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IEDC 2015 Annual Conference | Anchorage, Alaska | October 4-7, 2015


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Thursday, October 1

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Professional Development Course: Workforce Development Strategies $

8:45 am - 4:45 pm

ED + Ed: Partnering to Bridge the Gap $

Economic development organizations (EDOs) and institutes of higher learning work on many of the same pressing problems, yet their efforts are sometimes uncoordinated. Whether setting up entrepreneurial ecosystems or supporting the creation of advanced manufacturing clusters, these organizations must partner for initiatives to be most successful.

In this workshop, held in partnership with the University Economic Development Association (UEDA), participants will meet university, college, state, and local officials who are successfully bridging the ED-ed gap to win grants and undertake innovative projects in four of the most urgent and important spaces for collaborative effort: assisting entrepreneurs, offering relevant workforce training, leveraging assets, and conducting research to grow high-tech manufacturing. Panelists will lead participants in breakout discussions on lessons learned and discuss actionable emerging mechanisms for greater higher ed-EDO collaboration. Participants will leave with knowledge of upcoming grants and other opportunities. Come meet partners for your next initiative.

Panels and small group discussions will be held on the following key topics for collaboration:

Welcoming Remarks:

Lynn Knight, CEcD, Vice President of Knowledge Management & Development (KMD), International Economic Development Council, Washington, DC


Rick Wolk, President, University Economic Development Association

- Research and Advanced Manufacturing


H. Holland, Associate Professor of Business, Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, AK


Charles Hayes, CEcD, President & CEO, Research Triangle Regional Partnership, Cary, NC
John Provo, Director, Economic Development, Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development, Blacksburg, VA
Charles Shoopman, Jr., Assistant Vice President, University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service, Knoxville, TN

- Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development


William Michalerya, Associate Vice President, Government Relations & Economic Development, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Anne Roise, MCP, CEcD, Instructor, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA


Lea Glembot, Vice President of Economic Development and Marketing, Lehigh Valley Economic Developement Corp., Bethlehem, PA
Mark Lange, Executive Director, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, University of Wisconsin Extension, Madison, WI
Lyneir Richardson, Executive Director, Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Rutgers Business School, Newark, NJ

- Workforce Development

Moderator: Ray Laughter, Vice Chancellor for External Affairs, Lone Star College System, The Woodlands, TX


Helen Cauthen, CEcD, President, Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development, Charlottesville, VA
John Gant, Director of the Department of Economic Development, Louisville Forward, Louisville, KY

- Leveraging Institutional Assets

Moderator: Christi Bell, CEcD, Associate Vice Provost & Executive Director, University of Alaska Anchorage Business Enterprise Institute, Anchorage, AK


Janice Kleinwort, Executive Director of Economic Affairs, Arizona State University, Scottsdale, AZ
Dan Parks, Senior Director, Strategy & Innovation, Office of Outreach & Engagement - Associate Executive Director, Industrial Extension Service NC State, Raleigh, NC
Paul Zimmerman, Director, Strategy & Innovation, Office of Outreach & Engagement, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Location: Room 107, Gorsuch Commons, Sharon Gagnon Lane, University of Alaska, Anchorage

Transportation: From Hilton Downtown Anchorage and Hotel Captain Cook to depart at 8:15 and return at 16:45.

Price: $175. $125 when registering for this workshop as part of the Annual Conference.

Friday, October 2

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Professional Development Course: Workforce Development Strategies $

Saturday, October 3

7:00 am

Professional Development Course: Certified Economic Developers (CEcD) Exam $

Sunday, October 4

7:45 am

Professional Development Course: Certified Economic Developers (CEcD) Exam $

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm

Economic Development Marketplace Opening Ceremony

Join us on Sunday, October 4 at 12:15 PM to kick off the opening of the 2015 IEDC Annual Conference Economic Development Marketplace with a ceremonial song and dance by members of Alaska's native tribes. The opening ceremony will run between 15-20 minutes and showcase different styles from Alaska's native population.

12:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Registration, Resource Center and The Economic Development Marketplace (Exhibit Hall) Open

9:00 am - 12:15 pm


How to be a World Class Economic Developer

Economic development deals with similar issues, opportunities and challenges no matter which country or context you are operating in - issues including how to manage sustainable growth, the question of workforce development, smart business development and distinguishing your community from the crowd. Recognizing that there are lessons to be learned from abroad, IEDC is drawing on the strength of its international members to discuss what trends, opportunities and challenges they are seeing in the world of economic development. This facilitated discussion will be a frank conversation amongst all attendees about economic development as they see it.


9:00 - 9:05: Welcome from Chair of IEDC International Advisory Committee

9:05 - 10:30: Looking Forward: Trends, Opportunities and Challenges in Economic Development
Innovative approaches to economic development are what keep your community competitive. This session will engage attendees in a meaningful dialogue with economic development practitioners from around the world to discuss what is new, what are underrepresented threats and what looks promising in terms of economic development.

10:30 - 10:45: Break

10:45 - 12:15: Looking Back: Missed Opportunities and Lessons Learned
Did I do that? Whether you missed out on a big opportunity or you had a painful lesson in what not to do, reflecting on the past is important in the field of economic development. Drawing on the experience of economic development practitioners that have seen it all and seen it in every context, this session will take a look at global trends in economic development that can make positive impacts in your community even in the most unorthodox situations, ensuring that your community has the tools necessary in the future to avoid mishaps and ensure success.

Price: Free, but registration is required

Moderator: Susan Amring, CEcD, EcD, Director, Economic Development, City of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON


Greg Borduas EcD (F), President, Economic Developers Assoc. of Canada
Luis Brasdefer, Trade Commissioner Western North America, ProMexico, Vancouver, Canada
Ralph Chow, Ralph Chow, Regional Director, Americas, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), New York, NY
Daniel Gundersen, FM, Chief Operating Officer, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Richmond, MDVA
Nitin Pangam, Managing Director, Maeflower Consulting, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Todd Rohl, Deputy CEO, Logan Office of Economic Development Logan City Council, Logan, Queensland, Australia
Christian Saublens, Director, European Association of Development Agencies, Brussels, Belgium
Fábio Veras, Executive Director - Technical Board, Sebrae Minas, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Dishing up Local Food Chains for Economic Development

From farm to table restaurants to produce box delivery services, the local food movement promotes healthy living, keeps dollars local, and spreads tourism dollars deeper into your economy. This workshop will demonstrate how you can calculate the value of your local food economy, and will bring together economic development practitioners working in the local food economy to talk about best practices.


9:00 - 9:05: Welcome and Introduction of Speakers

9:05 - 10:30: USDA Toolkit Demonstration
A new, free toolkit commissioned by the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service presents key information economic developers can use to measure and demonstrate the potential economic impacts of the local food movement. The Toolkit includes modules covering:

- Selling the "main course" through primary data
- Finding secondary data sources and performing analyses with these essential "sides"
- Putting the right data on the economic development menu
- Using IMPLAN software to measure multipliers
- Alternative entrees: accounting for opportunity costs

10:30 - 10:45: Break

10:45 - 12:15: Best Practices from the Locavores

Price: Free, but registration is required


Rachel Dahl, Executive Director, Churchill Economic Development Authority, Fallon, Nevada
Kelly Harrell, Executive Director, Alaska Marine Conservation Council, Anchorage, AK
Kenneth Meter, MPA, President, Crossroads Resource Center, Minneapolis, MN
Cameron Willingham, Co-Founder, Vertical Harvest Hydroponics, Anchorage, AK

Developing Economic Opportunity and Economic Resilience

With economic losses from natural catastrophes likely to triple over the next 15 years, it is not a question of if, but when your community and businesses will be impacted. Being prepared by developing business continuity can ensure that businesses and your economy can recover faster and with less economic damage. At least 60 percent of small businesses fail to make preparations before an emergency and of those without a plan, 43 percent will not reopen, and 75 percent will fail within three years of a major event. Attend this interactive workshop to learn how to ensure your businesses and community do not become part of these statistics!

