Events & Conferences

Northeastern Economic Developers Association Conference

The Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA) Conference is scheduled to be held from Sept 7-9, 2014 in Worcester, MA.

NEDA Conference

NEDA Conference

The NEDA Conference is a part of the Build Northeast Conference and Expo.

It is organized as a collaborative effort by NEDA, the Massachusetts Economic Development Council, National Association of Development Companies (NADCO), the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Worcester Business Development Corp.

The conference is recognized as a professional development event by the IEDC, and counts towards recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).

The sessions are divided into two sections, one about the nuts and bolts of economic development and the other one about new thinking.

The nuts and bolts section includes a session on performance measurement systems, in which attendees will learn about the latest techniques for establishing metrics, presented by Mike Walker from Commerce RI and by Marnie LaVigne, associate vice president for Economic Development at the University at Buffalo.

Other sessions in the nuts and bolts category will focus on technology for economic development and prospecting, new financing tools, site selection trends, performance measurements systems, responses to defense cutbacks, and partnering workforce and economic development.

The new thinking section includes a session on universities as economic developers, presented by Todd Watkins, Lehigh University; Sara Love, Penn State Hershey Medical School; Rich Overmoyer, Fourth Economy; and John Shemo, Metro Hartford Alliance.

Attendees at this session will learn about the vital role of universities and colleges in growing the economies of their communities, and about the mission and practices of the University Economic Development Association.

One of the sessions at the NEDA conference will be a hands-on session where attendees will join a team assigned to come up with a solution for an intractable economic/community development problem. The catch is that the team has to do this in collaboration with local entities such as a public library, church, public access manufacturing facility, a Big Picture school, a sustainable energy entrepreneur and a bunch of 14-year old app developers.

Other sessions in this section will focus on topics such as cultivating urban and rural entrepreneurship ecosystems, use of proprietary digital technology to build healthy business ecosystems, and disaster-ready communities.

What: 2014 Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA) Conference

When: Sept 7-9, 2014

Where: DCU Center, Worcester, MA

Meeting of the Minds in Detroit

The Meeting of the Minds Summit is scheduled to take place in Detroit, Michigan from Sept 30-Oct 2, 2014.

Meeting of the Minds 2014 in Detroit, MI

Meeting of the Minds 2014 in Detroit, MI (photo – cityminded.org)

Meeting of the Minds is an urban knowledge sharing platform based out of San Francisco, CA. They organize webinars, meetups, roundtables and the annual summit on urban sustainability and connected technologies in the fall.

The annual summit brings together 350 policy makers, innovators, leading thinkers and opinion shapers for two intensive days of thought leadership and industry development.

This year, they chose Detroit for the summit because the city, like many other stars of the industrial age, is now trying to reinvent itself and is searching for a new identity and urban future.

With Detroit as the setting for a discussion of alternative urban futures, these will be the kind of questions debated at the Meeting of the Minds 2014 Summit – How are cities redefining themselves? How to revitalize downtowns and suburbs? How to attract talent? How to create cleaner and smarter industry clusters? What is the new definition of a smart city?

There will be a press tour on Sept 30 where DTE Energy and Itron will take members of the media to discover smart city projects to show how Detroit is transforming into a smarter city.

The summit officially begins on Oct 1 with a welcome address by Cisco Systems Director Gordon Feller, who is also the co-founder of Meeting of the Minds.

Following the welcome address, urban policy expert and The Kresge Foundation President and CEO Rip Rapson will speak about “Why Detroit Is a Powerful Backdrop for a Discussion on the Future of Cities.”

Another important session in the morning will focus on how urban entrepreneurs are launching and scaling up despite red tape.

A panel on how city-regions can attract and retain urban talent will discuss everything from the role of talent in revitalizing cities to the current situation in Detroit and other cities where there’s a disconnect between significant job growth in 21st century jobs and populations that do not have the tools to access these emerging careers.

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Director of Public Affairs Anthony Flint and Rob van Gijzel, Major of Eindhoven, The Netherlands, will talk about turnarounds and remaking legacy cities.

