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Link:  IEDC 2015 Federal Economic Development Forum | Arlington, Virginia | March 29-31, 2015


Program At-a-Glance


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Sunday, March 29

1:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Breakout: Reshoring In Practical Terms $

Reshoring continues to be a hot topic politically and a closely watched trend in American industry, especially in manufacturing. IEDC has recently embarked on an EDA-sponsored project to explore what is happening on the ground now, how communities are engaging U.S. companies looking to come back home, and what communities can do to be attractive for reshoring companies. This three-hour workshop will answer three questions:

• What, exactly, IS reshoring?
• What is the current discussion on reshoring among industry experts?
• What resources are currently available to help your community attract reshoring companies?

This session is available to all economic developers and Forum registration is not required to attend, however, we will collect a $25 fee to cover room and food & beverage costs. Register ONLY for this workshop.

This workshop is approved for Level 2 recertification points for Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).

Price: $25

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Workshop: Lord of the Grant Requirements: Life under the Super Circular*

The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, or more commonly known as 'the Super Circular', was released by the Office of Management and Budget on December 26, 2013, and goes into effect on December 26, 2014. The Super Circular consolidates 8 federal regulations, including A-110, A-122, and A-133, into one regulation to rule them all. This workshop will illuminate the Super Circular and what it means for economic developers using federal grants for job creation.

What you will learn:

• What is different about the Super Circular versus the old system for applying and reporting?
• What are some possible pitfalls to watch out for?
• Are there any changes expected now that the rule has been in effect since December?

Price: Free, but registration is required

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Roundtable: Political RealTalk*

Mid-term elections are over and we're already talking about the presidential election in 2016. Politics, for better or worse, can have an enormous impact on your success, or failure. So lets talk about it! Our Political RealTalk roundtable will be a lively discussion among attendees on what the mid-term elections mean, how the presidential race is shaping up, and how state and local elections impact economic developers.

What you will learn:

• What can we expect to see of importance to economic development from the 114th Congress?
• Does it matter who lives in the White House after 2016?
• How can you prepare for the inevitable changing-of-the-guard in the state capital and at city hall?

Price: Free, but registration is required

Monday, March 30

8:15 am - 9:15 am

Pre-Plenary: State of Federal Economic Development

Our annual report from IEDC President & CEO Jeff Finkle on the State of Federal Economic Development is a must-attend session at the Forum. The report includes a look back at successes and missteps in a review of 2014 and an examination of what to expect from the federal government in the year ahead based on economic development highlights from the president's State of the Union address and Budget Request for the coming fiscal year.

What you will learn:

• What were the accomplishments of 2014? And what was left on the table?
• What are the president's economic development priorities for this year and his remaining time in office?
• How are appropriations shaping up for our key programs and issues in the next fiscal year?

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Keynote Conversation

Following the State of Federal Economic Development address, we will transition to a conversation with a leading federal economic development official. The conversation will include remarks from our guest, followed by moderator-led interaction with attendees. The topic may include a federal perspective on leadership development, workforce development, supporting entrepreneurship, fostering economic opportunity or economic transformation.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout: The Inescapable Truth About Water: We all need it!

The Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA) passed in 2014 brings significant changes to how the U.S. funds and manages water-related infrastructure projects, from harbors to rivers and locks to canals. The National Freight Strategic Plan, due out in 2015, will include all of these components as our ports, rivers and canals are vital to moving goods. As these new legislative items and plans move forward, communities continue to face issues with water access and treatment on top of evolving needs for water infrastructure. Water is truly a universal need to life AND economic development.

What you will learn:

• What changes have been made to the selection and execution process for water infrastructure projects?
• How do the Harbor Maintenance and the Inland Waterways Trust Funds hold up under the new law?
• What resources are available for rural communities?

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Breakout: Emerging Trends and Opportunities in Exports: eCommerce & Services

eCommerce and services exports contribute significantly to our economy, but often go unrecognized in the wake of headline-making manufacturing exports like appliances, computers and cars. Online trade and services exports - which include everything from international visitors and students to financial, healthcare and consulting services to international customers - pack an economic punch and more and more economic developers are considering how to bolster these export industries in their regions. The National Export Initiative (NEI), and its successor NEI/NEXT, have developed and honed several federal export promotion and support options for economic developers to have in their toolkits. NEI/NEXT, in particular, is focused on strategies for technology-enabled exporters and service providers, including travel and tourism growth strategies.

