8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Golf? Of course! ($)

Play a round with your peers while on Revere Golf Club’s Lexington Course, and be challenged while overlooking panoramic views of the famous Las Vegas strip.

Interested in increasing your company’s visibility during Leadership Summit? Here’s a unique opportunity. Sponsor this event. Your sponsorship dollars will help raise money for the Diane Lupke Scholarship Fund, which helps rising professionals access economic development training. Contact Kevin Gullette at for more information on golf sponsorship options.

Bus departs: 8:00 am
Shotgun Start: 9:00 am
Price: $85

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Executive Leadership Roundtable (Invitation Only) ($) SOLD OUT

This is an invite only event. IEDC has extended an invitation to executive-level economic developers to register for this event. IEDC welcomes executive-level economic development leaders to attend this exclusive, intimate gathering. Tasked with driving economic growth and improving the quality of life for their communities, economic development leaders are constantly pressured to set the bar higher. To tap in and disseminate the leadership knowledge and experience amongst our most senior members, IEDC is offering this special invitational Executive Leadership Roundtable. This Leadership Summit will give you a place to speak to your peers in confidence about the challenges you face on the job, about success stories, and about how you maintain the motivation to continuously innovate and keep your eyes on the horizon. The price of the Roundtable includes light refreshments during the session and dinner after the session concludes.

Note: The Executive Leadership Roundtable is only open to Leadership Summit attendees.
Price: $145

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Downtown Walking Tour ($)

The Downtown Project, which consists of several downtown Las Vegas blocks, was created to energize the city with strategic investments in real estate development, small business investments, technology/startup investments, and the Arts. Since inception, total project investments in the community have generated approximately more than 1,570 jobs, including 390 jobs within small businesses, 130 jobs in technology startups, 85 jobs in managing DTPv enterprises, and more than 950 jobs as a result of the visitors brought to the area annually by Downtown Project and Life Is Beautiful.

Quite the unique urban redevelopment zone, tour this successful and thriving part of the city.

Price: $55

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Ethics Workshop

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. This session will provide essential instruction on ethics in economic development and provide you with the tools to foster an environment of high standards in your organization. No theoretical lecture, this workshop will focus on real life ethical decision-making situations faced by economic developers.

Note: Ethics Workshops will also be held at the 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on September 30 - October 3, 2018

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

Dyan Lingle Brasington, CEcD, FM, HLM, Executive Vice President, Economic Development The Beacon Council, Miami, FL
Jim Fram, CEcD, FM, CCE, Founder and Principal, Community Growth Strategies, LLC, Hot Springs, AR

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Opening Plenary Session

IEDC's 2018 Leadership Summit kicks off with welcoming remarks from the Las Vegas Host Committee and presentations from leaders making a difference in economic development.

Master of Ceremonies:
Jonas Peterson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA), Las Vegas, NV

Keynote Introducer:
Kevin Gullette, CEcD, Sr. Economic Development Specialist, City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Austen Steele, Senior Account Manager, Chmura Economics & Analytics, Richmond, VA

Keynote Speakers:
Gene DePrez, Founder & Managing Partner, Global Innovation Partners, Ltd., Sparta, NJ
Jon Roberts, Principal and Managing Director, TIP Strategies

3:45 pm - 5:25 pm

Concurrent Sessions - Speed Sessions

Each Speed Session will be offered from 3:45 - 4:30 and from 4:40 to 5:25, allowing attendees to attend two different sessions during the 100 minute timeframe.

Personal Branding for Economic Development Leaders

Economic Development Leaders build a reputation with whom they interact with closely on a daily basis and they build a network of associates that can vouch for their character. But having a good personal reputation is different from having a strong professional brand. When it is time to change jobs, locations or embark on a career as a consultant, having a strong personal brand makes selling yourself a lot easier. This session will feature economic development leaders that understand that the power of building their personal brand on a daily basis through the work that they do, the information they share and the expertise they can channel into the professional discourse.

What you will learn:
• The ABCs of building and maintaining a personal brand through small, continuous actions
• How to promote your brand without obnoxiously selling yourself
• Ways to leverage your brand to get on the radar of recruiters that can take you to the next level in your career, or that can introduce you to new opportunities outside economic development

Michael Meek, CEcD, President and CEO, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc., New Braunfels, TX

Andrew Phillips, Economic Development Specialist, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions, Washington, DC
Tina Winner, Partner, DHR International & Jobplex, Tampa Bay, FL

Economic Development After Hours: Boosting Your Night Time Economy

Insightful cities and their economic development leaders are realizing how much the nightlife contributes to their economies. From live music to a lively downtown scene, economic development that occurs after 5pm has special needs and considerations both in order to maximize the economic benefits to the community and to keep the peace with the neighbors. Mayors, city councils and leaders of business districts have taken the initiative to appoint special “mayors” to oversee the nightlight economy and ensure the economic engine keeps pumping after working hours. This session will look at how some cities are making economic development a 24 hour business.

