2019 SEDC Annual Conference - New Orleans

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

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SEDC Chair 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


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.  We encourage you to register and book your room early as we will sell out this year. Click the buttons below for more information.


 

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

The National WWII Museum

Monday, August 5th  

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM              
General Membership Breakfast

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

A wave of technological innovations in coming, from artificial intelligence to robots to gene editing.  What will this mean for economic growth? For job creation? For U.S. and regional economic competitiveness?  Dr. Robert Atkinson, President, and Founder of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the world’s leading technology policy think tank, will lay out the contours of the coming wave, what it means for U.S. cities and regions, and what economic developers need to do to position their communities for this wave.

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM          
Break

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

Anatalio Ubalde - GIS Planning/Financial Times
Stevie Field-Chavez - GIS Planning
Chris Knight - Wavteq
Mark Hays - SizeUp
Aaron Brossoit - Golden Shovel Agency

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Recognizing Community Economic Development Awards & Communication Award Winners

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Luncheon

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions

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

Anatalio Ubalde - GIS Planning
Russell Riblett - GIS Planning
Mark Hays - SizeUp
Aaron Brossoit - Golden Shovel Agency

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

Stuart Keyes - CenturyLink, LLC. 

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM               
Break


3:30 PM - 4:30 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 - Burns and McDonnell

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


Host Hotel - 

SOLD OUT! 

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

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

Overflow Hotel - Right Next Door! - CLOSED

The Saint Hotel
931 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112


Golf

Bayou Oaks At City Park - South Course
1040 Filmore Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

  • $100 per player
  • Rate includes your round of golf and cart rental.
  • Tee times start at 8 am
  • A boxed lunch is included.

Restored and reestablished in 2017, the South Course features 18 holes of championship golf in New Orleans City Park. The pristine South Course was designed by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones and Greg Muirhead of Rees Jones, Inc., in association with Torre Design Consortium.
Sitting on over 200 acres, the South Course measures between 5,054 and 7,302 yards.


The South Course features multiple tee off locations in order to accommodate players of all skill levels. The new state of the art clubhouse rounds out the alluring design that makes the South Course renovation stand out and complete New Orleans only 36 hole golf complex.