The post-lunch breakout session on the first day includes eight different workshop tours to demonstrate everything from small-scale revitalization to launching and building an innovation economy, demolitions and green infrastructure strategies, retrofitting legacy infrastructure and smart city solutions.

Sessions on the second day include a discussion on the power of the Internet of Everything – How city services become city solutions. There are also panels on the coming revolution of small-scale urban industrial development, resiliency challenges, innovations in city service delivery, open data, and more.

What – Meeting of the Minds Summit

When – Sept 30-Oct 2, 2014

Where – The College for Creative Studies, 460 W. Baltimore Ave., Detroit, MI

Hawaii Economic Development Wants to Launch Your Dreams Into Reality

The Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism is co-hosting an event called Launch Your Dreams into Reality to help small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Hawaii Economic Development' small business fair workshop

Hawaii Economic Development’ small business fair workshop (photo – invest.hawaii.gov)

The event is officially the 2014 Hawaii Small Business Fair, scheduled to be held at Honolulu Community College on Aug 23, 2014.

It is expected to be attended by more than 300 small business owners and individuals interested in starting their own business.

Other organizations partnering with the Hawaii Economic Development Department and Honolulu Community College to host this one-day event include the U.S. SBA, IRS, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Bank of Hawaii, Argosy University, and the Business Action Center.

Participating small businesses and entrepreneurs will get to participate in more than 20 business workshops and may seek one-on-one business counseling sessions too.

Not to mention the exhibits being put up by local, state and federal agencies and nonprofit organizations that explain how small businesses can seek assistance, funding and support from various sources to improve their business.

This will be the second such event being hosted this year. The first Launch Your Dreams into Reality small business fair was held earlier this year in February and drew record participation. More than 350 individuals signed up for the wide range of free workshops on topics such as financing options, business registration, federal income taxes, etc.

Attendees learned about everything from specialty loans and tax breaks to crowdfunding as a means of financing their small business startup and operations. They learned about business programs offered by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and how a small business can get started with exports.

The SCORE Association provided on-on-one counseling sessions for more than 100 small business owners and entrepreneurs interested in starting their own business. SCORE is a nonprofit group with a network of more than 320 chapters and over 11,000 volunteers who help small businesses get started and grow by providing mentorship and education.

What – Hawaii Small Business Fair

When – August 23, 2014

Where – Honolulu Community College, 874 Dillingham Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96817

The 2014 Hawaii Small Business Forum is scheduled to be held on Aug 21, a couple of days before the small business fair. The forum, also organized by the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, will be a platform for a discussion about what government agencies and small business organizations are doing to support the business community in Hawaii.

Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference

The Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference Series is scheduled to be held from Sept 16 -18, 2014 in Springfield, MA.

Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference

Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference (photo – bbpmag.com)

This is their third broadband economic development conference, following the inaugural one in Danville, VA and the second one in Chicago, IL.

This third conference in Massachusetts focused on the Northeast states is once again devoted to the relationship a community’s economic vitality has with their access to advanced broadband networks.

The conference begins Sept 16 with a seminar for professional planners co-hosted by the American Planning Association’s Technology Division.

Alongside the seminar, there will be two parallel tracks of workshops. One track offers workshops on financial modeling for community networks, opportunities for negotiating access to middle mile networks, and maximizing the payoff from your broadband networks.

The other track of workshops includes topics such as how telehealth improves the economic well-being of communities, how a community can aggregate demand for their network, and another workshop that offers public officials an introduction to fiber-to-the-user networks.

A breakfast forum the next day sponsored by the APA will focus on broadband issues related to the nationwide Smart Cities Task Force project.

One of the listed speakers for the conference is Kathleen McMahon, who chairs the APA Technology Division and is a co-chair of the APA Smart City Task Force. Kathleen has 20 years of city planning experience and a consulting practice focused on assisting rural areas with the development of strategies for broadband infrastructure.

The second day’s workshop tracks are entirely focused broadband economic development. One track includes a workshop on working with economic development agencies, emerging local strategies for acquiring fiber networks, and another one called “Economic Development: The Killer App.”

The second track of workshops on Day II includes one on building the economic case for broadband projects, public-private economic development partnerships, and success stories at the local, regional and state level.

