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February 2016

International Economic Development Council

734 15th Street NW, Suite 900

Washington, DC 20005


Advisory Committee Handbook

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

IEDC Background Information

II. IEDC Advisory Committees and Peer Exchange Committees

Peer Committees

Committee Membership Eligibility

Observer Status

Advisory Committee Descriptions

Peer Exchange Committee Descriptions

How Advisory Committees Function

III. The Role of the Committee Chair

Leadership Tenure

Leadership Selection

Responsibilities of the Advisory Committee Chair

Responsibilities of the Peer Exchange Committee Chair

IV. The Role of Advisory Committee Members

Member Tenure

Member Selection

Member Responsibilities

V. The Role of the IEDC Staff Liaison

VI. Implementation of Handbook Policies

VII. Conclusions


Appendix 1: IEDC Advisory Member Conflict of Interest Policy

Appendix 2: IEDC Ethics Statement

Appendix 3: IEDC Sexual Harassment Policy

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Introduction I.

Welcome to an IEDC Advisory Committee. We are glad you are here and would like to thank you for volunteering your time to support the work of IEDC and its mission to champion the economic development profession. IEDC values your commitment and the economic development community relies on your expertise and engagement in this important committee work.

We hope that you will gain from the experience as much as you contribute to it. The Advisory Committees are an excellent place to network with your peers, engage with the challenges of strengthening our shared profession, and learn about trends and topics that will impact the work that we do.

We have developed this Handbook to help orient you to the role of Advisory Committees in IEDC’s work and explain what the committees do. The Handbook also outlines the policies and procedures that govern IEDC Advisory Committees.

IEDC Background Information International Economic Development Council 734 15th Street NW Suite 900 Washington, DC 20005 Telephone: 202-223-7800 Fax: 202-223-4745 www.iedconline.org Overview The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a 501(c)(3), Wisconsin Incorporated, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the profession. When we succeed, our members create more high-quality jobs, develop more vibrant communities, and generally improve the quality of life in their regions.

Mission Provide leadership and excellence in economic development for our communities, members and partners.

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Core Values We embrace the following core values. They reflect and support our mission, and guide our decisions,

actions and provision of services:

• Social responsibility and a dedication to building healthy, just and competitive communities

• Creation of wealth for individuals, businesses, and communities

• Advancement of both the economic development profession and professional cooperation and collaboration

• Diversity, tolerance and equity Objectives

A series of objectives for IEDC are set out in the bylaws that include the following:

1. IEDC’s long-term effectiveness and growth in a changing, challenging environment depend on the high-impact leadership of a Board of Directors that continuously answers three critical


a. Where should IEDC be headed, and what should it become, over the long-term?

b. What should IEDC be now and in the short-term?

c. How is IEDC performing as a nonprofit association, both financially and programmatically?

2. Develop policies to advance the profession of economic development and serve as a clearinghouse for information on economic problems and solutions.

3. Foster the exchange of ideas and education experiences and offer persons engaged in developing local, regional, state and provincial economies an opportunity for intellectual stimulation and fellowship with their colleagues.

4. Enhance the career growth of professionals employed in the field of economic development and upgrade the professional standards of officials actively involved in economic development.

5. Provide local economic development insights for federal, state, provincial and local officials.

6. Share tested techniques in stimulating economic growth.

7. Undertake and support original research and identify and make maximum use of original and existing research in solving the economic problems of communities and enhancing the profession of economic development.

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8. Cooperate with other organizations and agencies with kindred goals.

9. Encourage and guide universities in developing specialized courses and programs on the study of economic problems and solutions.

10. Publicize the activities and reports of the Council and other groups engaged in improving the image of their communities as a place for doing business.

11. Develop accurate facts and statistical data showing that distressed locations are as good as nondistressed locations for many types of business and industrial activities, and that those living in distressed locations can serve as qualified employees.

12. Establish a sound philosophy on community growth and its relationship to metropolitan, county, regional, state, provincial and national economic growth.

13. Incorporate an international focus into professional standards, techniques and solutions, and provide a forum for the dissemination of information among practitioners from different countries.

IEDC Organizational Structure IEDC is a 501(c)(3) organization, governed by a 55 member Board of Directors. IEDC’s Board elects a Chair, a Vice-Chair, and a Secretary-Treasurer to lead the association. The terms of office for these three leadership positions are for one year and there is no automatic elevation at the end of the term.

The Board is organized into the following core committees: Governance, Nominations, Committee on Professional Conduct (CPC), Audit, Performance Oversight and Monitoring (POM), Planning and Business Development (PBD), and External and Member Relations (EMR). These Standing Committees enable the board to manage strategic and policy issues in a comprehensive and timely manner, proactively engage in shaping the organization’s decisions, and efficiently monitor IEDC’s performance against established benchmarks. Advisory Committees report to one of the following three committees: POM, PBD and EMR.

The purpose of Advisory committees is to allow the Board to break some of the specific functional and policy work of the organization into manageable pieces. Thus the Board governs strategically, while the Committees make recommendations for specific organizational needs. Moreover, the Committees empower volunteers to be an integral part of the organization.

