Events & Conferences

The WORLD FORUM for Foreign Direct Investment

The WORLD FORUM for Foreign Direct Investment is scheduled to be held from June 16-18, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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The event, organized by Red Hot Locations, attracts delegates from all over the world. A full 39 percent of the attendees are representatives of EDOs, EDCs and IPAs, and another 33 percent are corporate executives and business leaders, with consultants and intermediaries making up another 18 percent.

The conference agenda includes a series of panels about FDI drivers on June 17.

One panel called “The People Factor” discusses why people choose to live in one city over another, and the kind of talent, skills and personalities certain businesses attract and how locations around the world are capitalizing on this

Another panel discusses the water factor, about how water-intensive industries can justify their consumption, and how a clever location choice can reduce the potential for criticism.

A panel on the impact of energy on corporate investment will discuss how energy costs are affecting corporate location decisions around the world, including how shale developments in the U.S. are transforming the geography of global manufacturing as companies move to take advantage of the low energy costs.

One panel will be discussing the power of incentives, with corporations discussing the best incentives packages that have attracted them to a particular region/state/country.

Another panel will focus on “Innovation as an FDI Driver,” looking at how corporations and communities align their strategic vision to create clusters of innovation and technology.

On June 18, there will be another series of panels on FDI trends, including on reshoring, cybersecurity, and another one on how increasing pressure to keep their operations green and sustainable is pushing companies from vast suburban campuses to urban offices.

The Consultants Roundtable will provide a snapshot about which cities, regions, countries, companies and sectors are the ones to watch.

The FDI Awards will be announced as the last event before the close of the conference, recognizing excellence in five categories.

The location for the event is decided through a bidding process. Last year, it was held in Shanghai. The bidding process is now open for cities, states and countries that wish to host the conference for 2015 or 2016.


When: June 16-18, 2014

Where: The Union League of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Business Facilities LiveXchange in Myrtle Beach, SC

The tenth annual Business Facilities LiveXchange is scheduled to be held from April 6-8, 2014 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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LiveXchange is an event that brings together corporate executives and site selection consultants tasked with finding new locations for their businesses with economic development organizations from across North America.

Delegates must be currently conducting or about to begin a preliminary search, with a timeframe of making the final location decision in between May 2014 and 2016.

The project has to meet at least one of the following three criteria over three years – $2 million in capital investment; 40 full-time jobs; or $1 million in payroll, including benefits.

Delegates who are invited to attend will get a personalized itinerary customized to their needs. Each delegate will be able to meet EDOs in prescheduled one-on-one sessions.

They will also be able to attend educational presentations, workshops and seminars where industry experts will talk about critical site selection issues.

The keynote panel will be on the “Future of Site Selection.” Mark Williams, Strategic Development Group, will hold a seminar on “Negotiating Incentives, Land Costs and Energy Costs.”

Hartley Powell, KPMG, will present the “KPMG Market Forecast/Competitive Alternatives Study.”

David Brandon, Site Selection Group, will hold a seminar on “Workforce Analysis and the Site Selection Process.”

Al Jones,, will hold a workshop on “Boom/Bust Cycles and Site Selection Opportunities.” Jason Hickey, Hickey & Associates, will talk about site selection case history.

Mark Sweeney, McCallum Sweeney Consulting, will be conducting a seminar on evaluating financial incentives.

LiveXchange is entirely free for delegates, since the organizers cover the entire cost of the conference, including hotels stays, meals and other events, and additionally provide a $350 travel stipend.

To top that off, LiveXchange is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation (MBREDC) are inviting LiveXchange delegates and their families to extend their stay free of cost.

Delegates can arrive early before LiveXchange (April 4-6, 2014) or stay on afterwards (April 8-10, 2014) with family, and enjoy one afternoon or evening excursion per day to select local attractions.

What: Business Facilities LiveXchange

When: April 6-8, 2014

Where: Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 Meeting in Atlanta, GA

The first regional meeting convened by the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 (AMP 2.0) will be held on February 3, 2014 at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.

