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2019 SEDC Annual Conference - New Orleans

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Sunday, August 4th, 2019 to Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
921 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112

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“Laissez Les Bon temps rouler!”

The Southern Economic Development Council will be convening this summer for its Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference, August 4-6, will be at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, located in the heart of the city. The theme of this year’s event, Brave. New. World. will bring together approximately 350 economic development professionals from around the world.

We invite you to join us this August in New Orleans for a truly one of a kind event. Our schedule, activities, receptions, and speakers are coming soon. We encourage you to register and book your room early as we will sell out this year. Click the buttons below for more information.

SEDC Chairman Letter

On behalf of SEDC, Secretary Don Pearson, the local planning committee, and the entire State of Louisiana, including the great city of New Orleans, please allow me to welcome each of you to the 2019 SEDC Annual Conference.

Never to be accused of shying away from new ideas, this year’s conference theme, “Brave. New. World.,” sets the stage for our presenters to showcase their disruptive and provocative ideas, which will ultimately help us grow.  Our world is changing…this Annual Conference will highlight some of those changes and then ask us to think of innovative ways to meet those challenges. 

You can rest assured that you will leave this conference replete with good food, challenging new ideas, and satisfied with how you spent your time in New Orleans.  Our ever-changing “Brave New World” awaits us…let's meet it with enthusiasm and courage.  I look forward to being with you in New Orleans and embracing all that SEDC offers.

Raul J. Peralta, 2019 Chairman

Program (Subject to change:)

Sunday, August 4th   

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Committee Meetings

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM               
State Caucus Meetings

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM               
Welcome Reception

Monday, August 5th  

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM              

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM              
SEDC New Member Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM            
Opening Remarks and Welcome –

Keynote Speaker: 
Robert Atkinson, Founder of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM          

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Data and the Internet are Defining the Winners and Losers in Economic Development

Anatalio Ubalde, FM, Managing Director of GIS Planning/Financial Times
Stevie Field, Vice President, GIS Planning
Chris Knight, Global Commercial Director, Financial Times & CCO, Wavteq
Mark Hays, Director, SizeUp
Aaron Brossoit, CEO, Golden Shovel Agency

12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch with CEDA and Communication Awards

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Concurrent Sessions

Session #1: Master Class: How You Can Maximize Success through Innovative Digital, Data, and Marketing for Economic Development

Anatalio Ubalde, FM, Managing Director of GIS Planning/Financial Times
Stevie Field, Vice President, GIS Planning
Chris Knight, Global Commercial Director, Financial Times & CCO, Wavteq
Mark Hays, Director, SizeUp
Aaron Brossoit, CEO, Golden Shovel Agency

Session #2: The Future of Broadband- Without It- No place Can Compete

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM               

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Concurrent Sessions

Session #1:
Placemaking- Being a Community that Decision Makers Remember

Kate McEnroe, Kate McEnroe Consulting

Session #2: 
Site preparedness Better Opportunities.

Courtney Dunbar, Olsson Associates

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM               
Silent Auction Reception

Host Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
921 Canal Street  New Orleans  LA  70112 

$169 per night 08/02/19 through 08/07/19

Click here to book your room

• SEDC offers no partial or daily registrations.

• SEDC reserves the right to limit or restrict registration.

• Registration must be received no later than July 29, 2019. 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.