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Samuel Powers
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Samuel Powers Community & Economic Development Director City of Asheville
Sarah Macaluso
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Sarah Macaluso Marketing Specialist Red Sage Communications, Inc.
Scott Poag
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Scott Poag Director of Business Development W&A Engineering
Scott Sunagel
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Scott Sunagel Managing Member Community Reinvestment Associates, LLC
Sean Mallot
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Sean Mallot President and CEO Central Florida Development Council
Serra Hall
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Serra Hall Senior Project Manager Newton/Covington Economic Development
Shameeka Ward
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Shameeka Ward Senior Regulatory Compliance Manager Magna International Inc.
Shane Short
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Shane Short Executive Director Southern Crescent Promotions
Shirar O'Connor-Mugler
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Shirar O'Connor-Mugler Senior Vice President UNDERPINNED
Sid McMillan
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Sid McMillan Vice President, Industrial Development JESCO, Inc.
Skip Smart
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Skip Smart Louisiana Economic Development
Spencer Sessions
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Spencer Sessions TARGET MARKET SPECIALIST – DATA CENTERS TVA
Stacey Zawacki
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Stacey Zawacki Manager of Communication and Public Relations Lafayette Economic Development Authority
Stefan Aengenheyster
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Stefan Aengenheyster Director European Affairs Transatlantic Business & Investment Council
Stephen Holliday
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Stephen Holliday Director | Commercial Trucking Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
Steve Cook
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Steve Cook VP of Workforce Innovation Hampton Roads Workforce Council
Steven Dick
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Steven Dick Economic Development Manager Mississippi Power Company
Steven Wright
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Steven Wright Director City of Chesapeake Economic Development
Stevie Field-Chavez
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Stevie Field-Chavez Vice President, Sales GIS Planning, Inc
Susan JW Heath
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Susan JW Heath Senior Area Director readySC
Suzie Lusk
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Suzie Lusk VP Events & External Affairs Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Taylor  Gravois
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Taylor Gravois Principal CSRS, Inc.
Taylor Davis
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Taylor Davis Director, Wichita Falls Talent Partnership Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce
Taylor Walden
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Taylor Walden Project Manager for Rural Georgia Initiatives Georgia Department of Economic Development
Ted Abernathy
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Ted Abernathy Managing Partner Economic Leadership, LLC
Thomas Long
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Thomas Long Chief Development Officer San Antonio Economic Development Foundation
Thomas Mucks
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Thomas Mucks President Funding Solutions
Tim Chason
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Tim Chason President The Chason Group, Inc.
Tim Vanderhoof
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Tim Vanderhoof Senior Vice President, Business Development Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Todd Whalley
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Todd Whalley Director of existing Business & Industry St. Tammany Corporation
Tom Gregory
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Tom Gregory Director of Business Development T.W. Frierson Contractor
Tom Troxler
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Tom Troxler Executive Director Rankin First Economic Development Authority
Traci  Blido
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Traci Blido Economic Development Director Bedford County Office of Economic Development
Traci  Blido
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Traci Blido Economic Development Director Bedford County, VA, Office of Economic Development
Tray Hairston
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Tray Hairston Partner Butler Snow
Trish Haver
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Trish Haver VP, Strategy and Industrial Development Port of New Orleans
Troy Post, CEcD, CBE
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Troy Post, CEcD, CBE Executive Director North Brevard Economic Development Zone
Tucson Roberts
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Tucson Roberts President Tucson Atlantic Consulting
Tyler Chaffee
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Tyler Chaffee Vice President Winston-Salem Business Inc.
Tyler Sellers
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Tyler Sellers President Coushatta Economic Development Corp Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
Victor Raoul Lafont
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Victor Raoul Lafont President/CEO South Louisiana Economic Council
Victoria Hirschberg
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Victoria Hirschberg Director of Business Development Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Von Hatley
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Von Hatley Managing Director Jones Walker
Vonda Gates
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Vonda Gates Director of Business Development Clarksville Montgomery County Economic Development Council
W. Ford Graham
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W. Ford Graham Of Counsel K&L Gates LLP
Wesley Burnett
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Wesley Burnett Director of Economic Development Odessa Chamber of Commerce
Wiley Blankenship
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Wiley Blankenship President/CEO Coastal Alabama Partnership
Will Coppage
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Will Coppage Deputy Director Washington County Economic Alliance
Will Weber
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Will Weber President Campbell County Economic Progress Authority
Will Williams
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Will Williams President/CEO Economic Development Partnership
William Fruth
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William Fruth President POLICOM Corporation
William Murphy
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William Murphy Vice President of Economic Development Tulsa Regional Chamber
William Roberts
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William Roberts Manager, Economic Development Duke Energy
Yanet Alvarez
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Yanet Alvarez Research Associate Sumter Development Board
Yuu Soubra
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Yuu Soubra Economic Development Coordinator Coral Springs Economic Development Office
Zach Butterworth
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Zach Butterworth Special Counsel Adams & Reese LLP
Zach Skipper
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Zach Skipper Director of Business Development Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Zazell Dudley
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Zazell Dudley Director of Economic Development The Port Caddo-Bossier
64 Other Registered Attendees
Local Conference Committee Chair Letter

Greetings,

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


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Tuesday, August 6th   

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM               
Breakfast

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

Ted Abernathy - Economic Leadership, LLC

10:00 AM– 10:30 AM           
Break

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions

Session #1: Be Future FDI Ready

Matthias Beier - Transatlantic Business & Investment Council
Chris Knight - Wavteq
Rene Buck – Buck Consultants Global

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

Charles Masters- IBM

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Luncheon

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
SEDC Awards Presentation and Annual Business Meeting

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

Dennis Cuneo - DC Strategic Advisors
David Clayton - Clemson University
David Trebing - Daimler

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM               
Break

3:30 PM- 4:30 PM                 

Site Consultants Bring Their Crystal Ball

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

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

B.B. Kings Blues Club

Limited Transportation Available


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Exhibitors:

Impact Data Source Visual Infonomics Group.
The University of Southern Mississippi 365 Degree Total Marketing 
Neon Cloud Productions Community Reinvestment Associates
Marketing Alliance, Inc. GIS Webtech
Implan Insyteful
Sensible Solutions Coushatta Casino Resort