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2016 Annual Conference Speakers
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Sunday, July 31

(2:00-3:30 pm)
Pre-Conference Optional Session – Attracting and Retaining Investors

Panelists:
Rich Fletcher
I-77 Alliance

Monday, August 1

(9am – 10:30 am)
Opening Remarks, Welcome and Keynote -
“More than a Season: Building a Championship Culture”
Keynote Speaker - Dayton Moore, Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager of the Kansas City Royals

(10:45am – Noon)
General Session - What Cities Can Do to Boost Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Moderator:
The Honorable Mayor Sly James
Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri

Panelists:
Zachary Markovits
What Works Cities

Evan Absher
Kauffman Foundation

Chad Shearer
Brookings Institution

(1:45pm – 3:00pm)
Track 1- Encouraging an Entrepreneurial Workforce

Moderator:
Mac Holladay
Market Street Services

Panelists:
Jennifer Littlejohn
Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce

Allyson Rothrock
The Harvest Foundation

Mark Heath
Martinsville-Henry County (Va.) EDC

Or

Track 2- Encouraging Innovation in International Investments

Moderator:
Andrew Nave
Shawnee Economic Development

Panelists:
Keida Ackerman
U.S. Department of Commerce

Evan Hoffman
Organization for International Investment

Dr. Hans-Aloy Wischmann
Phillips Research North America

(3:15 – 4:45 p.m.)
Track 1- Entrepreneurship Business Training Programs

Panelists:
Alex Krause
Kauffman Foundation

Rob Williams
US SourceLink

Steve Radley
Network Kansas

Moderator:
Mark Turnbull
The Joplin Reional Partnership

Or

Track 2- Encouraging Innovation in Manufacturing Businesses

Panelists:
Andy Hrasky
LMV Automotive Systems

Chuck Sexton
One East Kentucky

Moderator:
Al Figuly
Greater Kansas City Foreign Trade Zone

Tuesday, August 2
(8:00 – 9:00 a.m.)
Breakfast

(9:15 – 10:30 a.m.)
Track 1- Assistance in Business Capital Options

Panelists:
Drew Solomon
EDC OF KCMO

Joe Bannister
MO Technology Corp.

Nathan Kurtz
Kauffman Foundation

Moderator:
Drew Solomon
EDC OF KCMO

Or

Track 2- Encouraging Innovation in Distribution/Logistics Businesses

Panelists:
Bryan Fox
KCP&L & President of KC CSCMP

Colby Tanner
BNSF

Moderator:
Morgan Bell
KC SmartPort

(10:45 – 12:00 p.m.)
Track 1- Encouraging Technology Transfer for Business Creation & Expansion

Panelists:
James G. Baxendale
UMKC Innovation Center

Dr. Mike Paulus
Oak Ridge National Lab

Rebecca Robinson
Kansas State University’s Institute for Commercialization

Moderator:
Elyse Davis
Georgia Power

Or

Track 2- Encouraging Innovation in Arts Based Businesses

Panelists:
Chris Dahlquist
Professional independent artist

Megan Crigger
City of Kansas City, MO

Julie Nelson Meers
Missouri Bank

Mike Marcus
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Asheville, NC

Moderator:
Josh Best
EDC of KCMO

(1:45 – 3:00 p.m.)
Track 1- Incubators & Accelerators as New Business Development

Panelists:
Amisha Miller
Kauffman Foundation

Bill Kirkland
University of South Carolina

Sarah Fustine
Think Big Partners

Moderator:
Stuart Ames
Duke Energy

Or

Track 2- Encouraging Innovation in Real Estate Redevelopment

Panelists:
Alex Ogata
POPULOUS

Jim Allen
Honor Capital

Lee Langerock
Ennovation Center of Independence, Missouri

Moderator:
Jon Williams
Williams & Associates

(4:30 - 5:45 p.m.)
General Session – Trends in Site Location Issues

Panelists:
Dennis Donovan
WDG Consulting, LLC

Larry Moretti
LFM Corporate Location Solutions

Chris Steele
Investment Consulting Associates

Moderator:
Tim Cowden
KC Area Development Council