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IEDC 2014 Federal Economic Development Forum | Washington, DC Metro Area | The Westin Alexandria | March 23-25

Program At-a-Glance

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Thursday, March 20

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Professional Development Course: Workforce Development $

Friday, March 21

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Professional Development Course: Workforce Development $

Saturday, March 22

7:00 am - 9:30 pm

Certified Economic Developers (CEcD) Exam $

Sunday, March 23

7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Certified Economic Developers (CEcD) Exam $

1:00 pm - 2:45 pm

ED Interactive - Economic Developers, Meet Workforce Developers

You've heard of speed dating, this is our spin on that idea. The concept is simple: direct interaction with federal officials and thought leaders covering a current hot topic. After brief introductions, small group discussions will spark dialogue and exchanges of ideas between economic and workforce developers - policy makers and practitioners - until the bell rings and it is time to rotate to the next discussion.

Moderator: Dee Baird, PhD, President & CEO, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, Cedar Rapids, IA


John D. Chaffee, President & CEO, NC East Alliance, Kinston, NC
Tammy Childers, Executive Director, Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board, Inc., New Bern, NC
John V. Ladd, Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department Labor, Washington, DC
Debra Lyons, Vice President, Community and Economic Development, ACT Workforce Development Division, Atlanta, GA

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Plenary Session: Workforce & Economic Development: Birds of a Feather

The IEDC Member Survey rates 'Workforce Development' as the top issue facing the profession now and in the future. The Economic Development Research Partnership has already released one report on Workforce, and a deeper dive, policy oriented report is due out later this year. Economic developers need to plug into the relationship between federal, state, and local players to open the pipeline of trained workers to growing businesses. This session will focus on how economic developers can fully leverage existing programs and learn about the latest policy developments.

Moderator: Craig Richard, CEcD, IEDC Governance Committee Member

Keynote Speakers:

Jennifer McNelly, President, The Manufacturing Institute, Washington, D.C.
Ronald Painter, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Workforce Boards, Washington, D.C.

Monday, March 24

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Pre-Plenary Session: The State of Federal Economic Development

IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle will update Forum participants on the latest in federal economic development trends, with a special focus on: a year-in-review of 2013, fiscal 2014 spending and sequestration, and projections for the year ahead and the president's fiscal 2015 budget proposal.

Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey A. Finkle, CEcD, President & CEO, International Economic Development Council, Washington, D.C.

Special Update: As Congress debates federal spending levels for this and the next few years, communities reliant on military spending -- bases, installations, contractors -- should be paying extra attention. As we've learned over the past few years of sequestration, communities reliant on military spending includes nearly everyone. The Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) has a current funding opportunity to share with attendees impacted by reductions in defense industry spending.

Speaker: Patrick J. O'Brien, Director, Office of Economic Adjustment, U.S. Department of Defense, Arlington, VA

8:45 am - 10:20 am

Plenary Session: Foreign is the New Domestic - Rethinking What 'International' Means to Your Community

You've heard it before: the world is shrinking, borders are disappearing, and your customers might be a transcontinental flight from the storefronts on Main Street. Economic developers must understand a myriad of international topics, from FDI to intellectual property rights and trade agreements, all play a key role in how your businesses do business - and how successful economies know no borders.

Moderator: Paul Krutko, FM, CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK, Ann Arbor, MI

Keynote Speakers:

Michael Masserman, Executive Director, Export Policy, Promotion, & Strategy, International Trade Administration, United States Department of Commerce, Washington, DC
Theodore H. Moran, PhD, Marcus Wallenberg Chair in International Business and Finance, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Vinai K. Thummalapally, Executive Director, SelectUSA, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Washington, D.C.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions:

ED Interactive - Export Everything, Everywhere

We have brought together panelists from a top-rated session at the 2013 Forum for this ED Interactive focusing on exports. A major driver of economic growth throughout the country, export promotion programs abound throughout the federal government. Each agency represented will share with you how your community can support export growth, and how other communities are already taking advantage of their programs. 90 minutes later and attendees will have both learned about the federal government's export program arsenal, and connected with program managers that will be invaluable resources as you help businesses in your community reach new markets.

