May LTI to Focus On Economic Development

by J. Katie McConnell

Economic development is about jobs and future prosperity - two things that local elected officials take very seriously. It is also a complex policy area that needs long-term vision and commitment, but is commonly subject to urgent calls for results, often for understandable reasons, such as high unemployment. To do economic development well, cities need strategic elected leaders to help develop and communicate a common vision, provide committed policy and regulatory support and motivate stakeholders to action.

The upcoming Leadership Training Institute seminar "Formulating Effective Economic Development Policy, Marketing and Communication Strategies," to be held May 17-19 in Manhattan Beach, Calif., will help local elected officials develop their leadership capacity in economic development.

Even while the fiscal climate is making it difficult for cities to implement large-scale, capital-intensive economic development projects, local leaders can support economic growth and better meet the needs of the business community by focusing on available avenues, including:

  • Leveraging online resources to market communities;
  • Working with key stakeholders and economic development staff;
  • Creating better lines of communication with local businesses; and
  • Examining how internal city functions can work together for economic development goals.
City leaders will join colleagues to hear from leading scholars, economic development experts, business leaders and trainers presenting an engaging program that will examine workable solutions for their community.

Reduced group rates (including buy two, get one free) are available to encourage cities to come as teams. The seminar is an opportunity for city officials and staff to learn together, get on the same page about critical economic development issues and be better equipped to translate new ideas into action back home. 

Details: For a special team registration rate, please contact the Leadership Training Institute at (202) 626-3170 or