Adam Solomon
Adam Solomon Vice President, Business Development Research Consultants International
Alison Church
Alison Church Economic Development Coordinator Boerne Kendall County Economic Development Corporation
Allen Neel
Allen Neel President & CEO East Tennessee Economic Development Agency
Amber Hunter
Amber Hunter Vice President, Business Development Research Consultants International
Andrew Levert
Andrew Levert Vice President of Policy and Programs Coastal Alabama Partnership
Andy Coe
Andy Coe Principal Convergent Nonprofit Solutions
Anne Pyle
Anne Pyle Managing Partner ADP Solutions
Ashley Llewellyn
Ashley Llewellyn Deputy Director, Economic Development St. Tammany Corp.
Barbara Ingram
Barbara Ingram Riviera Utilities
Bill Cronin
Bill Cronin President/CEO Pasco Economic Development Council
Brad Davis
Brad Davis Business Development Manager McCrory Construction
Brenda Daniels
Brenda Daniels Manager, Economic Development ElectriCities of North Carolina
Brian Gwin
Brian Gwin Industrial Development Manager Norfolk Southern Corporation
Brian Marlowe
Brian Marlowe President/CEO Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce
Brian Taylor
Brian Taylor VP of Business Development Miller-Valentine Group
Bruce Takefman
Bruce Takefman President Research Consultants International
Charles Stone
Charles Stone Project Manager Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation
Chris Masingill
Chris Masingill Chief Executive Officer St. Tammany Corp.
Creed Romano
Creed Romano Project Manager – Southwest Louisiana Entergy
David Bernd
David Bernd Vice President OED Newton County Newton Covington Economic Development
Elizabeth  Lee
Elizabeth Lee Research Analyst and Economic Development Speciali St. Tammany Corp.
F. J. Fenn
F. J. Fenn Director of Business Development ECS Southeast, LLP
Frank McCrady
Frank McCrady President/CEO East Montgomery County Improvement District
George Swift
George Swift President/ CEO SWLA Economic Development Alliance
Greg Lowe
Greg Lowe Director of Economic Development City of Lewisburg
Greg Wright
Greg Wright Sr. Dir, Community & Economic Development Coweta-Fayette EMC
Gus Fontenot
Gus Fontenot Economic Development Project Coordinator SWLA Economic Development Alliance
Heath Slapikas
Heath Slapikas Director of Web Development 365 Degree Total Marketing - Great Southern Publishers, Inc
Heather Brown
Heather Brown Research Analyst The University of Southern Mississippi
Heidi Smith
Heidi Smith Director, Global Business TVA
Henry Florsheim
Henry Florsheim President & CEO Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce
J.P. DuBuque
J.P. DuBuque President St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation
Jake  Nickens
Jake Nickens Coordinator of Business & Technical Services and L St. Tammany Corp.
James Fenton
James Fenton Executive Director Gallatin Economic Development Agency
Jamie Nieves
Jamie Nieves Business Development Manager ECS Southeast, LLP
Jana Dyke
Jana Dyke Executive Director Waycross and Ware County Development Authority
Jeff Seymour
Jeff Seymour Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Joe C. Hines
Joe C. Hines Principal Timmons
Joe King
Joe King Executive Director Florence County Economic Development Partnership
John Bradley
John Bradley Senior Vice President, Economic Development TVA
John Brock
John Brock Vice President of Business Development Edwards Construction Services, Inc.
Jolie Bernard
Jolie Bernard Public Information Officer / Communications Manage St. Tammany Corp.
Joseph Stallings
Joseph Stallings Economic Development Director Town of Garner, NC
Julie Norman
Julie Norman Executive Director Marion County Economic Development Commission
Justyn Dixon
Justyn Dixon Regional Development Director Agracel
Karl Segura
Karl Segura Sr. Manager of Business Development Entergy
Kate MacArthur
Kate MacArthur President/CEO Ascension Economic Development Corporation
Kathy Oxford
Kathy Oxford Executive Director Barnesville-Lamar County Industrial Development Authority
Keith Norden
Keith Norden President & CEO Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation
Kevin Shea
Kevin Shea President Georgia Economic Developers Association
Larkin Simpson
Larkin Simpson Vice President - Major Employers Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
Larry Collins
Larry Collins Exec Director - Office of International Commerce Louisiana Economic Development
Lily Zeringue
Lily Zeringue Programmer and analyst ADP Solutions
Lisa Denton
Mark Hays
Mark Hays Vice Chancellor Dallas County Community College District
Mark S. Bounds
Mark S. Bounds President Mark S Bounds Realty Partners
Mark Wright
Mark Wright Director of Business Development SC Biz News
Marlo Blankenship
Marlo Blankenship Coastal Alabama Partnership
Marvin Price
Marvin Price Vice President, Economic Recruitment Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
Mary Broussard
Mary Broussard Manager Economic Development Dixie Electric Membership Cooperative
Matthew Darius
Matthew Darius Operations Manager Southern Economic Development Council
Matthew Poyner
Matthew Poyner Vice President - Business Development Savannah Economic Development Authority
Matthias Beier
Matthias Beier President & CEO Transatlantic Business & Investment Council
Michael C. Randle
Michael C. Randle Publisher/President Southern Business & Development
Michael J. Olivier
Michael J. Olivier CEO Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc.
Michael Neal
Michael Neal President & CEO Tulsa Regional Chamber
Michelle Stark
Michelle Stark Marketing Director Red Sage Communications, Inc.
Nicole D'Souza
Nicole D'Souza Business Development Manager Impact DataSource
Paul N. Myles
Paul N. Myles Sr. Manager Government Workforce Develoment Paul Myles
Rachel Delamain
Rachel Delamain Director of Business Development Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Ralph  Hellmich
Ralph Hellmich Riviera Utilities
Raul Peralta
Raul Peralta Senior VP - Business Development ECS Southeast, LLP
Robert D. Ingram
Robert D. Ingram President & CEO Common Sense Economic Development LLC
Robert E. Leak, Jr.
Robert E. Leak, Jr. President Winston-Salem Business Inc.
Ronald Tolley
Ronald Tolley CEO Liberty County Development Authority
Shameeka Ward
Shameeka Ward Senior Regulatory Compliance Manager Magna International Inc.
Shane Short
Shane Short Executive Director Southern Crescent Promotions
Stefan Aengenheyster
Stefan Aengenheyster Director European Affairs Transatlantic Business & Investment Council
Susan JW Heath
Susan JW Heath Senior Area Director readySC
Traci  Blido
Traci Blido Economic Development Director Bedford County Office of Economic Development
Tucson Roberts
Tucson Roberts President Tucson Atlantic Consulting
Tyler Chaffee
Tyler Chaffee Vice President Winston-Salem Business Inc.
W. Ford Graham
W. Ford Graham Of Counsel K&L Gates LLP
Wendy Puckett
Wendy Puckett Executive Director Fulton Hickman Counties Economic Development Partnership
Wiley Blankenship
Wiley Blankenship President/CEO Coastal Alabama Partnership
Will Coppage
Will Coppage Deputy Director Washington County Economic Alliance
Will Williams
Will Williams President/CEO Economic Development Partnership
William Murphy
William Murphy Vice President of Economic Development Tulsa Regional Chamber
15 Other Registered Attendees