Day III has two sets of parallel workshops. One set includes a workshop on how an early focus on economic development gets broadband projects started and makes it easier to find funding. The other one looks at the contribution of high-capacity networks to a community’s global competitiveness and economic development.

The second set of workshops on the last day of the conference includes one that looks at a regional approach for using broadband to create jobs and drive economic development. The other one looks at how to make broadband projects sustainable.

What – Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference

When – Sept 16 -18, 2014

Where – Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, Springfield, Massachusetts

SelectUSA Investment Seminar at BIO 2014

A SelectUSA Investment Seminar is scheduled to be held at BIO 2014 in San Diego, CA on June 23, 2014. BIO is one of the premier events for companies seeking biotech investment opportunities in the United States.

SelectUSA investment seminar at BIO 2014

SelectUSA investment seminar at BIO 2014

SelectUSA is holding this free seminar at BIO to help international life sciences investors connect with U.S. economic development organizations (EDOs) and other state and local officials who can help foreign companies expand or start new operations in the U.S.

Attendees at the seminar will also learn about special incentives for the sector, along with legal protocols, regulatory agencies, best practices and other available services.

Apart from SelectUSA, other federal agencies whose representatives will be speaking at the seminar include the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Also on the list of invited speakers are representatives from famed international tax law firms such as ReedSmith, and global financial services firms focused on the life sciences industry such as Burrill & Company. A U.S. Economic Development Office has also been invited to speak at the seminar.

Attendees will be able to learn about the “the State of Life Sciences in the U.S. for the Foreign Investor” first-hand from industry leaders. Other topics on the agenda include site selection primers called “Investing in the U.S.: Where to Start” and “Practical Advice on Investing in the U.S. Life Sciences Industry: Opportunities, Best Practices, and Challenges.”

There will be a session on regulatory framework for life sciences, and another one on protecting intellectual property.

EDOs interested in recruiting life sciences startups and large international companies cannot afford to miss BIO. In 2013, BIO attracted 1,722 exhibitors from thousands of organizations, including the world’s largest biotech and pharmaceutical companies, research labs, consultants, service providers, suppliers, manufacturers and academic institutions.

There will be more than 60 state, regional and country pavilions at BIO, and each of these pavilions in turn host companies from their respective regions.

What: SelectUSA Investment Seminar at BIO 2014 (June 23-26)

When: 8:30 a.m. to noon on June 23, 2014 (RSVP by June 20)

Where: Room 3 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

US Commerce Dept Announces SelectUSA Investment Summit 2015

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the next SelectUSA Investment Summit will be held March 23-24, 2015 in National Harbor, MD, near Washington, D.C.

SelectUSA Investment Summit 2015

SelectUSA Investment Summit 2015

This is the second-ever SelectUSA Investment Summit, following the rousing success of the first one in Oct-Nov 2013 in Washington, D.C. which brought together more than 1,300 participants.

More than 200 representatives of U.S. economic development organizations (EDOs) from 48 states, D.C., and four territories were able to meet with 654 participants from 60 different markets, including representatives of 456 foreign or multinational firms.

Also at hand at the summit were 70 federal government officials and staff from 16 different agencies, answering questions and smoothing the way for both EDOs and investors.

Hundreds of meetings were scheduled online beforehand, and hundreds more took place on the tradeshow floor. More than 7,200 visitors from 109 countries watched the summit online.

Along with the announcement of the second SelectUSA Investment Summit, the White House and U.S. Commerce Department also released a new report (pdf) with data on FDI investments and international company projects secured by U.S. destinations with assistance and services provided by the SelectUSA program launched in 2011.

The report says that in just over two years after being launched, the SelectUSA program has facilitated more than $18 billion in new investment for the United States. SelectUSA will provide services to nearly 1,000 economic development organizations and potential investors this year, helping them navigate the process and explaining the advantages of investing in the United States.

“We’re proud of the progress we made since the Summit,” said U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. “But more importantly, we are looking forward to the next SelectUSA Investment Summit in National Harbor, MD in March 2015.”

Sec. Pritzker added that they are inviting economic development officials and companies from across the world to join them for another great opportunity to build on the momentum and continue showing that America is open for business, investment and job creation.

