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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
In 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.
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.
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|9:30 AM - 11:00 AM||Golf Outing Steelwood Country Club - Prior Registration Required|
|12:00 PM - 4:00 PM||Optional Activity - Waterfront Tour Prior Registration Required|
|2:00 PM - 3:00 PM||Optional Educational Opportunity- Retail as a Catalyst for Economic Development Speaker: Jeff Rouzie, Retail Strategies|
|3:00 PM - 4:00 PM||Concurrent Optional Session - Cost Segregation Speaker: Randy Gorman, ELB Consulting|
|4:00 PM - 5:00 PM||Committee Meetings|
|5:00 PM - 6:00 PM||State Caucus Meetings|
|6:00 PM - 7:00 PM||Fort Conde’ Opening Reception and Welcome to Mobile! This year’s 2018 SEDC Conference starts with a welcome event at historic Fort Conde’ located just one short block from the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. Join conference attendees for a drink and light hors-d'oeuvres and explore the early history of Fort Conde’ built by the French to defend against the British or Spanish attack on Mobile.|
|7:00 PM - 9:00 PM||Young Professionals Networking Event at Serda Brewing 600 Government St Mobile, AL 36602|
|8:00 AM - 9:00 AM||Breakfast|
|8:00 AM - 9:00 AM||New Member Breakfast|
|8:00 AM - 9:00 AM||Past Chairman Breakfast|
|9:00 AM - 9:30 AM||Opening Remarks|
|9:30 AM - 10:30 AM||Keynote Speaker – Daron K. Roberts Speaker, author and transition coach Daron K. Roberts will launch our conference on a powerful trajectory as he explores navigation, cultivation, and innovation in our personal and professional lives. Daron has coached countless individuals and companies in building forward momentum and marshaling their untapped resources to identify their strongest skills and their competitive advantages.|
|10:00 AM - 2:00 PM||Spouse / Guest Activity - Wine Art and Oysters…and more Wine 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!|
|11:00 AM - 12:00 PM||General Session - Cultivating Workforce Development Initiatives Speakers: Jackie Rohosky, Quick Start Georgia Maureen Little, North Carolina Works Ann Thompson, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Ed Castile, Director of AIDT|
|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 Speakers: Ernie Pearson, Nexsen Pruet Moderator: John Lyle|
|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. Speaker: Colleen Walton, Brand Acceleration|
|3:30 PM - 4:30 PM||Concurrent Session I- Innovative Strategies for Attracting Millennial Talent Speakers: Rachael Snow, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Melissa Thompson, Baton Rouge Chamber Claire A. Gibbons, Charleston Regional Development Alliance Moderator: Rebecca Gehman, DCI|
|3:30 PM - 4:30 PM||Concurrent Session II- Is it/Was it a Good Deal? This panel will explore the many interconnected criteria that determine the value of an economic development project. In assessing if “the deal” is good, how do economic development professionals weigh the Speakers: Adriana Cruz, Greater San Marcos Partnership David Parker, City of Gulfport Moderator: Dr. Burdette (Pete) Fullerton, Kansas City Aviation Department|
|6:00 PM - 7:00 PM||Silent Auction & Reception to benefit the SEDC Educational Foundation|
|6:00 AM - 7:00 AM||SEDC Fun Run, 5k & 10k Meet in the Renaissance Lobby. Creative Economic Development Consulting will be providing t-shirts, water, and granola bars to participants. No registration necessary.|
|8:00 AM - 9:00 AM||Breakfast|
|9:00 AM - 10:00 AM||Entrepreneurial Women—Navigating the Hurdles to Success Speakers: Adell Harris, Refuse to Lose Carolyn Fries, Doolittle Institute Maria Meyers, SourceLink Kansas City|
|10:30 AM - 11:45 AM||General Session – Navigating a Low Unemployment Environment Speakers: Richard Blackwell, Oconee Econ Dev Alliance Chip Cherry – Huntsville Madison Chamber of Commerce Courtney Ross, Nashville Chamber|
|10:30 AM - 11:45 AM||Concurrent Optional Session - Utilities 101 Speakers: Andy Newton, Unity Fiber Warren Hicks, TVA Mike Swinson, Spire|
|12:00 PM - 1:30 PM||SEDC Awards Presentations and Annual Meeting Awards include Honorary Life Members, Chairman’s and President’s Awards and Retiring Board Members|
|2:00 PM - 3:00 PM||General Session – Secretaries of Commerce and Commissioners of ED Speakers: Greg Canfield, Secretary of Commerce (ADOC) Don Pierson, Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Glenn McCullough, Jr., Executive Director of Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) Bob Rolfe, Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD)|
|3:30 PM - 4:30 PM||General Session – Trends in Site Location Speakers: Dennis Donovan, Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting Jay Garner, Garner Economics, LLC Woody Hydrick, Global Location Strategies|
|6:30 PM - 8:30 PM||Tuesday Evening Closing Reception Celebrate your last night in the port city like a true Mobilian. The world-famous Excelsior Brass Band will lead us in a second line parade from our hotel to an exclusive party on Historic Joachim Street. We’ll dance under the stars to live music, enjoy delicious food and libations. You don’t want to miss a party in the hometown of America’s Original Mardi Gras!|