The workshop will be featuring resiliency experts to introduce resiliency planning for business continuity and strategies to create economic opportunity. Topics covered will include:

- How to build a resilient economy one business at a time
- Tips and strategies on how to capture economic opportunities after a disaster
- How to assist in identifying vulnerabilities in a business and how to address them

Price: Free, but registration is required

Moderator: Dale Wheeldon, President & CEO, British Columbia Economic Development Association, Chilliwack, BC, Canada


Slater Barr, President, Sioux Falls Development Foundation, Sioux Falls, SD
Melissa Ehlinger, Senior VP-Strategy and Business Development, New Orleans Business Alliance, New Orleans, LA
Robin Keegan, Director, Community Resilience, GCR Inc., New Orleans, LA
Kent Rupert, Economic Development Team Leader, Airdrie Economic Development, Airdrie, Alberta, Canada

9:45 am - 12:00 pm

Guest Tour: Anchorage PhotoWalk $

Discover the charms of Anchorage's historic city center while sharpening your photographic skills. This tour is the perfect way to begin an Alaska trip. It's so much fun you won't know you're learning, and you'll take home the most compelling travel images yet! Beginning to intermediate photographers are welcome with all camera types, including smart phones! Must be able to walk 2-3 miles up and down hills on paved surfaces and steps.

Price: $45

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Learning Lab A: What You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask: The Experienced Economic Developer is In!

Do you have a burning question about an economic development topic that you would like to ask someone who is in the know? Our panel of career economic developers will answer your questions.

Submit your questions in advance or bring your question with you to ask at our open microphone. Questions can be submitted anonymously.

Moderator: Gynii Gilliam, President, Coeur D'Alene Area EDC - Jobs Plus, Coeur D'Alene, ID


Gerald Gordon, FM, HLM, President & CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, Vienna, VA
Mario Hernandez, President, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, San Antonio, TX

Sponsored Learning Lab B: Professional Development Opportunities at Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Kennedy School offers a global curriculum with over 30 executive education programs that address critical subjects related to economic development and cross sector collaboration to infrastructure and leadership. As a leader in the public sector, Harvard Kennedy School can transform your capabilities in just a few extraordinary days. Learn how by joining a staff member from Harvard for a pop quiz, an overview of our professional development offerings, and an opportunity to win some fun – and educational – prizes. If YOU’RE HERE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, come and join us Sunday afternoon or stop by Booth #617 at anytime!


Gerald Gordon, FM, HLM, President & CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, Vienna, VA

12:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Tour: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center $

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation, education, and quality animal care of Alaska's wildlife. AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Animals that cannot be released into the wild are given a permanent home at the center.

Price: $55

1:15 pm - 2:20 pm

Guest Tour: The Anchorage Museum $

Join us for a docent-led tour of one of the top 10 most visited attractions in Alaska, the Anchorage Museum! The Anchorage Museum is a world-class art, history and science museum. Its collections offer an overview of the Alaska's rich history and an introduction to its varied culture. Displays delve into Alaska Native cultures, Russian era, the gold rush, the Exxon Valdez oil spill and more.

Price: $10

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Opening Plenary Session

IEDC's Annual Conference kicks off with a traditional Dena’ina Greeting, welcoming remarks from Host Committee Chair and an exciting lineup of keynote speakers.


Michael Curry, President & Chair, Eklutna, Inc., Eagle River, AK
Lee Stephan, Traditional Chief, Native Village of Eklutna, Chugiak, AK

Video Welcome: The Honorable Lisa Murkowski, Senator for Alaska, United States Senate, Washington, DC

Dena'ina Greeting: Curtis McQueen, CEO, Eklutna, Inc., Eagle River, AK

Master of Ceremonies: Bill Popp, President & CEO, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Anchorage, AK

Keynote Introduction: Clay Beethe, Commercial Analyst, BP Exploration Alaska Inc., Anchorage, AK

Keynote Speaker:

Martin Buser, Iditarod Champion, Big Lake, AK
Sophie Minich, President and CEO, Cook Inlet Region, Inc., Anchorage, AK

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

Sponsored Session: StateBook - How to Win and Lose Projects with Data

What story does statistical data tell site selectors about your community? Learn to harness data to attract more investment and jobs to your community. Real-world case studies and project examples will be shared to illustrate how all communities - large and small - can tap into global trends and marketplaces. Hear how economic developers around the nation are collaborating with organizations like StateBook, SelectUSA and others to reach companies expanding and relocating from around the world.

In It To Win It: Competitions for Your Start-Up Economy

A little friendly competition never hurt anyone. Business plan competitions and other competitive events for entrepreneurs can be an exciting way to help entrepreneurs realize their visions, and learn from others in the process. And, of course, follow through with a mentoring program is critical in boosting their chances of success. This session will look a variety of programs to encourage entrepreneurship as an integral part of a business-friendly, effective economic development program.

What you will learn:

- Building a healthy and engaged network to promote entrepreneurship and small business growth
- Getting commitments from judges, mentors and sponsors
- Expanding the range of expertise to accommodate for profit, non-profit and social entrepreneurship competitors

Moderator: Jim Fram, CEcD, CCE, FM, President and CEO, Greater Hot Springs Chamber and the Hot Springs Metro Partnership, Hot Springs, AR


Katie Baker, Manager, Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO
Simon Galpin, Director General of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong, The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong
Katherine Jernstrom, Cofounder/CEO, The Boardroom
Alana Peterson, Program Director, Haa Aani, LLC, Anchorage, AK

Discovering Economic Development Opportunity in Protected Lands

As natural treasures, protected lands add a special something to our environment - both aesthetically and economically. They add to the quality of life of a region, and can also be a draw for tourism, thus a catalyst for related jobs and businesses. However, protected lands can also represent barriers and missed opportunities for real estate development, natural resource extraction and other forms of commercial activity. This session will explore how some communities are effectively weaving protected lands into their economic development strategies.

What you will learn:

- Effective uses of protected lands for sustainable economic development in both urban and rural settings
- How to measure the impacts protected lands have on your community's quality of life and resources
- Strategies to address the issues of competing interests from real estate developers, natural resource extraction, environmentalists, and more


Barbra Coffee, CEcD, EDFP, Director, Economic Development/ Redevelopment, City of Henderson, Henderson, NV
Diane Wieland, Director, Cape May County Department of Tourism, Cape May Court House, NJ

The Savvy Negotiator: Winning Projects for Less Cost

Negotiating incentive packages requires an economic development practitioner to be well prepared, have a set of acceptable parameters, and have endurance. By focusing on building their skills of negotiators, economic development practitioners can still attract investment and jobs to their community, without forking over unnecessarily large financial incentives. This workshop will teach you how to hone your negotiating skills.

What you will learn:

- Intricacies and differences between national and international negotiations
- Reconciling your community's needs with the realities of competition
- Creative solutions where everyone wins

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


Angelos Angelou, Founder & Principal Executive Officer, Angelou Economics, Austin, TX
Timothy Chase, CEcD, FM, President and CEO, Hutto Economic Development Corporation, Hutto, TX
Ellen Walkowiak, CEcD, Business Development Mgr., City of Tacoma, Tacoma, WA

4:00 pm - 6:00 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 2016 Leadership Summit and 2016 Annual Conference.

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


Jay Moon, CEcD, FM, HLM, President & CEO, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, Jackson, MS
Mary Ann Moon, CEcD, VP, Economic Development, MS Engineering and Development, LLC, Ridgeland, MS

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

New Member Reception

Join us and connect with your fellow new members, IEDC Board of Directors and Membership Advisory Committee members. Learn more about IEDC's resources, benefits and ways to become engaged with the organization.

Price: Free, but registration is required

Non-Member Reception

Come and meet IEDC leadership, Board and Membership Advisory Committee members. They will share with you the benefits of being a member of IEDC.

Price: Free, but registration is required

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Chair's Reception

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

Price: Free, but registration is required

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: Attendees for this event should be under 35 or have no more than ten years in the economic development field (whichever is later).

Price: Free, but registration is required

Monday, October 5

7:00 am - 5:30 pm

Registration, Resource Center and The Economic Development Marketplace Open

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Networking Breakfast in the Economic Development Marketplace

7:00 am - 8:30 am

Mastering the Technology Sophisticated States and Regions Use For Your Own Community

Community Systems proudly presents its second annual Digital Economic Development Summit: Mastering the Technology Sophisticated States and Regions Use for Your Own Community.

Business Developers looking to drive lead generation will be able to understand their local business mix and get equipped to answer prospect questions quicker. Researchers looking for ways to leverage data will be able to analyze, create, and publish data to key audiences faster and more comprehensively. Marketers looking to increase visibility will learn to generate awareness for their websites using industry leading data sets. And Executives looking to drive their EDOs forward will be introduced to new, sophisticated technology that will propel their organizations into 2016.

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Learning Lab: Open Mic: Economic Development on a Shoestring

You do not need a big budget to achieve big results. Inexpensive projects, small tweaks and free assistance can leverage limited resources and help your EDO achieve its goals. This learning lab invites conference attendees to share how they made noteworthy improvements on little to no budget.