Moderator: F. Michael Langley, Chief Executive Officer, Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership, Saint Paul, MN


Leila Aridi Afas, Director, Export Promotion, United States Trade and Development Agency, Arlington, VA
Alison Germak, Director, Corporate Development, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Washington, D.C.
Richard Ginsburg, Senior International Trade Specialist, Office of International Trade, United States Small Business Administration, Washington, D.C.
Michael K. Jackson, MBA, CGBP, Director, City/State Partners, Export-Import Bank of the United States, Washington, D.C.

For the Bridge & Tunnel Crowd - Infrastructure & Economic Development

Until the science fiction of Star Trek becomes reality and we can instantly teleport solid objects through space and time, we're going to need to keep investing in such earthly things as roads and bridges. Congress has recently been debating federal investments in ports, canals, roads, and rails. Two major pieces of legislation, the Water Resources Development Act, and the Surface Transportation Reauthorization, should have economic developers' attention as they will determine how much federal money is available to invest in projects for years to come. This session will focus on the federal role in infrastructure development, how much (or little) money should be put toward projects, and how you can play a role in building your future community.


Dan Carol, Director of Multi-State and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Governor John Kitzhaber, Salem, OR
Susan Collett, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, The Bond Dealers of America, Washington, D.C.
Jorianne Jernberg, Credit and Budget Team Leader, TIFIA Joint Program Office, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C.
Kerry E. O'Hare, Vice President, Director of Policy, Building America's Future Educational Fund, Washington, D.C.

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Keynote Luncheon & Leadership Awards Presentations

Keynote Speakers:

Matt Erskine, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, Economic Development Administration, United States Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Chakka Fattah, United States Representative, Pennsylvania's 2nd Congressional District, Washington, D.C.
Jason S. Miller, Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing Policy, National Economic Council, Executive Office of the President, Washington, D.C

Master of Ceremonies: Joann Crary, CEcD, President, Saginaw Future, Inc., Saginaw, MI

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Breakout Sessions:

A Spring Thaw for Capital Access - Federal Capital Access Programs

The deep freeze put on the economy years ago has mostly thawed, but access to capital for small businesses continues to be largely frozen. What plans does Congress have to get the funding flowing again to small businesses? What existing programs are there that economic developers can point their small businesses towards? This session will take a deeper dive into modern bank lending and other sources of capital for small businesses.

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


Connie Evans, President & CEO, Association for Enterprise Opportunity, Washington, D.C.
Don Graves Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Small Business, Community Development and Affordable Housing Policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC
Ann Marie Mehlum, Associate Administrator, Office of Capital Access, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, D.C.

EDA Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) - Phase 2

In December 2013, the Obama Administration launched a national competition to designate up to 12 communities as "manufacturing communities" in the U.S. The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) will help accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in regions across the country. The IMCP will reward communities that best highlight their strengths and demonstrate they can combine their efforts around workforce training, infrastructure, and research centers to implement an economic development plan that will attract, retain and expand manufacturing investment. The deadline to apply for Phase 2 has been extended to April 14, 2014 - making this session at the Forum a must attend for communities interested in participating.


Barry W. Johnson, L. A. Lacy Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Senior Associate Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia

4:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Plenary Session: Strengthening the Backbone of the American Economy - Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed

If entrepreneurs and small businesses are the backbone of our economy - and they are - then we are in need of some serious chiropractic work. Access to capital remains a crucial roadblock to growth, but the issues facing entrepreneurs and business owners can't be solved by throwing money at them. For communities to remain competitive in supporting and attracting entrepreneurs, we need policies and programs that support innovation and growth. Our panel of speakers will focus on existing policies, policies under development, and programs that have a proven track record of supporting entrepreneurial growth.

