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
Cody Slator
Cody Slator CEO Cross County Chamber of Commerce
Greg Wright
Greg Wright Sr. Dir, Community & Economic Development Coweta-Fayette EMC
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
Keith Barclift
Keith Barclift Economic Development Director Catoosa County, Georgia
Ken Allen
Ken Allen NC Works Staff North Carolina Department of Commerce
Kevin Taylor
Kevin Taylor Assistant Director Prospect, Recruitment & Trainin AIDT
Kristi Bain
Kristi Bain Assistant Director North Alabama 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
Raul Peralta
Raul Peralta Senior VP - Business Development ECS Southeast, LLP
Shameeka Ward
Shameeka Ward Senior Regulatory Compliance Manager Magna International Inc.
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.

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

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

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

10: 15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.      Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank 

The Atlanta “Fed” offers several programs beneficial to EDO’s through its community and economic development department including workforce development and general economic research.

 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

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

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. - Tracking Federal Legislation Affecting Economic Development

There is always federal legislation either being proposed, in committees or ready for a vote that affects the business of economic development.  In this session, we will hear what the latest issues might be and the ones to follow for the near future.

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

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

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. - Workforce Development Initiatives

Updates from the Regional Department of Labor and ETA

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

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Consuls and International Chambers of Commerce Panel

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

(others to be added)

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Closing Reception