7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Golf Outing at Fort Golf Course at Fort Ben ($)

Join fellow golfers at the The Fort Golf Course! A former military installation named after 23rd U.S. President Benjamin Harrison, the 1,700 acre course is consistently recognized as one of Indiana’s best public golf courses.

Price: $100

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

International Forum & Committee Roundtable

All conference participants are welcome to attend this roundtable discussion of economic development trends, challenges, and best practices from around the world. Invited speakers representing different countries that are attending the conference will each present for several minutes, followed by Q&A from IEDC’s International Advisory Committee and audience (as time permits based on number of international delegations).

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Women's Mentoring Luncheon ($)

In the spirit of women’s empowerment, this luncheon is designed to help women receive support for their professional development. This luncheon will foster mentoring relationships between attendees, and participants will hear insightful stories from trailblazing female leaders across the country. Speakers will address key issues facing women and how to create lasting change in our communities. Attend this luncheon to network, build relationships, and support female economic development professionals, because, "The Future is Female"!

Price: $55

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Sponsored Learning Labs

Learning Lab B: Four Key Elements Your Website Must Have to Drive Economic Development
Sponsored by: LocalIntel

There is little question that having a web presence is important for economic developers, but with most communities having limited resources, what matters most, and what should you focus on? How do you make businesses and investors pay attention to your website? In this engaging session, learn about the four critical ingredients your website must have to promote local opportunities, engage business, and drive local economic development.

12:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

City of Carmel Redevelopment District Walking Tour (SOLD OUT)

Carmel is the fastest growing city in the fastest growing county in Indiana. Since 2004, redevelopment of the Arts & Design, Midtown, City Center, and Center for the Performing Arts districts has attracted more than $350 million in private development, resulting in $110 million in economic activity throughout Hamilton County from the Arts & Design District and City Center alone; 3,300 new jobs; more than 100 new corporate headquarters relocating to the area; and nearly 1,000 new housing units. Carmel is regularly recognized as a top place to live, work, and play in national and online publications, with incredibly high scores for walkability, bike friendliness, lively arts and entertainment culture, and other workforce-enticing accommodations. In 2018 Money magazine ranked Carmel the #1 Best Place in the U.S. to Launch a Career, touting a projected 11.6% job growth between 2016 and 2021.

Hon. Jim Brainard will lead this exciting walking tour, sharing his own insights into why Carmel has been so successful on so many fronts, and how other small and mid-size cities can replicate these efforts.

Price: $65

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Opening Plenary Session

IEDC's Annual Conference kicks off with welcoming remarks from the Host Committee Chair and leading economic development thought leaders. The session will then conclude with the highly popular ED Talks on a new day and time! Four speakers have been selected to share their stories and experiences to help us find deeper meaning in the work that we do as economic development practitioners.

Master of Ceremonies:
Andrew T. Levine, Chairman, Development Counsellors International, New York, NY
Maureen Krauss, CEO, Donohue Krauss L.L.C., Indianapolis, IN

Music Performer:
Jolene Schalper, CEcD, Vice President, Great Falls Montana Development Authority, Great Falls, MT

ED TALKS (Topics/Speakers):
Tulsa Woos Remote Workers: Should Your Community Follow?
Aaron Bolzle, Executive Director, Tulsa Remote, Tulsa, OK

What's in Your Labor Market?
Chris Chmura, Ph.D., CEO & Chief Economist, Chmura Economics & Analytics, Richmond, VA

Unique Communities Requires Unique Leaders
Ron Kitchens, CEcD, Senior Partner / CEO, Southwest Michigan First, Kalamazoo, MI

Welcome to Worstville: Lessons From An Economic Development Tale
Ford Weber, CEcD, Director of Economic Development, City of Dayton, Dayton, OH

1:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

City of Westfield Grand Park Sports Campus Tour ($)

Grand Park is 400-acre sports tournament campus located in Westfield, the Indy Metro region’s northernmost city. Grand Park was created as an economic development engine for the city and has triggered upwards of $700 million in new commercial investment since its inception in 2014. The park includes 26 baseball and softball diamond fields, 31 soccer/multi-purpose fields, and 3 full-size soccer fields. Grand Park was recently selected as the long-term home of the Indianapolis Colts Training Camp which it began hosting during the 2018 NFL season. The sports campus saw close to 2 million visits in 2017, and regularly hosts national sporting events such as the Big Ten Soccer Championships and regional Little League tournaments. The tour will include a walking tour of the Grand Park Events Center and a bus tour of the campus with presentations from Mayor Andy Cook, Grand Park Director William Knox, and Economic Development Director Amanda Rubadue.

Price: $65

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Using the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Metrics to Measure and Communicate Livability
TRACK: LIVABILITY | Breakout Session

What makes a community "livable”, how can investment promotion agencies (IPAs) and economic development organizations (EDOs) align their focus and activities to achieve livability, and how can they leverage their commitment to livable communities to build a local brand that talent and investors would value? EDOs and IPAs can embrace the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) to distill their social impact objectives, measure and evaluate their effectiveness in these areas, and develop a valuable brand that ties their city to a global community. This session brings together experts in economic development and investment attraction at both the local and global levels. Learn how to incorporate these metrics into your development and promotion efforts.

Sarah Bauerle Danzman, PhD, CEcD, Assistant Professor, International Studies Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Boštjan Skalar, CEO, World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), Chatelaine Geneva, Switzerland

Rural Placemaking: Embracing the Next Creative Frontier
TRACK: HOUSING | Breakout Session

Placemaking and other creative components of economic development have seen successful efforts in large cities across America, bringing together diverse crowds to witness cultural events and art installations, rejuvenating local business economy, and animating an area. Rural communities across the country have seen a steady population decrease for decades, and yet they often have the good, high-paying jobs that people (and especially young people) are looking for. Learn how to leverage these workforce-based and other assets to create more livable spaces and increase the long-term resiliency of your community, regardless of its size or location.

Lorie Vincent, CEcD, President, ACCELERATION by design LLC, Austin, TX

The Role of Housing as a Driver in Economic Development
TRACK: HOUSING | Breakout Session

To maintain competitiveness, it is critical that communities and regions understand the connection between the role of housing and their overall economic growth strategy. Housing has significant implications on talent attraction and retention, local tax base growth, cost and efficiency of public service delivery, business attraction and retention, and individual wealth generation. This session will explore how other communities have incorporated housing priorities into their economic development strategies to meet the current housing demands, gentrification and compete for future talent and jobs. Learn how you could incorporate these same priorities to benefit your community or region.