What: SelectUSA Investment Summit (commerce.gov)

When: March 23-24, 2015

Where: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland

Greater New Orleans Economic Development and Real Estate Intersect at UNO Seminar

The 2014 UNO/Latter & Blum Economic Outlook and Real Estate Forecast Seminar for Metropolitan New Orleans is scheduled to be held at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus on May 9, 2014.

UNO/Latter & Blum seminar

UNO/Latter & Blum seminar

The seminar is hosted by the UNO Institute for Economic Development and Real Estate Research. A similar seminar focusing on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartain will be held on June 6, 2014 in Covington, LA.

The seminars bring together Greater New Orleans economic development officials and real estate industry leaders to discuss the future of economic growth and development in the metropolitan area.

This will be the 25th year these seminars are being held by UNO. Last year, the agenda for the New Orleans seminar was focused on tourism and hospitality in the region. This year, the focus will be on the intersection of economic development and real estate.

The panel, titled “Where Economic Development and Real Estate Intersect” will be moderated by Dr. Ivan J. Miestchovich, Jr., director of the UNO EDRE Institute.

The panelists for this discussion are as follows:-

– Louisiana Economic Development Assistant Secretary Quentin Messer;

– Greater New Orleans, Inc. President and CEO Michael Hecht;

– New Orleans Business Alliance President and CEO Rodrick Miller;

– Downtown Development District of New Orleans President and CEO Kurt Weigle;

– Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission Executive Director Jerry Bologna; and

– St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation CEO Brenda Bertus.

There will also be three real estate panels afterwards, one of which will focus on trends and outlooks in the sector. A second panel will look at residential real estate issues, while the last one will be about commercial real estate.

This last panel will have Corporate Realty Leasing Director Bruce Sossaman; Stirling Properties President and CEO Marty Mayer; and College of Business Administration Dean John Williams talking about office, retail and hotel/hospitality real estate.

What: UNO/Latter & Blum Economic Outlook and Real Estate Forecast Seminar

When: May 9, 2014

Where: University Center Ballroom, UNO, New Orleans, LA

New Hampshire Economic Development Dept. Organizes Finance Fair

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan announced that a Finance Fair is to be held May 28, 2014 at Southern New Hampshire University to help startups and businesses that are looking to expand in the state with their financing needs.

New Hampshire Finance Fair

New Hampshire Finance Fair

The New Hampshire Finance Fair is being sponsored by the Department of Resources and Economic Development’s Division of Economic Development, in partnership with the U.S. SBA and the New Hampshire Bankers Association (NHBA).

More than 30 representatives from banks, financial services agencies and credit unions will be at the NH Finance Fair, talking about their loan programs and the other ways in which they can help businesses in the state expand and grow.

Gov. Hassan said that in order to keep the economy moving forward, they must continue to be responsive to the needs of job-creating businesses.

The Governor said that businesses have told her they need better access to capital investment and support from financial partners in order to grow and hire, and this finance fair will help introduce financing partners and lending organizations to businesses who are striving to expand.

The fair is free to attend for all startups, entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes. Apart from being able to meet with lenders and state, federal and county officials, participants will also benefit from two seminars. One of the seminars called “Swimming with the Sharks” will focus on securing investments from investors and lenders, and the other one on creative financing options.

Participants will also receive free assistance for developing loan proposals and business plans, and will be provided legal and accounting guidance.

Commissioner Jeffrey Rose of the New Hampshire Economic Development Dept said that the state has a well-earned reputation for being business-friendly, and this finance fair was another way to demonstrate that point.

As the economy continues to grow, said Commissioner Rose, they want businesses to grow with it, and the finance fair will connect businesses with the resources that will help them reach their goals – all in one place and in one afternoon.

SBA Deputy District Director for New Hampshire Amy Bassett said the fair is the perfect opportunity for small business owners and those interested in starting their own business to talk directly with lenders about their business-financing needs.

NHBA President Christiana Thornton said they are pleased to be a sponsor for this event, which they expect will produce clear and long-lasting benefits for the small business community and the New Hampshire economy.