What you will learn:
• Cities leading the way in formalizing the development of their night time economies
• Why night time economies need to be dealt with as a separate and special section of your economy
• Handling any resistance or perception issues when deciding to lend more resources to developing the nighttime economy

The Honorable Paul Jadin, CEcD, President, Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP), Madison, WI

Allison Harnden, Nighttime Economy Coordinator, City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Angela Winnike, Nighttime Mayor, Iowa City Downtown District, Iowa City, Iowa

ED Leadership Essentials: How to Influence and Persuade

Economic development leaders manage relationships on a variety of levels - with direct reports, stakeholders, peers and other executives. Economic development leaders know better than anyone that competing priorities can make it difficult to lead a target audience. However, the ability to influence and persuade individuals and groups of people are essential to helping leaders succeed and bring about the outcomes most favorable to them. This session will explore the most effective techniques in persuasion and influence that economic development leaders can employ to improve the operations in their own organizations and can help them close the deal with prospective clients.

What you will learn:
• Understanding the differences between leading with influence and leading with authority
• How to positively influence an outcome when you are not in a position of strength
• Advice on using your influence as a leader to encourage more effective operations at your EDO

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

Joseph Minicozzi, AICP, Principal, Urban3, Ashville, NC
Buddy Rizer, CEcD, Director, Loudoun County Economic Development, Leesburg, VA

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Networking Reception

Belair Foyer: Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino
129 East Fremont Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101

8:00 am - 9:15 am

State of the Economic Development Profession

IEDC's President and CEO shares the results of IEDC's 2018 annual State of the Profession Survey and looks ahead to trending issues economic development leaders need to prepare for in the coming year.

Gynii A. Gilliam, President, Coeur d'Alene Area Economic Development Corporation, Coeur D'Alene, ID

Keynote Panelists:
Jeffrey Finkle, CEcD, President & CEO, International Economic Development Council, Washington, DC
Cecilia Harry, CEcD, President and CEO, ENVISION Fond du Lac, Inc., Fond Du Lac, WI
Clarence L. Hulse, Executive Director, Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City, Michigan City, IN

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Monday Plenary Session

The Plenary Session will feature keynote speaker Pat Mulroy and a Mayor's Panel with Mayor Goodman from Las Vegas, Mayor March from Henderson and Mayor Lee from North Las Vegas.

Master of Ceremonies:
Tracye McDaniel, Founder & CEO, McDaniel Strategy Ecosystems, Austin, TX

Keynote Introduction:
Jeff Kline, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President, Accrisoft Corporation, Charlotte, NC

Keynote Panel Moderator:
Jonas Peterson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA), Las Vegas, NV

Keynote Speakers:
Carolyn Goodman, Mayor, City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
John Lee, Mayor, City of North Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, NV
Debra March, Mayor, City of Henderson, Henderson, NV
Pat Mulroy, Non-Resident Senior Fellow for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Policy and Practitioner in Residence for the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions

The New Cash Crop: Marijuana

The legalization of marijuana - for both medical reasons or recreational - has been sweeping across North America. Legalization of marijuana has brought with it economic opportunity to grow, distribute and tax the new cash crop. However, the introduction of marijuana into a community is not without controversy. Legalization of the substance has been met with arguments about the potential for increased crime and the appearance of unsavory characters. This session will consider the legalization of marijuana through an economic development lense and lay out the argument as to whether this is a strategy worth pursuing in your community.

What you will learn:
• Hear from other economic developers in locations that have legalized the use of marijuana
• Common challenges in licensing and operating dispensaries
• Understanding government regulation and its effect on growing in Canada and the United States

Joe Brezny, Director of Political Operations, Carrara Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

Jim Lenner, Village Manager/Planner, Johnstown, Ohio
Jeffrey C. Shaw, President and CEO, Pueblo Economic Development Corp, Pueblo, CO
Beau Whitney, Business Operations Expert, Economist, Whitney Economics, Portland, OR

Mindfulness for the Effective Leader

Mindfulness is all the rage amongst executives across all industries. By taking time to look inward and understand how your actions and deeds affect your team dynamics and your own productivity, mindfulness promises to hold the key to a better, more effective you. This session will explore the trend of mindfulness, the benefits for economic development leaders and will arm you with skills that you can take back to your team.