Interested in telling your story? This is an open mic opportunity for all conference attendees.

Submit your proposal by August 17. Speakers will be announced by September. Speakers will get 5-10 minutes to share their story, based on number of confirmed speakers.

Moderator: Todd Greene, CEcD, Vice President, Community & Economic Development Research & Policy, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA


Douglas Barill, Executive Director, Portage Regional Economic Development, Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada
Mark Litten, President & CEO, Bay Future, Inc., Bay City, MI
John Regan, CEcD, EcD, (F), CAO, French River, French River Ontario, Canada
Whitney Slightham, Director of Marketing, 434 Marketing, Lynchburg, VA
Catherine Timko, Principal & CEO, The Riddle Company, Washington, DC

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Chair's Welcome and Monday Morning Plenary Session

Join the IEDC Chair for welcome remarks followed by an exciting line-up of keynote speakers.

Master of Ceremonies: Michael Langley, CEO, Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership, Saint Paul, MN

Keynote Welcome:

The Honorable Ethan Berkowitz, Mayor, Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage, AK
Bill Walker, Governor, State of Alaska, Juneau, AK

Keynote Introduction:

David Berzina, CEcD, FM, Executive Vice President of Economic Development, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth, TX
Chris Hladick, Commissioner, Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development

Keynote Speakers:

JoAnn Crary, CEcD, President, Saginaw Future, Inc., Saginaw, MI
Randall Hoffbeck, Member, Board of Trustees, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, Juneau, AK
Rex Rock, Sr., President and CEO, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Anchorage, AK

8:45 am - 11:30 am

Tour: Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport $

For more than 50 years, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport has played an integral role in the growth of Anchorage and the State of Alaska. Today, the airport is primed for an exciting and dynamic future, with its geographic location providing unlimited potential in the global marketplace.

Airport facts:

• Less than 9.5 hours from 90% of the industrial world
• #2 in the US for landed weight of cargo aircraft (Memphis, TN is #1)
• Among the top 5 in the world for cargo throughput
• Nearly 5 million passengers served in 2012
• World's largest and busiest floatplane base

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is responsible for approximately 15,577 airport & community jobs, earning $1 billion. That's 1 in 10 jobs in Anchorage!

Price: $55 (includes IEDC transportation and administrative fees)

8:45 am - 11:00 am

Guest Tour: All About Anchorage $

This 2-hour Anchorage city tour includes Ship Creek; where the city began, Earthquake Park - the site commemorating the devastation of the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake, Lake Hood/Spenard; the busiest float plane base in the world and the beautiful Hillside area of Anchorage.

Price: $49

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

Cashing in on Culture

Art Centers, museums, live performances - oh my. Arts and culture, also known as the creative industry, is collectively an economic asset to your community. It provides opportunities for entrepreneurship and jobs and enhances the quality of life and city image. Hear from economic developers who have helped build or sustain the necessary frameworks and infrastructure, provided business assistance for entrepreneurs, and incorporated the creative industries into their overall economic development plan.

What you will learn:

- Opportunities for arts and culture retail beyond your community by utilizing virtual stores
- Developing a strategy to provide sustainable support to arts and culture facilities
- Successful case studies of arts and cultural center as an integral part of economic development plans

Moderator: Gretchen Fauske, Business Development Officer, Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Anchorage, AK


Sandra Badry, Economic Development Officer, Red Deer County, Alberta, Canada
Jim Butler, Creative Industries Manager, City of Austin, Austin, TX
Dru Garson, CEO, Greater Grays Harbor, Aberdeen, WA

The Push-Pull of Zoning and Regulatory Changes

Are zoning regulations helping or hindering economic development in your community? The answer probably depends on whom you ask. Drawing on case studies, this session will: demonstrate how new strategies in zoning can maximize the economics of development and; how you can quantitatively pre-test the likely impacts of proposed regulatory changes.

What you will learn:

- How to navigate the politics of changes in development regulations
- Methods of quantitatively evaluating the economic impacts of changing regulations
- How economic developers are addressing common misconceptions in handling regulatory changes

Moderator: Robert Camoin, CEcD, President & CEO, Camoin Associates, Inc., Saratoga Springs, NY


Tom Davis, Senior Planner, Planning Division, Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage, AK
Michele Mixner DeWitt, CEcD, AICP, Williamsburg Economic Development Director, City of Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA
Robert Lewis, CEcD, AICP, Principal, Development Strategies, Inc., Saint Louis, MO

Bring Bonnie Back: Attracting Jobs from Abroad

Labor costs and skills. Proximity to customers and suppliers. Quality control. Lead time. Intellectual property protections. These are just a few of the reasons companies declare when asked why they are choosing to bring jobs back that were previously offshored. This growing trend of reshoring offers numerous opportunities for communities to attract companies relocating jobs. Attend this session learn tactics to catch the wave and welcome these jobs home to your community.

What you will learn:

- Discover what community assets companies are considering when selecting a location for returning jobs.
- Identify resources and strategies to help reel in these jobs from abroad to your community.
- Hear success stories of companies that have returned jobs to their home country.

Moderator: Judith Walker, Chief Operating Officer, OCO Global Ltd., Belfast, Northern Ireland


Jay Moon, CEcD, FM, HLM, President & CEO, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, Jackson, MS
Mark Schmit, Manager National Accounts, Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Gaithersburg, MD
Jamie Stitt, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Business Development, State of Tennessee, Nashville, TN

Public-Private Partnerships: Expanding the Traditional Model

Infrastructure needs abound as an essential part of being a competitive business destination, yet competition for public resources limits what any community can build and maintain. Public-Private Partnerships, also known as PPPs or P3s, could be the answer to get your critical infrastructure financed, built, operated and maintained. This session will review examples of new types of P3 projects, and will introduce you to trends and innovations in how to turn public infrastructure burdens into business opportunities.

What you will learn:

- International lessons and best practices in using P3s for public infrastructure
- Expert advice in procurement management, contract negotiations, and monitoring of P3s
- Current practices and future trends

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


Mike Catsi, CEcD, Business Development & Communications Director, Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, Anchorage, AK
John Finke, Senior Program Manager and Team Leader, NDC HEDC Public-Private Partnership, New York, NY
Gail Lewis, Assistant Director, Arizona Department of Transportation Economic Development Office, Phoenix, AZ

The Six Biggest Mistakes in Economic Development Marketing (& How to Fix Them) - Sponsored by Development Counsellors International

Forget “Best Practices;” what about “Worst Practices”? We take a step back and lift the veil on what economic developers are commonly getting wrong in their marketing efforts and how to change it. We’ll challenge you to take an honest look at your own program and decide: “Am I just repeating what everyone else is doing? Am I marketing, or politicking? Is my website working for me, or just working?”


Julie Curtin, Vice President/Partner, Development Counsellors International, Denver, CO
Steve Duncan, Director of Lead Generation, Development Counsellors International, New York, NY

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learning Lab A: Ten Quality Metrics Used to Boost Your EDO's Relevance

IEDC's quest to improve the relevance of Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) has led the profession to look for new ways to measure success. Building upon this work which principally measures quantities, IEDC and others have looked for ways to increase how EDOs measure quality of operations. Once thought to be extremely difficult if not impossible, measuring the quality of an organization is actually very simple.

Attend this session to learn how you can use the Ten Key Elements to measure the quality of any organization.

Learning Lab B: Membership Services Session: GrantStation

GrantStation offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process.

GrantStation provides access to a searchable database of private grantmakers that accept inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; federal deadlines; links to state funding agencies; and a growing database of international grantmakers.

IEDC members have free access to GrantStation, a value of nearly $700/year. Stop by the IEDC Resource Center for a free, customized search with GrantStation.


Jeremy Smith, Communications & Technology Director, GrantStation.com Inc., Fairbanks, AK

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

IEDC Conference Host Committee Conference Meeting: 2016 and 2017 Leadership Summit

11:15 am - 1:30 pm

Speed Mentorship and Networking Lunch

Young professionals and students will have the opportunity to interact in a quick-fire format with seasoned economic development professionals. Join us for this new, exciting opportunity to gain insight into the profession and make lasting connections. Box lunches will be provided.

Price: Free, but registration is required. Registration is limited to students and professionals under 35 years of age.

11:40 am - 1:40 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 2016 Leadership Summit and 2016 Annual Conference.

