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Emily J. Brown, Economic Development Specialist, International Economic Development Council, Washington, D.C.

Emily is an economic development specialist at IEDC, where she manages the in-house think-tank, the Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP) program, as well as other projects in the Knowledge Management and Development Department. Emily’s background is in real estate and economic development, and she has worked in various planning capacities in non-profits and local government. Emily earned her master’s degree in city and regional planning from Georgia Institute of Technology, specializing in economic development. She completed her undergraduate studies in English at Allegheny College. Emily is a member of the Urban Land Institute and a board member of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism. In 2014, she was part of a team that developed the card game “Cards Against Urbanity,” which was kick-started at 280 percent of the set goal. She lives in Washington D.C. with her cat.

What’s the most overlooked issue facing economic development? The metrics of success for economic developers are evolving. I see our members increasingly involved with long-term initiatives like workforce development and regional planning. These projects don’t deliver splashy headlines like landing a new business, but instead deliver result over several years. Being aware of this change, and finding ways to measure this impact is essential.

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