Upcoming events

    • 25 Oct 2023
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Webinar


    FREE Webinar
    for Mid-America EDC Members

    Digital Tools and Opportunities for Rural Economic Development

    Wednesday, October 25, 2023

    12:30-1:30 p.m. ET

    The digital age offers huge opportunities for economic developers especially those working in rural communities. 

    Social media is probably the most underutilized tool in the tool kit for investment promotion strategies and one that should not be overlooked. Applications like LinkedIn offer unprecedented and cost-effective opportunities to connect with investors while building awareness of your region. Learn how to leverage social media effectively to make business connections that will benefit your community.

     Post COVID digitization of the workplace has seen a rise in remote workforce and a new age of ‘digital nomads.’ The workforce is moving out of cities in search of a better quality of life and lower cost of living. Rural communities are quickly becoming aware that capitalizing on this shift can offer access to talent and an influx of human capital that will attract investors. Learn from case studies how your region can incorporate remote work into a successful economic development program.


         Laura Martin

         Economic Development Manager
         Research on Investment

    Laura is a location marketing professional with over a decade’s worth of experience delivering successful campaigns and projects in both the private and public sector globally.

    Laura currently works with ROI Research on Investment as Director – Training and Events, delivering events and training services and lead generation campaigns for EDOs globally.

    Laura’s previous role at Conway Data, Inc she produced valuable and highly rated courses and content and trained thousands of investment professionals from over 50 countries. She also regularly researched and presented on specialist topics within Conway's training curriculum. During her time with at Conway, Laura also managed and delivered the company’s full portfolio of economic development events including the company’s flagship event, the World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment.

    Career highlights include, working to bring the MTV Europe Music Awards and other international events to Belfast, working on property and infrastructure projects in New Zealand and delivering effective training and projects across the globe with Conway.

    Laura graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a Bachelor of Laws specializing in EU and International Trade laws as part of the degree. Laura currently lives in the Netherlands with her husband and son.

    Register Today!

    (Free for Mid-America EDC current members, $50 for non-members.) 

    The 2023 Mid America EDC Webinars are recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts toward recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).  By registering and attending 3 Mid America EDC webinars IEDC will recognize one Level 1 credit for continuing ed credits for CEcD recertification.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from
    "Mid-America Economic Development Council <MAEDC5@wildapricot.org>", containing information about joining the webinar.

    • 29 Nov 2023
    • 11:30 AM
    • 01 Dec 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Marriott Indianapolis Downtown - Indianapolis, IN

    2023 Mid-America
    Competitiveness Conference

    November 29 - December 1, 2023
    Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

    Click Here to view the Competitiveness Conference schedule, registration, and hotel information.

    Don’t miss this tremendous opportunity to learn from experts who touch projects!  You are sure to gain tips and knowledge from this year’s presenters and panelists in the areas of site selection, development, utilities, marketing, workforce, and more!  Register today!

    Click Here to check out Competitiveness Conference sponsorship opportunities!

    Conference Hotel Information

    This year's host site for the Mid-America Competitiveness Conference is The Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, located at 350 West Maryland Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225. 

    How to reserve your hotel room at the Marriott: 

    Visit https://book.passkey.com/go/MidAmericaEcoDevelopment to reserve your hotel room online at Mid-America EDC’s online reservation website.  A block of hotel rooms for the nights of November 28, 29, 30, and December 1 will be held until November 12th.  The discounted room rate is $179 per night for standard rooms.