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


Tedra Cheatham, CEcD, Executive Director, The Clean Air Campaign, Atlanta, GA
Anne Roise, MCP, CEcD, Instructor, Urban Studies & Planning, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

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

IEDC extends a special invitation to elected officials and board of directors of EDOs to network and discuss economic development strategies in their community. This lunch is open to all registered attendees of the conference.

Price: $35

Moderator: Regina Lindsey, Chief Executive Officer and President, Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, Beaumont, TX

Keynote Speakers:

The Honorable Mark Begich, Former U.S. Senator, President & CEO, Northern Compass Group, LLC, Anchorage, AK
The Honorable Rick Mystrom, Former Mayor of Anchorage & Author/Business Owner, Anchorage, AK

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: $45

Keynote Speakers:

Mead Treadwell, President, Pt Capital, Anchorage, AK

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

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Sponsored Learning Lab: StateBook- Data at your fingertips: 101 Ways to Use StateBook

StateBook is a year old! Hear from your fellow economic developers large and small what they’ve achieved over the past year using the premier platform for corporate site selection and economic growth to attract investment from companies expanding and relocating from around the world.

Learn how to:

- Use StateBook to fill out RFIs and grant requests
- Obtain up to 63,000 current data points about your community
- Benchmark your community and compare it to your competition
- Use the mapping system to create custom regions and learn who you compare to
- Use the map filter system to find communities that meet your parameters
- Use your StateBook microsite as a mobile data app to promote your community and available sites & buildings

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Putting Economic Development in the Hands of the Locals

Different approaches but with the same goal: bringing economic development decisions closer to people that experience the effects of these decisions. During this Learning Lab, you will hear how several EDOs and organizations are striving to encourage regional stakeholders to work together to bring about sustainable and lasting economic development changes. Putting economic development in the hands of the locals allows citizenry to see the aspirations for their community expressed in economic development strategy, all while removing barriers that limit current businesses and potential investors.

What you will learn:

- Tips on streamlining efforts within the community so that actors do not duplicate efforts or work at cross purposes
- The importance of community engagement when developing and executing an economic development strategy
- Selling a strategy change to your community, board members and other stakeholders


Valerie Lemmie, Director of Exploratory Research, Kettering Foundation, Columbus, OH
Bill Popp, President & CEO, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Anchorage, AK
David Rumbarger, CEcD, President & CEO, Community Development Foundation, Tupelo, MO

12:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Tour: Cook Inlet Housing Authority - Tour of Mountain View $

The Cook Inlet Housing Authority's revitalized property known as Mountain View Village has had amazing impacts on the area's education, economic investment, reduction in crime, and more. Additionally, the Mountain View Village was selected for the HUD Secretary's Opportunity & Empowerment Award during 2014, which "honors excellence in community planning that has led to measurable benefits in terms of increased economic development, employment, education, or housing choice and mobility for low- and moderate-income residents." Hear from the Authority itself on how it created this award winning community. It's a great example of both community and economic development.

Price: $55

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

A Mosaic of Experiences: Economic Development for Indigenous Populations

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and First Peoples have taken a variety of different approaches to economic development, with each approach revealing its own opportunities and challenges. This panel of practitioners and researchers on the subject of economic development for native populations will discuss economic development from their perspective, including best practices and inclusive development. Issues such as sustainability of development efforts, sovereignty and governance, and interactions with non-native organizations and the private sector will be discussed. This enriching session will provide a comprehensive look at the current state and the future of economic development for indigenous populations.

What you will learn:

- Success stories from a variety of contexts and locations
- The most pressing issues in economic development for indigenous economic development
- Explore the connection between economic and community development in indigenous populations

Moderator: James Collard, PhD, Director of Planning and Economic Development, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Shawnee, OK


Sheri Buretta, Chairman of the Board, Chugach Alaska Corporation, Anchorage, AK
Clyde Gooden, Board of Directors, The National Center For American Indian Enterprise Development, Anchorage, AK
The Honorable Jay Williams, Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, Economic Development Administration, United States Department of Commerce, Washington, DC

Vacant Spaces to Happening Places: How to Orchestrate a Turnaround

Imagine this - beautiful storefronts, people shopping and smiling, commerce and economic development in action. Now how do you get there from a less than lively main street lined with vacant store fronts? A cross-section of placemaking and economic development, revitalizing derelict spaces into happening places takes perseverance and more. This session will take a look at all options to create a buzz in vacant spaces - from quick fixes to large investments.

What you will learn:

- Building and communicating a new vision to your community
- Strategies for dealing with vacant streets and storefronts to entice people to visit
- Financing options to implement the necessary initiatives that will stimulate activity in divested corridors.

Moderator: Steven Weathers, CEcD, President & CEO, Erie County Industrial Development Agency, Buffalo, NY


Lyz Crane, Deputy Director, ArtPlace America, Brooklyn, NY
Kimber Lanning, Executive Director, Local First Arizona, Phoenix, AZ
John Shirey, Executive Director, California Redevelopment Association, Sacramento, CA

Boosting Your Smart City Credentials: Solutions & Good Practice

Deploying information and communication technology (ICT) that is in line with and supports your broader economic development strategy can take you leaps and bounds in the right direction. Incorporating ICT in business, education and government will increase opportunities of connectivity, innovation and growth, in addition to making your community more livable, modern and competitive. This session will explore what cities of all shapes and sizes are doing in order to drive economic growth with a technological vision.

What you will learn:

- How to incorporate smart initiatives in communities of all sizes and budgets, and how to gauge your community's appetite for risk and change
- Working with government, collaborators, partners and funders
- Guaranteeing tangible impacts of increased productivity and inclusive growth


Efrem Bycer, Director of Economic Development, Code for America, San Francisco, CA
Lea Deesing, MPA, PMP, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director of SmartRiverside, Innovation and Technology Department, City of Riverside, Riverside, CA
Todd Kelsey, Alaska Senior Location Executive, IBM, Rochester, MN
Craig Settles, President, Gigabit Nation, Oakland, CA

The Case for Collaboration: Practical Ways EDOs and DMOs Can Work Together

Economic development organizations (EDOs) and destination marketing organizations (DMOs) that promote tourism are both in the business of marketing a place. The decisions that they aim to influence may differ, but when you get right down to it, the two organizations have identical end goals: job creation, economic well-being of the community and a better quality of life for residents. Recent research has made a clear business case to support better collaboration between EDOs and DMOs. Discover how collaboration between these two functions can more effectively compete for new investments, corporate relocations, and a talented workforce.

What you will learn:

- Recent research that demonstrates the effectiveness of collaboration between EDOs and DMOs
- Case studies on effective collaboration and measureable impacts
- Tips on how to approach and structure an effective collaboration (you will hear from EDOs that do both functions simultaneously)


Andrew Levine, President & Chief Creative Officer, Development Counsellors International, New York, NY


Caroline Beteta, President & CEO, Visit California, Sacramento, CA
Annette Rummel, President/CEO, Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention & Visitors Bureaus of Bay County, Midland County and Saginaw County, Saginaw, MI
Ben Teague, EDFP, Executive Director, Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County, Asheville, NC

The Future of Workforce: WIOA in Action

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) will take effect in July 2015. It is designed to help job seekers access the employment, education and training they need to succeed in the labor market, and to match employers with the skilled workers they need. This session explores WIOA's impacts on the workforce development system, as well as discusses innovative approaches communities and their EDOs are putting in place to transform their workforce efforts.

What you will learn:

- Practical steps to design and implement a successful partnership between industry, education and economic development
- Regional and sectoral workforce strategies used in a variety of contexts
- How to make better use of data to forecast workforce needs of businesses, drive accountability and evaluate workforce development programs

Moderator: Jon Gustafson, Economic Development Lead, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Fort Worth, TX


Judy McDonald, Executive Director, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, Fort Worth, TX
Darrell Auterson, CEcD, EDFP, President & CEO, York County Economic Alliance, York, PA
Jennifer Worth, Senior Vice President Workforce and Economic Development, American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC

3:15 pm - 3:50 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.

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Sponsored Learning Lab: esri- Making Business Happen: ArcGIS for Economic Development

How do you attract new business and investors to your community? And more importantly, keep them? What distinguishes your community from another? How do you foster an environment for the entrepreneurial spirit? Using the ArcGIS platform, economic development agencies can address all of these questions, and more.

