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Link:  IEDC 2016 Federal Economic Development Forum | Arlington, VA | April 3-5


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12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

SelectUSA Summit Prep

The next SelectUSA Investment Summit is coming soon and, if it's anything like the first two, it will be an event not to be missed. Hundreds of investors and site consultants plus hundreds of economic developers will generate leads you won't want to miss. Before attending the biggest foreign direct investment event in the country, you'll want to attend this session and hear from SelectUSA and past summit attendees for tips to making your summit investment a success.

We'll talk about:

• What can we expect at this year's Summit and what do you need to know right now?
• What investors are looking for when they meet with economic developers?
• Do's and don'ts from past attendees.

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Making it Work: Elected Officials and Economic Development

Elected officials can be your best champion or your biggest challenge. Striving for the former doesn't have to be difficult and your colleagues have helpful insights and tips to help. Come ready to share your questions and successes as this session is all about interaction.

We'll talk about:

• What is the best role for elected officials to play in economic development?
• How can you set the right expectations to garner the support you need and to keep projects moving?
• How can you win over newly elected officials and incumbents?
• What metrics should you provide to elected officials?

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Do You Fly-in?

Spring is in the air and that means cherry blossoms, IEDC FED Forum and fly-ins. Roving bands of local elected officials and business leaders hit the marble in the Capital Building and roam the very long halls of Congress, the Departments of Commerce, Transportation, and many other federal agencies to discuss their priorities. While fly-in's can seem daunting this session will help you maximize value, by showing you the right way to do them that can yield results!

We'll talk about:

• When should you start planning your fly-in and what's the best way to prepare?
• Who should you meet with when you're here and who should you not meet with?
• What happens after you've flown home?


Mike Neal, CCE, CCD, HLM, IOM, President & CEO, Tulsa Regional Chamber, Tulsa, OK
Marty Vanags, President, Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, Indianapolis, IN


7:00 am - 8:00 am

Early Bird Special: Building Resiliency in Your Economy

From industry diversification to business continuity and managing for a faster recovery after a crisis, this session will provide tips and tools that should be a key part of your economic development program. Don't wait until it's too late and matters have become urgent. In this session you'll hear real stories and useful advice from economic developers that have been there and recovered successfully from both manmade and natural crisis. The IEDC team will also discuss a range of technical assistance, tools and mentoring programs that are available to help.

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Pre-Plenary Session: State of Federal Economic Development

Will this be a lame duck year or a rush to achieve before the current Administration and its economic development programs end? You'll hear the annual report from IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle on the State of Federal Economic Development. As the Obama administration winds down and campaign season is in full swing, it's a great time to look to the past 8 years and reflect. 2016 will be a year of great debates and, hopefully, action as one president exits, a new president is chosen and all the while the 114th Congress comes to a close and a new Congress is elected.

We'll talk about:

• A recap of major happenings in federal economic development in 2015.
• The President's final State of the Union address and his key economic priorities.
• The fiscal 2017 White House Budget proposal to Congress


Jeffrey Finkle, CEcD, President & CEO, International Economic Development Council, Washington, DC

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Plenary Session: Infrastructure (Still) Won't Build Itself

Roads, rails, bridges, ports, canals, locks, damns, power lines, broadband and airports are all components of a system that powers, drives and transports people, goods and services that fuel our economy. We are surrounded by infrastructure wherever we go and no one argues that investments in its repair and upkeep are both necessary and a good investment that have an impact on business and your economy. Nevertheless, we remain locked in a national debate over priorities and funding and, in the meantime, we fall further behind our international competitors.

We'll talk about:

• The current state of surface transportation legislation and funding.
• Lessons learned from how international locations address infrastructure needs
• What can economic developers do to break through gridlock and turn challenges into opportunities?

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout: Accessing Capital Leads to Growth

Finding capital to seed a start-up or help a small business expand is a creative effort. A single source is unlikely to hold every funding source to fulfill every need. The federal government offers a number of potential resources, from the Small Business Administration to the Department of the Treasury, and knowing where to look will pay off in more ways than one.

We'll talk about:

• Where to look first, and where to look next.
• From rural to urban and everything in between - what funding sources will work for some uses but not others.
• Leveraging federal funding sources with other options to maximize impact.

Breakout: Making Sure Your Community is the Next Big Thing

Communities looking to get to the top or stay at the top must innovate their way forward. The federal government offers several tools to help make your community cutting edge, from regional strategies to funding for research and development. The federal innovation tool box has something for every community from agencies like EDA, NIST, SBA, and the National Science Foundation.

We'll talk about:

• Regional strategies for supporting innovation in your community.
• Tech-transfer programs that can lead to real job growth.
• Funding mechanisms and opportunities that support innovation.