Brad Coffing, Research Analyst, MIBOR, Indianapolis, IN
Jeff Kingsbury, Managing Principal, Greenstreet Ltd., Indianapolis, IN
Ryan Price, Senior Associate, Lisa Sturtivant & Associates, Alexandria, VA

Four-Dimensional Planning: Addressing Unconscious Bias

The average person holds over 50,000 different biases and beliefs. As leaders, we all have unconscious biases in hiring, dealing with prospects, working with partners, speaking to elected officials, and the list goes on. Learning to recognize unconscious bias in ourselves and in others, when it is by definition hidden, is the key to overcoming it and improving our own performance and professionalism. In this interactive session, we will hear, from both an expert on the topic and from economic development practitioners, how to recognize our own biases; and in turn, how to work through them for the betterment of our practice and our communities.

John B. Sternlicht, JD, CEcD, FM, CEO, Economic Development Association of Skagit County, Mount Vernon, WA
Matt Wetli, AICP, Principal, Development Strategies, St. Louis, MO

Empower Your Community with Labor Data and Metrics

A wave of investment is pouring into the U.S. while unemployment rates sit at historic lows. This session will teach communities how to frame their workforce story in an age where unemployment rates are no longer a sufficient measure of labor availability. With examples drawn from a recently announced automotive OEM project, attendees will gain insight into the challenges presented by labor-intensive projects and how traditional views of labor force availability and unemployment rates are no longer adequate.

Didi Caldwell, Founding Principal, Global Location Strategies, Greenville, SC

Sponsored Session

Sponsored Session - Sponsored Sessions are still available. For more information, please visit the Sponsor Opportunities page.

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Economic Development Ethics Workshop (Sunday)

Are you faced with ethical dilemmas in your professional life? Do you have the tools to deal with ethical issues? Economic developers regularly encounter situations that require sound judgment and strength of character. Saying no is not always easy but may be the right thing to do. This session will provide essential instruction on ethics in economic development and will provide you with the tools to foster a culture of high standards in your organization. No theoretical lecture, this workshop will focus on real life ethical situations faced by economic developers where your decisions could mean the difference between success and failure in your career and life.

Note: Due to the large number of attendees at these workshops, we are unable to accommodate requests to transfer registration between the Sunday and Monday ethics sessions. Ethics Workshops will also be held at the 2020 Leadership Summit in Tampa, February 9-11, 2020 and at the 2020 Annual Conference in Dallas, October 11-14, 2020. Ethics training is a requirement for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) recertification processes. CEcDs who seek recertification are required to have two hours of ethics training each time they recertify.

Price: Free, but registration is required

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

First Time Attendee Briefing

Interested in learning how to successfully navigate your first IEDC Annual Conference? Find everything you need to know to make the most of your time and experience at this event, IEDC's largest annual gathering of economic developers from around the world. This event will be followed by a networking opportunity for attendees to meet IEDC Board and Advisory Committee members prior to joining everyone for the Chairman's reception.

Price: Free, but registration is required

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Chair's Welcome Reception

Join Board Chair Tracye McDaniel as IEDC welcomes you to Indy! This is a great opportunity to kick off your networking and meet the exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall.

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

LGBTQ & Friends Social Event at Metro ($)

Network with fellow economic development professionals in the LGBTQ community at Metro! Learn how your peers navigate the profession, leverage their unique perspectives, and support inclusive, more diverse communities. All while having fun!

Price: $25

9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Young Professional and Student Networking Event ($)

Are you a young economic development professional? Come get involved with your fellow professionals, have a good time, and take this opportunity to expand your networking field.

Please note: This event is limited to students and professionals under 35 years of age or younger.

Price: $25

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

New Member/Non Member Breakfast

Join us and connect with other new IEDC members, members of the IEDC Board of Directors and Membership development Advisory Committee. Learn more about IEDC member benefits and resources, along with information on the Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) program, Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) credential, Excellence in Economic Awards and other ways to become more involved through IEDC's advisory committees.

Price: Free, but registration is required

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Sponsored Learning Labs

Sponsored Learning Labs are still available. For more information, please visit the Sponsor Opportunities page.

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Chair's Welcome and Monday Morning Plenary Session

Evolving economic, political, technological, and social conditions in both the domestic and global domains offer unprecedented opportunities as well as significant threats to our communities and to our profession. As such, the mission of IEDC is more critical than ever. Today, companies are embracing the concept of strategic partnerships and community investment. Join this session for remarks from the IEDC Board Chair on how IEDC members are charged with making C-suite engagement a top priority. We will also recap 2019 IEDC highlights and achievements and hear from engaging speakers on the latest economic development trends related to talent, innovation and place.

Master of Ceremonies:
Tracye McDaniel, President, TIP Strategies, Inc., Austin, TX

Keynote Speakers:
Cynthia Bowen, Immediate Past President, American Planning Association, Chicago, IL

8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

City of Fishers Internet of Things (IoT) Lab Tour ($)

The Internet of Things (IoT) makes things smarter. A ‘thing’ is defined as any object used in daily life that can connect to the internet to collect and share data. The Internet of Things uses that data to make the ‘thing’ more efficient or beneficial for our lives. An IoT lab builds connections between established Indiana industries and local tech companies specializing in IoT.

Founder and CEO John Wechsler will provide an overview and history of the Fishers IoT Lab along with a description of how it is building those connections between some of Indiana’s most innovative companies, impacting job growth, and attracting a new and vibrant workforce.

Price: $65

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Economic Development Ethics Workshop (Monday)

Are you faced with ethical dilemmas in your professional life? Do you have the tools to deal with ethical issues? Economic developers regularly encounter situations that require sound judgment and strength of character. Saying no is not always easy but may be the right thing to do. This session will provide essential instruction on ethics in economic development and will provide you with the tools to foster a culture of high standards in your organization. No theoretical lecture, this workshop will focus on real life ethical situations faced by economic developers where your decisions could mean the difference between success and failure in your career and life.

Note: Due to the large number of attendees at these workshops, we are unable to accommodate requests to transfer registration between the Sunday and Monday ethics sessions. Ethics Workshops will also be held at the 2020 Leadership Summit in Tampa, February 9-11, 2020 and at the 2020 Annual Conference in Dallas, October 11-14, 2020. Ethics training is a requirement for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) recertification processes. CEcDs who seek recertification are required to have two hours of ethics training each time they recertify.

Price: Free, but registration is required

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Evaluating the Competitive Advantages of Your Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Learn about a groundbreaking methodology developed by the Boulder Economic Council of the Boulder Chamber and the University of Colorado Boulder to evaluate the competitiveness of Boulder’s entrepreneurial ecosystem compared to peer cities around the country, and how you can apply these lessons to your own community. The methodology will be made available to other communities.

Apprenticeships for the Modern Economy

Northern Virginia is at a pivotal point in its economic history. With low unemployment and explosive growth in the IT sector, the region is a competitive force in global technology. But while the region is home to one of the largest concentrations of IT jobs in the nation, companies face a shortage of qualified professionals to fill the 112,000 IT jobs projected over the next decade. To respond to this challenge, Northrop Grumman and Northern Virginia Community College have partnered to link educational assets to industry needs through the development of a broad, regional IT and cybersecurity apprenticeship strategy in non-traditional occupations. Join this discussion to learn more about how to deliver cutting-edge training and create a sustainable talent pipeline.