What you will learn:
• Examples of why a mindful leader is a better leader
• Why practice, practice, practice is the key to reaping the benefits of mindfulness meditation
• Expected benefits from mindful reflection including emotional regulation, increased productivity and improved overall well being

Barbra Coffee, CEcD, Director, City of Henderson Economic Development, Henderson, NV

Allison Larsen, CEcD, Principal, TadZo, Buckeye, AZ
Ronald Kitchens, CEcD, CEO, Southwest Michigan First, Kalamazoo, MI

A Debate on Universal Basic Income

The debate on basic income has been whirling. On one hand, proponents argue that rising inequality and workforce disruption from automation is going to put some segments of the workforce at a further disadvantage. On the other hand, opponents argue that a basic income would be a disincentive to work. In this session, we invite speakers to present us with both sides of the story.

Matthew Whiteley, Director, West Coast, OCO Global, Los Angeles, CA

Sandhya Anantharaman, Co-Director, Universal Income Project, Oakland, CA
J. Mac Holladay, CCE, PCED, LM, HLM, Founder and CEO, Market Street Services, Atlanta, GA
Jim Pugh, Co-Director, Universal Income Project, San Francisco, CA

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Leadership Luncheon

The biggest plenary session of the conference will feature remarks from IEDC’s Chairman of the Board and a presentation from a keynote speaker.

Master of Ceremonies:
JoAnn Crary, CEcD, FM, HLM, President, Saginaw Future, Inc., Saginaw, MI

Keynote Introduction:
Bill Arent, CEcD, Director, Economic and Urban Development Department (EUD), City of Las Vegas, Kas Vegas, NV

Keynote Speakers:
Craig Richard, CEcD, FM, President and CEO, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Tampa, FL
Michael Sherwood, Director of the Information Technologies Department, City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tour: Henderson’s Artisan Tipple Tour ($)

Visit the Henderson Booze District for an insider's look into the winemaking, distilling and microbrewery industries. See how these innovative businesses have used their passion and creativity to transform a typical industrial park. You'l visit Grape Expectations, Crafthaus Brewery and Las Vegas Distillery. Top off your tour with a stop at Lovelady Brewing Company to see how this redevelopment project has changed the face of the Water Street District, Henderson's original downtown area. You won't regret time spent on this tour.

Price: $55

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Best Practices in Operating a Regional FDI Organization

Operating a regional FDI attraction program is no easy task when considering shifting priorities, evolving stakeholders and the tiers of collaboration needed to make it a success. Whether you are just starting a new program or are a seasoned FDI pro, it is always important to take the time to review your strategy and operations in order to remain at the top of your game. This session will dig deep into the recent and intensive research that was conducted on best practices of FDI attraction strategies and in the operations of organizations charged with attracting FDI.

What you will learn:
• Best practices from across North America and Europe for organizing a major regional FDI attraction program
• Advice for keeping all stakeholders engaged and working together towards shared goals
• How to move your FDI program towards more efficient operations

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

Jerry Mallot, President, JAXUSA Partnership, Jacksonville, FL
Barbara McKenzie, Executive Director, Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association, Leduc, Canada
John D. Tennant, Managing Partner, W2N2 Partnership, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, ON, Canada

Hit the Ground Running with Your New Board

No factor is more critical in determining your success as a chief executive than your partnership with your board. CEOs who have built a close, positive and productive working relationship with their board tend to thrive over the long run, achieving their leadership goals and advancing their careers. By contrast, CEOs who haven’t mastered the art of building and sustaining a rock-solid partnership with their board tend to be less effective leaders and to be far less secure in their positions. To help economic developers succeed, this session will equip CEO-aspirants and new CEOs with detailed, practical guidance in building a rock-solid partnership with their new board.

What you will learn:
• To play the Chief Board Capacity Builder role, taking the lead in helping the board update its governing role, composition, and committee structure
• To play the Chief Governing Process Designer, taking the lead in mapping out processes for meaningfully engaging board members in key governing processes
• To play the Chief Governing Relationship Manager, taking the lead in dealing with the human dimension of the board-CEO partnership

Doug Eadie, President & CEO, Doug Eadie & Company, Inc., Clearwater, FL

4:00 pm - 5:40 pm

Concurrent Sessions - Speed Sessions

Each Speed Session will be offered from 4:00 - 4:45 and from 4:55 to 5:40, allowing attendees to attend two different sessions during the 100 minute timeframe.

