The holder of a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Virginia Military Institute, Michael Erin served 11 years in the United States Army, leaving the service at the rank of captain before pursuing business interests in Las Vegas and Chicago. In addition to serving as a partner of Progressive Management & Associates, Michael Erin is a member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
The IEDC is a nonprofit membership organization that provides leadership and drive economic development activity through networking opportunities. One of the major networking events hosted by the IEDC is the Economic Future Forum. This year’s event is taking place from June 24 to 26 in Buffalo, New York, and will be attended by more than 300 economic development professionals. It will include interactive learning sessions, discussions on global shifts in economic policy and development, and in-depth examinations of real case studies.
Topics for educational sessions include “The Deal with Data Scientists,” “Waterfronts: On the Banks of a New Economic Development Opportunity,” and “The Benefits of Transit-Oriented Development.” There will also be roundtable discussions on development in a diverse range of sectors such as entertainment, education, and energy. Prominent guest speakers scheduled to attend the event include Melina Cordero, Americas head of retail research with CBRE, and Jarred Kessler, CEO of EasyKnock.
International Economic Development Council
Michael Erin is an experienced financial services executive who has served as CEO of Chicago’s Progressive Management since 2016. In addition to his responsibilities with Progressive, Michael Erin sits on the board of directors for San Francisco’s catalyst s+f and holds membership in multiple professional associations, including the International Economic Development Council.
A nonprofit organization with more than 5,000 members, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is dedicated to helping economic development professional build healthy, stable, competitive communities. One of the resources the IEDC provides to its members, the Economic Development Reference Guide, is also available to the public through the organization’s website.
The IEDC Economic Development Reference Guide helps professionals and the organizations they serve define and pursue appropriate courses of economic development with an emphasis on job creation and retention, enhancing the quality of life and improving the tax base. Key elements of economic development, according to the Guide, include business retention/expansion, brownfield redevelopment, and e-commerce development.
National Association for Business Economics
A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute’s undergraduate program in economics and business, Michael Erin serves as associate consultant and partner for the boutique consultancy firm Progressive Management and Associates in Chicago. To help him remain current with industry trends, Michael Erin belongs to the National Association for Business Economics (NABE).
Established in 1959, NABE is the professional affiliation for business economists and others in the economics industry. Represented fields range from academia to business. NABE presents a variety of conferences and educational sessions, as well as numerous networking opportunities.
One of the sessions hosted by NABE is its annual conference, with the 2017 conference occurring on September 23-26 in Cleveland. With a theme of Prospects for Growth: Reassessing the Fundamentals, the 2017 annual meeting featured leading economists and policymakers to share information about global trade and mercantilist tensions. Some of the speakers included Federal Reserve System chair Janet Yellen and president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Loretta Mester. Those in attendance had an opportunity to garner 20 continuing education credit hours during the four-day event.
International Economic Development Council
The managing partner at Progressive Management & Associates, Michael Erin often dedicates his free time to multiple charitable, nonprofit, and professional organizations. Among those Michael Erin belongs to is the International Economic Development Council.
Supporting those in professions related to economic development, the International Economic Development Council has some 5,000 members. The goal is to create a stable tax base in communities and to foster a stronger and more inclusive economy with the creation of jobs. The Council also aims to instruct its members on how to advance their careers.
Members come from all walks of life, and represent an increasing number of industries, from workforce development to international trade. Membership provides the opportunity to work with leaders in different fields and offers access to yearly conferences and publications dedicated to economic development. In 2016, the Council commemorated its 90-year history with the first-ever Economic Development Week, encouraging the celebration of economic development in local communities.
An experienced business professional and a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Michael Erin serves as an associate consultant and partner at Progressive Management & Associates in Chicago, Illinois. Michael Erin also belongs to professional organizations including the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
The largest nonprofit of its kind, the IEDC has a membership of more than 5,000 professionals working in various sectors around the world. As new global markets emerge, the IEDC aims to help foster a worldwide environment conducive to healthy economic competition and growth.
Toward that objective, the organization will hold its 2017 Annual Conference September 17-20 in Toronto, Canada. The theme this year, Going Global, will focus on connection, collaboration, and creation, with attendees receiving instruction and insight on topics ranging from global trade expansion to stronger startup ecosystems. Along with the conference proceedings, IEDC members will have the opportunity to enjoy the culture of Toronto, recently named at the top of the list of places to visit in 2017 by the New York Times.