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2014 Conference Agenda
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Sunday, August 3

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.          
Golf Tournament at Chickasaw Country Club (Additional Registration Required)

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.                  
 VIP Tour of Graceland (Additional Registration Required)

1:00  – 3:00 p.m.                    
Optional Educational Activities

4:00  – 5:00 p.m.                    
Committee Meetings

5:00  – 6:00 p.m.                    
State Caucus Meetings

6:00  – 7:00 p.m.                    
Welcome Reception
At the famous Rendezvous Restaurant (full dinner will be provided)

Monday, August 4

8:00  – 9:00 a.m.                

8:00  – 9:00 a.m.                
SEDC New Member Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.        
Partner/Guest Program


9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.      
Opening Remarks and Welcome 
Keeping the Southern States Competitive
And Well-Positioned To Do Business

Haley Barbour, Founding Partner of BGR Group, returned to BGR in January 2012 after serving two consecutive terms as Governor of Mississippi, including two years as the Chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA). During his tenure as governor, Barbour’s team generated numerous large economic projects in the energy, aerospace and automotive fields, including the selection by Toyota of Blue Spring, MS, for their newest U.S. auto assembly plant, which was the most sought after economic development project in the United States that year

The Honorable Haley Barbour, Former Governor – State of Mississippi 
Introductions by:
Gray Swoope, Enterprise Florida
Mike Mullis, JM Mullis, Inc.


10:15  – 10:30 a.m.            

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    
Engines of Development: Railroads in the 21st Century
Railroads offer transportation advantages for many southern businesses and improve the competitiveness of our locations. Hear from representatives of the country’s top Class I railroads and their perspectives on business trends and how communities can take advantage of the opportunities presented from an expanding global market.  Also, how the E.D. professionals deal with the railroad E.D. organizations.    
Jason Reiner- AVP Industrial Development, Norfolk Southern Corporation           
Clark Robertson- AVP - Regional Development, CSX Transportation
Vann Cunningham- Assistant Vice President, Economic  Development, BNSF Railway Co. 

Moderator: John Bradley, TVA

12:00  – 1:30 p.m.                
Honoring our Communication Award Winners and Community and Economic Development Awards (CEDA) Winners

1:45  – 2:45 p.m.                 
Gateways to the World: The Ongoing Importance of Ports & Intermodal Faciliites
If you are located near the coast or a major river in the south, you are affected by and possibly benefit from a port.  Discover opportunities in this session to leverage  this transportation resource for the betterment of your community. The impact that the expansion of the Panama Canal will have on southern port traffic will be a topic of discussion as well. 
Jim Newsome, III, President & CEO, South Carolina Ports Authority

Randy Richardson- Executive Director, Memphis and Shelby County Port Commission  

Moderator: Jeff Ruble, South Carolina Power Team

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.                    

3:00  – 4:00 p.m.                  
Opportunities for Job and Investment Growth…Are you Ready?
Are your organization and community ready to take the leap in attracting new investment?  New                                          business locations and major expansions don’t just happen.  It takes planning and preparation to be successful. In this session you will hear tips and best practices from two professionals in the business of assessing and positioning communities for growth.  

J. Mac Holladay, Chief Executive Officer, Market Street Services
Sharon Younger, President, Younger Associates

Moderator: Tom Croteau, GA Department of Economic Development

6:00  – 7:00 p.m.                    
Silent Auction Reception
*Benefiting the SEDC Educational Foundation

7:00 p.m.                                
Dinner on your own  

Tuesday, August 5

8:00  – 9:00 a.m.                  

9:00  – 10:15 a.m.              
Leaders Ought To Know: Traits Necessary to Advance Business, Community and Yourself

During this fast-paced, interactive presentation, Phillip Van  Hooser will provide leadership 
concepts every economic           development professional should know, understand and apply. Discussion will focus on the critical value of earning and maintaining respect, the practical truths behind why businesses and individuals ultimately do what they do, “dumb    

questions” smart leaders regularly ask and practical  professionalism techniques that can make--or break--any leader.
Phillip Van Hooser, MBA, CSP, CPAE, President, Van Hooser Associates, Inc.

Moderator: G.C. Hixson, JECD of Wilson County, TN

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.                 

10:30  – 11:45 a.m.                
The Global Marketplace at your Doorstep: Ways to Attract Foreign Investment
Foreign direct investment is a significant focus of southern states.   In this session you will hear from Consul Generals of three of the top countries, in terms of investment, in the south.  In addition, they  will share ways southern communities can take advantage of their programs and services to gain access to companies expanding to the United States.

Christoph Sander, Consul General of Germany
Kazuhiro IRYU, Deputy Consul General of Japan
Stephen Brereton, Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta

Moderator: Josh Helton, Tennessee Department of Economic Development

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.          
Luncheon- SEDC Awards Presentations and Annual Meeting


1:30 – 2:45 p.m.                     
The Global Supply Chain: It’s Present and Future Impact on the South

Robert Carter, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Information Officer, FedEx Corporate Services

Phil Trenary,  President / CEO, Greater Memphis Chamber

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.                    

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.                     
Trends in Site Location
An ever popular session at SEDC’s Annual conference, the site location consultants panel features top professionals in the field of site location for businesses.  You will hear about current location trends and best practices in working with site location consultants.

Mike Mullis, President & CEO, J. M. Mullis
Mark Sweeney, Senior Principal, McCallum Sweeney Consulting
Bob Hess, Executive Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank              

Moderator: Hal Johnson, NAI Earle Furman, LLC

6:00  – 9:00 p.m.                    
Reception, Dinner and Entertainment
Join us for our closing party on the rooftop of the Peabody Hotel. Jason D. Williams will be our 
entertainment                          for the evening. A full dinner will be served for all attendees. Prizes will be given for the best Elvis costume and impersonation!