Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA

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Event Date Sun Sep 30 EDT - Wed Oct 3 EDT (about 3 years ago)
Location Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
Region Americas

The theme this year is Inclusive Economic Development: Fulfilling Dreams and will focus on the policy and technical components of creating economic opportunity for all. Atlanta will provide an outstanding setting for a conference that will examine inclusive growth, with numerous best practices shared through conference sessions and tours.

Our conference is built for economic developers and economic development stakeholders alike, so I encourage you to invite your elected officials, business leaders, and other community partners. At the end of our time together, all will return home well positioned to work better, together.


2018 Speakers

Irene Alvarez
Managing Director Marketing and Communications, Columbus 2020, Columbus, OH

Mark Arend
Editor in Chief, Site Selection Magazine, Peachtree Corners, GA

Mark Barbash, FM
Lecturer, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Anna Bentson
Assistant Director, Economic Development & Tourism

Jamai Wallis Blivin
CEO, Innovate Educate

Aaron Brossoit
CEO, Golden Shovel Agency

Emily Brown
Economic Development Strategist, Fourth Economy Consulting

Ronnie L. Bryant
President & CEO, Charlotte Regional Partnership

Chris Burke
Director of Community Relations, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Mitchell Byrne
Associate Professor, University of Wollongong

Tim Chase
National Sales Manager, ProTRACKPlus

Chris Chmura PHD
CEO & Chief Economist, Chmura Economics & Analytics

Erik Collins, MA
Director - Community & Economic Development , Montgomery County

Lisa Corcoran
VP Marketing & Communications , Calgary Economic Development

Joann Crary
President, Saginaw Future, Inc.

Calandra Cruickshank
Founder & CEO, StateBook International

Dariel Y. Curren
Senior Vice President, Development Counsellors International

Sarah Bauerledanzman, PHD
Assistant Professor of International Studies, Indiana University

Bryce Davis
City Administrator, City of Eagle Grove

Tom Difiore, MBA
President, National Community Development Services

Dennis Donovan
Principal and Owner, WDGC

Karl R. Dorshimmer
Director of Business Development, Lansing Economic Development Corporation

Steve Duncan
Director Lead Generation, DCI

Erik Dunnigan, MBA
Managing Director, Coastal Cloud

John Fellingson, MBA, MPP
Economic Development Graduate Student, Georgia State University

Paul Ellis, CECD, AICP
Director of Economic Development, City of Fairview Heights

Enoch Elwell
CEO, Co Starters, Chattanooga, TN

Janyce B. Fadden
Director of Strategic Engagement, University of North Alabama

Chris Fair
President, Resonance Consultancy

David Feehan
President and CEO, Civitas Consultants LLC

Kirby Fowler Juris Doctorate
President, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore

Dennis Fraise, CECD
Chief Operating Officer, Lee County Economic Development Group

Dr. James Fraser
Associate Professor, Vanderbilt Univeristy

Jay. A. Garner, CECD, CCE, FM, HLM
President and Founder, Garner Economics, LLC

Robert Van Geons, CECD
President & CEO, Fayetteville Cumberland Economic Development Corporation

Natalie Gibson
President, InnoVisions and Associates

Dell Gines, MBA, MSF, CECD
Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Omaha Branch

Jason Giulietti
VP of Business Recruitment, Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc.

Cardie W. Gray, PHD
Executive Director, Wilmington Renaissance Corporation

John D. Gower
Urban Design Director, CityWide Development Corporation

Todd Greene, CECD
Executive Director, Atlanta University Center Consortium

Rob Grunewald
Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Alejandra Guzman
VP Performance Management & Strategy, New Orleans Business Alliance

Quinten Harris, JD, MPA
Deputy Director of Jobs and Economic Development, City of Columbus

Cecilia Harry, CECD
President and CEO, ENVISION Fond du Lac, Inc.

Mary Herbert
Senior Vice President, North America, WAVTEQ

Courtney Hendricson
VP of Municipal Services, Connecticut Economic Resource Center

Cary Hirschstein
Partner, HR&A Advisors, Inc.

Chris Holen
Chief, Chef Outta Water

Amy Holloway
President & Chief Sherpa, Avalanche Consulting, Inc.

