2018 Annual Conference

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Sunday, July 29th, 2018 to Tuesday, July 31st, 2018
SMG Mobile Convention Center
1 S Water St
Mobile, AL 36602
* Registration open until 7/16/18 at 12:00 AM
Registration Options Sponsor Info 2018-07-29 00:00:00 2018-07-31 00:00:00 America/New_York 2018 Annual Conference SMG Mobile Convention Center 1 S Water St Mobile, AL 36602

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Welcome from the Local Conference Chairmen 

Welcome to the 2018 annual conference event in beautiful coastal Alabama and the host City of Mobile. This year’s theme Navigate, Innovate, and Cultivate will explore how many communities are addressing issues of a low employment environment through innovative approaches. Join us and hear from some of the top tier state economic recruiting agencies and local economic development professionals as they share insight into business recruitment, workforce, and marketplace trends.

While you’re here at this year’s conference event discover the home of America's original Mardi Gras and experience a city that took six flags and over 300 years to create a funky, festive, historic, hip and colorful, coastal town with lots of stories to tell and long-standing traditions celebrated on a regular basis. Bring your family and visit Mobiles museums or dine in some of the gulf’s best coastal culinary restaurants in the historic downtown or stroll through one of seven nearby historic neighborhoods lined with giant live oak trees or a paddle in one of the most significant river delta systems in the country just minutes from downtown.  Mobile and Coastal Alabama has much to offer so come and celebrate SEDC 2018! 

Wiley Blankenship 
President/CEO 
Coastal Alabama Partnership 

Matt Arnold
President & CEO
Marshall County EDC

Keynote


Daron K. Roberts is a former NFL coach and author of, “Call an Audible: Let My Pivot from Harvard Law to NFL Coach Inspire Your Transition” (Greenleaf 2017).

Roberts serves as founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation (CSLi) at the University of Texas. He created CSLi in the fall of 2014. The Center is the first university-based institute dedicated to developing leadership and character curricula for high school, collegiate and professional athletes. In January of 2018, the Center received the commitment and financial support of NBA All-Star, Kevin Durant.

After graduating from Harvard Law School (2007), Roberts served coaching stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, West Virginia Mountaineers and Cleveland Browns. He holds a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government from the University of Texas (2001) and an M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School (2004).

In 2010, Daron launched a nonprofit football camp – 4th and 1, Inc. 4th and 1 has provided free SAT prep, life skills development and football training to over 500 at-risk youth in Michigan, Texas and Florida.

Roberts has been featured in ESPN the Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek and Sports Illustrated and is a contributor to Forbes.com. His articles have appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Fortune, Houston Chronicle, and Time.

Accommodations

Main Hotel -  Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza
64 S Water St, Mobile, AL 36602
(251) 438-4000

The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa
26 North Royal Street
Mobile, AL 36602

Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza is rising majestically over the skyline of Mobile, a city unique in having six nations influence. The footprint of the hotel lies in the area once known as Duncan Place where the first Mardi Gras in the United States was celebrated. Our guests are treated to views overlooking the historic and modern elements of our now thriving downtown or the tranquil panoramic view of the scenic Mobile Bay and River. Mobile has a rich culinary tradition demonstrated in our local seafood, meat and produce. Here at the Riverview, we will help your guest experience local tastes and treasures while giving them our undivided attention throughout our 44,000 square feet state-of-the-art venue space.

Due to the unique nature of the conference this year, we have reserved blocks of rooms in two hotels. The Renaissance Mobile Review Plaza hotel will be our main hotel as it is connected via a sky bridge to the convention center; where our events are being held. The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel is a quick 5-minute walk from the convention center should the Riverview sell out or not have the available nights you want. 

Rates & Registration:
$159 - Single through Quad Occupancy

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ROOM 

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE

Golf

Nestled within the sheltering and pristine woodlands of Alabama’s unspoiled countryside, Steelwood is a secluded 1400+ acre lakefront private club. Home to one of the nation’s premier award-winning Jerry Pate designed golf courses, Steelwood combines the very best elements of cozy neighborhood living, a private country club setting and the upscale amenities of a luxurious destination.

The course, designed by former U.S. Open Champion Jerry Pate, is rated by GolfDigest® as one of the best courses in Alabama. The vistas are spectacular, especially the 6 holes bordering the lake. The Steelwood golf course opened in 1997.

