Economic Development Leaders in Action

Welcome to “Economic Development Leaders in Action”, a curriculum designed to help new and experienced Economic Development Leaders learn the ins and outs of economic development. Below, are modules with key insights from state EDO leaders on topics vital to your success as a leader. This curriculum is made to fit your busy schedule. You can pick and choose which modules to take, based on your needs.

To get started with the curriculum, click on a video, below. Generally, leaders responded to three prompts under each topic:

  • “Name one success story you’ve had in this area”
  • “Give one piece of advice in this area”
  • “What is one thing you would do in this area if you had more resources?”


A Message from the EDA

Alejandra Y. Castillo, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, EDA


“EDA is here to help states succeed and I look forward to seeing the great economic outcomes we can achieve together.”

Why State-EDA Collaboration is Vital | Transcript

Supplementary Materials

EDA Official Website

EDA Investment Priorities


Federal Relationships

Humberto Mercader, Deputy Secretary for Strategic Initiatives at Departamento de Desarrollo Económico y Comerci


Building Back Better | Transcript

 Be Proactive with Your Federal Partners | Transcript

Grant Management and Compliance | Transcript

Supplementary Materials

Showing Impact: Reporting on Federal Funds for Community Development – SEDE Blog

Three Ways to Bolster Collaboration Between Federal, State and Local Government – Partnership for Public Service

Regional Relationships

Hope Knight, CEO of Empire State Development


Regional Economic Development Council Initiative | Transcript

Facilitate New Connections | Transcript

Housing, Housing, and More Housing | Transcript

Supplementary Materials

Why State and Local Relationships Matter to National Prosperity – Brookings

Strategies for Regional Collaboration – HUD, Office of Policy Development and Research

Building Partnerships Inside and Outside Your State

Sophorn Cheang, Director of Business Oregon


Our Agency has Well-Developed Partnerships All Over the State | Transcript

Authentic, Collaborative Relationships | Transcript

Seeking to Assist Underserved Contractors | Transcript

Supplementary Materials

The Power of Partnerships in Economic Development – WSB

Policy Academy – CREC/EDA

Agency Organizational Structure Decisions

Chris Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina


Succeeding as a Public-Private Partnership | Transcript

Get Out There! | Transcript

Marketing the State as a Business Location | Transcript

Supplementary Materials

What Do State Economic Development Agencies Do? – Urban Institute

Building a Winning Team

Humberto Mercader, Deputy Secretary for Strategic Initiatives at Departamento de Desarrollo Económico y Comerci


Building a Performance-Driven Mentality | Transcript

Create a Winning Culture | Transcript

Understand how your Teammates Think | Transcript

Supplementary Materials

6 Steps for Hiring the Right People to Build Effective Teams – Entrepreneur

How To Create A Truly Winning Team – Forbes

Workforce Development

Hope Knight, CEO of Empire State Development


Northland Workforce Training Center | Transcript

Work with the Business Community and Underrepresented Groups | Transcript

Office of Strategic Workforce Development | Transcript

Supplementary Materials

A Better Way to Develop and Retain Top Talent – HBR

Effective Employee Development Starts with Managers – HBR

International Trade and Engagement

Chris Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina


Foreign Offices and Business Attraction | Transcript

Engage with SelectUSA and Foreign Partners | Transcript

Selling North Carolina, Internationally | Transcript

Supplementary Materials

Benefits of Trade – United States Trade Representative 

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) – U.S. Department of Commerce

Supporting Small Business

Sophorn Cheang, Director of Business Oregon


Offering Equitable Assistance During the Pandemic | Transcript

Understand That Each Business Faces Unique Barriers| Transcript

Invest in Technical Assistance for Underrepresented Businesses| Transcript

Supplementary Materials

US small-business recovery after the Covid-19 crisis – McKinsey

Beyond financials: Helping small and medium size enterprises thrive – McKinsey