Local Conference Chairman Letter


On behalf of the Bayou State, we are looking forward to hosting you Aug. 4-6, in New Orleans, for SEDC’s 2019 Annual Conference. 

The theme for this year’s SEDC Annual Conference is BRAVE. NEW. WORLD. Our speakers and sessions will focus on disruptive technologies, and the changes heading our way with new innovations likely to have a significant impact on our work as economic developers.  It is imperative that we prepare for the rate at which technology will affect real estate, energy, infrastructure, manufacturing, logistics, and virtually every industry in our portfolios – the way it will impact life as we know it.   

In addition to the sessions on staple subjects within our industry, the New Orleans BRAVE.NEW.WORLD. SEDC Conference will also address several arising topics including 5G, Virtual Reality, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). We will discuss how we can respond to the shifts these dynamic developments will bring to job numbers and the way we work in the future.  

This conference will be full of work AND play, as we deliver two days of action-packed, provocative content, but also ensure that you have time to experience New Orleans’ legendary cuisine and hospitality.  SEDC’s main conference hotel is located in the heart of New Orleans, within walking distance to many of the city’s restaurants, historic venues, and cultural sites.  This city has a friendly, congenial vibe, perfect for networking and getting to know your SEDC colleagues better.  We look forward to welcoming you to New Orleans for what we anticipate to be a landmark SEDC conference!

Secretary Don Pierson, Louisiana Economic Development

Tuesday, August 6th   

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM               

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
71/2 Trends Shaping our Future

Ted Abernathy, Economic Leadership

10:00 AM– 10:30 AM           

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions

Session #1: Be Future FDI Ready

Tom Henry, Price Waterhouse Cooper
Rene Buck – BCI International

Session #2: Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Realty- Its Impact on the Economic Development Profession

Charles Masters- IBM

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Luncheon- SEDC Awards Presentations and Annual Meeting

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Automotive Now and in 2030

Dennis Cuneo, DC Strategic Advisors
David Trebing, Daimler

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM               

3:30 PM- 4:30 PM                 

Site Consultants Bring Their Crystal Ball

Rene Buck- BCI International
Matt Jackson – JLL
Matt Szuhaj – Deloitte
Rajeev Thakur- NGKF

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Reception, Dinner, and Entertainment

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Convergent Nonprofit Solutions Impact Data Source
SC Biz News  The University of Southern Mississippi
CN Railway 365 Degree Total Marketing