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Descriptions of the roles of the Board Standing Committees are detailed below. Advisory Committees report to one of these Board Standing Committees. Descriptions of the Advisory Committees are found later in the document.

Governance Committee The Governance Committee is responsible for: continuous development of the Board’s governing capacity; the recommendation of By-Laws revisions for Board adoption as appropriate; Board human resource development (including advising the Nominating Committee); the coordination of Board and standing committee operations; and the maintenance of the Board and CEO working relationship. The Governance Committee is essentially a committee responsible for the management and coordination of the Board as IEDC’s governing body.

It shall be headed by the Board Chair and consists of: the Vice-Chair, the Secretary/Treasurer, the Chairs of the Planning and Business Development, Performance Oversight/Monitoring, and External/Member Relations Committees, the Past Chair, and the President & CEO.

The Governance Committee is empowered to take action on behalf of the full Board, but only in true emergency situations. The Governance Committee is not intended to function as an independent Board.

Nominating Committee The Nominating Committee is comprised of three (3) members of the Board, each of whom is a past chair of the organization or a predecessor. The members are appointed by the Chair, subject to approval by the Board, in advance of the annual meeting to nominate both Directors and Officers for election at the annual meeting.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee’s primary function is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the audit of the organization’s books and records. This includes: the recommendation or retention of external auditors; and an understanding of the organization’s internal controls as they apply to risk assessment and the overall scope of the audit. The Committee has annual discussions with the auditor, reviews the annual audit report, and recommends its approval or modification to the full Board at IEDC’s Annual Conference.

Committee on Professional Conduct (CPC)

The Committee on Professional Conduct is responsible for reviewing and investigating complaints of ethical violations by members who are individuals and individuals employed by members that are entities, and for determining sanctions, if any, if the allegations are proved, pursuant to policies and

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procedures as adopted from time to time by the Board of Directors for enforcement of the Code of Ethics and published to the members.

Performance Oversight and Monitoring (POM) The Performance Oversight/Monitoring Committee is accountable for overseeing IEDC’s operational and financial performance and the updating of operational policies and systems. It oversees and considers recommendations from the following advisory committees: Education and Certification Advisory Committee, the Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, and the AEDO Committee. POM meets in person three times a year at the IEDC Annual, Spring Technical and Leadership Conferences and has several conference calls throughout the year.

Planning and Business Development (PBD)

The Planning and Business Development Committee is accountable for developing and leading the Board's participation in all IEDC planning, including annual budget preparation, and for overseeing the development of IEDC’s financial resources. It oversees and considers recommendations from the following advisory committees: the International Advisory Committee and the Sustainability Advisory Committee. PBD meets in person three times a year at the IEDC Annual, Spring Technical and Leadership Conferences and has several conference calls throughout the year, with at least three during the summer to oversee the budget development process.

External and Member Relations (EMR)

The External and Member Relations Committee is responsible for clarifying IEDC’s desired public image in the eyes of key stakeholders, for overseeing the formulation of strategies to promote the image, for maintaining effective communication and working relationships with key stakeholder organizations, for recommending policy positions in the governmental relations/legislative arena, and for overseeing the formulation of strategies to promote active volunteer involvement in IEDC affairs. It oversees and considers recommendations from the following advisory committees: Higher Education Advisory Committee, Member Development Advisory Committee, Public Policy Advisory Committee and Young Professionals Advisory Committee. EMR meets in person three times a year at the IEDC Annual, Spring Technical and Leadership Conferences and has several conference calls throughout the year.

IEDC staff is organized into the following Departments:

• Executive oversees the management of the organization as a whole.

• Knowledge Management and Development (KMD) oversees all content and intellectual property of the organization including conference programming, training course curricula, legislative and policy, advisory services and research, clearinghouse, international activities and

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the Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) program. KMD personnel provide the staff liaisons for the following Advisory Committees: Public Policy, AEDO, International, Sustainability, BEDCs, and Education and Certification (shared with MMS).

• Marketing, Member Services and Meetings (MMS) manages meeting logistics, membership relations, marketing, the CEcD certification program, sponsorship and building partnerships with

stakeholders. MMS personnel provide the staff liaisons for the following Advisory Committees:

Awards, Membership, and Education and Certification (shared with KMD).

• Finance and Administration is responsible for accounting, budget, human resources and IT.

IEDC’s core services include:

• Professional Development including four conferences annually, training courses, networking, webinars, an awards program and the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) program that unifies and sets the standard of excellence for the discipline.

• Advisory Services and Research, which provides a wealth of knowledge through reports, white papers, handbooks and technical assistance to support economic development in communities of all sizes.

In-depth analysis in the premiere publication of the discipline - Economic Development Journal and a bi-monthly survey of economic development news and federal updates in the Economic Development Now e-newsletter

• Legislative Affairs which monitors federal activity impacting the field of economic development and engages our membership in policy advocacy activities

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