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AMP 2.0 is a cross-sector national effort aimed at securing U.S. leadership in emerging technologies that can create manufacturing jobs and enhance America’s global competitiveness.

The AMP 2.0 regional meeting at Georgia Tech is designed to gather feedback from stakeholders in local and state government, academia and industry.

The focus will be on rebuilding the U.S. manufacturing ecosystem by identifying challenges and finding solutions that bring small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into the advanced manufacturing mix.

AMP 2.0 is looking for input on topics such as workforce challenges and technology adoption limitations for SMEs, and SME access to collaborative technology and America Makes (NAMII – national additive manufacturing innovation institute).

The morning plenary session begins with remarks by Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson.

Mike Molnar, director of the Advanced Manufacturing Program Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will give an overview of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).

Siemens CEO Eric Spiegel will talk about the importance of advanced manufacturing.

There will be a panel discussion that will focus on the challenges SMEs face in adopting advanced manufacturing technologies. Another panel will discuss how to engage and energize manufacturing.

A series of breakout sessions will include four concurrent breakouts addressing everything from manufacturing workforce needs to new technologies, scale-up strategies, and leadership and change management.

The 19-member AMP 2.0 Steering Committee is a working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). It is co-chaired by MIT President Rafael Reif and Dow Chemical President, Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris.

AMP 2.0 is a follow-up to the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee that was created in 2011. That first AMP steering committee ended up proposing and catalyzing several key initiatives and priorities to strengthen the U.S. advanced manufacturing sector.

AMP 2.0 is working on guiding the implementing the original AMP recommendations, including the creation of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MIIs) under the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

What: Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 (AMP 2.0) Regional Meeting

When: February 3, 2014

Where: Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Inaugural Forbes Reinventing America Summit

The inaugural Forbes Reinventing America Summit is scheduled to take place March 26-28, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

The event is expected to bring together more 300 academics, entrepreneurs, elected officials and industrial executives to talk about the next industrial revolution and discuss the role of heartland innovation in the U.S. economy’s recovery.

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Apart from Forbes Media Chairman Steve Forbes and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, other participants at the Reinventing America Summit include Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and Indiana Governor Mike Pence, among others.

This summit is the culmination of an effort stretching back to the past 18 months during which Forbes has been publishing stories of civic transformation and innovation as part of a “Reinventing America” series. The Forbes Reinventing America Summit aims to bring these stories to life by bringing together the people at the forefront of the next Industrial Revolution.

The agenda for the summit includes everything from innovative financing to bridging the skills gap, the promise of 3D printing and the fracking boom.

One of the major topics to be discussed will be “The Next Industrial Revolution” where participants will discuss how America can compete and win, and how advanced manufacturing makes it meaningful again.

There will be a discussion about the “Reinventors” bringing transformational innovation in everyday things.

A “Governing for Growth” session will feature case studies on successful public-private partnerships and the fracking boom in North Dakota. A third presentation will take a look at “Opportunity Nation: Iowa’s Turnaround.”

The 3D printing discussion called “The Maker Revolution” will look at the democratization of production through 3D printing, among other things.

A transportation panel will look at solutions for 21st century infrastructure issues, and a reinventing finance discussion will look at funding innovation beyond Silicon Valley.

One session will discuss Chicago as the “City of Industry.” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement that they were thrilled that Forbes has chosen Chicago to host the Reinventing America Summit. He said Chicago has always been synonymous with American economy and economic innovation, so it is fitting that the city will host this critical discussion.

What: Forbes Reinventing America Summit

When: March 26-28, 2014

Where: J.W. Marriott Chicago, Illinois

PNAA Aerospace Conference and Suppliers Fair

The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) will be hosting the 13th Annual Aerospace Conference and Suppliers Fair in Lynnwood, Washington from Feb 4-6, 2014.

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This is the sector’s largest West Coast conference which drew more than 425 attendees last year from 300 companies spread across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

This year’s conference under the theme of “What’s Driving Change in the Aerospace Industry?” features forecasts and analysis from aerospace analysts including Richard Aboulafia, vice president, Analysis, The Teal Group; and Scott Hamilton, managing director of Leeham Co.

