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National Economic Development Organizations

Association of University Research Parks
AURP is a membership organization the mission of which is to: promote university research parks, technology incubators, and associated programs; facilitate the development, transfer, and commercialization of technology among its members, universities, industry, and government; enhance university teaching, research and service; strengthen industrial competitiveness; and achieve technology-based economic development within a restructuring global economy.

International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
IEDC is the result of the 2001 merger of the American Economic Development Council, the largest and oldest economic development society, and the Council for Urban Economic Development, a multi-service membership organization and strong advocate of economic development since 1967. The IEDC continues the strong legacies of the former organizations by providing a variety of services, including advocacy, training and education, information and technical assistance, and networking.

National Association of Counties
NACo was created in 1935 to provide a strong voice for county officials in the nation's capital. More than six decades later, NACo continues to ensure that the nation's 3066 counties are heard and understood in the White House and the halls of Congress. NACo's membership totals more than 1,800 counties, representing more than 75 percent of the nation's population.

The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) provides advocacy, education, research and training for the nation's regional development organizations. Building on nearly four decades of experience, the association offers its members exclusive access to a variety of services and benefits -- all of which are designed to enhance the ability of regional development organizations to foster "regional solutions" to local government, business and community needs.

National Association of Installation Developers
NAID is the leading public service organization dedicated to the successful conversion and redevelopment of military bases.

University Economic Development Association (UEDA)
UEDA is dedicated to serving the nation's institutions of higher education and their economic development affiliates. UEDA focuses on policy, practice, and partnerships that enhance the relationship between higher education and economic development.

National Association of Regional Councils NARC is a membership organization serving the interests of regional councils and local government organizations. NARC studies recommends solutions to problems facing regions and strives to help their local government members plan for a healthy and prosperous regional community.

National Business Incubation Association NBIA is a major organization for the promotion of business incubation and entrepreneurship. It provides information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of companies in the early stages of development.

National Congress for Community Economic Development NCCED promotes, supports, and advocates for community-based organizations. NCCED staff provide access to a full range of services and benefits to help established community development corporations (CDC) and emerging groups achieve economic viability.

National League of Cities The mission of NLC is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance. NLC was established in 1924 by and for reform-minded state municipal leagues. NLC now represents 49 leagues, more than 1,500 member cities, and through the membership of the state municipal leagues, NLC represents more than 18,000 cities and towns of all sizes in total.

National Rural Economic Developers Association
NREDA is a member organization dedicated to the advancement of rural economic development through providing education and networking opportunities. Any person employed by an organization defined as a local or regional not-for-profit economic development organization, cooperative rural utility, associations, or government agency, educational institutions, and economic development related vendors such as consultants, development companies, real estate services, financial institutions, law firms, accounting firms and site consultants, construction companies, real estate development, and retired employees of said organizations.

U.S. Conference of Mayors
USCM is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,100 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

Other Economic Development Related Organizations

American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association

American Entrepreneurs for Economic Growth

American Planning Association

Association of Public Data Users

California Association for Local Economic Development

Community Development Society

Corporation for Enterprise Development

Council of Development Finance Agencies

Council of State Community Development Agencies

Council of State Governments

Denali Commission

Institute for Innovation, Creativity and Capital

International City/County Management Association

The Modernization Forum

National Association of Seed And Venture Funds

National Community Building Network

National Dialogue on Entrepreneurship

National Community Development Association

National Conference of State Legislatures

National Venture Capital Association

Public Technology, Inc.

State Science and Technology Institute

Southern Economic Development Council

Southern Growth Policies Board

Western Regional Science Association