What: New Hampshire Finance Fair (free registration)

When: May 28, 2014

Where: Hospitality Center at Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH

Delaware Economic Development Summit

The Delaware Economic Development Summit is scheduled to be held in Wilmington, DE on April 24, 2014.

Delaware Economic Development Summit

Delaware Economic Development Summit

The summit has been organized by the Delaware Regional Satellite Council of ULI Philadelphia (Urban Land Institute), an independent non-profit which provides leadership in responsible land use and creating sustainable thriving communities.

Attendees at the summit will be able to hear about the latest in economic development trends and the corporations and industries that are making a difference.

You will be able to understand the landscape in the State, from employment gains and corporate commitments to real estate transactions that have enabled Delaware to reestablish itself after the recession.

Find out how the City of Wilmington, New Castle County and State of Delaware have successfully attracted corporate commitments and stabilized the real estate markets, which has resulted in new developments, redevelopment of vacant properties, and adaptive reuse of obsolete facilities.

Learn more about how the City, County and State are important economic drivers in the Greater Philadelphia MSA, with strengths in diverse areas including financial services, bio-sciences, legal services and “eds and meds.”

Former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy, who is the Urban Land Institute’s Canizaro/Klingbeil Families Chair for Urban Development, will open the program with a keynote.

Murphy’s extensive experience in urban revitalization has been a key addition to the ULI senior resident fellows’ pool of expertise. Murphy has served on 16 advisory services panels for ULI, including in Chicago, Baltimore, Moscow and Hong Kong.

He has also served as ULI’s Gulf Coast liaison, helping coordinate with the New Orleans leadership and the ULI Advisory Services panel which provided rebuilding recommendations after Hurricane Katrina. He has also worked on rebuilding strategies with leaders of gulf coast areas of Mississippi and Alabama.

Alan Levin, Cabinet Secretary of the Delaware Economic Development Office, is participating in the summit as one of the panelists.

Other panelists include Patrick Grusenmeyer, president of Christiana Care Services; Thomas Horne, head of Operations, JPMorgan Chase; and David Hastings, executive vice president and CFO, INCYTE.

What: Delaware Economic Development Summit (Philadelphia ULI)

When: April 24, 2014

Where: The Westin Wilmington, Wilmington, DE

NYU Schack Sustainable Real Estate Conference

The NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Center for the Sustainable Built Environment will be holding its Fourth Annual Sustainable Real Estate Conference in New York City on Feb 27, 2014.

NYU Schack Sustainable Real Estate Conference

NYU Schack Sustainable Real Estate Conference (photo – scps.nyu.edu)

The conference theme this year is “Taking Stock and Moving Forward: Ideas for the Next Generation of Sustainable Real Estate,” and will look at the future of sustainable development.

This urban sustainability conference annually attracts hundreds of industry professionals, academics and environmental advocates.

Leaders from academia and the public and private sectors will discuss new ideas for a comprehensive and collaborative roadmap for the future of sustainable real estate.

The morning keynote at the conference will be given by Kathleen Hogan, deputy assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy.

Kyle Kimball, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, will be holding a lunchtime conversation.

There will be four panel discussions at the conference. The first one will take a look back at what has been achieved, with panelists discussing the extent to which LEED, Energy Star and other such programs are generating sustainable environmental as well as financial returns across the built environment.

A second panel will look at opportunities and challenges in utilizing the new data sets available as a result of energy performance disclosure protocols, and how the data can be used to accelerate the market’s transformation from green to resilient and sustainable.

The third panel after lunch will look at innovative approaches to energy efficiency and sustainability, with panelists discussing policies, research and technologies that will provide deeper energy savings while accelerating adoption of sustainability practices at scale.

The last and fourth panel will look at charting a future for sustainable real estate, with panelists discussing how industry leaders and the public sector are defining and redefining the future of sustainable real estate and how success is measured.

Conference Co-Chair Dr. Constantine E. Kontokosta said the real estate industry has made a number of positive changes to address climate change since the first Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report was released 24 years ago, but there’s far more that needs to be done to lower emissions, reduce consumption and make buildings healthier and more productive places in which to live and work.

What: NYU Schack Fourth Annual Conference on Sustainable Real Estate

When: Feb 27, 2014

Where: NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, New York, NY

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