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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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

Monday, August 5th  

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM              
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 – 11:00 AM          
Break

11:00 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

12:15 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 - GIS Planning
Stevie Field-Chavez - 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. 

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM               
Break


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

SOLD OUT! 

Overflow Hotel

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

Click here to book your room


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

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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Adam Knapp
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Adam Solomon
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Adam Solomon Vice President, Business Development Research Consultants International
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Alison Church Economic Development Coordinator Boerne Kendall County Economic Development Corporation
Allen Kurr
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Allen Neel
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Allen Neel President & CEO East Tennessee Economic Development Agency
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Amy Carter Deputy Commissioner, Rural Georgia Initiatives Georgia Department of Economic Development
Anatalio Ubalde
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Benjamin Temple Vice President / Principal ECS Southeast, LLP
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Beth Kirkland Principal Beth Kirkland Consulting, LLC
Bill Cronin
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Bill Cronin President/CEO Pasco Economic Development Council
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Blake Wallace
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Bob Helton
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Bob Helton Executive Director Morehead Rowan County Economic Development
Bob Turk
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Brad Davis
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Brad Davis Business Development Manager McCrory Construction
Brad Thompson
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Brad Thompson Director of ECD City of Martin
Brandt Herndon
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Brandt Herndon CEO Effingham County IDA
Brenda Daniels
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Brian Aiken
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Brian Gwin
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Brian Gwin Industrial Development Manager Norfolk Southern Corporation
Brian Marlowe
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Brian Marlowe President/CEO Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce
Brian Taylor
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Brian Taylor VP of Business Development Miller-Valentine Group
Brian Useforge
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Brian Useforge Economic Development Director Mississippi Power Company
Bruce Takefman
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Bruce Takefman President Research Consultants International
Burdette (Pete) Fullerton
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Burdette (Pete) Fullerton Assistant Director KC Aviation Department
C. Britton Bonner
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C. Britton Bonner Partner in Charge, Gov't Relations Adams & Reese LLP
C. David Hudgins
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C. David Hudgins Director Member and External Relations Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Casey Gilchrist
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Casey Gilchrist Business Development Manager City of Chesapeake Economic Development
Catherine McFarland
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Catherine McFarland Regional Director Conway, Inc.
Chad Newell
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Chad Newell President Area Development Partnership
Chandler Russ
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Chandler Russ Executive Director Natchez, Inc.
Charles Stone
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Charles Stone Project Manager Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation
Charlton Whipple
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Charlton Whipple Executive Director Midlands Technical College
Chris Knight
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Chris Knight COO WAVTEQ
Chris Masingill
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Chris Masingill Chief Executive Officer St. Tammany Corp.
Chris Moyer
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Chris Moyer Director Cecil County Office of Economic Development
Christie Gribble
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Christie Gribble Executive Director Fannin County Development Authority
Christopher Bontrager
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Christopher Bontrager Portfolio Director Retail Strategies, Inc
Christopher Kane
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Christopher Kane Partner Adams & Reese LLP
Chuck Rigney
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Chuck Rigney Director City of Hampton
Cody Slator
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Cody Slator CEO Cross County Chamber of Commerce
Connie W. Long
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Connie W. Long Executive Director Virginia Economic Developers Association
Courtney Ross
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Courtney Ross Chief Economic Development Officer Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Creed Romano
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Creed Romano Project Manager – Southwest Louisiana Entergy
Crystal Gettys
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Crystal Gettys Business Development Specialist Sanford Holshouser Economic Development Consulting, LLC
Dan Motley
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Dan Motley Industrial Development Manager Norfolk Southern Corporation
Danielle Morrissey
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Danielle Morrissey Business Development Manager One Acadiana
Danielle Scheiner
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Danielle Scheiner Executive Director Conroe Economic Development Council