Devin Howland, CECD
Director of Economic Vitality, City of Fayetteville, Arkansas

Sarah Iglehart
Deputy Director, Develop Indy, Indy Chamber

Dr. Daniel Immergluck
Professor, Andrew Young School, Georgia State University

Daraius Irani
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research, Towson University

William J. Jabjiniak
Director of Economic Development, City of Mesa

Randall Jackson
Director, WVU Regional Research Institute

Waywond Jackson
SVP Public Policy, Birmingham Business Alliance

Steven Jast
Founder and President, ROI Research on Investment

Tamika Jenkins, MSM
Project Coordinator, Mississippi County Economic Development

Savannah Jermance, CECD
Economic Development & Business Relations Manager, City of Rio Rancho

Nancy Johnson
Co-Chair, Atlanta Mayor’s Commission on Workforce and Economic Development

Sheoyki Jones
Program Manager, Creative Industries, Invest Atlanta

Rebecca Karp, MCP
CEO, Karp Strategies, LLC

Justin Kelly, M.A
Clinical Psychology Director of Clinical Services - Eastern Massachusetts Adult Services May Institute

Julian Kiganda
CEO & Founder, JBK Brand Design LLC

Dr. Eloisa Y. Klementich, CECD
President and CEO, Invest Atlanta

Chris Knight
COO & Co-Founder, WAVTEQ

Jessica Kolterman
External Affairs, Lincoln Premium Poultry

Robin Roberts Krieger, FM, HLM
Owner, RRK Resources

KV Kumar
Chairman, U.S. Indian American Chamber of Commerce

Thomas Lamb
Senior Vice President, State & Local Government Affairs, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Bruce Lambert
Executive Director, Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies

Allison Larsen
Principal, TadZo

Carol Kraus Lauffer, Principal
Business Cluster Development

Mark Lautman, CECD, CRE
Economic Architect, Community Economics Laboratory

Davie Lee
Founder & CTO, Townfolio

Andrew T. Levine
Chairman, Development Counsellors International (DCI)

Dan Levine
Practice Leader, Location Strategies, Oxford Economics, Inc

Ryan Lilly
Vice President of Business Creation, Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership

Paul Lipson
Principal, Barretto Bay Strategies

Susan Longworth
Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Diane C. Lupke, CECD, FM, HLM
President, Diane Lupke and Associates

Debra Lyons
Director, Employer Strategies, ACT

Ben Magill
Executive Director, Labor Market Intelligence Center Dallas County Community College District

Anthony Mak, MBA
Director, HKTDC

Joseph A. Marinucci, FM, HLM
President & CEO, Downtown Cleveland Alliance

Barry I. Matherly CECD, FM
President & CEO, Greater Richmond Partnership

Jon Maynard
President & CEO, Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation

Ashton Mccombs
Chairman of Board, Spectrum Living Solutions

Thomas Mcnair
Executive Director, Ohio City Incorporated

Matt Mcquade
Managing Director, Business Development, Columbus 2020

Joe Melvin, CECD
Director of Business Development, North Carolina's Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership

Quentin L. Messer JR.
President and CEO, New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA)

Maria Meyers
Founder, SourceLink

Simon Millcock, ACECD
CEO, Legatus Group

Rodrick T. Miller
President & CEO, Ascendant Global

Sarah Miller
Associate Vice President, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Joseph Minicozzi, AICP
Principal, Urban3

Jenny Mizutowicz, CECD
Economic Development Manager, City of Carrollton, TX

Mary Ann Moon, CECD, FM, HLM

Benjamin Moore
Senior Economic Development Manager, Louisville Forward

Founder & CEO, Creative Economic Development Consulting

Rebecca Moudry
VP Business Development, ROI Research on investment

Micheal S. Neal, CCE, CCD, HLM, IOM
President and CEO, Tulsa Regional Chamber

Edward A. Nelson, JR., CECD, FM, HLM
EANI Consulting

Frank Nero
Managing Director, Economic Solutions Group

Tracey Nichols, EDFP, HDFP
Director of Financial Services, Project Management Consultants

Zachary Nieder
Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

Mark O'connell
Chief Executive Officer, OCO Global

Dr. Fred Olayele, PH.D., PMP
President, Global Economic Institute

Lariza Ortiz
Principal, Larisa Ortiz Associates

Richard Overmoyer
President & CEO, Fourth Economy Consulting

Dr. Erik R. Pages, PHD
President, EntreWorks Consulting

Sharon Panek
Chief, GDP by Metropolitan Area, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Dave Parsell
Co-founder & CEO, Localintel