Tee-times have been reserved for our group from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM at the price of $100 per player. Price includes one round of golf and a boxed lunch for your enjoyment. Please purchase your spot when you register for the conference. Please note any preferences on your foursome.  Transportation and rentals are not provided or included.

Cost: $100 per player
Address: 31925 Steelwood Ridge Rd, Loxley, AL 36551

You must be registered for the Conference to attend.

Optional Sunday Activity

Like Mobile, Alabama this tour is quirky, fun, and interesting!  Nothing is ever the same, there's bound to be a surprise sighting and if you're lucky, you will see it all...historical landmarks, tugboats, Mobile Bay, a working port, birds, dolphins, naval vessels, large and interesting cargo ships up exceptionally close, perhaps a sunset if you choose the evening departure. Even if you don’t see all of those things, it will still be one of the most interesting tours you have ever enjoyed.  

Includes the most interesting water-based tour in Alabama – You’ll experience the 4th largest and most diverse, estuary in North America and the 10th busiest Port in the Nation. As seen in National Geographic - Adventure Magazine.

Departing waterfront dock at Cooper Riverside Park.

2 Hour Tour - $50 per person (will also include a portion of the Delta)

Beer & Wine will be served

You must be registered for the Conference to attend.


Monday Spouse / Guest Activity 

Local Mobilian, Marlo Blankenship will be your guide for the afternoon as you will tour historic downtown Mobile and enjoy a leisurely lunch at The Cheese Cottage, a specialty, cut to order cheese shop and café featuring toasted sandwiches, salads, cheese and charcuterie boards, beer and wine selection and outdoor pavilion dining. You will be joined by Nancy Berry; wonderful local Mobile artists that will instruct and entertain you sip on wine and create your own work of art on an oyster shell!  No art experience needed…except for wine sipping.

$50 per person (subject to change)

You must be registered for the Conference to attend.

REGISTRATION POLICIES:

• Payment must accompany registration form

• SEDC offers no partial or daily registrations

• SEDC reserves the right to limit or restrict registration

• Registration must be received no later than July 16, 2018. After this date, registrants must register and pay fees on-site.

SEDC policy states that full payment is required prior to the start of the event.  Anyone with an outstanding balance may be denied entry.

Cancellations:
Registration deadline is July 16, 2018. After this date please plan to register on-site. In order to obtain a refund, all cancellations must be received in writing at the SEDC office. Refund policy is as follows: Cancellation notices received by June 24, 2018 - amount refunded less an administrative fee of $50. Cancellation notices received between June 25, 2018, and July 16, 2018 - amount refunded less an administrative fee of $150. Any registrant who does not submit cancellation correspondence by July 16, 2018, is required to pay the balance in full. Registrants may substitute attendees without penalty upon notification, however, appropriate member/non-member rates will apply to substitute attendees. SEDC is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail.

 

Special Needs:
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n compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), conference management will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities at its meetings. If you need assistance or if you have dietary restrictions, please indicate this on your registration form or call the SEDC office at 404-523-3030.

Registration Fees:
Member and non-member registration fees include all conference sessions, Welcome Reception, breakfast and lunch, Silent Auction Reception, breaks, as well as the evening event. Partner/Guest registration fees do not include conference sessions, breakfast, lunch, or breaks. Partner/Guest registration fees have been established solely for a spouse or significant other who accompanies the primary member registrant. This fee will not be honored for co-workers or industry associates.

Consent for Use of Photographic Images

 

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, SEDC meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to SEDC's use and distribution (now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities.