David Bernd
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David Bernd Vice President OED Newton County Newton Covington Economic Development
David DeYoung
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David DeYoung Economic Development Director Town of Clayton, NC
David Manley
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David Manley Executive Director Joint IDA of Wythe County, VA
David Polzin
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David Polzin Director BNSF Railway Company
David Sickey
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David Sickey Vice Chairman Coushatta Tribe Of Louisiana
Dawn Malin
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Dawn Malin President / CEO McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority
Deborah Murray
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Deborah Murray Executive Director Caldwell County EDC
Dennis Lee Jarvis II
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Dennis Lee Jarvis II Director of Economic Development Henderson- Vance County Economic Development Commission
Derek L Clyburn, P.E.
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Derek L Clyburn, P.E. Senior Vice President ECS Southeast, LLP
Don Alexander
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Don Alexander Director McMinnville & Warren County Economic Development Board
Donald M. Pierson
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Donald M. Pierson Secretary Louisiana Economic Development
Elaine Middleton
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Elaine Middleton Executive Director Fayetteville-Lincoln County Industrial Development
Elizabeth  Lee
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Elizabeth Lee Research Analyst and Economic Development Speciali St. Tammany Corp.
Elyse Davis
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Elyse Davis Northwest GA Manager Community & Economic Dev. Georgia Power Company
Eric Basinger
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Eric Basinger Manager of Economic & Business Development AEP
Eric McDonald
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Eric McDonald President/CEO Greater Haralson Chamber of Commerce
Eric Miller
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Eric Miller Senior Vice President, Economic Development Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce
Evan Fay
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Evan Fay Manager of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
F. J. Fenn
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F. J. Fenn Director of Business Development ECS Southeast, LLP
Frank McCrady
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Frank McCrady President/CEO East Montgomery County Improvement District
G.C. Hixson
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G.C. Hixson Executive Director Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County
Gary Troutman
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Gary Troutman President/ CEO Hot Springs Metro Partnership
George Swift
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George Swift President/ CEO SWLA Economic Development Alliance
Gray Swoope
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Gray Swoope President & CEO VisionFirst Advisors, LLC
Greg Giachelli
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Greg Giachelli Vice President, Economic Development Community Development Foundation
Greg Lowe
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Greg Lowe Director of Economic Development City of Lewisburg
Greg Wright
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Greg Wright Sr. Dir, Community & Economic Development Coweta-Fayette EMC
Gus Fontenot
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Gus Fontenot Economic Development Project Coordinator SWLA Economic Development Alliance
Guy Johnson
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Guy Johnson VP of Western Div. Operation & Econ. Dev. Coast Electric Power Association
H. Garrett Hart
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H. Garrett Hart Director Chesterfield County Economic Development
Hal Johnson
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Hal Johnson Chief Development Officer NAI Earle Furman
Harry Neill
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Harry Neill Regional Director Conway, Inc.
Heath Slapikas
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Heather Brown
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Heather Brown Research Analyst The University of Southern Mississippi
Heather Jones
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Heather Jones CEO Greenwood Partnership Alliance
Heidi Smith
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Heidi Smith Director, Global Business TVA
Henry Florsheim
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Henry Florsheim President & CEO Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce
Illya Copeland
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Illya Copeland Executive Director Murray County Industrial Development Authority
J.P. DuBuque
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J.P. DuBuque President St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation
Jake  Nickens
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Jake Nickens Coordinator of Business & Technical Services and L St. Tammany Corp.
Jake Weir
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Jake Weir Industrial Development Manager Norfolk Southern Corporation
James Binder
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James Binder Manager Business Development CN Railway
James Fenton
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James Fenton Executive Director Gallatin Economic Development Agency
James O'Donley
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James O'Donley Regional Manager Economic Development BNSF Railway Company
Jamie Nieves
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Jamie Nieves Business Development Manager ECS Southeast, LLP
Jana Dyke
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Jana Dyke Executive Director Waycross and Ware County Development Authority
Jane Fryer
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Jane Fryer President Meriwether County Development Authority
Jayson Newell
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Jayson Newell Regional Director, Business Development Baton Rouge Area Chamber
JD Lowery
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JD Lowery Manager - Community and Economic Development Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas
Jean Riemenschneider