Kristen Englert, Apprenticeships & External Partnerships Representative, Northrop Grumman, Linthicum Heights, MD
Trung Ngo, Apprenticeship Manager, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA
Melanie Stover, Director of Business Engagement, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA

International Sister Cities: Making Cultural Exchange an Economic Exchange
TRACK: LIVABILITY | Breakout Session

According to the Brookings Institute, globally engaged firms are highly concentrated in the advanced industry sectors, and tend to invest more in technology, research and development (R&D), and higher wages. This makes global trade and investment compelling as a priority for economic development organizations. International Sister Cities and other region-to-region global ties provide communities with a platform for such international business engagement, which can advance foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction and support global business exchange. This session spotlights how Sister City relationships have bolstered international business exchange across several communities and how you can begin or strengthen your own sister city relationships.

Raju Chinthala, President, Indianapolis Hyderabad Sister City Committee, Carmel, IN
Colin Renk, Executive Director, America China Society of Indiana, Indianapolis, IN

Creative Strategies for Showcasing Inclusive Federal Opportunity Zones

This session will provide a step-by-step outline of how to implement and measure inclusive and equitable Opportunity Zones. It will also dive into how economic developers can leverage their impacts in strategic ways, with case studies on how they have been showcased and the outcomes thus far. A discussion about the importance of allowing potential investors to research, pull data and map these zones will leave participants armed with the necessary tools to take their OZ program from introductory to the implementation stage.

Russell Riblett, Vice President of Sales, FT Specialist, San Francisco, CA
David Robinson, Principal, The Montrose Group, LLC, Columbus, OH

Shared Values: Engaging the Business Community to Support Inclusive Livability
TRACK: LIVABILITY | Breakout Session

Leading cities are taking a shared values approach to supporting livability and access to opportunity. These cities understand that the achievement of these goals is contingent upon an active, committed business community. This session will provide an overview of different approaches in promoting livability. Using existing incentive programs as the entry point, these cities have re-oriented their policies to encourage businesses to meet community goals, such as providing workforce training, mentoring students in public schools, and subsidizing transit passes for employees, in exchange for an incentive award. Join this breakout session for a lively discussion on how your community can develop and deploy a CSR strategy.

Troels Adrian, Manager, Business & Industry Team, Prosper Portland, Portland, OR
Christina Bibler, Director, Economic Development Department, City of San Diego, San Diego, CA
Cary Hirschstein, Partner, HR&A Advisors, Inc., New York, NY
Sarah Iglehart, Director of Indianapolis Economic Development Indy Chamber, Indianapolis, IN

Creative Use of Economic Development Financing and Federal Resources
TRACK: LIVABILITY | Campfire Session

Creative economic developers have found ways to leverage an array of federal, state and local financing and federal resources to make things happen that enhance their community’s downtown revitalization and competitiveness for attracting business investment. Attend this session and learn about creative uses of SBA loans, Revolving Loan Funds, Surety Bonds, and Tax Incremental Financing (TIFs) and the implementation of these resources into your long-range community strategic planning.

Brett Doney, CEcD, FM, President & CEO, Great Falls Development Authority, Inc., Great Falls, MT
Suzanne Knutsen, CEcD, EDFP, Economic Development Manager, City of Davenport, Davenport, IA

Workforce Best Practices

• Connecting through a Community Workforce Platform

Pipeline AZ is a regional approach to a multi-sided career platform, currently optimizing Greater Phoenix’s ever-evolving, competitive, and fast-paced job market. The platform has been built by the community with direct input from educators, business leaders, government entities, community-based organizations, and industry experts to pilot business requirements needed across the ecosystem.

Katie Belous, Research Analyst, Pipeline AZ, Phoenix, AZ
Katherine Pappas, Director of Workforce Strategy, Pipeline AZ, Phoenix, AZ

• The State of Your Workforce? Where Can We Begin

Case studies on how two disparate U.S. counties (Missoula in Montana and Hamilton in Indiana) have utilized State of the Workforce Studies to guide the strengthening of their workforce. Attendees will be guided through exercises that help identify key talent issues they are facing and first steps in addressing the issues.

• Develop a Quality Workforce Without Reinventing the Wheel

Work Ready Communities (WRC) help raise the quality of life through wages, work to prevent brain drain, and raise awareness of workforce quality. This session will feature success stories and strategies from Manheim Solutions, Inc. (MSI) and Chicago’s South Suburban College, Business & Career Institute’s Business.

• Workforce Initiative = Drawing Partnerships in

We need workers now!” Economic development is all about the race for talent. This race is being led by organizations who have taken the lead on workforce development. One such organization has done so by offering basic training classes connected to the local community college. Classes are offered in autonomous maintenance, construction trades, and automotive repair. In as little as 10 weeks, employers could have a much needed resource and the individual is on the pathway to a skilled trade. Come learn more about this partnership!

Carla Hinkle, Workforce Development Manager, Defiance County Economic Development, Defiance, OH

• Growing a Small Business Friendly Community

Attendees will learn about a small business and entrepreneurial development program in a rural community which revitalized their downtown through creating a local entrepreneurial network, opportunities in supply chain, physical infrastructure, and business-to-business mentorship. The program model is highly adaptable to any size downtown, neighborhood or community.

Callie Jo McFarland, PCED, Director, Community Development, City of Monticello, Monticello, IL

Sponsored Session: 30 Place Marketing Ideas in 60 Minutes
Sponsored by: Development Counsellors International

Join us as we highlight 30 innovative marketing ideas in a rapid-fire, 60-minute format, from digital and content tactics, to larger scale business development and talent attraction campaigns. We’ll share marketing ideas sourced from campaigns we’ve implemented, seen implemented, and we wish we had implemented! The final 30 minutes will be an “open mic” format inviting additional ideas from the audience. Want to be disruptive? We’ll provide you with inspiration to do so!

Dariel Curren, Executive Vice President, Development Counsellors International, New York, NY
Julie Curtin, President, Economic Development, Development Counsellors International (DCI), New York, NY
Rebecca Gehman, Director of Talent Attraction, DCI, New York, NY

11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Student and YP Mentorship and Networking Lunch

This unique mentorship opportunity should not be missed. Students and young professionals will meet and interact with seasoned economic developers. Mentors come from a variety of backgrounds and have a wealth of experience to share. Students and young professionals bring new energy that experienced economic developers find exciting for the profession. After the initial mentorship session, participants will have the opportunity to sit and have lunch together to continue conversations and make more lasting connections. Box lunches will be provided.

Note: Registration is free but required, and limited to students and professionals 35 years of age or younger. Mentors will be selected by invitation.

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Networking Luncheon in the Economic Development Marketplace

Connect with old friends, meet new colleagues, and check out the exhibit booths in this year’s Economic Development Marketplace. Boxed lunches will be provided.

