• SaturdaySEPTEMBER 16
  • SundaySEPTEMBER 17
  • MondaySEPTEMBER 18
  • TuesdaySEPTEMBER 19
  • WednesdaySEPTEMBER 20
8:00 AM

Golf Outing At Humber Valley Golf Course ($)

Price: $100 USD

8:30 AM

Niagara Falls and Winery Tour ($)

Always wanted to view Niagara Falls from Canada? Here's your chance to explore one of the most spectacular landmarks on earth up close during a boat ride with Niagara Hornblower Cruises. While not an official Seven Wonders of the World, did you know that more than 80% of Canadians want to see it added to the list, making it number 8! You'll get a chance to see why this geological earth treasure is visited by hundreds of thousands every year. Enjoy seeing this sight for the first time, or for a return visit.

On this tour you'll also visit Table Rock and Clifton Hill followed by a deluxe buffet lunch at Penthouse Restaurant ‎overlooking the American and Canadian falls. Journey away from Niagara Falls after lunch through the historic Niagara Parkway and see Niagara Gorge, Botanical Gardens, floral clock, Queenston Heights. Then arrive at the Winery at Jackson Triggs for tastings and a tour. You'll wind down this autumn Saturday tour at the town Niagara on the Lake. Arrive at Annual Conference in time to take advantage of this scenic and breathtaking tour.

Price: $150 USD. Price is all-inclusive of the above. Additional wine purchases are responsibility of tour participant.

Time: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Price is all-inclusive of the above. Additional wine purchases are responsibility of tour participant.

Tour bus meets at the Sheraton.

Registered tour participants will receive a detailed confirmation email with logistical information two weeks prior to the tour.

Please note that IEDC reserves the right to cancel this tour if reservations do not meet the minimum requirement of participants. You will be notified and receive a full refund of your tour fees if cancellation is necessary.

7:45 AM

Certified Economic Developers (CEcD) Exam

9:00 AM

Tour: Markham Centre (SOLD OUT)

Markham Centre, Markham's new downtown, is a compact, vibrant and diverse neighbourhood that's emerged from within a traditionally suburban environment. The largest planned mixed-use development in Canada, Markham Centre spans 243 acres and is situated in one of the fastest-growing regions in the province. It is a compelling example of regional collaboration involving private and public sector leadership and long-term vision and commitment. See companies such as AVIVA, Honeywell and Worley Parsons and IBM's 2nd largest software development lab outside the United States. Together, the City of Markham, the Regional Municipality of York, and the Province of Ontario have invested in major public infrastructure in the area including GO commuter rail (and future all-day 15 minute GO service), VIVA dedicated bus rapid way, and the development of the Markham Pan Am Centre to name a few projects. Amenities include the Markham's Pan Am centre multiuse community and aquatics facility (a legacy of the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games), high end retail, Cineplex theatre and more. Markham Centre is part of the largest urban park and the largest collection of LEED® certified buildings in North America. Markham Centre is also the site of York University's new campus which is scheduled to open in 2020/2021. York University will launch its Markham Innovation Centre in 2017, where the focus will be to strengthen industry and academic links and strengthen the innovation ecosystem in Markham.

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

11:15 AM

Women's Mentoring Luncheon ($)

In the spirit of leadership development, this women's mentoring luncheon is designed to help women in the economic development field understand best practices, current trends and receive support for their career development. This luncheon will seek to foster mentoring relationships between attendees, and the women will hear economic development leaders deliver thoughtful yet brief speeches on issues pertinent to women in economic development. We invite you to attend this luncheon in order to build relationships and support female professionals in the economic development industry.

Price: $55 USD

Time: 11:15 AM - 1:45 PM

Master of Ceremonies:
Lauren Millier, BES, MCIP, RPP, Vice-President Consulting, MDB Insight Inc., Toronto, ON

Heather Farquharson, Director of Partnerships, Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto, Canada
Hazel McCallion, Former Mayor of the City of Mississauga
Mary Moran, President and Chief Executive Officer, Calgary Economic Development, Calgary, AB, Canada

12:45 PM

Learning Labs

Looking Ahead: EDOs of the Next Decade

What does your EDO look like now and where is it heading? EDOs can vary widely from one community to the next and from one country to the next. This session will bring several EDOs together to discuss what a modern and evolving EDO looks like, what are the financing tools they are using, how they manage the use of incentives, and how they leverage elected officials, amongst other things.

Time: 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Tim Chase, CEcD, FM, President and CEO, Hutto Economic Development Corporation, Hutto, TX
Christopher Chung, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Cary, NC
Robert Santy, President and CEO, Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC), Rocky Hill, CT

Sponsored Learning Lab by Business Facilities: It’s Not a Trade Show or Prospecting Mission: What is Business Facilities LiveXchange?

Trade show booths and prospecting missions are staples of business recruitment efforts for EDOs. However, when all of the costs are factored in, the reality is that the ROI for these efforts isn’t always there. Join us for this informative session as we look at how the Business Facilities LiveXchange event has taken the best aspects of prospecting missions and trade shows to create a unique person-to-person dealmaking opportunity that ensures a return on investment for EDOs.

What you'll learn:

• How LiveXchange identifies and brings prospective new customers directly to EDOs
• How the ROI of Business Facilities LiveXchange compares to trade shows and prospecting missions
• Additional benefits that EDOs will realize by participating in LiveXchange

Time: 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

• Ted Coene, Chief Business Officer, Business Facilities
• Ben Nachsin, Senior Account Executive, Business Facilities
• Joyce Wasserman, Senior Account Executive, Business Facilities

2:00 PM

Opening Plenary Session

IEDC's Annual Conference kicks off with welcoming remarks from the Host Committee Chair and an exciting lineup of keynote speakers.

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Master of Ceremonies:
Michael Williams, General Manager, City of Toronto, Economic Development & Culture Division, Toronto, ON

Keynote Speakers:
Ron Foxcroft, Chairman, Founder & CEO, Fox 40 International Inc., Hamilton, ON

2:00 PM

Walking Tour: Chinatown/Kensington Market ($)

Chinatown, in the centre of Toronto's downtown, stems back to the late 1870's. Home to ethnic immigrants from China, Taiwan, Vietnam and elsewhere, the area offers a wealth of Asian shops and a vast selection of restaurants featuring delicacies such as dim sum. Chefs here serve up authentic cuisines from all parts of China, including Cantonese, Szechuan, Hunan and northern Chinese. The outdoor fresh market lining the streets is a big community attraction. Shops also draw visitors for their authentic baked goods, herbal medicines, books, videos and Chinese arts and crafts. On this tour, you'll see this and two large shopping malls that cater to the ethnic Chinese - the Dragon City and the Chinatown Centre.

Kensington Market has been known as a cultural mosaic of Canada for centuries. Waves of immigrants - Scottish labourers, European Jews, Chinese, Portuguese, Jamaican, and South & Central American made Kensington Market their own before moving on to make room for the next tile of our cultural mosaic. This unique area of Toronto has long been an important tourist hangout, and shopping destination. The neighbourhood is well known for its independent spirit, colourful shopfronts, vibrant murals, charismatic locals and over 240 unique and eclectic businesses.

Price: $55 USD

Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

3:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Expanding Ambitions of Inter-Tribal Trade and Growing Opportunity for All Communities

Inter-tribal and international trade for indigenous businesses looks promising, and non-aboriginal businesses are poised to benefit. As indigenous land claims continue to be settled and as tribes are seeking investment advantages such as establishing Foreign Trade Zones, there is tremendous opportunity for economic development for native peoples and for the communities and businesses with whom they come in contact. This session will explore how indigenous populations in North America are charting their own future through trade.

What you'll learn:

• Trends in inter-tribal and international trade by indigenous businesses
• How your community and non aboriginal-owned businesses can benefit from these new trading partners
• Sharing of best practices amongst tribes on how to develop better trade relationships

James Collard, PhD, Director of Planning and Economic Development, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Shawnee, OK
Wayne Garnons-Williams, BA, LLB, MPA, MLS-IPL, Garwill Law Professional Corporation, Ottawa, Canada

Design: The Secret Success Factor for Economic Development

Designers from the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, graphic, industrial and interior design play a key role in creating economic value for municipalities and regions. However, design can often be overlooked and underutilized in terms of placemaking initiatives, revitalization and helping local manufacturers and emerging entrepreneurs to increase commercialization success. This session will present case studies to demonstrate how design initiatives have addressed key economic and social challenges for communities.

What you'll learn:

• How to leverage the skills of designers at a higher level to contribute to business success for local communities
• Examples of designers addressing specific economic challenges, stimulating tourism and engaging inbound investment by creating hot spots of design talent within regions
• Tips on how to successfully leverage the problem-solving and creative skills of designer to address public sector goals and outcomes

Arlene Gould, RGD, FRSA, Strategic Director, Design Industry Advisory Committee, Toronto, ON, Canada

Heather Dubbeldam, OAA, FRAIC, LEED, AP, Principal, Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, Toronto, ON, Canada
Lionel Gadoury, RGD, Principal, Director of Strategy and Creative, Services Context Creative, Toronto, ON, Canada
Tim Poupore, ACIDO, President, Ove Industrial Design Ltd., Toronto, ON, Canada

Don’t Go: What to Do When Your Start-Ups are Poached

It is a blessing and a curse to have highly successful start-ups in your community. There is a sense of pride of what you have grown but then suddenly companies and other communities are looking to steal away your treasure. This session will look at some very entrepreneurial communities that know what it is like to have their brightest new businesses lured away from home. Economic developers will share techniques for either retaining the businesses or share how they know it is time to let them go.

What you'll learn:

• Selling the amenities of your community when financing is luring start-ups elsewhere
• How to retain connections and reap benefits from start-ups that fly the coop
• Bringing the finances and resources to your community that enable start-ups to stay and grow

Jeff Marcell, Senior Partner, TIP Strategies, Austin, TX

Clif Harald, Executive Director, Boulder Economic Council, Boulder, CO
Paul Krutko, FM, President & CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK, Ann Arbor, MI
Carol Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, Association of University Research Parks (AURP), Waterloo, Canada

Beyond Borders: Having Global Reach with a Regional Impact

The grass is not always greener on the other side, but it does not hurt to see where they get their water. As a way to share economic development knowledge across borders, this session has been designed to give economic developers a peak into how economic development is done in Canada and provide an opportunity for open exchange around various growth-promoting tactics. Topics for discussion will include broadening and deepening connections, adapting to organizational change, and collaborating beyond borders to promote investment and drive prosperity.

What you'll learn:

• Evaluating and responding to the shifting structure of economic development organizations
• Creating a resource framework that meets the needs of rural EDOs
• Productive collaboration to successfully attract investment and businesses

Brian Bailey, Manager of Business Development, Emsi, Moscow, ID

Myles Buck, Economic Development Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, Guelph, ON, Canada
Dan Degazio, Director, Economic Development, City of Welland, Welland, ON
Court Ellingson, Vice-President, Research and Strategy, Calgary Economic Development, Calgary, AB, Canada
David Oakes, CEcD, Director, Economic Development, Niagara Region, Thorold, ON

A Disrupted Economy: Is Your Community Ready for Tech Disruptions?

Disruptive trends in technology are irrevocably changing economic development. Employment, supply chains, and social norms are all being impacted. Traditional models are no longer sufficient; our assumptions about what constitutes economic vitality must evolve.

Every industry is adapting to disruptive trends in technology. Economic development–as a profession– must show similar flexibility and a similar commitment to change. This session continues a dialogue that can move our profession in a new direction.

What you'll learn:

• Key sources of information and thinking that should be on your reading list
• How some of the most successful and innovative economic developers always keep an eye on the big picture
• Insight into the most nascent technologies and their potential disruptions to your established industries

Jon Roberts, Principal, TIP Strategies, Inc., Austin, TX

Collective, Competitive Advantage for Foreign Direct Investment

Investments flow into regions where project success is ensured through sensible regional strategy and where there is room for leveraging linkages and assets through connectivity and an innovative approach. While investment liberalization is making its way into all policy measures, there are still national considerations and regulations that inhibit inward flows to any country. These regulations protect national interest by denting the regional attractiveness to investors. This session will address the issue by pointing out why today’s global economy demands regional collaboration, what is going to drive or restrict the regional approach and how to overcome challenges to enhanced regional collaboration.

What you'll learn:

• Why regional collaboration for investment attraction is needed now more than ever
• How regional collaboration boosts your competitiveness compared to other regions around the globe
• Facilitation of regional knowledge sharing for policy tools favorable to investment

Boštjan Skalar, CEO, World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), Istanbul, Turkey

Rodrigo Contreras, Trade and Investment Commissioner, ProMexico, Toronto, Canada
Sarah Bauerle Danzman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Chris Knight, Global Commercial Director, fDi Intelligence, London, UK
Adalberto Netto, CEO, APD Invest in Parana, Brazil

Sponsored Session by ROI Research on Investment: Gazelle.ai; a Platform for Harnessing Big Data and Machine Learning for Investment Attraction

In the rapidly evolving world of modern economic development, Gazelle.ai has emerged as a state-of-the-art tool that grew out of asking “What’s next? How can we be more effective and more efficient in identifying expanding companies who will generateinvestment and drive job creation?”

This session will focus on three key questions pertaining to ROI’s new Gazelle.ai business attraction platform: 1) WhyGazelle.ai? 2) How does it work? and 3) How effective has Gazelle.ai been so far? Our panel of Industry Experts and Client Users will outline the general business attraction context and traditional approaches used to identify expanding firms and attractinvestment. We’ll share the thought processes leading to the development of ROI’s new Gazelle.ai platform; highlighting its unique contributions to the field of business attraction. More than two years in the making, a project of this magnitude has not been without its challenges. You’ll hear about some of the software & hardware obstacles associated with applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods to big data. You’ll gain insight into some of the technical aspects of Gazelle, i.e. how Gazelleincorporates AI and how the predictions of these AI-algorithms compare to more traditional methods. Finally, you will hear from current clients who will share their experience of the platform and highlight some of the insights provided when using this state-of-the-art approach.

Time: 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Moderator: Steven Jast, Founder and President of ROI Research on Investment, Montreal, QC, Canada

Nadine Jeserich, PH.D., Vice President of Analytics, ROI Research on Investment, Montreal, QC, Canada
Hugh Kelley, PH.D., Chief Economist, ROI Research on Investment, Montreal, QC, Canada

4:00 PM

Economic Development Ethics Workshop

Are you faced with ethical dilemmas in your professional life? Do you have the tools to deal with ethical issues? Economic developers regularly encounter situations that require sound judgment and strength of character. This session will provide essential instruction on ethics in economic development and provide you with the tools to foster an environment of high standards in your organization. No theoretical lecture, this workshop will focus on real life ethical decision-making situations faced by economic developers.

Note: Due to the large number of attendees at these workshops, we are unable to accommodate requests to transfer registration between the Sunday and Monday ethics sessions. Ethics Workshops will also be held at the 2018 Leadership Summit in Las Vegas on January 28 - 30, 2018 and 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on September 30 - October 3, 2018

Ethics training is a requirement for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) recertification processes. CEcDs who seek recertification are required to have two hours of ethics training each time they recertify.

Price: Free, but registration is required

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

6:30 PM

Chair's Reception

Don't miss the opportunity to see old friends and make new acquaintances. Join IEDC Chair Michael Langley, FM and your colleagues for an evening of networking and fun in the Economic Development Marketplace (Exhibit Hall).

Price: Free, but registration is required

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

6:30 PM

International Dinner

Registering from another country outside the US/Canada? Email Mishka Parkins (mparkins@iedconline.org) for instructions.

Price: $75 USD

Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

9:00 PM

Young Professional and Student Networking Event

Are you a young economic development professional? Come get involved with your fellow professionals, have a good time, and take this opportunity to expand your networking field.

Please note: Registration is limited to students and professionals < 35 years of age

Price: Free, but registration is required

7:30 AM

Learning Labs

International Soft Landings and Support Services for Foreign Start-ups

The world is rich with opportunities to create and share innovations. Developing an international soft landing program or to support incubators or accelerators that cater to foreign start-ups is a great way to get new talent and technology into your community. This session will look at successful ways that EDOs have lured international businesses to their communities and the economic development results.

What you'll learn:

• Special needs of international start-ups and examples of the best business support services out there
• Demonstrations of the positive economic impacts international start-ups have on your innovation ecosystem
• Tips on how to retain success start-up in your community as their business needs grow and change

Time: 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Isabella Bertani, Partner, Collins Barrow Toronto LLP, Toronto, Canada

Jeanine Jerkovic, Economic Development Director, City of Surprise, Surprise, AZ
Michael Stewart, Regional Director, France and the United Kingdom, Toronto Global, Toronto, Canada

Sponsored Learning Lab by Impact DataSource: What Your ED Board Needs to Know About That Cost-Benefit Report

Cost-benefit reports are ubiquitous in economic development but their quality and relevance vary significantly. In many cases a high-quality cost-benefit report will help all sides better understand the good and the bad of what may come with a planned project and bring to light issues requiring further study. However, in too many instances these potentially useful reports are intimidating, opaque, and ultimately abandoned in favor of “gut feel”. This session is intended to help economic developers, their boards, and other stakeholders cut through the jargon, identify the hallmarks of a high-quality cost-benefit report, and utilize the cost-benefit report to its fullest potential.

Topics to be covered include:
• Defining economic impact,
• Demystifying multipliers,
• Balancing new taxes with added government costs, and
• Calculating ROI for ED

Time: 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

• Paul Scheuren, Principal, Economist, Impact DataSource

8:45 AM

Chair's Welcome and Monday Morning Plenary Session

The Chair of IEDC's Board of Directors provides a recap of the organization's accomplishments during 2017. The audience will also hear from a lineup of economic development leaders.

Time: 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Welcoming Remarks:
The Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
John Tory, His Worship, Mayor, City of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Master of Ceremonies:
Tracye McDaniel, Founder & CEO, McDaniel Strategy Ecosystems, Austin, TX

Keynote Speakers:
Michael Langley, FM, CEO, GREATER MSP, Minneapolis - Saint Paul, MN
Dr. Avery Shenfeld, PhD, Managing Director and Chief Economist, CIBC Capital Markets, Toronto, Canada

9:00 AM

Tour: Fort York - National Historic Site (SOLD OUT)

Over the last decade, Toronto's founding landscape has been transformed from a relatively unknown 7-acre site to one of the City's most significant urban spaces at 43 acres in size. Fort York continues to play a pivotal role as an anchor for culture and heritage infrastructure within plans to revitalize the waterfront and the communities surrounding the Fort. As the site of the Battle of York, Fort York saw action during the War of 1812 and remained in continuous use by the military until almost the Second World War. Since 1934, Fort York has been a public museum, owned and operated by the City of Toronto. Today, the fort reflects an international community through its 200+ year-old story of conflict, change and city-building. Fort York is the City's common ground for stories about Toronto, history, commemoration, music, art, public affairs and more that stretches 1.7 km underneath Toronto's Gardiner Expressway.

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

10:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Rural Workforce Systems: Cultivating, Recruiting, and Retaining Talent in Rural Economies

In many rural communities and economies, access to a qualified workforce is one of the greatest obstacles preventing the recruitment, expansion, and retention of businesses. As rural economic development agencies shift their attention to investing in human capital and workforce development, innovative solutions will be required to solve the unique problem rural businesses face. This session will look at a variety of successful and replicable initiatives aimed at bolstering the rural workforce.

What you'll learn:

• The uniqueness of rural workforce problems and the solutions that are required
• Exploring the intrinsic nature of workforce development and economic development
• Tips from communities that have proven successful at reversing the trend of rural population decreases

John Hubbard, PhD, EDFP, PCED, CEcD, Executive Director, Stephenville Economic Development Authority, Stephenville, TX

Alex Beck, Workforce and Education Program Manager, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, Brattleboro, VT
Rob Cleveland, CEcD, President & CEO, Cornerstone Alliance, Benton Harbor, MI
Dennis Fraise, Chief Operating Officer, Lee County Economic Development Group, Keokuk, IA

The Village as the New Corporate Location Platform

Traditionally, economic developers would attract corporations and businesses that are looking to expand or relocate through the offer of cheap land and plentiful incentives. However, as time as shown, the companies are increasingly looking at corporate location decisions through a human resources lens rather than a pure real estate lens. Companies are prioritizing work place satisfaction, employee health and quality of life. As a result, the transit-connected village platform has become the new corporate real estate strategy. This session will bring together professionals in corporate relocation, placemaking, mobility and transit-ready development to present on how to implement a major facility to attract and retain the best talent.

What you'll learn:

• Understanding corporate real estate as a quality of life investment for workers rather than a burdensome cost
• How to harness regional infrastructure for a corporate village strategy
• Aligning return on investment for both company real estate investment and public incentives through a village strategy

Brandon Palanker, Principal, GP Development, Dallas, TX

David Grannis, Partner, pointC, LLC, Pasadena, CA
Scott Polikov, FAICP, Principal, GP Development LLC, Dallas, TX
Philip Schneider, President, Schneider Strategy Consulting, LLC, Elkhorn, WI

Collaborative Tourism: Banding Together for Regional Tourism Strategies

As with other initiatives in economic development, cooperating as a region in tourism can lead to bigger gains and greater returns on your investment. Collaborative regional tourism can help more evenly distribute the tourism dollars between main tourist centers and the smaller or lesser known treasures within close proximity. It can also provide tourists with a more compelling reason to visit your region in the first place if you lack a major draw. This session will present several cases of communities banding together to draw more tourists in, keep them longer and get them to spend more money.

What you'll learn:

• Why collaborative tourism is a better model than a community marketing alone
• How to development a theme-based tourism strategy and telling your region’s collective story
• Case studies from regional tourism strategies that promote a variety of experiences

Leah Woolford, CEO and Founder, USDM, Austin, TX

Sandra Badry, Economic Development Officer, Red Deer County, Red Deer County, Alberta
Glenn Mandziuk, BA, MEDes., MCIP, President & CEO, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Kelowna, BC, Canada

Setting a High Bar: Best Practices from Leading EDOs

There are some EDOs that serve as exceptionally examples of best practices in the functioning of an organization and in their execution of their programs and initiatives. Many of these organizations certified as AEDOs and they have been judged by their peers to have programs, practices, and management that are the gold standard in the profession. Many of their programs and initiatives are innovative and are worthy of being highlighted and shared with other economic developers. Now, three of these outstanding organizations are coming forward to provide tips and insight into three critical issues that all EDOs face.

What you'll learn:

• How to develop a strategic visioning and funding campaign.
• How to create and utilize effective performance metrics.
• How to establish an entrepreneurship program to help connect entrepreneurs with funding, mentors, and talent to scale their ventures.

Danielle Casey, CEcD, EDFP, Director, Economic Development, City of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ

Entrepreneurship, Wherever You Are

The strength of prioritizing entrepreneurship as an economic development strategy is that it can happen anywhere, from metro areas and rural communities. In order to understand the breadth of entrepreneurship experiences, this session will examine the full range of issues that economic developers need to know in order to successfully drive their entrepreneurship strategy. Topics of discussion will include different models of entrepreneurial support programs, inclusion of second stage companies, financial sustainability and communication of results.

What you'll learn:

• Pragmatic strategies and programs for building ecosystems in communities of different sizes
• Creating sustainable programs, from an operations and financial standpoint
• Developing a communications strategy that goes beyond the traditional ecosystem buzz

Carol Lauffer, Principal, Business Cluster Development, Palo Alto, CA

Amy Clickner, CEcD, CFRM, CEO, Lake Superior Community Partnership, Marquette, MI
Penny Lewandowski, Senior Consultant, External Relations, Edward Lowe Foundation, Cassopolis, MI
Tammie Sweet, Director, GrowFL, Orlando, FL

Sponsored Session by DCI: Corporate America Speaks: Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing

Conducted by Development Counsellors International (DCI) every three years, the highly regarded “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing” survey has tracked trends in economic development since its inception in 1996. Key findings from the 2017 edition will be revealed for the first time in this session.

Designed to uncover the most effective strategies and techniques in economic development marketing from the “customer’s perspective,” the 8th iteration of the survey also provides a glimpse into the minds of corporate executives and site selection consultants at their perceptions of locations across the United States and the world.

What you'll learn:

• Best practices in economic development marketing, including most important website features
• Corporate executive positions/titles most likely to lead the site selection process
• Top states and countries for business, along with best economic development groups

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

• Dariel Y. Curren, Senior Vice President, Development Counsellors International
• Robyn Domber, Director of Research, Development Counsellors International

11:15 AM

Student and YP Mentorship and Networking Lunch

This unique mentorship opportunity should not be missed. Students and young professionals will meet and interact with seasoned economic developers. Mentors come from a variety of backgrounds and have a wealth of experience to share. Students and young professionals bring new energy that experienced economic developers find exciting for the profession. After the initial mentorship session, participants will have the opportunity to sit and have lunch together to continue conversations and make more lasting connections. Box lunches will be provided.

Price: Free, but registration is required. Registration is limited to students and professionals < 35 years of age. Mentors will be selected by invitation.

Time: 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM

11:40 AM

Economic Development Ethics Workshop

Are you faced with ethical dilemmas in your professional life? Do you have the tools to deal with ethical issues? Economic developers regularly encounter situations that require sound judgment and strength of character. This session will provide essential instruction on ethics in economic development and provide you with the tools to foster an environment of high standards in your organization. No theoretical lecture, this workshop will focus on real life ethical decision-making situations faced by economic developers.

Note: Due to the large number of attendees at these workshops, we are unable to accommodate requests to transfer registration between the Sunday and Monday ethics sessions. Ethics Workshops will also be held at the 2018 Leadership Summit in Las Vegas on January 28 - 30, 2018 and 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on September 30 - October 3, 2018

Ethics training is a requirement for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) recertification processes. CEcDs who seek recertification are required to have two hours of ethics training each time they recertify.

Price: Free, but registration is required

Time: 11:40 AM - 1:40 PM

12:15 PM

Networking Lunch in the Economic Development Marketplace

Connect with old friends, meet new colleagues, and check out the exhibit booths in this year's Economic Development Marketplace. Boxed lunches will be provided.

Price: Free, but registration is required

Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

12:15 PM

Special Networking Luncheon: Elected Officials and Board of Directors of EDOs ($)

IEDC extends a special welcome to elected officials and board of directors of EDOs and invites them to network and discuss economic development strategies in their community. All registered attendees of the conference are invited to register for this luncheon.

Price: $55 USD

Capacity: 50

Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Master of Ceremonies:
Gynii Gilliam, President, Coeur d'Alene Area Economic Development Corporation, Coeur D'Alene, ID

Eric McSweeney, Ec.D.(F), Economic Development and Management Consultant, McSweeney & Associates, Ottawa, ON, Canada

12:15 PM

Defining Issues Luncheon ($)

This fully-catered, full course luncheon gives you a chance to renew old connections and make new ones, before hearing a keynote presentation on a trending topic in economic development.

Price: $55 USD

Capacity: 70

Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

12:30 PM

Learning Labs

Economic Development Jeopardy

In Economic Development Jeopardy, an economic developer, a site selector and an economic development consultant will compete for the coveted "Trebekonomic Development Award" by answering (with a question) increasingly difficult questions in categories such as marketing, rural strategy, workforce development, FDI and websites. In this educational and entertaining session, attendees will gain a well rounded perspective on many issues facing the industry today.

Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Aaron Brossoit, CEO, Golden Shovel Agency, Santa Cruz, CA

Linda DiMario, Vice President, Economic Development & Tourism, Irvine Chamber of Commerce, Irvine, CA
Tom Lambrecht, EDFP, LEED AP, Manager, Economic Development, Great River Energy, Maple Grove, MN
Gregg Wassmansdorf, M.A., Ph.D.(abd), LEED AP, Senior Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Toronto, ON, Cananda

Sponsored Learning Lab by Esri: From Problem to Prosperity: Using Data to Reverse the Scourge of Urban Blight

The impact of blight on our communities is severe and far-reaching, affecting tax revenue, property values, and fostering serious social ills. Using available data and sharing it among stakeholders has proven an effective strategy for mitigating the devastation of blight. Hear how economic developers can join in the collective fight and boost community attractiveness for residents, businesses, and prospective investors.

Learn how to:

• reclaim lost revenue by returning distressed neighborhoods to productivity
• predict areas of potential blight before problems can begin

Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Keith Cooke, Local Government Account Executive, Esri, Redlands, CA

1:00 PM

Tour: Liberty Village ($)

Liberty Village, located on one of Toronto's oldest settlements, is a neighborhood in Toronto bordered by King Street West, Dufferin Street, Gardiner Expressway, Strachan Avenue and by CP railway tracks in the northeast. The Liberty Village neighborhood aims to distinguish itself from neighboring and popular Parkdale, which now begins west of Dufferin Street. The Liberty Village Business Improvement Area, also popular, was founded in 2001 and represents more than 600 member businesses which employ more than 10,000 people. Partly because of this, Liberty Village has experienced phenomenal growth from 2004 to the present in terms of new condos/lofts, office space, a new park and a multitude of new shops and restaurants.

Price: $55 USD

Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

1:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions

How the Creative Industries Support Core Industry Development

Most local economies are built around one or two core industries. Even though economies change over time, the historical economic drivers remain strong in defining a community. As economic developers push to diversify the economy and to foster the growth of creative industries, there is an interesting relationship that can development between the core industries and burgeoning creative sectors; the creative industries can bring a new vigor and dynamic to core industries that helps them shake off complacency and approach their work with a new perspective. This session will explore these B2B connections that make local economies thrive.

What you'll learn:

• Exploring the beneficial relationship between core industries and the growth of new creative economies
• How you can foster collaboration amongst the new and historic businesses in your community
• Activating the creative industries to drive additional growth in your community

Tom DiFiore, MBA, President, National Community Development Services, Atlanta, GA

Natasha Marar, Business Advisor, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, Windsor, ON, Canada

Workforce Round Robin

This Round Robin session will allow attendees to visit with each case study for intimate 20 minutes conversations. Background information on each case study will be provided to attendees in advance so that they can familiarize themselves with the case studies and come to the Round Robin prepared to ask detailed questions. After 20 minutes, each group of attendees will then meet with a case study until they have visited will all case studies in 90 minutes.

Speaker Topics:

Savannah Jermance, CEcD

Who’s Missing From Your Workforce? A Solo Work Program Case Study - As the world’s technological revolution continues, employees are less and less geographically tethered for many available jobs. In addition, large segments of the population face disadvantages that often cause them not to participate in a community’s workforce. Furthermore, communities likely have pools of talent producing freelance or other independent, nontraditional and unmeasured work that would make them prime candidates to start their own businesses and become solopreneurs—were they provided the right resources. These factors should leave economic development practitioners, particularly those in rural communities, asking how they can engage these segments to grow the size and skillset of their overall workforce as a way to grow their overall economy.

Learn how a consortium of service providers in Grants, New Mexico (2010 U.S. Census population: 9,182) implemented a SoloWork Center aimed at addressing the above issues through three service modules: Remote work training and placement, solopreneurship recruiting/converting and startup, and upskilling disadvantaged populations.

Barbra Coffee, CEcD, EDFP, Director, Economic Development & Tourism, City of Henderson, Henderson, NV
Debra Lyons, Principal Strategist, Workforce Engagement, ACT, Iowa City, IA
Chase Norlin, CEO, Transmosis, Las Vegas, NV
Joel Simon, Vice President, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), Chicago, IL
Mike Wiggins, Retired Executive Vice President , Southwire Company, Carrollton, GA

Collaboration, Not Competition: Amplifying Your Region’s Global Message

Global trade and investment remain an essentially component to communities’ economic success. Rather than competing for FDI and trade, communities around the world are partnering up to better understand how it can be a win-win endeavor. This session will explore the ways that cities are connecting for the purpose of establishing long-term goals with global partners in an effort to strengthen innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems. This prospect of advancing commerce and trade between participating economies will accelerate business opportunities for all stakeholders.

Clinton R. Nessmith, Principal, Resource Development Group, Statesboro, GA

Adriana Cruz, President, Greater San Marcos Partnership, San Marcos, TX
Fred Olayele, Ph.D., PMP, President/Chief Economist, Global Economic Institute for Africa, Ottawa, Canada

Building a Sustainable Grid: It is all about Balance

When building a power grid, it is often assumed that you can hot swap whatever power source you wish, so long as it produces an ample amount of megawatts of electricity. What is often overlooked is the often unpredictable and varying nature of demand. When integrating renewables, it is often difficult to meet the needs of the highest demand times (when the sun goes down and the wind isn’t blowing). As such, renewables must be balanced with peak demand supply or “Peaking” plants to handle demand and avoid brown outs of blackouts. This session will teach you everything you need to know about the future of renewable energy.

What you'll learn:

• Key steps and considerations when introducing renewable energy to the power grid
• Regulations and other governmental affairs related to changes in the power grid
• The benefits from introducing renewable energy into your communities energy strategy

Warren Unsicker, CEcD, Vice President of Economic Development, Four Corners Economic Development, Farmington, NM

Thomas Fallgren, VP, New Mexico Operation, Public Service of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Sponsored Session by GIS WebTech: How Emerging Data Sources Are Changing Business Attraction and Retention

The use of emerging, innovative data by businesses in making location decisions is exploding. Providing a map with site listings and some basic demographic and workforce data is no longer enough. Forward thinking EDOs are now speaking the language of the sectors they are targeting by providing the cutting edge data those sectors want to see. Targeting retail for a downtown area? Provide map layers showing foot traffic and parked car counts to demonstrate market potential. Building an innovation hub? Utilize map layers demonstrating critical mass of relevant professional skills, venture capital, and other components of the startup ecosystem.

What you'll learn:

• What types of new, emerging data are available
• Why this new data matters to businesses
• How you can use this data to be more effective in attracting and retaining businesses

• Ron Bertasi, Chief Executive Officer, GIS WebTech
Jason Elliott, Chief Technical Officer, GIS WebTech

Time: 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

3:15 PM

Silent Auction and Ice Cream Social

Bid on an extraordinary and unique range of items that the communities donate to express their individual pride of place. Silent auction items may be previewed and bid on in the Exhibit Hall beginning Sunday and concluding Monday during the ice cream social. Get the scoop from exhibitors while enjoying your favorite flavors. Proceeds from the auction benefit the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund, helping train economic developers in distressed areas.

Price: Free, but registration is required

Time: 3:15 PM - 3:50 PM

4:00 PM

ED Talks

IEDC has selected four compelling speakers to present in a TED-style format on a topic of their choosing. The speakers and a summary of their presentations is listed below. These speakers will use their stories and experiences to help us find a deeper meaning in the work that we do as economic developers.

Master of Ceremonies:
Andrew Levine, President & Chief Creative Officer, Development Counsellors International, New York, NY

Speaker Topics:

Bryan Buggey

If Vancouver is an “Island of Green”, Then We Are in Big Trouble - Be inspired by Vancouver’s leading economic growth while lowering greenhouse gases by 15% over the last decade while growing local GDP by 26%. Hear about leading programs that support the business community in going green and reducing the environmental footprint while growing business, attracting capital and talent and establishing Vancouver as an innovation platform for green entrepreneurs. This is a talk about the importance of economic developers working on the Green Economy with a view of supporting innovation and local growth while saving the planet. Cities are the economic engines for their countries. Let us make sure that they grow their economies while lowering greenhouse gases and their environmental footprints – together! If Vancouver goes it alone in green economic development, we are in big trouble.

Ashley Cangelosi Llewellyn M.S.

Find the Doers: Expanding Workforce Capacity Through Coalition - A solutions-driven workforce development strategy built around an inclusive environment is not for the faint of heart. This ED Talk will discuss collaborative workforce development that relies on mutual trust, respect and personal relationships. Ashley’s strategy requires no money, no publicity, and no ego. She will advocate for critical thinking as a pathway to success and explain how to create the table of experts if none currently exists. Ashley will also explain how to pursue real, actionable and measurable initiatives with regional impacts.

Christopher Lloyd

Winning the War Against Economic Development and Incentives - In our highly charged political atmosphere, economic development, including the use of incentives, has become a punching bag for political parties on both the left and the right. Why is that the case when jobs and the economy is what everyone is worried about? This ED Talk will explore the politics and rhetoric used against economic development and how we as professionals can use transparency and facts to combat these attacks.

Brent Willett, CEcD

The Spoon That Stirs the Coffee: Today’s geopolitical convulsion is a bigger global shift than 9/11. Economic development must reinvent itself or wither away. - From Brexit to Trump to Macron to UK 2017, whipsawing electoral outcomes across the West are reshaping economic models and the institutions which underlie them. As a new strain of populism gathers steam here and abroad, post-WWII institutions which have been credited with influencing and protecting global prosperity like NATO, the World Bank, and the United Nations face a reckoning in the face of increasing global inequality and cultural segregation. As a result, economic developers today are faced with an urgent choice: whether to fundamentally reform our methods and objectives in order to be responsive to an increasingly complex set of growth and prosperity problems, or to keep chasing jobs and capital expenditures to justify our existence. Brent Willett will discuss a the confluence of factors which are fundamentally changing the rules for what constitutes economic development in the West.

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

4:00 PM

fDi Magazine Awards Ceremony - American Cities of the Future Awards

fDi Magazine will present the awards for its American Cities of the Future 2017/18 ranking. The awards will recognise the cities which have the best prospects for crossborder investment, economic development and business expansion across the Americas. You can find out the winners of the ranking in advance by reading the article published in the April/May 2017 issue of fDi Magazine and online here (from 20th April 2017).

Join mayors, dignitaries and professionals from economic development organisations to celebrate the most successful cities across the Americas. Data on the latest trends in crossborder investment will also be presented. Photos from the previous awards ceremony in Anchorage can be viewed here.

A light buffet, drinks and refreshments will be available.

Attendance is free but the number of available places is limited, to confirm your attendance please send your contact details to fDi@ft.com.

Presentation of Research by the IEDC Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP)

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

4:00 PM

Sponsored Session by Coastal Cloud: How Cloud Technology Can Boost Economic Development

Learn how leveraging the latest in cloud computing technology can help your economic development team improve efficiencies, automate marketing, increase forecasting, and provide a holistic view of your business pipeline including trend analysis and insights into target industries.

Hear from a leading public sector implementation partner of Salesforce and see how you can replace out dated legacy systems, spreadsheets and individualized programs to increase productivity and reporting, ease user ability and reduce costs and complications.

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

6:30 PM

Recognition Dinner ($)

The Recognition Dinner will be honoring those who have contributed to making the profession what it is today. Honors to be conferred include:

- Fellow Members (FM) and Honorary Lifetime Members (HLM)
- Leadership Award for Public Service
- Young Economic Developer of the Year Award
- Citizen Leadership Award
- Institutional Leadership Award
- Jeffrey A. Finkle Organizational Leadership Award and
- Chairman's Award for Excellence in Economic Development
- Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Economic Development, in honor of Edward deLuca

Location: Arcadian Court: 401 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4

Price: $100 USD

Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

7:00 AM

DCI Fun Run/Walk

All IEDC attendees are invited to join their economic development peers for an early morning group run/walk starting in the lobby of the Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel. There will be options for a 6-mile or a 3-mile route.

7:00 AM

Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop

If you are planning to sit for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam, it's never too early to start planning and learning more about the process. All participants and attendees at this workshop will be provided with a complete overview of the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam process, from application to the oral examination. Attendees will learn tools and techniques for preparing for the exam and witness a mock oral interview.

Please note: First-time candidates sitting for the certification exam are required to participate in the "Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop," either in-person or via webinar format. Questions regarding this requirement can be sent to Marjorie Rose at mrose@iedconline.org.

Price: Free, but registration is required

7:30 AM

Learning Labs

Everyone’s a Salesman: Collaboratively Selling and Marketing Your Region

Traditional approaches to selling and marketing regions see EDOs being solely responsible for investment and talent attraction. While it is imperative that we position our regions in the right way on the world stage to succeed in the long term, limited resources and staff dedicated to selling and marketing your region can hamper your efforts. Luckily, there is a new approach to marketing your region; the key is to view every person in your community as a built-in sales force that can be mobilized to sell your community. Give the right tools, anyone that travels outside of your community can be a champion for it. This collaborative approach enables and mobilizes many regional leaders and organizations to become sales champions for their regions.

What you'll learn:

• Spreading the message that everyone has a role to play in investment and talent attraction
• How to mobilize various stakeholders to market your region
• Empowering your community’s business leaders with the tools they need to help reach new markets and audiences

Time: 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Ron Hanlon, President & CEO, Halifax Partnership, Halifax, NS, Canada
Mike Savage, Mayor, Halifax Regional Municipality, Halifax, NS, Canada

Sponsored Learning Lab by IMPLAN: Using Data to Tell Your Story - The Importance of Metrics.

During this Learning Lab, we’ll be highlighting the importance of metrics by showing a case study that was recently done by an Economic Development Corporation. We’ll show how taking a data driven approach to your work can be helpful when making crucial decisions for your region.

Dana Shifley, International Account Executive, IMPLAN, Huntersville, NC

8:00 AM

Tour: DMZ Start Up Incubator Facility Tour (SOLD OUT)

The DMZ is the leading business incubator for tech startups in Canada. They help startups build great businesses by connecting them with customers, capital, experts and a community of entrepreneurs and influencers. Learn first-hand how they support young companies in Toronto's thriving startup scene and tour the space where the magic happens.

Meeting in Sheraton Hotel Lobby

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

8:45 AM

Tuesday Morning Plenary Session

This plenary session will feature keynote speakers from the world of economic development.

Time: 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Keynote Introduction:
Jeff Kline, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President Accrisoft Corporation, Charlotte, NC

Keynote Speakers:
Meric Gertler, President, University of Toronto , Toronto, Canada
Craig Richard, CEcD, President and CEO, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Tampa, FL
The Honourable Michael Wilson, Chairman, Barclays Capital Canada Inc., Toronto, Canada

10:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

These Town Halls will allow conference attendees to drill down on the issues that are most affecting your jurisdictions. With the help of a facilitator, resource persons, and the wisdom of the crowd, special attention will be paid to the issues that you are most challenged by. These sessions will provide a great opportunity for peer learning.

Town Hall 1 - Communities with Populations Less than 25,000

Which rural are you? Whether scenic, industrial or agricultural, small towns have big ideas about how they want to pursue economic development. However, all rural communities face specific challenges such as infrastructure, talent attraction and retention, and recruiting high-tech and advanced industries to their regions. Bring your problems and your solutions to this Town Hall for rural and small communities for a discussion with fellow rural and small town practitioners.

Greg Hitchin, CEcD, Director of Economic Development and Tourism, City of Waynesboro, Waynesboro, VA
Anne Petch, Director, Funding Partnerships Australia Pty Ltd, Delamere Sth, Australia

Town Hall 2 - Communities with Populations between 25,000 – 200,000

Diversity in approach is the name of the game for these mid-sized communities. You are likely facing issues of transportation, financing new developments, creating a shared vision for economic development, and population and demographic changes. This Town Hall provides an opportunity to explore trends and challenges facing these communities.

Allison Larsen, CEcD, Principal, TadZo, Buckeye, AZ
David Leezer, CEcD, FM, Director of Economic Development, City of St. Charles, St. Charles, MO

Town Hall 3 - Communities with Populations Between 200,000 and 500,000

You have got all the amenities and benefits of being a large metropolitan area, and none of the baggage of a large city. Sound familiar? Large cities have a lot going for them in terms of economic development, often providing the right place to do business at the right cost. But these cities also face challenges for competing for business, rising costs, and building international recognition. This Town Hall will give economic developers the chance to discuss how they are capitalizing on their manageable size, strong assets and lower costs to lead growth.

The Honorable Jane Campbell, Director Washington Office, National Development Council, Washington, DC

Town Hall 4 - Communities with Populations Greater than 500,000

You have got talent, resources, and name recognition – what more do you need? Despite everything that you having going for you, it is no easy street for economic developers in big cities. Common issues for big urban areas include sustainability practices, land usage, income inequality, amongst other things. Connect with fellow economic developers to discuss the impact of new trends and the continuing barriers within cities in this facilitated discussion.

Pat O'Brien, Executive Director, MILWAUKEE 7 Regional Economic Development Partnership, Milwaukee, WI
Dayna Spiring, President and CEO, Economic Development Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Canada

Becoming an AEDO

IEDC's Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) program is a means of recognizing the professional excellence of economic development entities. The AEDO program provides economic development organizations with independent feedback on their operations, structure and procedures, and recognizes excellence in local economic development efforts. To date, more than forty organizations are accredited. Come to the exhibit hall to learn how to take your organization to the next level through the AEDO program.

What you'll learn:

• Specific steps to becoming an Accredited Economic Development Organization
• Details regarding the accreditation process, including tips for both the documentation review and site visit
• How the AEDO designation will benefit you, your organization, and your community

Sponsored Session by OCO Global: Going Global: The Inside Track from Leading International Practitioners

When it comes to international programs, a one size fits all approach does not work. Many trends shape our industry but the geographic “gravity model” remains a solid influence in terms of ease of attracting investment and doing business between countries and regions. This session combines a presentation of the key FDI opportunities driven by changes in tech, industry, marketing and of course politics along with insights from a panel of distinguished economic development professionals from across the globe. Join us to hear perspectives from Canada, France, US, UK, Brazil and India.

This session will:

• Highlight where the “real” international business opportunities are today
• Provide an insight as to perceived opportunities and barriers of international businesses looking to North America for growth
• Help you understand how you can exploit the current marked increase in investment flowing into North America

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

12:15 PM

Keynote Luncheon

The Keynote Luncheon will feature a compelling economic development thought leader.

Time: 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Keynote Welcome:
Michael Thompson, City Councillor, City of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Master of Ceremonies:
Barry Matherly, CEcD, FM, President and CEO, Greater Richmond Partnership, Richmond, VA

Keynote Speakers:
Richard Florida, Author and Professor, The Creative Class Group, LLC, Miami Beach, FL

2:00 PM

Book signing with keynote speaker Richard Florida

Time: 2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

2:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Turning Recovery into Resilient Revitalization

Local economic development can take hits in a variety of ways - from natural and manmade disasters to unfortunate incidences and bad publicity. There is a crisis management component to handling any disaster but often times the follow-up work to rebuild and recover is far longer in duration than the initial efforts to mitigate and cease the damage. Economic developers have a critical role using the recovery efforts to better position themselves for managing future disruptions and to help their businesses get reestablished and reconnected to their local and global customers. This session will walk through the post-disaster recovery plans that have help communities bounce back.

What you'll learn:

• How economic developers can take the lead in recovering from disasters
• Simple steps economic developers should help all businesses take to ensure they can get back to business sooner
• Snapping out of the mindset that bad luck and disaster cannot befall your community

Ron Bertasi, CEO, GIS WebTech, Atlanta, GA

Angela Groeneveld, Economic and Business Development Specialist, Angela Groeneveld Consulting, Blackie, AB, Canada
Leann Hackman-Carty, CEO, Economic Developers Alberta, Calgary, Albert, Canada
Kent Rupert, Economic Development Team Leader, Airdrie Economic Development, Airdrie, Alberta, Canada
Mickie Valente, President, Valente Strategic Advisers LLC, Saint Petersburg, FL

Building a Home for Creativity to Thrive

Like any other industry, the arts and culture sectors need an appropriate space to thrive. The construction – literally and figuratively - of state-of-the-art theaters, gathering spaces and room to create is essential to boosting the performance of your creative industries. This session will explore how a comprehensive approach is needed to allow your creative industries to thrive be it through infrastructure improvement, design-forward placemaking and economic revitalization. The best collaborative practices will be on display in this session.

What you'll learn:

• How multi-agency and multi-sector efforts are needed to accomplish your creative economy goals
• The importance of high-level planning and connectivity for reimaging and activating spaces
• Igniting existing space within your community into places that suit the needs of the creative industries

Greg Baeker, PhD, Director, Cultural Development, MDB Insight, Toronto, ON, Canada
Justin Belliveau, Chief Administrative Officer, Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, UT
Christina Kakaflikas, Ec.D., Manager, Markham Culture and Economic Development, Markham, ON, Canada
Regina Smith, Managing Director, Kresge Foundation, Troy, MI
Stephen Swisher, Principal, GTS Development, LLC, Salt Lake City, UT

The Young and the Restless in Economic Development

Young professionals are ascending to leadership positions in economic development organizations; they might even be managing fellow millennials. This session will hear from young economic development leaders in an engaging discussion on what challenges they face, what solutions they can offer, and what they envision as the future of economic development. Managing styles will also be discussed as will peer-t0-peer advice on how to succeed in this profession.

What you'll learn:

• Possible changes and challenges the industry may face as new leadership takes the reins
• Career advice and guidance for young leaders in economic development
• How to manage a millennial workforce at your EDO

Julie Curtin, Executive Vice President & Partner, Development Counsellors International (DCI), Denver, CO

Cecilia Harry, CEcD, President and CEO, ENVISION Fond du Lac, Inc., Fond Du Lac, WI
Jenna Sudds, President & Executive Director, Kanata North Business Association, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Ben Teague, EDFP, Executive Director, Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County, Asheville, NC

BR&E: A Sharing of International Best Practices

Economic developers are constantly transforming the field of business retention and expansion by employing new tools and techniques to address the needs of their private sector businesses and community stakeholders. This interactive session will focus on longstanding BR&E programs to highlight new and innovative approaches. This session will explore common denominators for success and identify unique attributes of each of these successful and sustainable programs.

What you'll learn:

• Leveraging customer data for all aspects of economic development
• Out of the box solutions for forming effective and dedicated relationships with your local businesses
• Sharing of international best practices in businesses retention and expansion

Laith Wardi, CEcD, President, ExecutivePulse, Inc., Erie, PA

Jason Guidry, BREP, Director, Trade, Investment & International Partnerships, Halifax Partnership, Halifax, NS, Canada
Stephen Morris, Economic Development Specialist, Government of Ontario, Guelph, ON, Canada
Dale Wheeldon, President & CEO,British Columbia Economic Development Association, Chilliwack, BC, Canada

An Equitable Approach to Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Local government economic development policies and programs have at times not benefited all populations, including people of color, immigrants and low-income communities. There is a need for cities to be intentional about targeting their economic development programs, funding and policies at the specific populations and neighborhoods that are increasing distant from the growth sectors of their regional and city economy. This session will dive in specific case studies to explore the efforts made in supporting small business and emerging entrepreneurs in low-income communities. This session will be beneficial and informative to everyone that is interested in expanding tools and programs that will benefit communities in a more equitable way.

What you'll learn:

• Exploring how equity is influencing economic development programs, services, and policies to be intentional about supporting entrepreneurial activity in communities of color
• Understanding the role that community engagement, partnerships, outreach, and cross disciplinary collaboration is critical to the equitable economic growth
• Case studies from three US cities that are supporting women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color

Time: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Carlos Delgado, Equitable Economic Development Fellowship Program Manager, National League of Cities I Rose Center, Washington, DC

Kevin Dick, CEcD, Business and Talent Development Director, City of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
James Terrell, C.I.D., Principal Project Coordinator & Manager of Participation Loan Programs, City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN

Sponsored Session by USDM: Beat Your Competition with Superior Lead Generation! Learn How to Build a Game Changing Digital Strategy.

Effective lead generation equals more opportunities for your community. In this valuable workshop, you will learn how to strategically align technology and your team to create a data-driven lead generation machine. Social media, your website, online advertising, mobile, and search engines are all good tools- if you optimize them. Learn how to integrate them seamlessly to supercharge your economic development efforts.

Program Includes:
• A Sneak Peek at the First Ever Competitive Report on Industry Lead Generation
• New Integrated Digital Marketing at the Leadership Level (Strategic Level)
• Actionable Insights from Industry Leaders

Time: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Leah Woolford, Founder/ CEO of USDM Holdings Inc, USDM.net, Orange142, and 2020 Strategy Group
Tracye McDaniel, Founder/ CEO, McDaniel Strategy Ecosystems, LLC

2:30 PM


MaRS brings together educators, researchers, social scientists, entrepreneurs and business experts under one roof. Founded by civic leaders, it is more than a building. MaRS is a leader in the trend toward urban innovation districts, which allows entrepreneurs access to corporations, investors, mentors, university institutions and labs to test their concepts. As the Toronto Discovery District's commercialization hub, MaRS gives entrepreneurs what they need most: a home with access to networks and capital. This community helps keep talent in the city, and supplies established businesses and institutions with a steady stream of creativity. MaRS is known for creating a vanguard of entrepreneurs working to improve society for future generations and making a difference beyond Ontario and Canada's borders.

Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

3:45 PM

Excellence in Economic Development Awards Ceremony

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, and marketing materials. This ceremony will honor those winners. Join us to honor this year's best and to see who is selected as the Best in Show!

Time: 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM

4:00 PM

Answer This: EconDev YPs Tackle the Industry's Most Challenging Questions

Now in its fourth year, IEDC's young professionals will reconvene for an "Answer This" workshop designed to apply fresh minds to some of today's most difficult industry questions. Gathering in small groups, YPs will roll up their sleeves and collectively come up with answers to a new set of questions submitted both by their peers and by seasoned professionals seeking a fresh perspective to their challenges. Focused and time-limited small group discussions will result in agreed-upon solutions, the selection of a spokesperson, and reports out to all YP participants.

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

4:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Planes, Train and Automobiles: How We Move Stuff Matters

The transportation industry has an enormous impact on economic growth and development. There is a deep correlation between transportation, reshoring and nearshoring, industry sector growth and legislative support for transportation funding. It is essential that economic developers understand these nuances so that they can be empowered to achieve their desired outcomes. This session will bring together transportation experts that can reveal underappreciated and essential links between transportation and economic development.

What you'll learn:

• How transportation efficiencies and trends are affecting your economic development strategy
• Tips on marketing your transportation and logistics infrastructure to potential new businesses
• Amping of your community’s competitiveness by investing in your infrastructure

Mary Ann Moon, CEcD, FM, VP Economic Development and Marketing, TICE ENGINEERING, INC., Ridgeland, MS

Paula Dowell, Senior Associate and Director, National Transportation Economics Group, Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Cole Trosclair, VP- Operations, The Irwin Brown Company, New Orleans, LA

Building Development Frameworks for Local Farms and Food

Local food efforts have flourished around the world and are lively ways to boost economic development in the region. Yet in many urban and rural regions, the economic case for local foods is still difficult to put forward, primarily because prevailing infrastructure works so efficiently at moving food long distances. Furthermore, the communities that persist in this effort need to define their own local vision and strategy unique to place, making generalization and canned strategies ineffective. This session will bring together economic developers from a wide variety of setting to share their stories about their region’s unique assets and how it has shaped the potential for making local food a community economic development strategy.

What you'll learn:

• Practical insights from diverse communities that are pursuing local foods as an economic development strategy
• Lessons on how and when to best integrate local foods into your economic development strategy
• Help in building connections with peers who address local foods in their own contexts

John Cotton Dean, Director of Regional Innovation, Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, Alexandria, LA
Keith Gillenwater, CEcD, President/CEO, Economic Development Group of Wabash County, Wabash, IN
Kenneth Meter, MPA, President, Crossroads Resource Center, Minneapolis, MN
Lori Stahlbrand, PhD, Toronto Food Policy Council/Toronto Food Strategy Team, City of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Round Robin

This Round Robin session will allow attendees to visit with each case study for intimate 20 minutes conversations. Background information on each case study will be provided to attendees in advance so that they can familiarize themselves with the case studies and come to the Round Robin prepared to ask detailed questions. After 20 minutes, each group of attendees will then meet with a case study until they have visited will all case studies in 90 minutes.

Fred McConnel, Regional Manager, ACT, Inc., Iowa City, IA

Speaker Topics:

Zachary Nieder

Creating Inclusive Incubators and Accelerators: Strategies to Increase Participation Rates of Women and Minority Entrepreneurs - ICIC published a paper last spring, entitled Creating Inclusive Incubators and Accelerators: Strategies to Increase Participation Rates of Women and Minority Entrepreneurs. Business incubators and accelerators have emerged as a popular strategy to support the growth of entrepreneurship (especially in high-tech), yet women and minorities are not participating in these organizations at the same rates as their white, male counterparts. The report highlights barriers for women and minority entrepreneurs looking to access the resources of incubators and accelerators, and recommends strategies to increase their participation rates. Following the release of the report, ICIC hosted a convening in Boston on the topic attracting over 150 attendees (incubator/accelerator leaders, economic development professionals, industry experts, etc.) from across the U.S.

Jaxson Khan

Urban Tech Sector Growth Drives Economic Resilience – Examining Resilience in the Toronto Tech Ecosystem - Jaxson Khan, Marketing Lead, Nudge.ai – and – Global Shaper of World Economic Forum of Toronto, Canada and Olivia Labonté, Executive Director, Young Diplomats of Canada – and – Risk Management, City of Toronto, Canada

Khan and Labonté will discuss their article that appeared in the IEDC Economic Development Journal Spring 2017 edition. IEDC members can access an e-copy of the Journal at this website ( www.iedconline.org). A summary of their article is available below:

Urban centres around the world have shifted to focus on economic development through Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) and innovation. Particularly, as Toronto is evolving as a technology centre and a artificial intelligence ‘supercluster’, there are many interesting outcomes and strategies that could apply to other urban centres.

The key findings of their research include:
• Toronto's tech ecosystem is one of the fastest growing in the world (recently ranked by CBRE as the fastest growing in North America)
• Tech sector growth increases diversification in urban centres
• The growth of tech enables cities to decentralize their economic engines
• Tech growth fosters an increase in high-wage jobs with lower income inequality
• Challenges include improving education/training and ensuring gender/race equity

Daren Bascome, Managing Director // Creative Director, Proverb, Boston, MA
Ray Corpuz, City Manager, City of Salinas, Salinas, CA
Travis McCready, President & CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Waltham, MA

Immigration Nation: Recruiting and Welcoming Foreign-Born Workers

There is much talk these days about the extent that foreign-born workers take jobs from natives, but the fact remains that there is evidence that foreign-born workers are essential to all local economies. Foreign-born workers bring needed skills and experience to growing industries and are helping to repopulate the heartland of communities and countries the world over. Essential to ensuring they make a positive contribution to economic development is the strong support in workforce development, entrepreneurship support and integrating them into the community. This session will explore the many ways that foreign-born workers are keeping the economic engines running in your community.

What you'll learn:

• Strategies from cities that have successfully integrated foreign-born workers into their local economy
• Importance of inclusion efforts to reinforce the social fabric of your community
• Special considerations when crafting business support and outreach programs owned for foreign-born workers

Joseph Marinucci, FM, HLM, President & CEO, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Cleveland, OH

Joe Cimperman, President, Global Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
Patrick McVeigh, General Manager for Economic Growth, Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED), Auckland, New Zealand

Optimizing Tenant Mix for Downtown Business Districts

Attracting retail to commercial business districts is a mainstay of many downtown economic development efforts. To assist economic developers, this session will offer a step-by-step framework to guide retail attraction efforts. With practical and actionable steps, you will walk away with a better understanding of how to develop a retail attraction strategy, how to engage retail real estate industry professionals and how to customize your retail attraction strategy to fit the unique challenges associated with different traditional downtown retail environments.

What you'll learn:

• A step-by-step framework for successful retail attraction in downtown environments
• Understanding the unique role the public and non-profit sectors play in retail attraction
• Practical lessons learned from economic developers you implemented a retail attraction strategy

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Cynthia Stewart, Director, Community Relations, International Council of Shopping Centers, Washington, DC

Joseph Kornelsen, Promotion and Development Coordinator, West End Business Improvement Zone, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Larisa Ortiz, Principal, Larisa Ortiz Associates, Jackson Heights, NY
Salima Rawji, Director, Development, Build Toronto, Inc., Toronto, ON

6:30 PM

Networking Reception

Join your colleagues for a reception at Toronto’s Historic Casa Loma for an evening of networking. Catch up with old friends and make new ones as you enjoy unparalled ambiance, style and refined beauty in one of the most unique historic venues in our host city, Toronto.

Price: Free.

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

7:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Serving Those That Have Served Us

Military veterans sacrifice an enormous amount for their country. Unfortunately, returning to civilian life and finding a job and an affordable home is a problem that plagues too many veterans. Currently, one-fifth of the United States homeless population is a veteran of war, with approximately 107,000 homeless veterans sleeping on the street each night. Furthermore, a large percentage of the veteran population reports that they help finding work. These numbers highlight the challenge veterans face on a daily basis. Fortunately, there are organizations and individuals that know how to make a difference in these lives. Join this session to hear inspiring stories of community leaders helping veterans get back on their feet and learn how your community can help veterans get a leg up.

What you'll learn:

• The difficulties veterans of war face when returning to civilian life
• Effective strategies to help veterans tailor their resumes and skills for a productive job search
• Ongoing efforts that you can tap into, or how to take the lead in helping veterans in your community

Moderator: Rodney Crim, President, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, St. Louis, MO

Debbie Burkart, National VP, Supportive Housing, National Equity Fund, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
David Cleghorn, Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Development HELP USA, New York, NY

Libraries as Economic Development Drivers

Libraries have had quite the transformation over the last several years. They have shed their traditional image of being a place for books and reinvented themselves as makerspaces, business incubators and providers of office space. From coast and coast and rural towns to big cities, libraries have taken on an integral role in the economic development ecosystem. This session will bring together of examples from libraries reinventing themselves in creative ways.

What you'll learn:

• Tools and resources to help your library acquire new products, machines and resources in order to spur economic development activity in your community
• Emerging as a community gathering space that facilitates creative endeavors
• Terrific case studies from the most innovative libraries

Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Moderator: Rick Kiernan, IOM, Principal, Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, Raleigh, NC

John Walsh, CEcD, Vice President, Pasco EDC, Lutz, FL

9:15 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Interviews with Platinum Economic Developers

Join your fellow conference attendees for a friendly chat with the most experienced economic developers in the field. This fireside chat with “silver suite” economic developers will share lessons from their lifetime of experience in economic development. They will reflect on their past work and what they see in the evolving future of the economic development profession.

Moderator: Kurt Chilcott, CEcD, FM, HLM, President & CEO, CDC Small Business Finance Corporation, San Diego, CA


Ignite® IEDC is back for another lightning round of public speaking on economic development issues. Come to learn about a new idea, a successful project or program, and much more. Speakers have 5 minutes and 20 slides to enlighten you! Submit your ideas today for an opportunity to present in Toronto. DEADLINE for submission is Friday, August 4!

Moderator: Calandra Cruickshank, CEO, StateBook International, Kingston, NY

Business Roundtables

There are rich opportunities the world over to both find new markets for your local businesses and to host foreign companies. These sessions will provide a small group format to discuss your communities’ ambitions in global trade and investment with experts from around the world.

Time: 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Adam Breeze, Managing Director, Breeze Inward Investment, Manchester, England
Ralph Chow, Regional Director, Americas, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), New York, NY
Martin Ebel, Economic Development Officer, Lethbridge County, Lethbridge, AB, Canada
John Evans, Managing Director, Tractus Asia Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand
Nitin Pangam, Managing Director, Maeflower Consulting, Pune, India

Sponsored Session by WAVTEQ/ICA: "How to Engage with Site Selection Consultants to Secure Investment Referrals and Negotiate on Incentives”

The facts:
• 53% of major companies worldwide use a location advisor when setting-up overseas
• 50% of US companies are planning to outsource site selection
• 28% of project leads for major EDOs in the US are from advisors
• $30,000 per job is the average incentive given in the US and Canada in 2017 YTD

Why attend this session?
• Find out from a US site selector the best techniques to engage with advisors and secure project referrals
• See a 10 minute live demo of the only global database of location advisors and influencers (FDI Professionals)
• Find out which States and Communities have incentives policies that maximize ROI for the tax payer
• See a 10 minute live demo of the only US and global database of incentives being awarded (IncentivesMonitor)
• Discuss with our site selection and inward investment experts how to attract more investment and negotiate better on incentives

Time: 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

11:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Creative Capital Begins With C – Cash!

Creative capital leads to great economic development cash-in benefits, but first it requires cash-in investment. The creative, cultural, arts, and heritage nonprofits cannot do it alone, but they can bring the dollars together if economic development agencies lead, convene, advocate, and assemble the strategies. The ROI is worth it, but stepping out in favor of creative capital takes courage. This session shows how to do it and how to make it work.

What you'll learn:

• Wishing is not a strategy. You need to have a strategic plan for funding and financing creativity.
• Creative industries have tremendous benefits to the local economy, but they require cold hard cash to get them started and on solid footing
• Supporting creative industries is a team effort and needs a dedicated consortium of stakeholders

Louise Stevens, President, ArtsMarket, Inc., Bozeman, MT

Reconciling Objectives of Land Use Planners and Economic Developers

Planners and economic developers both work for the betterment of their communities. However, their initiatives can sometimes be at odds with the plans of the other party or may frustrate a project that a community desperately needs. This session will look at how planners and economic developers can work more harmoniously and strive for outcomes that best suit the community.

What you'll learn:

• Identification of the root cause of angst between economic developers and land-use planners
• Coalescing around a common strategic vision to guide economic development and planning actions in the community
• Best practices and common measurements for sustainable economic development

Moderator: Ean Johnson, CEcD, Regional Manager, Economic Development, BNSF Railway, Phoenix, AZ

Bill Millard, Director-Strategic Development, Hobsons Bay City Council, Altona, Victoria, Australia
Todd Poole, President/Managing Principal, 4ward Planning Inc., Hopewell, NJ

Business Location Consultants Forum

IEDC's popular Site Consultants Forum returns! Here’s another opportunity for economic development leaders to engage with the country's premier site selection professionals. Stick around for the conference's final day and make sure to attend this popular event, where you'll learn about the hottest industry trends, leading business location indicators, and what local communities must do to stay in the game.

What you'll learn:

• Insight from site selection consultants on the current state of the global economy and what it means for project activity across different industries
• How your community can get noticed by site consultants representing major global businesses
• What site consultants think about key trends and their impact on local economic development organizations

Note: If you are a business location consultant and have not participated in the Business Location Consultants Forum in the past, please contact conferences@iedconline.org for details on how to be a part of this year's session.

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Moderator: Gene DePrez, Founder & Managing Partner, Global Innovation Partners, Ltd., Sparta, NJ

Angelos Angelou, Founder & Principal Executive Officer, AngelouEconomics, Austin, TX
Tracey Bosman, CEcD, Managing Director, Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co., Chicago, IL
Dennis Donovan, Principal and Owner, WDGC, Bridgewater, NJ
Deane Foote, CEcD, President, Foote Consulting Group, LLC, Glendale, AZ
Jay Garner, CEcD, CCE, FM, HLM, President and Founder, Garner Economics, LLC, Atlanta, GA
J.J. Johnston, CEcD, FM, IOM, Site Selection Consultant, Webster Global Site Selectors, Oro Valley, AZ
Dan Levine, Practice Leader, Location Strategies, Oxford Economics, Inc., New York, NY
Susan Liberty, Vice President, Infrastructure & Economic Development, McGuire Woods Consulting, Tysons, VA
Mark O'Connell, Chief Executive Officer, OCO Global, Belfast, Norther, UK
Philip Schneider, President, Schneider Strategy Consulting, LLC, Elkhorn, WI
Christopher Steele, COO & President North America, Investment Consulting Associates, Newton Lower Falls, MA
Gregg Wassmansdorf, MA, PhD, (abd), LEED, AP, Senior Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Toronto, ON, Canada


Building Local Linkages and Expanding Global Trade

Global trade, especially in terms of exporting, is vital to sustained economic growth. It creates local jobs, generates capital investments in machinery and equipment, encourages innovation, increases productivity and attracts foreign direct investment (FDI). An export-oriented economy can foster the development of business clusters through new joint ventures and help entrepreneurs reach new markets. In order to facilitate the trade and investment linkages, cities and regions are forging formal city-to-city connections, often times between North American cities and those cities in rising economies such as Mexico and China. This track will explore examples of successful trade and investment relationships between international cities and regions.

Cashing in on Creative Capital

Culture, sports, film, music, and other creative industries are major contributors to communities around the world. From major movie productions to backend business and professional services, supporting creative industries can drive a new workforce, generate new revenue streams, and transform local economies. Universities and community colleges throughout the U.S. and abroad have expanded their technology and media programs to pave the way for the next generation of technicians and media artists. By partnering with museums, literary and culinary arts institutions, and festival/event associations, numerous downtown districts have undergone instrumental revitalization efforts. As the tourism industry continues to increase through these creative sectors, so will the capital gains of metropolitan, suburban, and rural areas alike. This track will explore how economic development organizations can support the advancement of creative industries to further the workforce, business development, and cultural economy of their communities.

Nurturing the Start-Up Ecosystem

Supporting entrepreneurship and small business creation is an economic development trend that will never go out of style. The majority of new jobs and innovation are developed from start-ups and small businesses. As the global economy transforms and competition rises, the need for new business formation throughout local communities has become ever more present. Organizations ranging from corporations, universities, foundations, and government agencies have all recognized this necessity. Fortunately, gone are the days when budding small business owners must venture into their entrepreneurial activities alone. The importance of establishing new means of economic growth has generated resources such as incubators, accelerators, main street revitalization grants, educational programs, and other supportive tools which help increase small business scalability. This track will examine the ways economic development organizations can embrace the start-up ecosystem strategy within their communities through the bolstering of support for local start-ups and industry expansion.

Regional Collaboration for Investment Promotion

The benefits of inward investment are well-known; whether from foreign sources or the next town over, investment brings new capital and jobs to a region and the spillover benefits of new knowledge and talent can give the local economy an innovation boost. In order to attract investment, economic developers must take a regional approach. Companies make investment decisions based on the value proposition of the region, including such factors as size and growth of the local economy and population, labor force demographics, infrastructure and the regulatory environment. By presenting yourself as a region that can meet the company's needs, you strengthen your business case for investment. This track will look at how you can strengthen your community's assets in order to offer a total and irresistible package for prospective companies

The Nuts and Bolts of Economic Development

From BRE to financing, some of the fundamental tasks of economic developers remain constant throughout the years and are the building blocks on which new trends and initiatives are built. This track is intended to help us revisit some of the nuts and bolts of economic development, take stock of current best practices, and anticipate future trends. This track will cover topics such as real estate development and reuse, marketing and attraction, neighborhood development strategies, and workforce development strategies.