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Jean Riemenschneider Project Manager Bastrop EDC
Jeff Seymour
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Jeff Seymour Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Jesse Dillon
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Jesse Dillon Vice President of Business Development Savannah Economic Development Authority
Jessica Hill
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Jessica Hill Executive Director Orange County Economic Development Corporation
Jim Fram
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Jim Fram Founder and Principal Community Growth Strategies
Jim Grebing
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Jim Grebing Director of Econ. Dev. Kennett, MO Board of Public Works
Joe C. Hines
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Joe C. Hines Principal Timmons
Joe King
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Joe King Executive Director Florence County Economic Development Partnership
Joey Roberts
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Joey Roberts Senior Project Manager Mississippi Development Authority
John Bradley
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John Bradley Senior Vice President, Economic Development TVA
John Brock
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John Brock Vice President of Business Development Edwards Construction Services, Inc.
John Bucy
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John Bucy Executive Director Northwest TN Development District
John Dean
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John Dean Director of Rural Prosperity Initiative Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
John Duncan
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John Duncan Director of Economic Development Town of Collierville
John Matthews
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John Matthews Associate Director Joint IDA of Wythe County, VA
Jolie Bernard
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Jolie Bernard Public Information Officer / Communications Manage St. Tammany Corp.
Jon Maynard
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Jon Maynard President and CEO Oxford-Lafayette County EDF
Joseph Stallings
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Joseph Stallings Economic Development Director Town of Garner, NC
Joyce Wasserman
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Joyce Wasserman Senior Account Executive Business Facilities Magazine
Julie Calzone
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Julie Calzone Senior Director Louisiana Economic Development
Julie Norman
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Julie Norman Executive Director Marion County Economic Development Commission
Justin Greer
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Justin Greer Director of Economic Development W&A Engineering
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Justyn Dixon Regional Development Director Agracel
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Katie S. Chiasson
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Keith Bridges
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Keith Norden
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Keith Norden President & CEO Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation
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Kent Heermann President Regional Development Assocaition of East Central KS
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Kevin Johnson Marketing Supervisor Kajima Building & Design Group, Inc.
Kevin Shea
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Kevin Shea President Georgia Economic Developers Association
Kyle Vanderhoff
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Kyle Vanderhoff MANAGER AEP
Larkin Simpson
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Larkin Simpson Vice President - Major Employers Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
Larry Collins
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Larry Collins Exec Director - Office of International Commerce Louisiana Economic Development
Lee  Edenfield
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Lee Edenfield Director of Strategic Alliances and Business Dev Synergi Partners, Inc.
Libby Adams
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Libby Adams Executive Director Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation, Inc.
Lily Zeringue
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Lily Zeringue Programmer and analyst ADP Solutions
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Lisa Denton Executive Director ATHENS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP
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Lori Watts President Marion County Development Partnership
Louis David
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Louis David Vice President, Industry Attraction and Retention New Orleans Business Alliance
Lucienne Pears
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Lucienne Pears VP Economic & Business Development Kitson & Partners
Lyle Roggow
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Lyle Roggow President Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation
Marie Lisco
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Marie Lisco Economic Development Manager City of Germantown
Mark Farley
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Mark Farley Executive Director Upper Cumberland Development District
Mark Hayes
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Mark Hayes Director of LBI Sales SizeUp
Mark Hays
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Mark Hays Vice Chancellor Dallas County Community College District
Mark S. Bounds
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Mark S. Bounds President Mark S Bounds Realty Partners
Mark Weilenman
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Mark Weilenman VP, Sales & Marketing Marketing Alliance, Inc.
Mark Wright
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Mark Wright Director of Business Development SC Biz News
Mark Wright
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Mark Wright Director of Business Development Visual Infonomics Group.
Marlo Blankenship
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Marlo Blankenship Coastal Alabama Partnership
Marvin Price
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Marvin Price Vice President, Economic Recruitment Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
Mary Broussard
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Mary Broussard Manager Economic Development Dixie Electric Membership Cooperative
Mary Swoope
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Mary Swoope Executive Director and COO Mississippi Economic Development Council
Matthew  Tackett
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Matthew Darius
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Matthew Darius Operations Manager Southern Economic Development Council
Matthew Randle
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Matthew Randle Vice President Southern Business & Development
Matthias Beier
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Matthias Beier President & CEO Transatlantic Business & Investment Council
Michael Brooks
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Michael Brooks Director of Economic Development Clayco, Inc.
Michael C. Randle
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Michael C. Randle Publisher/President Southern Business & Development
Michael Cleary
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Michael Cleary GIS Web Tech
Michael J. Olivier
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Michael J. Olivier CEO Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc.
Michael Neal
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Michael Neal President & CEO Tulsa Regional Chamber
Michael Southard
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Michael Southard Economic Development Director Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Michael Tomlinson
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Michael Tomlinson Economic Development Specialist Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation
Michelle Nguyen
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Michelle Nguyen Director Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department
Michelle Stark
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Michelle Stark Marketing Director Red Sage Communications, Inc.
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Mike Abbate Account Representative Marketing Alliance, Inc.
Mike Dryden
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Mike Dryden Senior Partner Funding Solutions
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Misti Martin President Cherokee Office of Econ. Dev't.
Mitch Mays
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Mitch Mays Administrator Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority
Nicole D'Souza
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Nicole D'Souza Business Development Manager Impact DataSource
Patrick Cammack
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Patrick Cammack SVP, Economic Development Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce
Paul N. Myles
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Paul N. Myles Sr. Manager Government Workforce Develoment Paul Myles
Quentin Messer
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Quentin Messer President & CEO New Orleans Business Alliance
Rachel Delamain
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Rachel Delamain Director of Business Development Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Ralph  Hellmich
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Ralph Hellmich Riviera Utilities
Raul Peralta
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Raul Peralta Senior VP - Business Development ECS Southeast, LLP
Reid Dulberger
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Reid Dulberger President & CEO EDGE
Richard Blackwell
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Richard Blackwell Vice President of Development Agracel
Robert D. Ingram
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Robert D. Ingram President & CEO Common Sense Economic Development LLC
Robert E. Leak, Jr.
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Robert E. Leak, Jr. President Winston-Salem Business Inc.
Robert L. Morris
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Robert L. Morris Executive Director Randolph County Development Authority
Robert Long
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Robert Long VP of Economic Development Cumming-Forsyth Chamber
Roberta Baylor
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Roberta Baylor Executive Director Preston County Economic Developent Authority
Ron Bertasi
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Ron Bertasi CEO GIS Web Tech
Ronald Tolley
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Ronald Tolley CEO Liberty County Development Authority
Roy Bond
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Roy Bond Executive Director Dallas County Community College District
Russell Richardson
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Russell Richardson Regional Director, Business Development Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Samuel Powers
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Samuel Powers Community & Economic Development Director City of Asheville
Scott Sunagel
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Scott Sunagel Managing Member Community Reinvestment Associates, LLC
Serra Hall
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Serra Hall Senior Project Manager Newton/Covington Economic Development
Shameeka Ward
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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.
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
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 Davis
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Taylor Davis Director, Wichita Falls Talent Partnership Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce
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.
Tom Gregory
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Tom Gregory Director of Business Development T.W. Frierson Contractor
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
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.
Victor Raoul Lafont
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Victor Raoul Lafont President/CEO South Louisiana Economic Council
Von Hatley
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Von Hatley Managing Director Jones Walker
W. Ford Graham
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W. Ford Graham Of Counsel K&L Gates LLP
Wendy Puckett
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Wendy Puckett Executive Director Fulton Hickman Counties Economic Development Partnership
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
49 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

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 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 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


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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