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Defining Issues Luncheon: Getting Blunt About Cannabis ($)

Legalizing cannabis on the federal level could result in an additional $105.6 billion between 2017 and 2025, according to a recent report from the cannabis analytics firm New Frontier. That figure includes projections for business tax revenues, payroll withholdings, and a 15% sales tax. Meanwhile, fully legalizing cannabis today would add 654,000 jobs and up to 1 million jobs by 2025.

It's clear that cannabis can be a boom to local economies with robust regulatory regimes in place. But lawmakers should be wary of legalization solely for the potential economic benefits. Join us for a candid panel discussion on the pros and cons of legalizing cannabis and how it has impacted communities across the country.

Price: $55

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Elected Officials and Board of Directors of EDOs Networking Luncheon ($)

IEDC extends a special welcome to elected officials and board of directors of EDOs and invites them to network and discuss economic development strategies in their community. All registered attendees of the conference are invited to register for this luncheon.

Price: $55

Hon. Jim Brainard, Mayor, City of Carmel, Indiana, Carmel, IN

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored Learning Labs

Learning Lab A: Productivity Hacks to Streamline Your Day
Sponsored by: Coastal Cloud

Using Salesforce, the world's number one business platform, economic development professionals can streamline their day by placing all data, processes, and reporting in one mobile-friendly application. This session will teach attendees how to view projects and company engagement history, market to prospects with email campaigns, audit financial incentives, review detailed facility information, eliminate inaccurate data, and forecast incoming investment and job growth.

Learning Lab B: Respond to RFIs Faster and Better
Sponsored by: GIS Web Tech

Think you know GIS? Think again. Smart, leading economic development organizations of all sizes are outcompeting others by leveraging GIS to produce winning responses to RFIs. In this session we will show you how to leverage your data and simple GIS tools to create a strategic advantage, and how to impress your colleagues, prospects, and target audience. No GIS expertise required!

Ron Bertasi, CEO, GIS WebTech, Atlanta, GA

12:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fort Benjamin Harrison Reuse Authority Tour ($)

Explore the preservation, reuse, and redevelopment of the former Fort Benjamin Harrison military base, its rebranding as "Fort Ben", and the challenges and successes of creating a new city center for the city of Lawrence.

This bus and light walking tour will be led by Aletha Dunston, Executive Director of Fort Benjamin Harrison Reuse Authority, and Chris Barnett, Executive Director of the Lawrence Community Development Corporation. Stops and points of interest will include an overview of redevelopment on Indianapolis’ east side; a walk through the historic Lawton Loop residential area with a discussion about redevelopment restrictions in historic districts led by Ashley Thomas, Historic Architecture Specialist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources; an overview of activities within the Fort Harrison State Park; and a walk-through of Lawrence Village, the primary redevelopment area of the Fort with Kim Reeves, Vice President of Development Services at Browning Investments, who will speak about the intent of planned unit development, public infrastructure investments, and the plan for new development.

Price: $65

1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Central State / Central Greens Makerspace and Redevelopment Tour ($)

Central Greens is a 150-acre redevelopment of a former state-owned mental hospital campus known as Central State Hospital, located on the near west side of Indianapolis. Ongoing development for this self-proclaimed “mixed use village” includes greenspace, housing, recreational sports fields, retail, makerspaces, artisan manufacturing, event space, a charter school, and more, with a complex financing mechanism that is driving economic development on the city’s west side. Since 2007 the site has attracted more the $80 million in public, private, and nonprofit investment. Central State truly offers live, work, and play experiences while also connecting with nature. The site features majestic mature trees, natural wildlife, and roaming horse pastures.

The tour will be led by Central Greens Master Developer Derek Naber of Holladay Properties, who will speak on infrastructure bonds, housing strategy, etc. Points of interest will include Cristel House, single family home developments, makerspaces, and event spaces, all located within the Central Greens redevelopment area.

Price: $65

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

EDRP Paper Release: Balancing Income Growth with Business Interests

The Economic Development Research Partners Program of IEDC supports practice-oriented research. The publications developed under EDRP's guidance and sponsorship are designed to increase the knowledge base of the economic development profession and help practitioners navigate through today's rapidly changing economy. Through the EDRP program, IEDC excels at its mission everyday: to assist practitioners in successfully competing in the global economy, increasing prosperity for communities at an accelerated pace, and empowering economic development professionals to better define their vision and value.

Beyond the Gray Barrier: Engaging and Including Encore Entrepreneurs
TRACK: LIVABILITY | Campfire Session

At the 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta, IEDC introduced the concept of encore entrepreneurs, predicted their future growth as a segment of economies around the world, and offered some ways that local and regional EDOs could encourage broader engagement of “second act” business owners. This session will explore emerging models from locations as diverse as Manhattan to Fairview Heights, IL. Followed by an invitation for attendees to share their successes, concerns, and ideas in an open-ended format.

Paul Ellis, CEcD, AICP, Director of Economic Development, City of Fairview Heights, Fairview Heights, IL
Chelsea Levo Feary, CEcD, Director of Economic Development, City of Owasso, Owasso, OK
Sean Hutchinson, CEPA, Partner, SVA Value Accelerators, Chicago, IL
Allison Larsen, CEcD, Principal, TadZo, Buckeye, AZ

The Solution Room
TRACK: Multi-Track | Solution Room

These "Solution Room" style sessions will allow economic developers from similar communities to meet with their peers and discuss trends, opportunities, challenges, and threats being faced in their communities.

Solution Room Facilitator:
Courtney Pogue, CCIM, Director of Economic Development, City of Dallas Office of Economic Development, Dallas, TX

Sponsored Session: Startups as a Nexus to Attract New Businesses
Sponsored by: ROI Research on Investment

Startups present new technologies, processes, or products that larger firms may seek to transfer to their own operations through collaboration. In addition, that collaboration can help startups scale into local growth companies through access to a wider customer base and market expertise. This session will discuss directing traditional business outreach strategies towards startups and tech transfer, how to identify the right companies, and examples of successful collaborations.

Steven Jast, Founder and President, ROI Research on Investment, Montreal, QC, Canada

Employee Ownership - A Proven Strategy for Retaining Business, Jobs and Communities

Employee ownership is a lesser known but proven ownership transition strategy that is more likely to retain businesses, jobs, and communities than other options. With the wave of boomers retiring it is estimated that the ownership of over 70 percent of all private business will be transitioning. Many of these companies will either be sold to third parties where local operations would be shuttered or potentially greatly reduced. This session will highlight the scope of the impending business ownership transfer and what it could mean to local communities, how to identify candidates for business ownership to employee ownership, and how to implement this strategy to retain businesses and jobs in the local community.

Is Social Media Right for You?

The world of social media can be daunting for many EDOs. Each social media platform has its strengths and limitations. The monetization of social media is changing the definition of “quality content”. This panel discussion will discuss how to make strategic social media decisions and how to develop a social media strategy. What social media platforms are most effective in reaching your intended audience? Panelists will discuss how to review your EDO’s economic development goals, and through research and analysis, tailor a social media strategy that best fits your mission.

