SPEAKERS

Robert D. Atkinson

President
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Washington, DC

Bryan M. Borlik

Interim Senior Director, Office of Regional Affairs
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC

Marva Bryan, CEcD

Accounting Manager/Tax Incentive Analyst
Development Authority of Fulton County

Dennis G. Coleman, CEcD, FM, HLM

Co-Founder and President
Community and Economic Development Solutions
St. Louis, MO

Dr. James C. Collard, Ph.D.

Director of Planning and Economic Development
Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Shawnee, OK

Brett Doney, CEcD

President and CEO
Great Falls Montana Development Authority
Great Falls, MT

Eric Esoda, CPA

Executive Director/CEO
NEPIRC
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Connie Evans

President and CEO
Association for Enterprise Opportunity
Washington, DC

Claudette Fernandez

Deputy Administrator for Business Programs,
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Washington, DC

Jeffrey A. Finkle, CEcD

President and CEO
International Economic Development Council
Washington, DC

Sarah Garcia, AICP

Senior Economic Development Associate
IEDC
Washington, DC

Gynii A. Gilliam

President
Coeur D'Alene Area EDC - Jobs Plus
Coeur D'Alene, ID

Todd Greene, CEcD

Vice President, Community & Economic Development
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

George N. Harben, CEcD, CCR

Director, Existing Business
Prince William County Department of E.D.
Manassas, VA

Dr. Ellen D. Harpel, PhD

Founder
Smart Incentives
Arlington, VA

Alex Holland

Director of Federal Affairs and Strategic Programs
Delta Regional Authority
Washington, DC

Susan Howard

Director
National Association of Development Organizations
Washington, DC

Emilia Istrate, PhD

Managing Director, Counties Futures Lab
National Association of Counties
Washington, DC

Michael K. Jackson, MBA, CGBP

Lead Officer
Export-Import Bank of the United States
Washington, DC

Kermit Kaleba

Federal Policy Director
National Skills Coalition
Washington, DC

Brian T. Kenner

Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development
Office of the Deputy Mayor
Washington, DC

Jessie Handforth Kome

Acting Director
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, DC

Thomas A. Kucharski, CEcD

President & CEO
Invest Buffalo Niagara
Buffalo, NY

Michael Langley, FM

CEO
GREATER MSP
Minneapolis - Saint Paul, MN

John Lettieri

Co-Founder
Economic Innovation Group
Washington, DC

Andrew T. Levine

President & Chief Creative Officer
Development Counsellors International

Robert M. Lewis, CEcD, AICP

Principal and President
Development Strategies, Inc.
Saint Louis, MO

Regina Lindsey, CEcD

CEO and President
Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
Beaumont, TX

Douglas Lynott

Director of E.D. Integration
U.S. Economic Development Administration
Washington, DC

William Manger

Associate Administrator, Office of Capital Access
U.S. Small Business Administration

Katherine McClelland

Director of Education and Workforce Initiatives
Manufacturing Institute
Washington, DC

Tracye McDaniel

Founder & CEO
McDaniel Strategy Ecosystems
Austin, TX

Kenny McDonald, CEcD

CEO
Columbus 2020
Columbus, OH

John Miller

Deputy Associate Administrator
U.S. Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

Daniel L. Neff

Director
Appalachian Regional Commission
Washington, DC

Teresa Nortillo

VP of Business Development and Consulting Services
StateBook International
Hoffman Estates, IL

Peggy Philbin

Acting Executive Director
SelectUSA
Washington, DC

Mark Popovich

Director, Good Companies/Good Jobs Initiative
Aspen Institute
Washington, DC

Lisa Powell

Associate Director
Enid Regional Development Alliance
Enid, OK

Lyneir Richardson

Executive Director
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Newark, NJ

Emily Robbins

Principal Associate, Economic Development
National League of Cities
Washington, DC

The Honorable Wilbur L. Ross, Jr.

Secretary of Commerce
United States Department of Commerce
Washington, DC

Martha Ross

Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program
The Brookings Institution
Washington, DC

Jason Schupbach

Director of Design Programs
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, DC

Brian Shaw

Senior Account Executive
Emsi
Arlington, VA

Dr. Phillip A. Singerman

Associate Director
US Department of Commerce
Gaithersburg, MD

Jeffrey Stout

Director, State Small Business Credit Initiative
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Washington, DC

Derieth L. Sutton, CEcD, EDFP

Director of E.D. & Government Relations
Niagara Bottling, LLC
Groveland, FL

Carroll A. Thomas

Director
Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Gaithersburg, MD

Marty K. Vanags, CEcD

President
Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership
Malta, NY

Jeffrey Werling, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Office of the Director
Congressional Budget Office
Washington, DC

Byron Zuidema

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration
U.S. Department of Labor
Washington, DC