Join us to learn from our experts how, with the help of ArcGIS and a comprehensive location strategy, you can:

-Attract and retain new business
-Achieve destination branding
-Target economic opportunities
-Appeal to start-ups and incubators

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

Lessons from Abroad: Bringing New Economic Development Ideas Home

Realizing that all countries face similar economic development challenges, economic development practitioners have been looking beyond their borders for new and proven strategies to help continue economic growth and development in their community. This session will highlight economic development practices that are working abroad, and suggestions on what you can bring home and adapt to your community. From workforce to marketing to small business, economic development professionals from around the world will share fresh ideas in this session.

What you will learn:

- Successful examples of adapting foreign economic development practices to a different country context
- Cutting-edge trends and lessons learned from other countries
- Effective alternatives to handling economic developments most pressing issues


Tedra Cheatham, CEcD, Executive Director, The Clean Air Campaign, Atlanta, GA


Roberto Alvarez, Executive Director, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils - GFCC, Washington, DC
Rudolfo Andrade, President, Cetys University EDI, Mexicali, Mexico
Melissa Hoover, Executive Director, Democracy at Work Institute, Oakland, CA

Because We're Worth It: Communicating Your EDO's Value

After all your hard work, do you ever feel your EDO does not get the recognition and support it deserves? It might be because you are not effectively communicating your value to internal stakeholders, including taxpayers and other community funders, elected officials, and other vested interests. This workshop will arm you with practical how-to advice to refine and update your messaging so your community stays in the spotlight.

What you will learn:

- Proven methods for communicating the value of your EDO's accomplishments
- Tailoring messages to your diverse audiences and stakeholders
- Best practices and examples of how to communicate an EDO's performance metric

Moderator: Peter Tokar, III, MBA, Economic Development Director, City of Alpharetta, Alpharetta, GA


Tracy Campbell, Creative & Marketing Director, Casper Area Economic Development Alliance, LLC, Casper, WY
Carrie Gomez, Vice President, Business & Community Synergies, Casper Area Economic Development Alliance, LLC, Casper, WY
Thomas Kucharski, CEcD, President & CEO, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Buffalo, NY
Allison Larsen, CEcD, Principal, TadZo, Yakima, WA
Tom Ralser, CFA, Principal, Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, Atlanta, GA

Partnering for Growth: Universities and Economic Development Round Robin

There are dozens of good examples of how universities and other institutes of higher education have partnered with economic development organizations for the benefit of their communities. This session will be organized in a round robin format with an experienced practitioner that can provide best practices visiting each group of attendees. This intimate format will allow for plenty of time for Q&A and discussion.

Moderator: LaDene Bowen, CEcD, FM, HLM, Associate Director, University of Northern Iowa Institute for Decision Making, Cedar Falls, IA


Gary Ballew, CEcD, Director of Economic Development & Marketing, Port of Pasco, Pasco, WA
Mary Rajek, Economic Development Associate, Redevelopment Resources, Madison, WI
Janice Kleinwort, Executive Director of Economic Affairs, Arizona State University, Scottsdale, AZ

Economic Developer Huddle: Fireside Chat with the “Platinum Class” of 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: Jessica Paolini, Economic Development Manager, Choose New Jersey, Inc., Princeton, NJ


John Morand, Barrister & Solicitor, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

fDi Magazine Awards Ceremony - American Cities of the Future Awards

fDi Magazine will present the awards for its American Cities of the Future 2015/16 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 this article.

Join mayors, dignitaries and professionals from economic development organisations to celebrate the most successful cities/locations across the Americas. A light buffet, drinks and refreshments will be available and data on the latest trends in crossborder investment will also be presented.

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

Should you have any queries on the day of the event please call +44 (0)7739 924084 to contact the fDi Magazine team at Anchorage.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Department of Defense Resources for Shrinking Military Spending

States and communities are key components of our national defense. Defense, military and civilian personnel live and work in the communities that host our installations. When a local installation reduces its workforce - whether it is Service members or civilians - the potential impact on the community can be sizeable. The Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), will discuss available resources in response to Defense program changes to include Force Structure reductions.

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

New Streamlined EDA Application Process

The Economic Development Administration has changed the way it accepts applications for funding. A whole new suite of forms and a new proposal stage among other changes are aimed at easing, simplifying and speeding up the application process. If you are interested in competing for EDA funding to boost your community’s job creation and economic growth, then come join EDA leaders in this workshop focused on the key changes and how you can develop a strong EDA application.

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Recognition Dinner $

Held at the Hotel Captain Cook and 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
• New 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

Price: $100

Tuesday, October 6

6:30 am - 7:30 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 Captain Cook. There will be options for a 6-mile or a 3-mile route. The first 50 participants receive a limited edition t-shirt!

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Economic Development Marketplace (Exhibit Hall) and Resource Center Open

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

7:00 am - 8:30 am

Primer to the CEcD Exam Process: What you Need to Know 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.

Beginning on January 1, 2015, 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 Rebecca Thomas at rthomas@iedconline.org.

Price: Free, but registration is required


Ivan Baker, CEcD, AICP, Director of Economic Development, Tinley Park Economic Development, Tinley Park, IL
Allison Larsen, CEcD, Principal, TadZo, Yakima, WA
Daryl Phillips, CEcD, Director of Economic & Community Development, Cheatham County Joint Economic & Community Development Board, Ashland City, TN

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Learning Lab: Design and Customize Workforce Solutions of Business Recruitment: A Case Study

Proving once again that everyone gets more when they work together, three distinct non-profits in Wisconsin have partnered together to create a sustaining economic impact on their community. This case study will demonstrate the creative strategy of offering prospective companies a variety of services to access a regional labor pool and customizing services for each perspective company. Allowing each non-profit to play to their strengths, the alliance of these non-profits are executing a unique talent attraction strategy.

What you will learn:

- Identifying and capitalizing on the strengths of regional partners to assist in your economic development strategy
- Testimonials from companies that have benefited from this collaborative approach to business recruitment and talent attraction strategies
- Tips on customizing efforts for prospective companies without overburdening your resources and time


Doug Bartz, Workforce Development Manager, Kenosha County, Kenosha, WI
Deborah Davidson, Vice President, Gateway Technical College, Sturtevant, WI
Heather Wessling, CEcD, Vice President, Economic Development, Kenosha Area Business Alliance, Kenosha, WI

Learning Lab: Strategic Planning: Is It Worth It?

Is strategic planning really worth the effort? That is a question we and our clients have asked for over 35 years. The answer is sometimes “yes” and sometimes “no”. Why? Execution. The several hundred strategic plans we have been involved with have proven time and again that strong accountability and the resulting execution that achieve change is the key.

For performance to change, the organization must change. Thus, the real question is how can strategic planning actually produce change not just define it! That is the question we helped the Anchorage EDC answer back in 2010 when we first began strategic planning with them. Now 5 years later, they are exceeding their expectations, including seeing increases in the 30 metrics they have chosen to measure their progress.

Is it possible for your EDC to have the same results? We think so. In this session, you will learn:

- Details for a robust and effective planning methodology
- The pros and cons of employee involvement
- The board’s role in planning
- Best practices in execution that produce the highest return on investment in planning
- How your plan can be employed to facilitate change

Attendees will be provided a checklist to evaluate their own planning process against the principles presented.

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Wake Up with County Data: NACo’s County Economic Tracker

Join us for a hands-on training on county economic data tools available for free through the National Association of Counties (NACo)’s annual County Economic Tracker. These interactive tools use an analysis of annual changes in county GDP, jobs, unemployment rates and median home prices for 2013-2014, recession, recovery and long-term. NACo’s Research Director, Dr. Emilia Istrate will also discuss the recovery trends across county economies for 2014 and prospects for 2015. Bring your laptop or tablet!

What you will learn:

- New economic analysis tools available for free on NACo’s website
- Granular economic information about each and every county economy
- National trends across county economies


Emilia Istrate, PhD, Director of Research and Outreach, National Association of Counties (NACo), Washington, DC

7:45 am - 11:00 am

Tour: Port of Anchorage $

The Port of Anchorage is a deep-water port that runs as an enterprise department under the Municipality of Anchorage. The Port of Anchorage is an enterprise department under the Municipality of Anchorage. As an enterprise, the Port is distinguished from other types of municipal departments, largely because it creates enough revenue to support its operations along with paying annual fees to the municipality. An estimated 90% of the merchandise goods for 85% of Alaska's populated areas pass through the Port of Anchorage, including gasoline, heating oil, diesel, cement, business supplies and more. Additionally, the Port of Anchorage is one of only 19 commercial ports around the nation designated as a Department of Defense Strategic Seaport.

