SEDC 2011 Annual Conference
2011 SE Economic and Workforce Development Conference


Monday, August 15th

5 Trends You Can’t Ignore for Online Economic Development
Anatalio Ubalde, CEO, GIS Planning Inc.

Resources Available for Labor Market Analysis: Tools and Techniques 
Brad Sickles, United States Department of Labor- Employment and Training Administration

Tuesday, August 16th

The Science and Art of Economic Ecosystems 
George Fletcher, Executive Director, New Carolina- SC's  Council on Competitiveness              
Gray Swoope, President and CEO, Enterprise Florida
Becca Hardin, Executive Vice- President, The Valley Partnership
Pathways to Success – Practices and Partnerships Supporting Rural, Urban and Distressed Regions
Rural Session
Billy Ray Hall, President, North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center
Michael Durmont, Executive Director of Vision Perry and Owner of The Commodore Hotel
Jim Azbill, Mayor of Linden, Tennessee      

Urban Session
Rhonda Rice, Executive Vice President, Knoxville Chamber
Matt Raker, Vice President Entrepreneurship & AdvantageGreen, AdvantageWest
Dr. Gary Goff, President, Roane State Community College
Distressed Regions
Kevin Welch, Director, The Joplin Regional Partnership of SW MO & SE KS
Les Range, Executive Director, Mississippi Department of  Employment Security
Dale Smith, Deputy Executive Director/CFO, Mississippi Department of Employment Security

Wednesday, August 17th

Challenges to, and Opportunities for, Economic Growth and Development: Population Growth and Diversification in the Southern United States        
Steve Murdock, Director, Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, Rice University 

Building Robust, Private, and Philanthropic Partnerships Across America
Ray Leach, Chief Executive Officer, JumpStart, America  

Federal, State and Regional Partnerships Promoting Workforce and Economic Development
Tri-States Alliance
Gwen Dellinger, Director, NW GA Workforce Board, NW GA RDC
Dr. Mike Kennamer, Director, Workforce Development & Skills Training, NE AL Community College
Rick Layne, Business Development Specialist, SE Industrial Development District (TN)

Industrial Growth Analysis Methodology: How to Identify Most Favored Industries for Local Incentives
Scott Millar, President, Catawba County EDC
Dee Blackwell, Executive Director, Western Piedmont COG
Sheila Dotson, Workforce Development Director, Western Piedmont COG
Taylor Dellinger, Data Analyst, Western Piedmont COG