Speakers

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Irene Alvarez

Managing Director Marketing and Communications
Columbus 2020
Columbus, OH

Mark Arend

Editor in Chief
Site Selection Magazine
Peachtree Corners, GA

Mark Barbash, FM

Lecturer
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

Anna Bentson

Assistant Director, Economic Development & Tourism
City of Lynchburg, VA
Lynchburg, VA

Jamai Wallis Blivin

CEO
Innovate+Educate
Santa Fe, NM

Emily Brown

Economic Development Strategist
Fourth Economy Consulting
Pittsburgh, PA

Ronnie L. Bryant, CEcD, FM, HLM

President & CEO
Charlotte Regional Partnership
Charlotte, NC

Chris Burke

Director of Community Relations
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA

Tim Chase, CEcD, FM

National Sales Manager
ProTRACKPlus
Georgetown, TX

Chris Chmura, PhD

CEO & Chief Economist
Chmura Economics & Analytics
Richmond, VA

Erik Collins, MA

Director - Community & Economic Development
Montgomery County
Dayton, OH

JoAnn Crary, CEcD, FM, HLM

President
Saginaw Future, Inc.
Saginaw, MI

Calandra Cruickshank

Founder & CEO
StateBook International
Kingston, NY

Dariel Y. Curren

Senior Vice President
Development Counsellors International
New York, NY

Sarah Bauerle Danzman, PhD, CEcD

Assistant Professor of International Studies
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN

Tom DiFiore, MBA

President
National Community Development Services
Atlanta, GA

Karl R. Dorshimer, CEcD, EDFP

Director of Business Development
Lansing Economic Development Corporation
Lansing, MI

Steve Duncan

Director Lead Generation
DCI
Denver, CO

Erik Dunnigan, MBA

Managing Director
Coastal Cloud
Louisville, KY

John F Ellingson, MBA, MPP

Economic Development Graduate Student
Georgia State University
Decatur, GA

Paul Ellis, CEcD, AICP

Director of Economic Development
City of Fairview Heights
Fairview Heights, IL

Enoch Elwell

CEO
CO.STARTERS
Chattanooga, TN

Janyce B. Fadden

Director of Strategic Engagement
University of North Alabama
Florence, AL

Chris Fair

President
Resonance Consultancy
Vancouver, BC

David Feehan

President and CEO
Civitas Consultants LLC
Silver Spring, MD

Kirby Fowler Juris Doctorate

President
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

Dennis Fraise, CEcD

Chief Operating Officer
Lee County Economic Development Group
Burlington, IA

Dell Gines, MBA, MSF, CEcD

Senior Community Development Advisor
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Omaha Branch

Jason Giulietti

VP of Business Recruitment
Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc.
Rocky Hill, CT

Carrie W. Gray, PhD

Executive Director
Wilmington Renaissance Corporation
Wilmington, DE

John D. Gower

Urban Design Director
CityWide Development Corporation
Dayton, OH

Todd Greene, CEcD

Executive Director
Atlanta University Center Consortium
Atlanta, GA

Rob Grunewald

Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN

Quinten Harris, JD, MPA

Deputy Director of Jobs and Economic Development
City of Columbus
Columbus, OH

Cecilia Harry, CEcD

President and CEO
ENVISION Fond du Lac, Inc.
Fond Du Lac, WI

Mary Hebert

Senior Vice President, North America
WAVTEQ
Scottsdale, AZ

Courtney Hendricson

VP of Municipal Services
Connecticut Economic Resource Center
Rocky Hill, CT

Cary Hirschstein

Partner
HR&A Advisors, Inc.
New York, NY

Amy Holloway

President & Chief Sherpa
Avalanche Consulting, Inc.
Austin, TX

Devin Howland, CEcD

Director of Economic Vitality
City of Fayetteville, Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR

Sarah Iglehart

Deputy Director, Develop Indy
Indy Chamber
Indianapolis, IN

Randall Jackson

Director
WVU Regional Research Institute
Morgantown, WV

Waymond Jackson

SVP Public Policy
Birmingham Business Alliance
Birmingham, AL

Savannah Jermance, CEcD

Economic Development & Business Relations Manager
City of Rio Rancho
Rio Rancho

Nancy Johnson

Co-Chair
Atlanta Mayor’s Commission on Workforce and Economic Development, Atlanta, GA

Rebecca Karp, MCP

CEO
Karp Strategies, LLC
New York, NY

Justin Kelly, M.A.