Price: $55

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Tuesday Morning Plenary Session

Keynote Introduction:

Dyan Brasington, CEcD, FM, HLM, Vice President for Innovation & Applied Research, Towson University, Towson, MD

Master of Ceremonies:

Craig Richard, CEcD, CEO, Invest Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Keynote Speakers:

Barry Matherly, CEcD, FM, President and CEO, Greater Richmond Partnership, Richmond, VA
Alice Rogoff, Publisher and Owner, Alaska Dispatch Publishing, Anchorage, AK
Vinai Thummalapally, Executive Director, SelectUSA, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Washington, DC

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Exhibit Appointment Hours

Want some one-on-one time with your suppliers or do you want to take a deeper dive into an exhibitor's products? Make an appointment with your preferred exhibitors without all the hustle and bustle of receptions and networking events during regular Exhibit hours? Exhibitor contact information will be distributed two weeks prior to the conference, and at that time we encourage you to arrange 15 or 30 minute appointments with the exhibitors you want to talk with.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

Sponsored Session OCO Global: If You Got It, Flaunt It: How to Make Your Marketing Dollars Work for You

Economic development organizations of all sizes face the challenge of effectively promoting their location. The need stand out from the crowd, integrate various marketing efforts, increase name recognition at home and abroad, and appeal to a wide range of potential investors globally makes for a complex task - and even more complex when you factor in limited resources.

This session will examine how economic development organizations can develop, or evolve their existing Marketing strategies to deliver the greatest impact to their communities. Delivered by OCO Global, a leading economic development advisory firm, this one hour session will interest all economic development professionals who want to raise their community’s profile on corporate radars, and truly maximize every dollar spent on marketing. OCO will provide perspectives developed from experience working with more than 300 national, state, and community economic development organizations globally to attract business. Learn more about:

- Best Practices in Place Marketing
- What Companies Really Want
- Making your Proposition Unique
- The Optimum Marketing Mix for your Budget
- Working Effectively with Stakeholders and Partners for Greater Impact
- Leveraging Technology and Social Media
- Effectively Marketing to Overseas Companies
- Better Measurement and Communication of Impact to Your Stakeholders

In addition, come along to our session and avail of a free professional head and shoulders photoshoot that you can use to enhance your online presence on professional networking sites like LinkedIn.

OCO will also present a prize to one of our attendees for online marketing reflecting Place Marketing best practices. Registering for the session will automatically enter your community for consideration.

Town Halls

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.

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.


Jason Anderson, Director, Economic Development, City of Rochelle/GREDCO, Rochelle, IL


Jeffrey Jones, AICP, Economic Development Director, Summit County, Coalville, UT
Kevin Kelly, CEcD, MBA, President, Jasper County Economic Development Organization, Inc., Rensselaer, IN

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.


Brett Doney, CEcD, President & CEO, Great Falls Development Authority, Inc., Great Falls, MT

3. Communities with Populations Between 200,000 - 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 can 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.

Moderator: Buddy Rizer, CEcD, Director, Loudoun County Economic Development, Leesburg, VA

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.

Moderator: Jonas Peterson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Las Vegas, NV

Housing Matters: The Importance of Affordable Housing for Economic Competitiveness

Out of all the economic development factors that you monitor and influence, is affordable housing the one that gets neglected? Affordable housing can have a profound and sneaky impact on your community's economic competitiveness. Lack of affordable housing has been proven to be a major factor when recruiting talented workers who do not want to live far from their jobs. This session will explore the problem of affordable housing, and what you can do about it.

What you will learn:

- Understanding affordable housing as a workforce and quality of life issue
- Pulling together all sources to find a solution, including local government, nonprofits, and the private sector
- Financing tools for affordable housing

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


Ernestine Garey, Executive Vice President & COO, Invest Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Carol Gore, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Anchorage, AK
David Schwartz, Vice President, Economic & Planning Systems, Denver, CO

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Keynote Luncheon

The biggest plenary session of the conference features a full course meal, presentations from leading speakers, and an exciting look into what to expect at the 2016 IEDC Annual Conference.

Price: Free, but registration is required

Master of Ceremonies: William Sproull, FM, President & CEO, Richardson Economic Development Partnership, Richardson, TX

Keynote Introduction:

Marilyn Romano, Regional Vice-President, Alaska, Alaska Airlines, Anchorage, AK

Keynote Speakers:

Brandon Pedersen, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance, Alaska Air Group, Seattle, WA
The Honorable Jay Williams, Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, Economic Development Administration, United States Department of Commerce, Washington, DC

1:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Tour: Alaska Railroad Corporation $

Owned by the State of Alaska since 1985, the Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) is unlike any other State of Alaska agency. It is owned by the state, but is incorporated and run like a private business. The ARRC receives no operating funds from the state, nor are its employees state employees. Rather, the corporation and ARRC employees generate revenue through freight, passenger and real estate services to cover personnel, operations and maintenance expenses.

Price: $55

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

Leveraging Big Data Insights: Guiding economic development decisions

Everyone involved in real estate can benefit from greater transparency. For years, the retail commercial real estate market has relied on inconsistent, self-reported or anecdotal figures to inform real estate decisions. With major investments being made and the implications to the overall economic health of a community on the line, we think economic development authorities can leverage big data to make better decisions.

What you will learn:

Using aggregated and anonymous transaction-based analytics, actionable insights can be gleaned into economic development using the sales performance of retail locations

- Insights can be used to guide decisions on retailer site selection, property development and effective property management
- Sales performance metrics over time can identify changing neighborhood dynamics to measure the impact of previous economic development investments or identify new areas that require attention
- Sales performance metrics can also be used to make comparisons across a range or geographic levels,allowing benchmarking at the block, neighborhood, city and county level

A better understanding of the demand side of retail sales can also guide policy decisions

- Insights into consumer spending behavior in form where domestic and international shoppers originate as well as their spending categories.
- These insights can be then used to identify economic development opportunities and target campaigns that attract greater retail activity to your community


Tony Sanches, General Manager, Information Services Products, MasterCard Worldwide

Looking for Opportunities: Pacific Rim Trade and Investment

All signs point to the fact that the Asia-Pacific region will continue to be a major economic driver for the next several years. A healthy exchange of FDI and exports between Pacific Rim countries and the rest of the world will new jobs, money, technology and skills flooding into your community. Whether looking to export to a Pacific Rim country, or looking for new sources of FDI for your community, this session will explore Asia-Pacific FDI and exporting trends and opportunities.

What you will learn:

- Growing markets in Asia-Pacific that are looking for FDI and offer exporting opportunities
- Success stories of recruiting Asia-Pacific FDI
- A look ahead at future trends and opportunities

Moderator: Christopher Knight, International Sales Manager, FDI Intelligence, London, UK


Evan Hoffman, Senior Manager, State Government Affairs, Organization for International Investment, Washington, DC
Sanjeev Joshipura, Founder & President, SJ Consulting, Fairfax, VA
Henry Loewendahl, Founder & CEO, WAVTEQ ltd, Hong Kong
Rebecca Moudry, Acting Director, Investment Promotion & Facilitation, SelectUSA, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC
Kathy Weiss, CEcD, Director, Economic Development and Tourism Region of Durham, Whitby, Ontario Canada

A Place to Call Home: Attracting Economic Development Talent

The economic development profession, like many other professions, has a gray hair issue. Who will step in to fill the executive positions when the baby boomers retire? How will we attract young people into the profession and help them grow their careers? What strategies can rural communities and distressed cities use to recruit experienced economic developers? These questions and others will be answered when our panel of speakers takes a look at how to lure high quality professionals into the field of economic development.

What you will learn:

- Tips for training young economic developers to grow into executive roles
- How to show young professionals that economic development is a field that provides for advancement and professional growth
- Strategies to attract experienced economic developers to communities with limited budgets

Moderator: Ioanna Morfessis, PhD, HLM, President & Chief Strategist, IO. INC, Phoenix, AZ


Barry Broome, President & CEO, Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council, Sacramento, CA
Michael Fortunato, PhD, Director, Center for Rural Studies, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
Rodrick Miller, CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Detroit, MI
Keith Watkins, Senior Vice President, Economic & Rural Development Arizona Commerce Authority, Phoenix, AZ

Inclusive Development: Meeting Equity Challenges through Economic Development

A truly inclusive approach to local and regional economic development requires an appreciation by economic development practitioners of where equity and social justice intersect with economic development efforts. Bringing research, best practices, and decision-makers together, this session will explore useful and applicable steps that you can help you to implement and that will improve life for all in your community.