Moderator: William C. Sproull, FM, President & CEO, Richardson Economic Development Partnership, Richardson, TX

Keynote Speakers:

Robert D. Atkinson, PhD, President, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Mark E. Doms, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
Donna Harris, Co-Founder, 1776, Washington, D.C.
Javier E. Saade, Associate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, D.C.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

7:00 pm - 9:00pm

Policy Dinner $

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Jane Campbell, Staff Director, Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Washington, DC

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

Keynote Introduction: Joseph A. Marinucci, FM, HLM, President & CEO, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Cleveland, OH

Tuesday, March 25

8:00 am - 8:35 am

Plenary Session: The Federal Agenda - What's Happening Now and Why It Matters to US

The Federal Agenda outlines key legislative and programmatic economic development priorities for the current Congress and administration. IEDC Public Policy Advisory Committee members will review the current Federal Agenda -- for the 113th Congress and the second Obama Administration - and discuss progress made and work yet to be done.

Keynote Speakers:

James C. Collard, PhD, Director of Planning and Economic Development, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Shawnee, OK
Regina Lindsey, CEcD, Chief Development Officer, Vice-President, Marketing and Public Affairs, Greenspoint District

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Breakout Sessions:

Powering Up Your Local Economy - Energy & Economic Development

Energy is big business. Everyone needs it and few topics will play a bigger role in shaping our future. Energy has the power to fuel economies big and small, and the federal government has programs aimed at helping communities develop new technologies to generate and distribute across the globe. Does your community have an energy component to your economic development strategy? This session will focus on existing programs that support the development of new technologies, power generation, and distribution that will power growth for decades to come.

Moderator: Michael J. Olivier, CEcD, FM, HLM, Chief Executive Officer, Louisiana COMMITTEE OF 100 for Economic Development, Inc., Baton Rouge, LA


Brett Doney, CEcD, President & CEO, Great Falls Development Authority, Inc., Great Falls, MT
Zoe Lipman, Senior Policy Advisor, BlueGreen Alliance, Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Bill Ritter, Jr., Director, Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Elizabeth Wayman, Director, Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative

Should've Been a Cowboy - Rural Economic Development

As federal spending continues to recede, where do rural communities end up in the long line of competing priorities from big cities? What are the unique challenges facing small towns, and how is the federal government addressing them? Attendees will hear the latest from federal program managers on how budgets have fared, and what new programs and resources are under consideration. Knowledge shared in this session will help attendees plan for the future, and stay ahead in the competition for limited resources.

Moderator: Regina Lindsey, CEcD, Chief Development Officer, Vice-President, Marketing and Public Affairs, Greenspoint District


Matt Erskine, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, Economic Development Administration, United States Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Earl F. Gohl, Jr., Federal Co-Chair, Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Christopher Masingill, Federal Co-Chairman, Delta Regional Authority, Washington, D.C.
Douglas J. O'Brien, Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Plenary Session: Connecting the Dots - Federal Investments in Research and Innovation

Federal investments in research and innovation resulted in the internet, GPS, and pretty much every other bit of technology we rely on today. But if that represents today's technology; where are the innovations of the future going to come from? Our panelists will discuss the roles of their agencies and organizations in promoting innovation that will lead to the next big thing, connecting the dots between themselves and economic developers. Will your community play a leading role in innovation in the future?

Moderator: Diane Palmintera, President, Innovation Associates, Reston, VA

Keynote Introduction: The Honorable Dr. Cora B. Marrett, Acting Director, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA

Keynote Speakers:

William C. Bates, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff, Council on Competitiveness, Washington, D.C.
Mary Sue Coleman, PhD, President, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
The Honorable Dr. Patrick D. Gallagher, Under Secretary for Standards and Technology, Director of the National Institute for Standards and Technology, performing the duties of Deputy Secretary of Commerce, United States Department of Commerce, Washington, DC
Luis Proenza, PhD, President, University of Akron, Akron, OH
Randy Woodson, PhD, Chancellor, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC




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