Steven Pedigo
Associate Partner, Resonance Consultancy

Micheal Phillips
President, Jamestown LLP

Scott Poag, CECD
Director of Business Development, W&A Engineering

Robert A. Radcliff
Managing Principal, Resource Development Group

Dan Restuccia
Chief Product and Analytics Officer, Burning Glass Technologies

Lyneir Richardson
CEO, Chicago TREND

Jean Riemenschneider
Project Manager, Workforce Education Manager , Bastrop Economic Development Corporation

Ashley Rivera
Managing Director, Atlanta Regional Commission - CATLYST

Jon Roberts
Managing Director, TIP Strategies, Inc

James Rojas
Founder, Place It!

Jolene Schalper, CECD
Vice President, Great Falls Montana Development Authority

Paul Scheuren
Principal/Economist, Impact DataSource, LLC

Don Schjeldahl
Principal, DSG Advisors

Kevin S. Schmotzer, E.D.
Executive, Small Business Development, City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development

Emma Schwartz, CECD
President, Medical Center of the Americas Foundation

Adam Schwegman
Vice President, General Growth Properties

Daniel Silverman
Executive Vice President, Investment Attraction, Toronto Global

Bostjan Skalar
CEO, World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA)

Jared Smith, CECD
Chief Operating Officer, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance

Nathaniel Smith
Founder and Chief Equity Officer, Partnership for Southern Equity

Sandy Sponaugle
CEO, Platinum PR

Ron Starner
General Manager, Conway Data Inc.

Christopher Steele
COO & President North America, Investment Consulting Associates

Nicole Steele
Project Manager, CityWide Development

John B. Sternlicht, ESQ., CECD
CEO, Economic Development Association of Skagit County

Derieth L. Sutton, CECD, EDFP, MS EPM
Director of Economic Development & Government Relations , Niagara Bottling, LLC

Bruce Takefman
Founder and President, Research Consultants International

Frank Thompson, DBA, CECD
Assistant Professor, Troy University

Nicole Thompson, EDFP
President & CEO, Downtown Durham, Inc

Catherine Timko
Principal/CEO, The Riddle Company

Linda Topoleski
Vice President, Workforce Programs and Operations , Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Marjette G. Upshur
Director, Economic Development, City of Lynchburg Office of Economic Development

Marty Vanags, CECD
President, Saratoga Partnership

Laith A. Wardi, CECD
President, ExecutivePulse, Inc.

Sherron Washington M.A.
CEO, The P3 Solution

C. Paige Webster, CECD
Owner/Site Selection Consultant, Webster Global Site Selectors

Rick Weddle, FM, HLM
President and CEO, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

Glen Wesibrod
President, Economic Development Research Group, Inc.

Dale Wheeldon
President & CEO, British Columbia Economic Development Association

Joy Wilkins, CECD
Economic Development Practitioner, Serving Communities

Dr. David Wilson
Chair, Chief Executive, Economic Development NZ, Northland Inc

Ben Wright
Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Integrated

John R. Zakian, CECD
Chief Resilience Officer, City of Minot

D. Paul Zito, MBA
Vice President of International Development, RGP Northwest Ohio

Sponsors & Partners

2018 Sponsors and Partners

• Georgia Power

• Accrisoft Corporation
• Chmura Economics & Analytics
• ROI Research on Investment
• Statebook

• Georgia Department of Economic Development
• Georgia-Pacific

• Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance
• BNSF Railway
• Decide DeKalb
• Development Authority of Fulton County
• GIS WebTech
• Invest Atlanta

• Business Facilities
• Hartsfield-Jackson
• Resource Development Group

• Fourth Economy Consulting
• Hunton Andrews Kurth
• PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
• Research Consultants International
• TIP Strategies, Inc.

• Coastal Cloud
• EY
• National Community Development Services
• National Institute of Standards and Technology's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership
• Ohio University
• Trade & Industry Development

• Arnall Golden Gregory
• Bureau van Dijk
• The Fulton Industrial (District)
• Douglas County Economic Development Authority
• Georgia Chamber of Commerce
• Henry County Development Authority
• Hunden Strategic Partners
• Metro Atlanta Chamber
• NextSite
• Portman Holdings

• American City & County
• BXJ magazine
• Expansion Solutions
• Conway
• fDi Intelligence

• Southwest Airlines Co.