2019 Capital Connections - Atlanta

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Monday, November 18, 2019
Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown
230 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States

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Learn what you need to know about accessing federal economic development resources. Our event this year will take place in Atlanta, where we will hear from various federal agencies located in their southeast regional offices.  Plan now to attend SEDC’s Fall Seminar in Atlanta, GA this November 18th.

This one-day seminar will connect you to the significant economic development resources available in Washington, DC. Your knowledge of these often free services/programs could determine your success in “landing” a project.

Host Hotel:

Indulge in the rare chance to sleep in an architectural masterpiece. Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown is revered architect John Portman's, postmodern baby. Just past his silvery outdoor sculpture "Belle," guests enter into a spacious, light-filled lobby filled with objets d'art, abstract paintings, and a floating glass-and-steel spiral staircase, all meticulously masterminded by the late Atlanta architect. 

Hotel Indigo: Atlanta Downtown

230 Peachtree Street NE
AtlantaGeorgia 30303
$189 per night


Don’t miss this excellent sponsorship opportunity for exposure to Atlanta based federal agencies, up and coming economic developers, and SEDC members. Sponsorship information is available by clicking the logo above to download the form. Direct any questions to Matthew Darius at matthew@sedc.org

Cancellation Policy:

No administrative fee will be assessed up to October 1st, 2019. Between October 10th and 17th, there will be a $100 administrative fee. Any cancellations after October 24th will not be refunded. 

Bill Cronin
Bill Cronin President/CEO Pasco Economic Development Council
Charlton Whipple
Charlton Whipple Executive Director Midlands Technical College
Cody Slator
Cody Slator CEO Cross County Chamber of Commerce
Dawn Malin
Dawn Malin President / CEO McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority
Frank McCrady
Frank McCrady President/CEO East Montgomery County Improvement District
Greg Wright
Greg Wright Sr. Dir, Community & Economic Development Coweta-Fayette EMC
Jacob Morgan
Jacob Morgan Vice President Covington County EDC
James  Jamie  W. Frost
James Jamie W. Frost Senior VP, Community Preparedness SC Power Team
James Oltman
James Oltman President - ElevateEdgerton! Elevate Edgerton!
Jamie Nieves
Jamie Nieves Business Development Manager ECS Southeast, LLP
Jana Dyke
Jana Dyke Executive Director Waycross and Ware County Development Authority
John Wickliffe Woodward
John Wickliffe Woodward Senior Director, Global Commerce Metro Atlanta Chamber
Keith Barclift
Keith Barclift Economic Development Director Catoosa County, Georgia
Keith Bridges
Keith Bridges Executive Director of Economic Development Economic Development Center
Kelley Mattlage
Kelley Mattlage Chief Communications Officer East Montgomery County Improvement District
Ken Allen
Ken Allen NC Works Staff North Carolina Department of Commerce
Kevin Taylor
Kevin Taylor Assistant Director Prospect, Recruitment & Trainin AIDT
Kristi Lumpkin
Kristi Lumpkin Economic Development Administrator City of Ruston
Loren Hill
Loren Hill President High Point Economic Development Corporation
Mark Farley
Mark Farley Executive Director Upper Cumberland Development District
Michele Johnson
Michele Johnson Executive Director Toombs County Development Authority
Michelle Nguyen
Michelle Nguyen Director Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department
Mike Swinson
Mike Swinson Director Economic Development Alabama/Mississippi Spire
Raul Peralta
Raul Peralta Senior VP - Business Development ECS Southeast, LLP
Rebecca Breland
Rebecca Breland Director of Site Development SC Power Team
Samuel Powers
Samuel Powers Community & Economic Development Director City of Asheville
Serra Hall
Serra Hall Senior Project Manager Newton/Covington Economic Development Office
Shameeka Ward
Shameeka Ward Senior Regulatory Compliance Manager Magna International Inc.
Taylor Walden
Taylor Walden Project Manager for Rural Georgia Initiatives Georgia Department of Economic Development
Thomas Long
Thomas Long Chief Development Officer San Antonio EDF
Will Weber
Will Weber President Campbell County Economic Progress Authority
Will Williams
Will Williams President/CEO Economic Development Partnership
3 Other Registered Attendees


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Continental Networking Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Resources from Select USA

Hear from the Department of Commerce representatives on ways this agency is helping to market the U.S. to the rest of the world.  You will also learn of the many programs and services available to economic development organizations for their foreign direct investment projects.

Priscilla Baek, Senior International Investment Specialist, SelectUSA U.S. Department of Commerce

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.- 2020 Census and its Impact on Economic Development

With the decennial census taking place next year, you will learn the importance of this process and what the results can mean for your community.

Tina Khuyen Nguyen, MPH, Partnership Specialist, Field Division/Atlanta Regional Census Center

2020 Census & Our Community – This will be a presentation on the history of the Census, the importance of the 2020 Census, and how and why we need to collaborate to increase the community participation rate for the 2020 Census.  

Mr. Anh 'Luke' Nguyen, Data Dissemination Specialist at the US Census.

Economic Data and ROAM- Current economic data and demonstration of Response Area Outreach Mapper (ROAM) to understand demographic information of the community in a geographic area

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Networking Break

10: 15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.      Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Community & Economic Development

The Atlanta Fed works to foster economic mobility and resilience in low- and moderate-income communities in the Southeast by providing outreach and evidence-based research on issues such as workforce development, housing, small business, and community development finance.

 Ann Carpenter, Director of Policy and Analytics.

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Networking Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Update on programs and services from the Economic Development Administration and the latest on Opportunity Zones

Phil Paradice, Southeast Director, EDA

Jonathan Corso, Economic Development Representative, EDA
Dominique Halaby, DPA, Director, Business Innovation Group, Georgia Southern University
Laura Mathis
, Executive Director, Middle Georgia Regional Commission.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  – Networking Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. - An Update of the Southeast Economy

Tom Cunningham, Ph.D., Senior Vice President- Chief Economist, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Using New Market Tax Credits as recruitment tools

Stephen McRae, President, Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc.

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. - Networking Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – An Update on Brownfields Programs

William C. Denman, P.E., Chief, Redevelopment and Chemicals Branch, Environmental Protection Agency, Southeast Regional Office

3:15 p.m.- 3:45 p.m. –Small Business Administration’s latest Programs

Terri Denison, Georgia District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - Networking Break

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Consuls and International Trade Organizations Panel

David B. Weiner, Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner at Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta, GA

Takuya Takahashi, Chief Executive Director, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Atlanta

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Closing Reception