A Dynamic Economy Is a Spectrum of Jobs

The most dynamic of economies might appear pretty homogenous on the surface - highly skilled and well educated workers leading and working for innovative companies. But if you take a closer look at the structure of dynamic economies, you will find that it takes a highly interconnected web of workers and talent with a range of education and skills to keep the machine turning. This session will explore how the hourly workers support the development of high tech products, and vice versa.

What you will learn:
• The interconnectedness of “maintainers” and highly skilled workers
• Mapping dynamic economies to discover the web of workers and industries that give rise to the most vibrant local economies
• How to ensure that workers at all levels can afford to work and live in the economies to which they contribute

Jared Smith, CEcD, Chief Operating Officer, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Las Vegas, NV

Mark Lange, Executive Director, Division for Business and Entrepreneurship, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Madison, WI
Shade Shutters, PhD, CMA, Research Scientist. Global Security Initiative, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

The Future of Mobility and the Changing Nature of Travel

The brightest entrepreneurs of our time are in a race to advance mobility and transportation. Driverless cars, reusable rockets, hypersonic trains and flying cars are just some of the recent advancements in the mobility and transportation industry. The way we get around will look much different in the coming decades and there is an economic development opportunity for leaders that can catch this technology wave. This session will dive into the coming changes including new requirements for infrastructure, changing trends in the way we travel, and how cities can capitalize on the changing nature of mobility.

What you will learn:
• How to take stock of the current trends in mobility and the future of these disrupting technologies
• How cities should respond to the new demands on infrastructure and the changes to the regulatory environment
• Expected changes in the way we travel and new market opportunities for this new commuter class

Calandra Cruickshank, Founder & CEO, StateBook International, New York, NY

Dan Langford, Industry Commercialization Manager, NV Governors Office of Economic Development, Las Vegas, NV
Derek Pankratz, Senior Research Manager, Deloitte Services LP, Milwaukee, WI

P-16 Education and Beyond

Traditional educational models carry a student from the time they enter the school system in preschool through high school, resulting in 12 years of education or P-12. For students that are pursuing bachelors and other advanced degrees, educational systems are helping to ensure the time and financial investment by the students is rewarded with a fulfilling career. Educational systems are now look to P-16 and P-20 models to help guide students through their entire educational careers and help them find and retain their first jobs. Such guidance and career counseling helps maintain a competitive workforce. This session will explore P-16/P-20 models from around the country.

What you will learn:
• How states are aligning funding, expectations and guidance to help students complete college degrees and enter the workforce as competitive graduates
• Exploring the evidence that P-16/P-20 systems reduced college dropout rates
• The structure of P-16/P-20 councils are structured with members from educational institutes, business and community leaders

Joshua Wright, Director of Economic Development, Emsi, Moscow, ID

Henry Ravenel, Founder & CEO, Southeastern Chamber of Commerce, North Charleston, SC
Jennifer Zinth, Director, High School and STEM, Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO

6:30 pm - End

Dine Around

Don’t dine alone! Get out of your hotel room and explore this vibrant city, while making new friends in our profession. IEDC has handpicked several exciting restaurants for conference attendees to explore together. Sign up at the registration desk and we’ll match you up with others for a great outing. IEDC will make the reservations; participants take care of their own financial and transportation needs. Bon appetite!

Note: Sign up sheets will be made available at the Leadership Summit registration desk.

Oscars Steakhouse
1 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 386-7227


Triple George
201 N 3rd St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 384-2761


Carson's Kitchen
124 S 6th St., Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 386-2572

7:00 am - 8:00 am

CEcD Breakfast

Join your fellow CEcDs at the annual CEcD breakfast to celebrate your achievements and hear about updates on the program and ways we're moving forward. CEcDs sign up when you register or email Cherrika Gordon to sign up.

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Special Plenary Session – Chasing the Big Deal

Economic development leaders are often faced with the hard decision of whether to pursue a company that has made it publicly known that they are interested in relocating or opening a new facility. Will it become an auction? The needs and opinions of the community influence the economic development leader, as does the reality of what resources the community and the EDO can devote to landing the big deal. This special plenary session will allow economic development leaders to review the lessons learned from chasing big deals like Amazon and others.