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Networking break in the Exhibit Hall

Annual Ice Cream Social and the conclusion of the Silent Auction to benefit the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund.

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Perfecting Your Community’s Value Proposition
Multi-Track | Breakout Session

This interactive session combines presentation with a practical workshop! The first 20 minutes will be spent on helping communities understand their value propositions for different sectors of potential investors and offer an overview of the perfect elevator pitch. Next, each participant will spend 5-10 minutes brainstorming and writing their perfect pitch, followed by a lightning round, where each person will present their pitch to their table-mates. Each table will choose one winner, and each of the table winners will present to the entire group.

Dr. Alissa Sklar, PhD, Vice President of Marketing, GIS Planning, Inc., Montreal, QC, Canada

Greenways and Blueways Best Practices

• Leveraging Greenway and Waterways to Boost Livability

Greenways and waterways offer potential for both equitable recreation opportunities and catalysts for economic development. Presentation attendees will hear how Columbus, Indiana—home to iconic structures designed by internationally renowned architects—is continuing to raise the bar through community-wide projects, from transforming a waterway into a recreational amenity to advancing connectivity with trail and placemaking improvements along a prominent corridor. This session will address keys to success, lessons learned, and what it takes to move these projects forward.

Debra Kunce, FAIA, LEED, AP, Managing Principal, CORE Planning Strategies, Indianapolis, IN

• Implementing the Vision: Growing Private and Public Investment

After International Harvester eliminated 30,000 jobs in the 1980s, Fort Wayne faltered. To regain momentum and attract outside, private investment; notable public investments were required. By designing and promoting the Opportunity on the Edge of Greatness campaign, GFW Inc. has become a leader in casting a bold vision for their community. The campaign packaged five projects, totaling $775 million, that have been a community asset for decades and given them new life. Presentation attendees will learn about GFW's ambitious public outreach campaign that touched over 10,000 community members.

John Urbahns, AICP, President/CEO, Greater Fort Wayne Inc., Fort Wayne, IN

• The Third Way - Working with Park Conservancies

The non-profit park conservancy partnership model is increasingly being deployed nationally as citizens seek to build and renew systemic public parks. This presentation will explore how leaders in the created a new conservancy to facilitate the addition of a world-class designed public park to along grammar maybe eliminate “to” an industrialized, and largely forgotten, Ohio River waterfront. Session participants will walk away understanding the motivation behind park conservancies, the unique approach to park design and stewardship undertaken by many conservancies, and ways that these new organizations can become part of the long-term economic development strategy of a city or region.

Scott Martin, Executive Director, River Heritage Conservancy, Inc., Jeffersonville, IN

• Trails as Economic Development Engines

A 2016 study from the National Association of Homebuilders of more than 4,300 prospective home buyers, across several generations, found that close proximity to a park and access to walking/jogging trails were two of the most desired amenities for every age cohort. Similarly, the 2017 Annual Corporate Survey conducted by Area Development magazine found that, for the first time quality of life ranked among the top four factors of importance in site selection. This session will provide an overview of various types of rural, suburban, and urban trails; real estate dynamics associated with their development; and critical elements for success in integrating place-making, downtown connectivity, and trail development.

Laura Brown, CEcD, Community & Economic Development Educator, UConn Extension, Bethel, CT

Around the World in 90 minutes

This speed networking Pecha Kucha style session will include several best practices from around the globe. Presenters will have six minutes and forty seconds to discuss their projects in intimate small group conversations with attendees. Attendees will rotate around the room and at the end vote on their favorite project followed by a facilitated group conversation. Get their early!

Working with Exiting Military to Meet Workforce Demands

Given today's very low unemployment regions must be resourceful when meeting the needs of incumbent and prospective employers. This session will highlight two communities (Beaufort County, SC & Fayetteville, NC) that work with exiting military and their families to meet industry's workforce needs. Participants will then discuss best practices they employ in their communities. As a group we will explore; working with the military's transition assistance programs, marketing to the military, marketing to incumbent and prospective employers, working with your workforce partners state workforce and educational/training partners.

Empowering Your Community with Strategic Funding

This session will begin with the uses and benefits of strategic funding plans, as well as the drawbacks and even dangers of the lack of one. Speakers will detail the process of tailoring funding plans to an organization using a goals-based approach. Speakers will review a variety of funding mechanisms, both public and private, that are available -- for example, assessment districts may fund a variety of initiatives that range from shuttle services to group marketing efforts. The session will conclude with an overview of tactics to monitor and measure the results of your strategic funding plans.

Small Cities That Thrive Applying Livability Principles

Livability-focused strategies can help cities and regions to thrive and grow by transforming the traditional business attraction conversation. This session, led by speakers using case studies from their geographically, historically, and economically distinct small cities, will demonstrate how initiatives, ranging from simple placemaking and quality-of-life improvements to larger investments in entertainment, recreation, tourism, and higher education, can help any community with modest resources to distinguish itself and compete globally.

fDi Magazine Awards Ceremony - American Cities of the Future Awards

fDi Magazine will present the awards for its American Cities of the Future 2019/20 ranking. The awards will recognize the cities which have the best prospects for crossborder investment, economic development and business expansion across the Americas.

Join mayors, dignitaries and professionals from economic development organisations to celebrate the most successful cities across the Americas. Data on the latest trends in cross-border investment will also be presented.

Attendance is free but the number of available places is limited, to confirm your attendance please send your contact details to

5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Recognition Dinner at The Center for Performing Arts ($)

Join IEDC and your peers in honoring outstanding community and economic development leaders. Honors to be conferred are: - Fellow Members (FM) - Honorary Life Members (HLM) - Young Economic Development Professional of the Year - Leadership Award for Public Service - Citizen Leadership Award - Institutional Leadership Award - Jeffrey A. Finkle Organizational Leadership Award - Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Economic Development.

The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts
1 Center Green
Carmel, IN 46032

Travel time between the Indiana Convention Center and the Palladium is approximately 45 minutes. Transportation will be provided.

Price: $125

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

DCI Fun Run/Walk

All IEDC attendees are invited to join their economic development peers for an early morning group run/walk through downtown Indianapolis starting in the lobby of the Marriott Indy Place. We will have a 3-Mile route mapped out (longer-distance runners are welcome to continue on their own). The first 50 participants receive a limited edition t-shirt! Hope you can join us prior to beginning your day at IEDC Annual Conference!

Meet in lobby of Marriott Indy Place. Groups will run either a 6M or a 3M.

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop

If you are planning to sit for the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam, it's never too early to start planning and learning more about the process. All participants and attendees at this workshop will be provided with a complete overview of the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) exam process, from application to the oral examination. Attendees will learn tools and techniques for preparing for the exam and witness a mock oral interview.

Note: First-time candidates sitting for the certification exam are required to participate in the "Preparing for the CEcD Exam Workshop," either in-person or via webinar format. Questions regarding this requirement can be sent to

Price: Free, but registration is required

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Sponsored Learning Labs

Learning Lab A: Developing a Sustainable Music Industry
Sponsored by: Sound Diplomacy

The music industry creates jobs, empowers communities, and drives innovation. Still, there's little understanding of how to extract its value to create wealth, jobs, and attract talent to our downtown areas. Using Indianapolis and New Orleans as case studies, Sound Diplomacy will explain the value of the music industry, how it impacts communities, and how to develop sustainable, impactful music policies and business development strategies.

8:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Speedway / Dallara IndyCar Factory / Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tour (SOLD OUT)

Speedway has been home to the Indianapolis 500 - The Greatest Spectacle in Racing - since 1911. Racing literally built the town of Speedway, but together this small town and big race have had a huge impact on economic development in and around Indianapolis.

Led by Speedway's Economic Development Director Tim Gropp, this bus and light walking tour will include a discussion of activity on the city's near west side, including White River State Park, Indiana University / Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), White River clean-up efforts, and other area developments; a stop at Allison Transmission World Headquarters; a drive through historic Speedway; a tour of Dallara IndyCar Factory's "interactive zone"; discussion of redevelopment efforts of Wilshaw Development, a $36 million mixed-use development site; and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Price: $65

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Morning Plenary

IEDC welcomes attendees for this morning's session featuring more exciting keynote speakers! Attendees will hear remarks and the 2020 vision of the vice chair of the IEDC Board of Directors.

Master of Ceremonies:
Kenny McDonald, CEcD, President & Chief Economic Officer, Columbus 2020, Columbus, OH

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Networking and Refreshment Break

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Manufacturing Best Practices

• New Manufacturing Technologies: Implications for Inclusive Economic Development

New and emerging technological developments in advanced manufacturing challenge old beliefs, while creating new opportunities for equitable and inclusive economic development overlooked by practitioners and policymakers. This round robin highlights the methods in which these technologies are creating commercial tax-base in economically disadvantaged inner cities through ways in which community makerspaces connect residents (especially youth) with job and entrepreneurial opportunities and public policies that can support advanced manufacturing.

Howard Wial, PhD, JD, Senior Vice President & Director of Research, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Jamaica Plain, MA

• Make the Trade War a Local Opportunity

The effects of trade disputes can devastate manufacturing-focused communities. This session will describe five specific tools that can help transform problems like trade disputes into opportunities for manufacturing increases of up to 20 percent. The tools discussed include the TCO Estimator, the Import Substitution Program, the Supply Chain Gap Program, Calculating ROI on FDI, and a skills training index.

Harry Moser, President & Founder, Reshoring Initiative, Trevett, ME
Leo Reddy, Chairman President and Founder, Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), Alexandria, VA

• Working with Universities to Grow Manufacturing SMEs

The University of Michigan's Economic Growth Institute's mission is to research, educate, and impact the economy. Small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies around the world are facing a rapidly changing landscape in new technological advancements. Some companies will adapt, while others will shrink or close. There are steps a region can take to help companies identify opportunities and transition to the next economy, including working directly with universities and other institutions. Regional economies would like practical information on how to support their small- and medium-sized companies to keep up with fast-changing times, and this session provides it.

Paula Sorrell, Director, University of Michigan - Economic Growth Institute, Ann Arbor, MI

Inclusive Workforce Development IS Economic Development

Workforce professionals, economic developers, and education stakeholders must work together in their communities to create a talent pipeline for regional employers. Attendees will walk away armed with best practices, strategies, information, and contacts to better enable communities to develop their workforce to meet existing and future needs of area employers.

How EDOs Can Help Fix America’s Crumbling Infrastructure through Public Private Partnerships

This presentation will use real case studies to demonstrate strategies for successfully supporting infrastructure improvement through economic development decision-making. This will highlight how the Orlando Economic Partnership is creating alliances with regional partners to creatively fund and build infrastructure improvement and the transportation of the future to advance broad-based prosperity, while drawing comparisons to Columbus 2020, the economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus region and how it partners with state and local stakeholders to address local infrastructure issues.

Tim Giuliani, President & CEO, Orlando Economic Partnership, Orlando, FL

Answer This: YPs Tackle the Industry's Most Challenging Issues

Young professionals will reconvene for a Solution Room style workshop designed to apply fresh minds to some of today's most difficult industry questions. Gathering in small groups, YPs will roll up their sleeves and collectively come up with answers to questions revolving around real estate, targeted industries, the future of work and other questions submitted both by their peers and by seasoned professionals seeking a fresh perspective to their challenges. Focused and time-limited small group discussions will result in agreed-upon solutions, selection of spokespersons, and report-outs for the benefit of all participants.

Setting a High Bar: Best Practices from Leading EDOs
TRACK: MULTI-TRACK I Breakout Session

There are some EDOs that serve as exceptionally examples of best practices in the functioning of an organization and in their execution of their programs and initiatives. Many of these organizations certified as AEDOs and they have been judged by their peers to have programs, practices, and management that are the gold standard in the profession. Many of their programs and initiatives are innovative and are worthy of being highlighted and shared with other economic developers. Now, three of these outstanding organizations are coming forward to provide tips and insight into three critical issues that all EDOs face.

Entrepreneurship Catapult: Startup to Storefront

One of the most pressing issues for small entrepreneurs is access to capital and other resources that will help them to grow their businesses. This is especially true for minority and women-owned businesses. This session will track the development and implementation of various programs that support smaller community establishments and how you can incorporate them into your local economic development efforts.

Sponsored Session

Sponsored Session - Sponsored Sessions are still available. For more information, please visit the Sponsor Opportunities page.

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Keynote Luncheon

Make sure to join us for the IEDC Annual Keynote Luncheon! Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) President and CEO Maurice Jones will take center stage to provide thought-provoking solutions to some of America’s most pressing challenges. LISC is one of the largest organizations supporting projects to revitalize inclusive communities and bring greater economic opportunity and equity to residents. He will discuss and highlight solutions to issues revolving around affordable housing, improving our schools, growing businesses and programs that improve the quality of life in our communities.

Master of Ceremonies:
Thomas A. Kucharski, CEcD, President & CEO, Invest Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo, NY

Keynote Speakers:
John Fleming, M.D., Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC
Maurice Jones, President & CEO, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, New York, NY

1:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Indy Walking and Salesforce Tower Tour ($)

This walking tour through the heart of Downtown Indianapolis will focus on a range of technologically and economically innovative companies located at the city’s core. Led by Indianapolis Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Angela Smith Jones and Studio Science CEO Steve Pruden, stops will include Emarsys North America, Salesforce Tower, High Alpha Venture Studio, Home Advisor/ANGI HomeServices, Kronos, and portions of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

Price: $65

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

A New Model for Inclusive Neighborhood and Downtown Economic Development
TRACK: HOUSING | Breakout Session

As cities think about how to address the loss of manufacturing jobs and the growing income- and skills-gap keeping many citizens from gaining access to livable wages, Catalyzing Opportunity looks at economic development as part as part of a comprehensive community development strategy which includes downtown, housing, education, and quality-of-life initiatives.This session will highlight the alignment of district development strategies, small business development, and talent development that are part of The Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s (LISC) recently launched Catalyzing Opportunity model.

Joe Bowling, Executive Director, Englewood CDC, Indianapolis, IN
Emily Scott, Economic Development Program Officer, Local

Getting Smarter about Smart Cities
TRACK: LIVABILITY | Breakout Session

Smart Cities are popping up everywhere, but what does the term really mean? Are smart cities just the latest fad? Does your community have what it takes to be smart? If your community has already jumped into the smart city movement, have you considered the right things? If your community hasn’t, do you know what it takes to get started? This session is for communities of all sizes, from the very small to the very large. With a passion for helping communities prepare for the future, session presenters will cover exactly what the smart city movement encompasses, how to get started, the benefits and challenges, the risks if efforts aren't strategically planned, and current examples of effective smart initiatives.

Hardik Bhatt, Leader, Digital Government, Amazon Web Services, Chicago, IL
Brandon Freeman, Smart Cities Practice Lead, Leidos, San Diego, CA
Lynn Sand, CEcD, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Leidos
Peter Westlake, Manager, Strategic Customer Projects, Orlando Utilities Commission, Orlando, FL

Creating Your Own Cluster: Selling Your Key Strengths

Often, company trajectories move at a different rate than economic development strategies. And changing course mid-stream can bring heartburn to stakeholders and partners. But what if a string of recent successes alters your strategy around what company or industry you should recruit? This panel will help community leaders identify new target clusters that may or may not fall into their traditional industries by examining important assets and location trends.

Dennis Donovan, Principal and Owner, Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting, Bridgewater, NJ
Bethany Miller. CEcD, Vice President of Domestic Investment, Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc., Richmond, VA
Rebecca Moudry, Vice President, Business Development, ROI Research on Investment, Washington, DC

Performing at Top Capacity: Becoming Accredited
TRACK: MULTI-TRACK I Breakout Session

The Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) program provides economic development organizations with an internal review of their operations and recommendations on how to strengthen their organizational processes to best respond to the changing climate within the profession. Join members of the AEDO advisory committee as they discuss the AEDO program and give insights on the application review process.

There’s No “I” in Economy
TRACK: LIVABILITY | Jigsaw Session

This interactive session will facilitate an exercise in which participants assume the roles of different community members (i.e. mayor, arts director, community college president) and work together to find solutions to sets of shocks and stressors that their communities might face. For example, a shock might be that the community receives an oversized investment or a wave of climate-based immigration. Each working group will be asked to devise and share a plan considering workforce, housing, transportation, and other factors that will ensure their community grows equitably in the aftermath of a major disruption. This is a unique session, not to be missed!

Get the Loot and Run: Financing Small Businesses

Working capital is critical to any business. But capital is often complex, misunderstood, and mysterious. This session will provide tactics such as, crowdfunding, venture capital, mezzanine financing, and other tools to help your local businesses expand, create jobs, and grow the economy. Put this don’t-miss session on your conference agenda.

Anthony Price, CEO, LootScout, CT

Sponsored Session: Lead Generation and Business Intelligence Best Practices to Attract Inward Investment
Sponsored by: Research Consultants International

This session will offer an overview of lead generation best practices, methodologies, and strategies that economic developers can implement into their recruitment process in order to enhance their pipeline. The seminar will be followed by a Q&A session and prize giveaway. Attendees who answer a few select questions correctly stand the chance to win, with the grand prize being an Apple Watch!

Bruce Takefman, Founder and President, Research Consultants International, Montreal, QC, Canada

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

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Networking break in the Exhibit Hall

Book Signing with Author and LootScout Founder and CEO, Anthony Price, Exhibit Hall

3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Excellence in Economic Development Awards Ceremony

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognizes the world's best economic development programs, partnerships and marketing materials. Join us to honor this year’s best and to see who is selected as the Best in Show!

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

A Process for Global Business Attraction and Retention

Economic development organizations often serve as a one-stop shop for international companies and provide a range of services including market research assistance, real estate searches, connections to local governments and business communities for assistance with incentives and community integration. This panel will address the common pitfalls experienced by international firms and prepare your organization for the assistance international firms may require during their location decision.

Olga Molnar, CEcD, VP, Global Investment, Greater Richmond Partnership, Richmond, VA
Lori Odom, Vice President, International Business, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashville, TN

Engaging Underrepresented Populations

Citizens formerly incarcerated, people with disabilities, and individuals on the autism spectrum often experience underemployment or unemployment as high as 80%. Many can be loyal and high-performing employees with the right support and approach. Come hear how the public and private sectors are working together and impacting communities, companies, and individual lives around the nation. It's an approach that all IEDC members will want to consider!

Unlocking Higher Education as an Economic Development Asset

This panel will feature members of IEDC’s Higher Education Advisory Committee, who will profile their respective communities’ efforts to engage workforce and business development and higher education partners in serving existing, new, and prospective companies. Economic developers and higher education professionals from across the U.S. will share best practices for forging creative partnerships with lasting value. Attendees can expect to learn not only about the many services higher education institutions often provide, but also how economic developers can access them to enhance placemaking, diversification, and commercialization of intellectual property.

Joel M Simon, Executive Vice President, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), Chicago, IL

Global Identity: Finding and Sharing Your Community’s Story
TRACK: LIVABILITY | Breakout Session

Thirty-two metros across the United States undertook a year and a half collaboration with the Brookings Global Cities Initiative to research, define, refine, and deploy a global identity to support the city's economic development ambitions. In this session, representatives of Louisville, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Columbus, and the Brookings Institution will discuss learnings about influencing outside perception, increasing visibility, and courting the identity-reinforcing economic activity that best serves a city's long-term and strategic goals. From a variety of perspectives, participants will touch on key goals, measurement, challenges, and solutions that emerged from the process each has undertaken, and how other cities and towns can similarly find and share their story.

Irene Alvarez, Vice President, Brand Marketing and Communications, Columbus Partnership, Columbus, OH
Deisha Barnett, Chief Brand and Communications Officer, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta, GA
Jeanine Duncliffe, Director, International Economic Development, Louisville Forward/Louisville Metro Government, Louisville, KY
Marek Gootman, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Global Engagements, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC
Lauren Swartz, Senior Director, International Business Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce, Philadelphia, PA

Impact of Trade and Investment Policy on FDI

This discussion will take a global data perspective and describe what global free trade agreements mean for foreign direct investment (FDI) opportunities in North America. It will include the China-US trade dispute; an update on Brexit; and the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA). The session will conclude with best practices from EDO's, consultants, and companies in terms of what they are experiencing when engaging with investors.