What you will learn:

- Learn from researchers, funders and local practitioners how to integrate equity and social justice into your local or regional economic development and related programs
- How inequalities such as racial, ethnic and gender impact your residents from birth, and hear how some communities are addressing these challenges
- How to build generational assets through workforce development and entrepreneurship that can elevate them from a cycle of poverty

Moderator: Anne Roise, MCP, CEcD, Instructor, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA


Michael Finney, Sr. Advisor, Economic Growth, Office of Governor Rick Snyder, Lansing, MI
Peter Hammer, Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, Professor, Lay Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
John Sternlicht, Esq., CEcD, CEO, Economic Development Association of Skagit County, Mount Vernon, WA

Breath of Fresh Air: Cultivating an Outdoor Recreation Cluster

Mother Nature supplies the scenery and adventure, and a legion of outfitters, businesses, hotels and entrepreneurs provide the rest. Nurturing an outdoor recreation cluster can generate substantial revenue for your community, in addition to making it more marketable as a vibrant community. Whether biking, hiking, gliding, or rafting, this session will look at how to get your community and tourists in gear for economic growth.

What you will learn:

- How to assist outfitters and other businesses that offer outdoor adventures
- Use of mega- and extreme sports events to promote economic development and build your brand
- Creative marketing and branding campaigns to make your community an outdoor activity destination

Moderator: Susan Bell, Principal, McDowell Group, Juneau, AK


Thomas Christopulos, EdD, CEcD, Business Development Manager, Ogden City Corporation, Ogden, UT
Joseph Jacobson, Vice President of Business Development, Huna Totem Corporation, Juneau, AK
Jeff Welch, CEO, Merury/CSC, Bozeman, MT

2:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Guest Tour: Big Swig Tours - Brewery Tours $

Come experience the booming Anchorage craft beer scene in style as you join your knowledgeable 'Hoperator' for an off-the-beaten path tour of Anchorage full of sudsy fun. Guests are introduced to one of Anchorage's finest breweries, brewers, and beers, on this behind the scenes look at the local craft brewing industry. The tour includes one brewery stop, a minimum of 4 beer tastings, round trip transportation, and 2 hours of stories you'll be sure to recount to your friends back home. With a maximum group size of 24, this small group tour ensures a personalized experience.

Price: $49

3:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Excellence in Economic Development Awards Ceremony

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

As a follow up to last year's session in Fort Worth, IEDC's young professionals will reconvene for an "Answer This" workshop designed to put fresh minds around 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 brand new set of questions previously submitted by both their peers, as well as more 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. YPs will alternate groups with each question to maximize networking potential.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

Open for Business: Industrial Site Readiness

Business location consultants frequently attest that site readiness is critical to a community's attractiveness for business. However, true site readiness is a task easier said than done - the devil is in the details and tough decisions have to be taken in order for programs to prove their merit. Learn from exceptional examples on how to assist your community in their efforts to prepare industrial sites and improve your competitiveness.

What you will learn:

- Perspectives from proven winners on preparing industrial sites either as part of a formal program or as one-off projects
- Insight from business location consultants that routinely evaluate industrial sites
- How communities with small budgets and limited staff can promote quality industrial sites

Moderator: John Parrott, AAE, Airport Manager, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Anchorage, AK


J. Vann Cunningham, Assistant Vice President, Economic Development, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company, Fort Worth, TX
Kendrick Curtis, PhD, Assistant Executive Director, Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association, Nashville, TN
David Lloyd, JD, Director, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington, DC

Constructive Criticism: Economic Development Websites Under the Microscope

Just as eyes are windows to the soul, economic development websites reveal your community's dynamism and personality - so it better be good. This session will include a lineup on essential actors in the economic development world - business location consultant, corporate executive, tax advisors - to give an honest review of economic development websites.

What you will learn:

- What your website viewers love, hate and appreciate in terms of website content
- Tips, advice and strategies that you can implement immediately
- Honest, informative feedback to help improve your website

Interested in having your website critiqued by a live audience? Submit your application to have your website reviewed by our panel. Submissions accepted until August 17 and winners will be informed by early September. Must be a registered attendee of the 2015 Annual Conference to submit an application.

Moderator: Dariel Curren, Senior Vice President, Development Counsellors International, New York, NY


Aaron Brossoit, Chief Operating Officer, Golden Shovel Agency, Little Falls, MN
Jeffrey Kline, CEO & President, Accrinet, Charlotte, NC
Kathy Mussio, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight, Fairhaven, NJ
Douglas Tyler, CEcD, Director, Deloitte Tax LLP, New York City, NY

Mission Investments: Innovative Capital for Economic Development

Mission investments from foundations and other philanthropic investors are a powerful and innovative source of capital for your community and economic development projects. From Main Street to the industrial park, and everywhere in between, these investments are catalysts for business recruitment, business retention and expansion, affordable housing development, and community facilities. Foundations and other impact investing organizations provide capital to both intermediary organizations and directly to projects as part of their strategy to achieve their philanthropic goals. Billions of dollars in transactions occur annually, and foundations continue to grow their mission-based investment portfolios. This session will discuss the fundamentals of mission investing and how you can leverage this opportunity for capital in your community. There are opportunities to build ties between mission investors and place-based economic development actors that are not fully realized.

What you will learn:

- How to leverage the resources of mission-based investors to obtain capital for community and economic development projects
- 360 view of mission investing, with perspectives from a national CDFI, private family foundation, industry insider, and regional community foundation
- Lessons learned from leaders in mission investing

Moderator: Scott Marquardt, CEcD, Vice President, Southwest Initiative Foundation, Hutchinson, MN


Frank Altman, President and CEO, Community Reinvestment Fund USA, Minneapolis, MN
Christopher Perez, Program Officer, Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, AK
David Wood, PhD, Director, Initiative for Responsible Investment, Hauser Institute at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Energy: Boom, Bust and Everything in Between

Energy efficiency, diversification, innovations, jobs and infrastructure - there are no shortage of ways that changes in the energy landscape can affect your community and economic development strategy. Whether your community is an energy producer, or your businesses fear changes in regulations and energy fluctuations, economic developers are required to keep abreast of changes in the energy landscape and understand what it means for them. This panel will bring speakers that as so called "winners and losers" from the changing energy landscape and they will discuss how they are preparing for their new energy future.

What you will learn:

- Concerns and opportunities for energy-producing communities
- What is coming down the pipeline in terms for jobs and investment opportunities
- Maximizing energy innovations for economic development opportunity

Moderator: Christopher Camacho, President & CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Phoenix, AZ


Bryan Buggey, MBA, Director, Strategic Initiatives and Sector Development Vancouver Economic Commission, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Cheryl Cardinal, President/CEO, Indigenous Center of Energy
Jeanne Skog, President & CEO, Maui Economic Development Board, Inc., Maui, HI

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 will 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


Paul Saldana, CEcD, President & CEO, Tulare County Economic Development Corporation, Tulare, CA
Jerry Stewart, CEcD, Workforce Development Coordinator, Virginia Beach Economic Development, Virginia Beach, VA

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Networking Reception

7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Guest Tour: Anchorage Historic/Ghost Tour $

Discover an Anchorage filled with history and mystery. Some of our city's early residents are not entirely departed. No one will jump out at you from a dark corner. No special effects or cheap tricks. The story of Anchorage will take on a whole different meaning.

Price: $15

Wednesday, October 7

7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Registration Open

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Attendee Networking Breakfast

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Concurrent Sessions:

New Lands, New Opportunities: Doing Business in Remote Locations

Whether you live on the inhospitable tundra or are located in a small town over an hour's drive from a major airport or interstate, you recognize that doing business in remote locations can be a challenge for you and the private sector; but opportunities for economic development should not be wasted. Economic development issues of transportation, government involvement, and inclusive development must be considered and addressed. This session will take a look at the particular challenges of economic and business development in remote locations.

What you will learn:

- Funding and responsibility when dealing with lack of infrastructure, including roads, electricity and broadband
- How to manage impact assessments and inclusive development
- Wide view of current and future economic development opportunities in remote places


Christi Bell, CEcD, Associate Vice Provost & Executive Director, University of Alaska Anchorage Business Enterprise Institute, Anchorage, AK
Chris Chmura, PhD, President & Chief Economist, Chmura Economics & Analytics, Richmond, VA
Simon Millcock, ACEcD, Chairman, Queensland State Practitioner Network Economic Development Australia, Townsville, Queensland
John Morand, Lawyer, Hope, Ontario, Canada

How-to: Business Accelerator as an Economic Development Tool

Tapping into the local entrepreneurial environment is critical to economic development organizations because of the impact it has on local jobs, filling local office space, supporting local retail and creating a healthy community. This workshop will provide attendees with a step-by-step case study of how to tap use a business accelerator to tap into local resources for an exciting entrepreneurial initiative.