    Parking Options:

    • Onsite valet parking is available at the rate of $57 per day. 
    • Onsite self-parking is available at the rate of $52 per day.  Please note that attendees that reserve in the Mid-America EDC room block receive a 10% daily discount on self-parking. 
    • Additional downtown parking options are available at https://downtownindy.org/explore/parking

Past events

30 Aug 2023 Webinar: Rural Broadband: 21st Century Economic Development Using Old School Methods
26 Jul 2023 Webinar: Aberlin Springs – A Conservation Community that Combines Sustainable Farming with First Class Residential Development
28 Jun 2023 Webinar: Rural Capital Funding: Rural Microloans and Entrepreneurial Support
10 May 2023 2023 Best Practices Conference
26 Apr 2023 Webinar: Rural Placemaking
29 Mar 2023 Webinar: Visit KC: 2023 Best Practice Conference Overview
22 Feb 2023 Webinar: Site Selection Trends
25 Jan 2023 Webinar: Rural Report Roll Out
30 Nov 2022 2022 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference
26 Oct 2022 WEBINAR: Railroad Introduction and Site Development
28 Sep 2022 WEBINAR: Iowa State University – Student Innovation Center presented by Dr. Jim Oliver – winner of the Mid-America EDC 2021 Entrepreneurship Award.
24 Aug 2022 WEBINAR: Placemaking as an Economic Development Strategy
28 Jun 2022 WEBINAR: 2022 Best Practices Conference Overview
25 May 2022 WEBINAR: Groundbreaking Strategies to Solve the Housing Shortage in Your Community
27 Apr 2022 WEBINAR: Inclusive Economic Development: Good for Growth, Good for Workforce, Good for Communities
23 Mar 2022 WEBINAR: A New Lens for Cyber: Exploring the Economics of Digital Risk and Readiness
23 Feb 2022 WEBINAR: Award-Winning Project Overview: Greater Springfield Partnership Magnify Career Videos and Career TV
26 Jan 2022 WEBINAR: Successfully Navigating the Dual Demands of Business + Talent Growth and Diversification
08 Dec 2021 WEBINAR: Building the Rural Public-Private-Partnership to Attract Industrial Development
01 Dec 2021 2021 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference
10 Nov 2021 WEBINAR: What Site Selectors Want for Christmas: An In-Depth Look at What Makes a Competitive Business Location
28 Oct 2021 WEBINAR: Future ED Trends: Positioning Your Community for Future Resiliency, Diversification and Growth
22 Sep 2021 WEBINAR: How Skills Data is Helping Jobseekers
09 Sep 2021 WEBINAR: State and Federal Child Care Funding: What you need to know and how to access it for your community
25 Aug 2021 WEBINAR: Rural Technology Company Development and Attraction Webinar
28 Jul 2021 WEBINAR: The Challenges Facing Corporate Real Estate Leaders in a Post-Pandemic Environment
26 May 2021 WEBINAR: Rural Workforce Development
12 May 2021 2021 VIRTUAL Best Practices Conference
28 Apr 2021 WEBINAR: Tackle Talent Attraction Now
24 Mar 2021 WEBINAR: The Digital Transformation of Economic Development
24 Feb 2021 WEBINAR: Rural Downtown Development
26 Jan 2021 WEBINAR: The Post-Coronavirus Mid-America & Rural Mainstreet Economies: Opportunities and Threats
02 Dec 2020 2020 Mid-America VIRTUAL Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum
21 Oct 2020 Webinar: Winning Business Location Strategies
09 Sep 2020 Webinar: The Essence of Place: How to Placemake Anywhere
26 Aug 2020 Webinar: From Impact to Recovery: Strategies for Communities to Come Back Stronger from COVID-19
03 Apr 2020 Webinar: "COVID-19 Impacts to Economic Development in the Mid-America EDC Region"
12 Sep 2019 Webinar "Discover, Dig, Deploy: Solving Workforce Unavailability"
17 Jul 2019 2019 Best Practices Conference
17 Apr 2019 Webinar "What Site Selectors Want"
02 Dec 2018 2018 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum
29 Aug 2018 Talent Strategy Webinar
01 May 2018 2018 Best Practices Conference
18 Apr 2018 “Winning the War Against Economic Development”
03 Dec 2017 2017 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum
21 Jun 2017 2017 Best Practices Conference
04 Dec 2016 2016 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum
18 May 2016 2016 Best Practices Conference
06 Dec 2015 2015 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum
13 May 2015 2015 Best Practices Conference
07 Dec 2014 2014 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum