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2018 Young Professionals Meet the Consultants

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Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 to Thursday, September 27th, 2018
TWELVE Centennial Park
400 W Peachtree St NW,
Atlanta, GA 30308
United States
Registration Options Book your hotel Sponsor Info 2018-09-26 00:00:00 2018-09-27 00:00:00 America/New_York 2018 Young Professionals Meet the Consultants TWELVE Centennial Park 400 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 United States

Event Details

Presenting Sponsor:

This event will be held on September 26-27. 2018 at the luxurious 12 Hotel Centennial Park.

Those who are new to the profession and those working for an SEDC member, age 35 and under, are highly encouraged to attend. This is the premier professional development and networking event for new and up and coming economic developers.

The day-and-a-half event will feature six or more (subject to change) sessions involving Atlanta-based site location consultants and other industry professionals, as well as an evening networking reception with the speakers and other guests.

Topics at this year's event include (subject to change) Distribution/Logistics, Industry Site Selection Successes, Automotive, FDI, an Open Floor Discussion and General Consultants Roundtable/Panel.

Reserve your spot now by clicking the "REGISTRATION OPTIONS" button above.



Twelve Downtown, Autograph Collection
400 West Peachtree Street NW  Atlanta  GA  30308

Book your room by 9/10/18 to secure SEDC block pricing

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Thank you to our Sponsors!


Don’t miss this excellent sponsorship opportunity for exposure to Atlanta based site location consultants, up and coming economic developers, and SEDC members. Sponsorship information is available by clicking the logo above to download the form. Questions may be directed to Matthew Darius at


Cancellation Policy:

No administrative fee will be assessed up to September 1st, 2018. Between September 2nd and 14th, there will be a $100 administrative fee. Any cancellations after September 14th will not be refunded. 

Blair Patterson
Blair Patterson Administrative Liaison Loudon County Economic Development Agency
Brittany Davis
Brittany Davis Business Support Specialist Marshall County Economic Development Council
Cameron Packett
Cameron Packett Membership Relations Manager Florence County Economic Development Partnership
Charles Finkley, Jr
Charles Finkley, Jr Executive Vice President Tunica County Chamber & EDF
Christie Arp
Christie Arp Executive Director Fannin County Development Authority
Corey Shepherd
Corey Shepherd Director of Business Development Partners
David Denison
David Denison Project Manager Georgia EMC
Eliana  Thompson Becnel
Eliana Thompson Becnel Business Development Manger greater New Orleans, Inc.
Elli Bowen
Elli Bowen Director, Business Development Kansas City SmartPort
Grant Cagle
Grant Cagle Business Development Electric Cities of Georgia
Jade Morey
Jade Morey President & CEO McDuffie County Economic Development Authority
Jake Weir
Jake Weir Industrial Development Manager Norfolk Southern Corporation
Jana Dyke
Jana Dyke Executive Director Waycross and Ware County Development Authority
Joseph Burchfield
Joseph Burchfield TVA
Kevin Klein
Kevin Klein Associate K&L Gates LLP
Laura Sistrunk
Laura Sistrunk Executive Director Development Authority of Butts County
Lauren Benton Stanton
Lauren Benton Stanton Project Manager Florence County Economic Development Partnership
Lisa Rollan
Lisa Rollan Economic Development Project Manager Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce
Mark S. Bounds
Mark S. Bounds President Mark S Bounds Realty Partners, Inc.
Markee Shamblin
Markee Shamblin Business Acquisition Representative WV Development Office
Marvin Price
Marvin Price Director of Business Development Charlotte Regional Partnership
MaryBeth Flournoy
MaryBeth Flournoy Business Recruitment Associate Georgia Power Company
Melvin Williams
Melvin Williams Vice President/Business Development S&ME, Inc.
Molly Olson
Molly Olson Executive Director Candler County Industrial Authority
Morgan Crapps
Morgan Crapps Special Counsel Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Patrick Cammack
Patrick Cammack SVP, Economic Development Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce
Robert Long
Robert Long VP of Economic Development Cumming-Forsyth Chamber
Serra Hall
Serra Hall Senior Project Manager Covington Newton County Economic Development
Shirley Dodson
Shirley Dodson Business and Workforce Development Coordinator City of Winchester
Stevie Cantrell
Stevie Cantrell Economic Development Representative Cooperative Energy
Taylor Edwards
Taylor Edwards Economic Development Coordinator Development Authority of Columbia County
Tiffany Rainey
Tiffany Rainey Marketing Coordinator W&A Engineering
Tyler Chaffee
Tyler Chaffee Vice President Winston-Salem Business Inc.
Walt Farrell
Walt Farrell Manager, Statewide Economic Development Georgia Power Company
Will Johnson
Will Johnson Shareholder Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
Yanet Alvarez
Yanet Alvarez Research Associate Sumter Development Board
20 Other Registered Attendees


September 26
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Distribution / Logistics This session will provide an opportunity to hear from industry experts about how logistics and supply chain considerations continue to drive site selection decisions.
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Industry Success Stories During this session, hear about the site selection process firsthand from companies who have recently located a project in the South - where did they start, how did they land where they are today and what set that location apart?
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Open Forum Discussion Following the success of last year's Open Forum session, we will again open the floor up to conference attendees for an informal facilitated discussion. This is your chance to get advice, share successes and best practices, or to discuss any topic of interest in a collaborative fashion with all of your peers. Share questions during the session, or submit topics/questions ahead of time to
September 27
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Automotive With large and highly-anticipated announcements in recent years by automotive OEMs such as Volvo, Toyota- Mazda and Mercedes (as well as countless suppliers), automotive manufacturing continues to be a crown jewel in the US industrial footprint. Hear insights from our consultants about the impact and future of this industry in the Southern US.
10:30 AM - 12:15 PM FDI Roundtables Foreign Direct Investment is a major driver of the US economy. Participants will have the chance to interact with each speaker in smaller groups to learn about trends in trade and investment from particular countries, as well as how to put their best foot forward when interacting with international prospects.
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM General Consultants Panel Hear from this panel of experienced consultants about the site selection process as it applies to a variety of different projects in various industry clusters. These consultants are seasoned experts in the field and will draw upon their experience to explain the intricacies of the site selection process.
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM General Consultant Roundtables If you've had some burning questions to ask a site selector, this is your chance! Conference participants will have a chance to meet with multiple consultants in small groups during the roundtable session. This low-pressure atmosphere is a chance to get to know the consultants and ask anything that is on your mind related to economic development and site selection.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Closing Networking Reception Join us in the Twelve Hotel courtyard for an evening of good food, great drinks, and better conversations with your fellow attendees, speakers, and invited consultants.