What you will learn:

- How to create an entrepreneurial business environment
- Advice on starting a business accelerator
- Creating and using metrics to communicate success


Susan Kelsey, Economic Development Officer, City of Lake Forest, IL, Lake Forest, IL

9:15 am - 10:45 am

Ignite IEDC

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!

To apply to be featured during Ignite IEDC, please send a 250 word proposal and bio to proposals@iedconline.org by August 17, 2015. Speakers will be announced by early September.

Moderator: Cassie Arias, Executive Director, Deming Luna County Economic Development Inc., Deming, NM


Matt Ashby, AICP, Planning Service Director, City of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Cheyenne, WY
Scott Bowles, Business Development Coordinator, The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Provo City, UT
Kevin Johnson, CEcD, Sr. Economic Development Officer, Invest Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Kit Kamo, Executive Director, Snake River Economic Development Alliance, Ontario, Oregon
Jason Kester, J.D., Executive Director, Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA), Portsmouth, OH
John Lavery, Business Innovation & Skills Planning Manager, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Auckland, New Zealand
Tim Martin, Stephens County Development Authority, Toccoa, GA
Archana Mishra, Live. Work. Play. Director, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Anchorage, AK
Carolina Arriagada Peters, MBA, Director, C&CO International, London, UK
Whitney Richter, Business Development & Marketing Manager, Economic Development Greater Waco Chamber, Waco, TX
Gilberto Salinas, Executive Vice President, Brownsville Economic Development Council, Brownsville, TX
Karen Wronko, Executive Director, Government of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Sandra Zoellner, EDFP, Assistant Director of Economic Development and Planning, Village of Park Forest, Park Forest, IL

Scenes from a Boardroom

It’s time to throw open the doors and reveal the decision-making process that happens in corporate boardrooms around the country. Join us for a little bit of theater and drama as we create a mock competition for a recent location decision. After a long selection process, Acme Corporation has narrowed its location search down to two finalist communities. Both have been invited to make a 10-minute presentation to the company’s executive team followed by 5-10 minutes of questions. After the presentation teams depart, the company will confer and then make a decision.

Moderator: Andrew Levine, President & Chief Creative Officer, Development Counsellors International, New York, NY


Eric Bitar, Senior Director, Business Investment, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, Pittsburgh, PA
Annette Fago, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Los Angeles, CA
David Griggs, Vice President of Business Investment and Research, GREATER MSP, Saint Paul, MN
Lindsey Myers, Senior Consultant/Director, Site Readiness Programs McCallum Sweeney Consulting, Greenville, SC
Suzi Pegg, Vice President, Global Business Development Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), USA
Douglas Tyler, CEcD, Director, Deloitte Tax LLP., New York City, NY

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions:

Business Location Consultants Forum

IEDC's popular Business Location Consultants Forum (formerly Site Consultants Forum) returns again in another opportunity for economic development leaders to engage with the country's premier business location professionals. This special Forum will provide a full overview of how today’s site selection process unfolds and how the use of incentives have evolved in recent years. From the new Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) guidance to technology’s impact on how business location consultants collect data, this session will delve into the enhanced role of economic developers in the site location process and what is on the horizon for data standards.

What you will learn:

- How your community can get noticed by business location consultants representing major global businesses
- Insight from business location consultants on the current state of the global economy and what it means for project activity across different industries
- The impact of new government accounting disclosure requirements and implications for EDOs

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


Angelos Angelou, Founder & Principal Executive Officer, AngelouEconomic, Austin, TX
Mark James, CEcD, Vice President, Economic & Business Development, American Electric Power, Columbus, OH
Robert Lewis, CEcD, AICP, Principal and President, Development Strategies, Inc., Saint Louis, MO
Heather Maxwell, Site Selection Consultant, Webster Global Site Selectors, Phoenix, AZ
Kathy Mussio, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight, Fairhaven, NJ

Promoting Your Win - What To Do with Your IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Award

Winners of an IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Award can count themselves as the most successful, innovative, and effective leaders, programs, partnerships, and promotional materials in the economic development field. But as a winner, are you making the most of this award? This session will explore the best ways for you to market your status as an award winner, and to communicate the significance of this award to your community and stakeholders.

What you will learn:

- Hear from previous award winners on how they promoted their IEDC Award
- Tips on communication and media strategy to get the good news out to your community
- Ideas on using the award to reinforce team pride and thank your staff, funders and stakeholders

Interested in sharing how you marketed your status as an award winner? Complete this short online form for a chance to present at the 2015 Annual Conference. Submissions accepted until August 17 and winners will be informed by early September. Must be a registered attendee of the 2015 Annual Conference to submit an application.

Moderator: Karen Dickson, CEcD, Vice President of Economic Development, Brooks Development Authority, San Antonio, TX


Kevin Schmotzer, Executive, Small Business Development, City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development, Cleveland, OH

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Essence of Crowdfunding $

Crowdfunding is a powerful tool for entrepreneurs, and as an economic developer, it is a tool you should have a strong understanding of in order to help the entrepreneurs in your community. Crowdfunding has seen rapid growth in popularity in recent years. Since its inception in 2009, Kickstarter, the world's largest crowdfunding site, has raised over $1 billion for entrepreneurs, artists and others. A wide range of projects, including technology, art, music, and food ventures have found great success in raising capital through crowdfunding. However, crowdfunding delivers benefits that go far beyond financing. Crowdfunding can serve as a critical mechanism for a host of business functions, from market research and product development, to pricing. But crowdfunding is not without its risks, regulations and barriers to use. This workshop will give you an advanced look at crowdfunding and how to best harness this tool for economic development in your community.

Location: Bear Tooth Theatrepub, 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503

Transportation will be provided for IEDC Annual Conference attendees from the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center

Price: $20 for IEDC Annual Conference attendees and the general public

Moderator: Jon Bittner, Vice President, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Anchorage, AK

Keynote Speakers:

Kevin Anselm, Director, Division of Banking and Securities, Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, Anchorage, AK


David Jensen, Photographer, David Jensen Photography, Anchorage, AK
Byron Mallott, Lieutenant Governor, State of Alaska, Juneau, AK
Cika Sparck, Co-Founder, ArXotica, Bethel, AK
Mead Treadwell, President, Pt Capital, Anchorage, AK
Jed Wade, Co-Owner, Bearpaw River Brewing, Wasilla, AK

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

SelectUSA Learning Lab: Increase ROI for Showcasing Your Region at FDI Events $

This learning lab will feature government leaders, IEDC members, and FDI experts who will share their thoughts and best practices for getting the biggest bang for your buck when targeting and landing prospective investors. In addition, you will hear how a sampling of IEDC members have developed metrics to determine success at events when deals are not immediate.

Reservation Required with $25 fee.

1:30 – 2:00pm
Welcome Armchair Discussion with Vinai Thummalapally, Executive Director, SelectUSA

2:00 to 3:00pm
Pitching Your Location to a Foreign Firm: Three Communities, One Success

Three U.S. communities will present the attributes, assets, resources, and tools they would feature when meeting with a foreign firm to attract them to their location. A panel of judges including site selectors and foreign firm representatives will critique each 10-minute proposal, identifying best practices and suggestions. Economic developers from communities of all sizes and at every stage of international engagement will learn something new about creating an effective and specialized pitch for a foreign audience.

3:00 to 3:15pm

3:15 to 3:45pm
Targeting and Landing Prospects at SelectUSA Events

Hone in on the best practices for SelectUSA event offerings such as the SelectUSA Summit, roadshows, tradeshows, and single location promotions. Learn about preparing the perfect kit of translated materials, bringing handouts showcasing sites available, providing interpreters for key markets of interest, hosting side receptions, maximizing matchmaking, and building a relationship with the SelectUSA Investment team.

3:45 to 4:15pm
Developing Metrics of Success

While economic development organizations are structured differently, with different communities and needs in mind, they all have one common goal: to promote equitable economic development outcomes and more broadly shared wealth. However, determining whether your strategies are effective requires robust a metric methodology; determining what variables to assess and how you are defining a success is not simple. This session will host (a) fellow IEDC member(s) who can share how they developed their metrics, what they measure, and allow for a greater discussion of how to positively use metrics in your day to day work.