Sunday, March 29
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Special Session: 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:
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.
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.
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.
9:15 am - 10:15 am
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.
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.
Building Resiliency in Your Economy
Everyone’s talking about resiliency. What does it mean for your community? EDOs are often unexpectedly called to action when there’s a manmade or natural event that suddenly disrupts the economy. Whether you’re considering the results of a major plant closure or a flooded downtown, often times the results can be the same. In such instances economic developers find that much of the hard work that was contributed to grow local economies can be quickly reversed and take years to rebuild. With so much at stake, it’s vitally important to build capacity and resiliency measures into your plans.
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.
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.
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.
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Price: Free, but registration is required
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Policy Dinner $
Join us for our Annual Policy Dinner, a thought-provoking evening spent examining and discussing a pressing policy matter facing the economic development profession. Past year's speakers have included a top White House official discussing social entrepreneurship, a senior staff member from the Department of Homeland Security exchanging ideas about immigration reform, and a former mayor turned senior Senate staffer discussing the importance of elected officials and economic developers working together. You won't want to miss this exciting event when attending the 2015 FED Forum.
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.
9:10 am - 10:40 am
Breakout: The Future of Surface Transportation
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?
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.
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.
*Free, but registration is required