Clinical Psychology Director of Clinical Services - Eastern Massachusetts Adult Services May Institute
Middleboro, MA

Dr. Eloisa Y. Klementich, CEcD

President and CEO
Invest Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Bruce Lambert

Executive Director
Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies
New Orleans, LA

Allison Larsen, CEcD

Principal
TadZo
Buckeye, AZ

Mark Lautman, CEcD, CRE

Economic Architect
Community Economics Laboratory
Albuquerque, NM

Dan Levine

Practice Leader, Location Strategies
Oxford Economics, Inc
New York, NY

Ryan Lilly

Vice President of Business Creation
Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership
Ocala, FL

Susan Longworth

Senior Business Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Debra Lyons

Director, Employer Strategies
ACT
Macon, GA

Ben Magill

Executive Director
Labor Market Intelligence Center Dallas County Community College District

Anthony Mak, MBA

Director
HKTDC
New York, NY

Joseph A. Marinucci, FM, HLM

President & CEO
Downtown Cleveland Alliance
Cleveland, OH

Barry I. Matherly CEcD, FM

President & CEO
Greater Richmond Partnership
Richmond, VA

Ashton McCombs

Chairman of Board
Spectrum Living Solutions
Fayetteville, AR

Thomas McNair

Executive Director
Ohio City Incorporated
Cleveland, OH

Matt McQuade

Managing Director, Business Development
Columbus 2020
Columbus, OH

Joe Melvin, CEcD

Director of Business Development
North Carolina's Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership
Elizabethtown, NC

Quentin L. Messer Jr.

President and CEO
New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA)
New Orleans, LA

Maria Meyers

Founder
SourceLink
Kansas City, MO

Simon Millcock, ACEcD

CEO
Legatus Group
Clare, SA, Australia

Sarah Miller

Associate Vice President
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Chicago, IL

Joseph Minicozzi, AICP

Principal
Urban3
Ashville, NC

Jenny Mizutowicz, CEcD

Economic Development Manager
City of Carrollton, TX
Carrollton, TX

Mary Ann Moon, CEcD, FM, HLM

Vice President
TICE ENGINEERING, INC.
Ridgeland, MS

Edward A. Nelson, Jr., CEcD, FM, HLM

Chairman
EANI Consulting
Stone Mountain, GA

Frank Nero

Managing Director
Economic Solutions Group
Sanibel , FL

Tracey Nichols, EDFP, HDFP

Director of Financial Services
Project Management Consultants
Cleveland, OH

Zachary Nieder

Manager of Strategic Initiatives
Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
Boston, MA

Fred Olayele, Ph.D., PMP

President/Chief Economist
Global Economic Institute for Africa
Ottawa, ON, Canada

Larisa Ortiz

Principal
Larisa Ortiz Associates
Jackson Heights, NY

Richard Overmoyer

President & CEO
Fourth Economy Consulting
Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Erik R. Pages, PhD

President
EntreWorks Consulting
Arlington, VA

Sharon Panek

Chief, GDP by Metropolitan Area
Bureau of Economic Analysis
McLean, VA

Dave Parsell

Co-founder & CEO
Localintel
Calgary, AB

Steven Pedigo

Associate Partner
Resonance Consultancy
Vancouver, BC

Michael Phillips

President
Jamestown LLP
Atlanta, GA

Scott Poag, CEcD

Director of Business Development
W&A Engineering
Athens, GA

Robert A. Radcliff

Managing Principal
Resource Development Group
Columbus, OH

Dan Restuccia

Chief Product and Analytics Officer
Burning Glass Technologies
Boston, MA

Jean Riemenschneider

Project Manager, Workforce Education Manager
Bastrop Economic Development Corporation

Ashley Rivera

Managing Director
Atlanta Regional Commission - CATLYST
Atlanta, GA

James Rojas

Founder
Place It!
Alhambra, CA

Jolene Schalper, CEcD

Vice President
Great Falls Montana Development Authority
Great Falls, MT

Paul Scheuren

Principal/Economist
Impact DataSource, LLC
Austin, TX

Emma Schwartz, CEcD

President
Medical Center of the Americas Foundation
El Paso, TX

Adam Schwegman

Vice President
General Growth Properties
Atlanta, GA

Daniel Silverman

Executive Vice President, Investment Attraction
Toronto Global
Toronto, ON, Canada

Boštjan Skalar

CEO
World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA)
Istanbul, Turkey

Nathaniel Smith

Founder and Chief Equity Officer
Partnership for Southern Equity
Atlanta, GA

Derieth L. Sutton EDFP, MS EPM

Director of Economic Development & Government Relations
Niagara Bottling, LLC
Groveland, FL

Frank Thompson, DBA, CEcD

Assistant Professor
Troy University
Troy, AL

Catherine Timko

Principal/CEO
The Riddle Companyy
Washington, DC

Linda Topoleski

Vice President, Workforce Programs and Operations
Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Marjette G. Upshur

Director, Economic Development
City of Lynchburg Office of Economic Development
Lynchburg, VA

Laith A. Wardi, CEcD

President
ExecutivePulse, Inc.
Erie, PA

C. Paige Webster, CEcD

Owner/Site Selection Consultant
Webster Global Site Selectors
Phoenix, AZ

Rick Weddle, FM, HLM

President and CEO
Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance
Norfolk, VA

Glen Weisbrod

President
Economic Development Research Group, Inc.
Boston, MA

Dale Wheeldon

President & CEO
British Columbia Economic Development Association
Chilliwack, BC

Joy Wilkins, CEcD

Economic Development Practitioner
Serving Communities
Atlanta, GA

D. Paul Zito, MBA

Vice President of International Development
RGP Northwest Ohio
Toledo, OH