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Jan R Critz-Yokeley Director Rockingham County Center for Economic Development and Tourism
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Bill Cronin President/CEO Pasco Economic Development Council
Brenda C. Daniels
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Steven Dick
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Steven Dick Economic Development Manager Mississippi Power Company
Justyn Dixon
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Jana Dyke
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H. Garrett Hart Director Chesterfield County Economic Development
Kent Heermann
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Kent Heermann President Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas
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Chris Hinton Manager, Community Development Entergy
Hal H. Johnson
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Hal H. Johnson Chief Development Officer NAI Earle Furman
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Joe W. King Executive Director Florence County Economic Development Partnership
Greg Lowe
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Greg Lowe Director of Economic Development City of Lewisburg
Kristi M. Lumpkin
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Kristi M. Lumpkin Economic Development Administrator City of Ruston
Kate MacArthur
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Kate MacArthur President/CEO Ascension Economic Development Corporation
Stephen McDaniel
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Stephen McDaniel Business Development Manager
Elaine Middleton
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Elaine Middleton Executive Director Fayetteville-Lincoln County Industrial Development
Lisa Miller
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Lisa Miller Manager of Communications and Marketing Alabama Municipal Electric Authority
Don Mitchell
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Don Mitchell Executive Director Blount County Economic Development Council
Michael S. Neal
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Michael S. Neal President & CEO Tulsa Regional Chamber
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Keith Norden President & CEO Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation
Lucienne Pears
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Lucienne Pears Director Charlotte County Economic Development Office
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Donald M. Pierson Sr. Director of Business Development Louisiana Economic Development
Robert Christopher Plate
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Robert Christopher Plate Executive Director Monroe-Union County Economic Development
Marvin Price
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Marvin Price Project Manager, Business Development Services Charlotte Regional Partnership
Michael C. Randle
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Michael C. Randle Publisher/President Southern Business & Development
Rusty Russell
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Rusty Russell Partner Adams & Reese LLP
Kim Richardson
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Kim Richardson Assistant Director North Mississippi Industrial Development Association
Kevin Shea
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Kevin Shea President Georgia Economic Developers Association
Joe A. Sumners
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Joe A. Sumners Executive Director Auburn University
George Swift
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George Swift President/ CEO SWLA Economic Development Alliance
Tom Troxler
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Tom Troxler Executive Director Rankin First Economic Development Authority
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Brian Useforge Economic Development Director Mississippi Power Company
Helga van Eckert
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Helga van Eckert Executive Director Flagler County EDC
Charlton L. Whipple
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Charlton L. Whipple Executive Director Midlands Technical College
Mark Wright
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Mark Wright Director of Business Development SC Biz News
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Mike Swinson Director Economic Development Alabama/Mississippi Spire
Monica Garsed
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Monica Garsed Economic Development Project Manager (Mobile) Spire
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Theresa Garza Economic Development Project Manager (Kansas City) Spire
Jeff Lowery
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Jeff Lowery Manager Large Commercial/Industrial Spire
Reynolds Anderson
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Reynolds Anderson Director Business Development Spire
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Marian Padgett
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Jane Fryer President Meriwether County Development Authority
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Agenda

July 29
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Golf Outing
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Optional Activity - Waterfront Tour
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Optional Educational Opportunity- Retail as a Catalyst for Economic Development
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Optional Educational Opportunity- Utilities 101
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Concurrent Optional Session - Cost Segregation
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Committee Meetings • Recruitment & Retention • State Association • Young Professionals • Education • Communications • Legislative Affairs
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM State Caucus Meetings Alabama Mississippi Florida South Carolina Kansas Texas Kentucky Virginia Maryland / DC
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Welcome Reception
July 30
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM New Member Breakfast
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Opening Ceremony and Remarks
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Keynote Speaker – Daron Roberts
10:00 AM - 2:01 PM Spouse / Guest Activity Wine Art and Oysters…and more Wine
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Monday Spouse / Guest Activity
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM General Session - Cultivating Workforce Development Initiatives
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Luncheon - Recognizing Community Economic Development Awards & Communication Award Winners
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Concurrent Session I – Navigating the New Tax Law and its Implications for Economic Development
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Concurrent Session II- Handling Controversy in a Rapidly Evolving Social Culture a.k.a How to Not Get Burned in the Dumpster Fire.
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Concurrent Session I- Innovative Strategies for Attracting Millennial Talent
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Concurrent Session II- Is it/Was it a Good Deal?
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Silent Auction to benefit the SEDC Educational Foundation
July 31
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Entrepreneuring Women—Navigating the Hurdles to Success
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM General Session – Navigating a Low Unemployment Environment
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM SEDC Awards Presentations and Annual Meeting
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Break
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM General Session – Secretaries of Commerce and Commissioners of ED
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM General Session – Trends in Site Location
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Reception, Dinner, and Entertainment