What you will learn:

• What are the current trends in eCommerce and services exports?
• How are services exported?
• What federal resources can support your local business efforts in eCommerce and services exporting?

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Keynote Lunch & Leadership Awards Presentation

Our Annual Keynote Lunch will feature a senior U.S. official, corporate executive, or thought leader that will address current issues in federal economic development. The luncheon will also feature the 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: Data and Information: Fueling Your Economy

Data provide the foundation for myriad decisions made by economic developers and elected officials. Available resources for data have increased over the past few years, from Census, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and many private sources. This workshop will focus on a combination of hard skills associated with data research and utilization, discussion on effective uses of data, and what are that ‘data holes' that need to be filled.

What you will learn:

• How can you leverage all of the options out there into useful information to better inform your next big decision?
• What information proves the most influential when communicating your needs to your local-elected officials?
• What data do you need that you're NOT getting and how can economic developers communicate that to data collectors?


Breakout: Energy Financing: Getting the Green to Make the Green

Without the funding, many green energy projects - the development, production and distribution of energy from renewable sources - remain on the drawing board. Federal financing options are available, which can be leveraged with private sector funding to launch your community's entry into the burgeoning green energy industry. Energy efficiency presents additional opportunities to businesses for costs savings that could be reinvested into business expansion efforts and job creation.

What you will learn:

• What federal financing resources are available today, right now?
• How does private sector funding factor into green energy plans?
• What are the trends in green energy telling us about manufacturing, workforce development and infrastructure investment?

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Plenary: Momentum in Manufacturing

From energy to exports, from infrastructure to research & development, there is momentum in manufacturing. The federal government continues to invest in programs with broad-ranging goals and outcomes that support the rise of the next American manufacturing industry. By examining various federal programs in the context of current trends and future opportunities, economic developers can develop a more comprehensive manufacturing strategy specific to their community.

What you will learn:

• What is the current state of American manufacturing and what does the future hold?
• How are federal agencies pooling knowledge and resources to support manufacturing?
• How are public private partnerships leveraging federal resources to deliver jobs?

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception*

Price: Free, but registration is required

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Policy Dinner $

Price: $85

Tuesday, March 31

8:15 am - 9:00 am

Plenary: The IEDC Federal Agenda

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 114th Congress and the remainder of the Obama Administration - and discuss progress made and work yet to be done.

Speakers:

John Engler, President, Business Roundtable, Washington, DC



9:10 am - 10:40 am

Breakout: Data and Information: Fueling Your Economy

The movement of goods and workers are vital to achieving an economy running full-steam ahead. MAP-21 is up for reauthorization, the Highway Trust Fund is once again running on E and there is no shortage of need for repairs and expansions in our surface transportation system. Where do we go from here with a new Congress and the last few years of the Obama administration and, more to the point, how do we get there?

What you will learn:

• How is the debate shaping up on reauthorizing MAP-21 and reforming the way we fund surface transportation projects?
• What will the National Freight Strategic Plan, due out in October of this year, hold for economic developers?
• In the battle between rural and urban transportation spending, does anyone win?


Breakout: Revitalize, Repurpose, Reborn: from Small Town to Downtown

Whether you're community has a more small town vibe or is a bustling urban center, you're likely faced with similar challenges. Attracting businesses, investing in infrastructure, revitalization of aging real estate, and other challenges face communities of all sizes. The federal government has a number of resources available, some of which may surprise you, which we'll explore in this session.

What you will learn:

• What are the latest examples of CDBG's successful use in economic development projects?
• How can SBA 504 loans help your local businesses expand and improve their space?
• What are some unique challenges inherent to small towns versus downtowns and how can the two learn from each other?

10:50 am - 12:30 pm

Plenary: Jobs-Driven Skills Training: the Future of Workforce Development

A key accomplishment of Congress in 2014 was the passing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the successor to WIA, which passed in 1998. Their action was a reflection of a national interest in workforce development, from local communities to the very top of the administration and through the halls of the Capitol Building. The future of workforce development is being shaped now and economic developers have role to play - just what that role will be is up to you. Our speakers will share their insight into the job-driven future of workforce development and help you decide how your community will prepare today's and tomorrow's workforce.

What you will learn:

• How the needs of business and workforce trainers can better align
• What Career & Technical Education resources can offer economic developers
• Why the role of the convener is essential to the success of any workforce development system


*Free, but registration is required

 

 

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