Thomas A. Kucharski, CEcD, President & CEO, Invest Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo, NY

Keynote Panelists:
Linda H. DiMario, Executive Vice President, Economic Development & Tourism, Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce, Irvine, CA
Maureen Krauss, Chief Economic Development Officer, Indy Chamber, Indianapolis, IN
Greg LeRoy, Executive Director, Good Jobs First, Washington, DC
Jenna L. Saucedo-Herrera, President & Chief Executive Officer, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, San Antonio, TX

9:15 am - 10:45 am

Concurrent Sessions

Your Organizational Leadership Questions Answered

IEDC is challenging the leaders of Accredited Economic Development Organizations (AEDO) program to answer some of the most popular organizational leadership questions submitted to the Clearinghouse Information and Resource Service. These economic development leaders and their organizations have undergone a thorough, independent analysis to become accredited and be recognized for their excellence in local economic development. You will have the opportunity to ask your own organizational leadership questions to the panel. Attend this interactive session to gain new insights and strategies to lead your organization competitively.

Fred Welch, CEcD, EDFP, Vice President, Regional Economic Development, Greater Houston Partnership, Houston, TX

Bill Arent, CEcD, Director, Economic and Urban Development Department (EUD), City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Amy Clickner, CEcD,CFRM, CEO, Lake Superior Community Partnership, Marquette, MI
William C. Sproull, FM, President & CEO, Richardson Economic Development Partnership, Richardson, TX

Expand Your Mind and Better Projects Will Follow

Suddenly trendy technologies, the emergence of new markets or radical transformations in our communities that seem to happen overnight are really years in the making. Economic developers need to see around the corner and be open to the idea that the future could look a lot different from today. To help economic developers keep their eyes open and their minds keen to the next wave of disruption, IEDC will feature thought leaders that will challenge assumptions and upend convention about the future of prosperity. By expanding your mind to alternative futures, you can start working on better projects today.

Danielle Casey, CEcD, EDFP, Director, Economic Development, City of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ

Shea Joachim, CEcD, Director, Business Development, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, Mesa, AZ
Tracey A. Nichols, Director of Financial Services, Project Management Consultants, Cleveland, OH
Holly Schroeder, President & CEO, Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation, Santa Clarita, CA

Economic Development Leadership Essentials to Recover in a Time of Crisis

Whether it is a natural disaster, civil unrest or a tragic incident, there are situations in many communities that thrust you into the limelight for reasons other than you would have hoped. Even though economic developers have no control over every and all situations in their communities, you do have the opportunity to get the community back on track and towards a quick recovery after an unfortunate event. This session will feature economic development leaders that have handled the situations that none of us what to experience.

What you will learn:
• Immediate first steps to take after your community has been impacted by a disaster, whether manmade or force of nature
• Finding your support system in economic development leaders that have experienced similar situations
• How to take control of the narrative in the media and in public perception that sets your community on the road to recovery

Lynn Knight, CEcD, Vice President of Knowledge Management & Development (KMD), International Economic Development Council, Washington, DC

Jason Ford, CEcD, Vice President, Regional Economic Development, Houston, TX
Pete Fullerton, PhD, EDFP, CEcD, PCED, CRP, HLM, Assistant Director – Properties & Commercial Development, Kansas City Aviation Department, Kansas City, MO
Andrew T. Levine, President & Chief Creative Officer, Development Counsellors International, New York, NY

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Tuesday Plenary Session

This morning's session featuring more high-level speakers from the world of business and economic development.

Master of Ceremonies:
Barbra Coffee, CEcD, Director, City of Henderson Economic Development, Henderson, NV

Keynote Introduction:
Marva Bryan, CEcD, Accounting Manager/Tax Incentive Analyst, Development Authority of Fulton County, Atlanta, GA
Brian McGowan, President & CEO, Invest Atlanta (PA1), Atlanta, GA

Keynote Speaker:
Manu Namboodiri, Senior Director, Smart Cities Business Development, Aptiv Silicon Valley, San Francisco, CA
Corey Padveen, Partner, t2 Marketing International, Montreal, Canada

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tour: Switch ($)

Love games? Then you'll enjoy this tour to Switch's operations facility. Switch, which has attracted several businesses to expand into the state including the noteworthy Machine Zone Inc.. Machine Zone Inc. is the company behind "Game of War: Fire Age," the top grossing iPhone game in 30 countries! Machine Zone yielded a $50 million expansion into Southern Nevada.

Price: $55