Juan Pablo Alcantar, Director, Economic Development Tuxpan, Tuxpan, Ver. MX
Chris Knight, COO & Co-Founder, WAVTEQ, London, UK
Justin Kocher, CGBP, Sr. Manager, Asia Business Development, JobsOhio, Columbus, OH

Developing Sustainable and Inclusive Talent Pathways

This session will highlight the unique efforts of several EDO’s around the nation who have worked to create inclusive and equitable talent pathways from industry certification in high school to “on ramps” and “off ramps” for adult learners looking to change career paths or increase marketability. It will explore stackable credentials, strengthening CTE options with industry support, developing maker space, leveraging or creating grants, and convening powerful partnerships. Unemployment remains low, but underemployment is relatively high and inclusion needs pervade most of our cities and provide excellent opportunity to convene, create, and deliver solutions and models that are flexible and scalable while elevating opportunity for our under-served communities.

Sponsored Session

Sponsored Session - Sponsored Sessions are still available. For more information, please visit the Sponsor Opportunities page.

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Networking Reception at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art

The Annual Conference Host Committee invites you to attend the Closing Reception at The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art which is located in downtown Indianapolis,within a short walk of the JW Marriott Hotel. The museum houses an extensive collection of visual arts by indigenous peoples of the Americas, as well as Western American paintings and sculptures collected by businessman and philanthropist Harrison Eiteljorg. Come enjoy an evening in the Museum just for IEDC conference attendees.

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Morning Plenary: IGNITE

Ignite IEDC is back for another lightning round of public speaking on economic development issues. Come to learn about an innovative new idea, a successful project or program, and much more. Speakers have 5 minutes and 20 slides to enlighten you! It’s a pitch day for economic developers.

Sean Maguire, CEcD, Vice President, SUNY Schenectady, Schenectady, NY

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

What Millennials Really Want From Your Community
TRACK: LIVABILITY | Breakout Session

With consistently low unemployment rates and a robust economy, Boomerangs aka Millennials in the U.S. have their choice of jobs in cities across the country. It is crucial for communities competing for workforce talent to understand how this cohort assesses new employment opportunities and makes relocation decisions., an expert in identifying what makes cities great places to live, commissioned Ipsos to conduct an in-depth survey to examine the issues that drive how Millennials determine where they want to live, how they define diversity and inclusion, and concerns around living affordability.

Tim Carty, Director of Talent Attraction, ICR IOWA, Iowa City, IA
Winona Dimeo-Ediger, Editor in Chief, Livability Media, Franklin, TN

Streamlining the Land Use Regulatory and Permitting Process

More important than any incentive or other financial benefit, a predictable and consistent land use and permitting process is what will help your community translate development proposals into real tax-paying projects that improve the community’s business environment, as well as motivate residents and businesses to expand and renovate their properties. This session will provide attendees with, best practices, case studies the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in best practices for land use (planning, design and public engagement included).

Brant Birkeland, AICP, Business Recruitment Manager, Ogden City, Ogden, UT

A Talent Show with IEDC Award Winners
TRACK: MULTI | Breakout Session

This special session will highlight IEDC award winners’ projects as they show case the details of their work, benefits to the community, and how other economic development might replicate their work in their own communities for economic development success! Don’t miss it!

April Eads, CEcD, Business Development Manager, Bristol TN Essential Services, Bristol, TN
Nicolas Pantaleo, Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, Toronto Global, Toronto, ON, Canada
Michael Southard, CEcD, Economic Development Director, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Durant, OK
Kurtis Wells, Marketing and Events Coordinator, City of Guelph, Guelph, ON

The Metroburb: Repurposing Industrial and other Large Spaces

Municipalities and counties are wondering what to do with large empty spaces, i.e. vacant industrial, retail and office space and other underutilized or undesirable properties. The solution? For some it may be a dreaded tear-down, for others it may be a simple repurposing, and still others may be ripe for the next Metroburb! This session will seek to provide practical and implementable solutions for these problems through successfully repurposed and redeveloped projects. Experienced panelists will explore what makes a redevelopment successful - from the mix of uses, to the finances and marketing, to creating an authentic and appealing culture within the site.

Cynthia Stewart, Director, Community Relations, International Council of Shopping Centers, Washington, DC

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Networking Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Closing Plenary: Business Location Consultants Forum

IEDC's most popular Site Consultants Forum returns to close out the 2019 IEDC Annual Conference! Here’s another opportunity for economic development leaders to engage with the country's premier site selection professionals. Stick around for the conference's final day and make sure to attend this popular event, where you'll learn about the hottest industry trends, leading business location indicators, and what local communities must do to stay in the game.

Note: If you are a business location consultant and have not participated in the Business Location Consultants Forum in the past, please contact for details on how to be a part of this year's session.

Gene DePrez, Founder & Managing Partner, Global Innovation Partners, Ltd., Sparta, NJ

Didi Caldwell, Founding Principal, Global Location Strategies, Greenville, SC
Dennis Donovan, Principal and Owner, Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting, Bridgewater, NJ
Larry Gigirich, Executive Managing Director, Ginovus, Fishers, IN
Mark O'Connell, Chief Executive Officer, OCO Global, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Christopher Steele, COO & President North America, Investment Consulting Associates, Boston, MA
C. Paige Webster, CEcD, Owner/Site Selection Consultant, Webster Global Site Selectors, Phoenix, AZ

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Evolving Strategies in Economic Recovery and Resiliency

As more and more of our IEDC volunteers during the past 20 years have participated in recovery efforts, there has been increased discussion of the need for resilience and mitigation strategies (building back stronger, strategic planning, economic diversification, regional strategies).

In this workshop, we will discuss strategies economic developers have employed in economic recovery and in economic resilience in the short-term (Year 0-1,) medium term (Year 1-5) and long-term (year 5-20). Together as a group we will seek to define “what is resilience,” or “resiliency” and the key role it plays in post disaster recovery sustainability. The term is widely used but definitions differ. We expect there will be local variation. We expect to learn new strategies from one another.

The forum will feature special presentations and group discussions around recovery, resilience and mitigation at different periods of time following the disaster from volunteers and economic developers from communities that have been hit. All participants should come prepared to talk about the unique economic challenges and strategies they are using to steer the communities they advise or meet the challenges and strategies in their own communities - and to ask questions for which answers have been difficult to find.

What you will learn:
• How to balance response to short-term economic recovery needs and longer-term economic resilience strategies
• How to conceptualize and implement resilience strategies
• Best practices and lessons learned from other disaster-stricken communities.

• Mickie Valente, MBA, President, Valente Strategic Advisers, LLC, Saint Petersburg, FL

Jared Arnett, MBA, IOM, Executive Director, Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc. (SOAR), Pikesville, KY
• John Zakian, Disaster Resilience Grant Program Manager & Chief Resilience Officer at City of Minot, ND
• Sue Southon, HUD CDBG-DR Program Expert, ICF