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Keynote Lunch & Leadership Awards

Our Annual Keynote Lunch will feature a senior US official, corporate executive or thought leader that will address current issues in federal economic development. The luncheon will also feature awards presentation for the Federal Leadership in Economic Development Award and the Congressional Leadership in Economic Development Award.

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Breakout: The Information Sensation is Sweeping the Nation!

Where would economic developers be without data? The federal government produces massive amounts of data from several agencies, including the Bureaus of Economic Analysis, Labor Statistics and Census. In recent years, they have ramped up efforts getting impossibly big data out in a timely and useful fashion to help shape policy and planning from Washington down to Main Street USA.

We'll talk about:

• The federal data sources you should have bookmarked on your computer.
• New tools built on federal data that can stretch your research budget.
• How to make the data work competitively for you on projects, clients and stakeholders.

Breakout: The Future of Incentives

The gauntlet is down and Governmental Accounting Standards Board has new rules on how municipalities must report out incentives. Even before the GASB ruling, though, economic developers have been trying new ways to incentivize businesses. There's no time like the present to learn about new rules and new tools for helping businesses locate and expand in your community.

We'll talk about:

• The new guidance from GASB.
• How GASB does - or doesn't - change the way incentives are done.
• Plan B for when financial incentives don't or can't work based on cutting edge research from the IEDC Economic Development Research Partners

4:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Plenary Session: Where the Green Grass Grows

Rural communities have unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to economic development, but are often overshadowed by their urban counterparts. Federal resources specific to the needs of rural communities exist, but there may be more options available than previously thought. And while rural communities have some inherent characteristics that separate them from cities, they do play a role in the strength of urban economic development. What's good for the goose is good for the...

We'll talk about:

• Federal resources for rural communities and how they have, and have not, evolved.
• The rural role in urban economic development.
• Targeting limited economic development resources to their best uses.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

It's been a long day! Relax! Unwind! Network! We've surely given you enough to talk about, so mix and mingle with your colleagues and take those new connections and new knowledge to the next level.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Policy Dinner $

Join us for our annual Policy Dinner: a thought provoking evening of informative and entertaining discussion surrounding a current hot issue in federal economic development. Don't let the name fool you; this dinner is meant to be lively and engaging. Policy can be serious and fun at the same time!


7:00 am - 8:00 am

Early Bird Special: Federal Tools to Support Reshoring Companies

American companies can face several barriers as they return their operations to U.S. soil. With the right tools in hand, economic developers can assist these companies overcome their workforce, infrastructure, and regulatory hurdles. Join us this morning for a lively discussion on the federal resources communities can leverage to assist reshoring companies.

8:15 am - 9:00 am

Plenary Session: IEDC'S Economic Development Platform

Control of the White House and Congress are in the balance with elections just a few months away. It's time to talk about our priorities and share the Economic Development platform. We'll outline our key legislative and programmatic economic development priorities for the current Congress and administration, and those seeking office. IEDC Public Policy Advisory Committee members will discuss what the results of the 2016 elections could mean for economic development in the nation.

We'll talk about:

• What we can expect out of Congress over the remainder of 2016.
• How we can begin to lay the groundwork for engagement with the next administration.
• Understanding the evolving role of the federal government in local and regional economies.

9:15 am - 10:45 am

Breakout: To Infinity and Beyond Our Borders

Trade, exports and foreign direct investment have become big players in local economic development. Major manufacturers and one-person business service providers are all impacted by international opportunities. Communities large and small can take advantage of overseas markets like never before; is your community ready?

We'll talk about:

• Exporting goods and services from almost anywhere to almost anywhere.
• Foreign direct investment strategies that work and some pitfalls to avoid, too.
• What do we really mean when we talk say "international trade" and why it matters?

Breakout: Woah WIOA!

The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) is coming into effect and economic developers need to know where they stand under the new law. Understanding the law means knowing how the boards are structured, the plans are put together, data is collected and the criteria for measuring success. Knowledge is power and this power will help you put your community ahead of the pack in the battle for top human capital.

We'll talk about:

• How are state boards versus local boards structured and where to we fit in?
• What data should you have to assure businesses and industries that your pipeline is in place?
• How to collaborate more effectively with the right partners.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Plenary Session: Tomorrowland Today

Economic developers in urban environments have a whole host of challenges and opportunities in creating cities that attract the best and brightest. Federal resources can help build resilient cities with diverse populations and robust economies. And as the focus of federal resources shifts toward promoting and supporting regional strategies, rural communities stand to benefit from better understanding the options urban communities have, and how to leverage those options.

We'll talk about:

• The impact of diminishing federal resources for urban initiatives, and how to off-set them.
• Leveraging federal programs - like CDBG, SC2, and others - to build resilient cities and regions.
• Bringing rural communities to the table when talking strategy.