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The local Southern Economic Development Council conference committee in Tulsa, Oklahoma is seeking presenters for three sessions at the Annual Conference on August 4-6, 2013.  The conference program committee used the results of the 2012 membership survey to develop this program. The survey results provided topic suggestions for future programs, along with thoughts on issues that are considered “professional challenges.”


To keep with our theme, “Exploring New Directions in the New Economy,” we are looking for presenters who work with programs or activities with the following attributes:
·         Considered innovative and developed outside what most people would consider the regular way of doing business
·         Show potential use by other economic and community development practitioners regardless of community size
·         Transferable to comparable situations in other communities

Session 1
Budget Sustainability- Creative ideas for funding economic development programs
Securing and maintain funding is always a topic of interest to economic development organizations.  With the tough economy, many organizations have developed creative approaches to complete this essential task.  If you, or someone you know, have developed a unique approach for securing funding in this new economy, we would welcome your participation on this panel. 
Session 2
Incentives- Discover creative ways to develop and defend the use of incentives 
For this session, we are seeking presenters who have developed unique incentive programs that have successfully attracted businesses to their communities.  With the recent media attention on the use of incentives, economic development professionals are looking for ways to justify their incentive programs.  If you, or someone you know, has developed a strong incentive program and/or recently had to defend the use of incentives, our attendees would be interested in hearing about your strategy and success and/or failure.
Session 3
Building and measuring an effective economic development organization
More and more economic development organizations are feeling the need to justify their programs and existence.  Private stakeholders and local governments are looking for proven successes to help them justify investing in economic development programs.  If your organization has built a successful organizational/strategic plan that includes performance metrics that measure high value outcomes, we invite you to join this panel.    
Please send any suggestions for presenters to SEDC President Gene Stinson at