaster.  (For example, Lena’s community is dealing with the shutdown of the nearby Navajo Generating Station, which employed hundreds of local people).  We’ll cover these topics but also discuss what communities can and should be doing as they begin the process of recovering from the pandemic’s economic hits.   This will be a timely and interesting discussion. You can learn more about the conference here.  Hope to see you next week.