Aboulafia will be providing commercial and defense industry forecasts. Hamilton will be providing an overview of the state of the global aerospace industry.

One of the key presentations on Feb 6 will be an analysts panel that will look at the Boeing 777X site selection impacts. Panelists Aboulafia and Hamilton, together with Michel Merluzeau, managing partner at G2 Solutions, will be discussing 777X production approaches and the future of aerospace manufacturing in Washington State, among other things.

Attendees will learn how the Boeing Machinists’ vote and Boeing’s subsequent decision to locate the 777X project in Puget Sound will impact manufacturers, state economies and the supply chain. The panel will also focus on the industry’s future “looking beyond Boeing.”

Hamilton says that they will have to go through the whole thing again when Boeing proceeds with a new design to replace the 757 at the end of the decade, and then the 737 MAX in the next decade. He said the state and region must become more aggressive to look ‘Beyond Boeing’ in order to insulate themselves from economic and labor blackmail every time Boeing wants to build an airplane.

PNAA has also confirmed that Washington Governor Jay Inslee will be a keynote dinner speaker at the PNAA Conference on Feb 5.

PNAA Executive Director Melanie Jordan said that in his appearance at the PNAA conference last year, the Governor laid out his vision for Washington’s Aerospace Industry, and this year will be an excellent opportunity for him to address the changes and opportunities in the aerospace industry.

Product and program updates will be provided by top-level executives at Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier and Embraer, and by the other top OEMs including GE, Rolls Royce and Pratt & Whitney. The Suppliers Fair will be held on the final day of the conference.

What: PNAA 2014 Aerospace Conference and Suppliers Fair

When: February 4-6, 2014

Where: Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynnwood, Washington

NAHRO Legislative Conference in Washington DC

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Legislative Conference is scheduled to be held in Washington D.C. from March 10-12, 2014.

NAHRO Legislative Conference

NAHRO Legislative Conference

Attendees will be able to hear from HUD officials about the latest in public housing, Section 8 and community development programs, in addition to being able to network and connect with industry professionals.

On March 9, there will be a series of pre-conference events, including an overview of NAHRO’s 2014 legislative and regulatory agenda, and a session on the federal budget with remarks from nationally recognized experts.

The opening plenary session has Claire Shipman, senior national correspondent for Good Morning America, as a featured speaker. Shipman’s speech will be followed by concurrent sessions on public housing current issues and the Congressional Staff Forum.

Speakers at the afternoon plenary session include Steve LaTourette, former U.S. Representative from Ohio; and Dr. Christopher Herbert, research director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.

They will be followed by another pair of concurrent sessions. In one session, officials from HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) will be providing updates on core programs. The other one is about Section 8 current issues, with updates provided by HUD‚Äôs Office of Public and Indian Housing.

On the evening of the conference’s first day, there will be a moonlight tour of D.C. Participants on this tour will get to see all the brightly-lit national monuments and federal buildings.

Tuesday, March 11, is entirely about Hill Advocacy Day which takes place on Capitol Hill. Attendees will hear from elected lawmakers in Congress, key staff and Hill insiders about the federal budget, new legislation, and FY 2014 appropriations for federal agencies.

After the closing session on March 12, there will be a post-conference Washington, D.C. area Housing and Community Development Tour. Participants on this tour will be able to explore how housing and community development strategies and successes are being implemented in the Washington D.C. metro area, and gain new ideas and perspectives that can be implemented in your own community.

What: NAHRO Legislative Conference

When: March 10-12, 2014

Where: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

Innovation Policy Summit at International CES

The Innovation Policy Summit at 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada is scheduled to be held from Jan 07-09, 2014.

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Organized by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), CES is the world’s largest innovation event.

Last year, CES drew 152,759 attendees from 150 countries, many of whom came as a part of the official delegations sent by 102 countries.

Attendees participating in the Innovation Policy Summit will be able to hear top Washington policymakers, technology leaders and entrepreneurs talk about how to maintain innovation leadership.

The Jan 7 panels include one on the obstacles and opportunities that public policy can create for startups. Six panelists including top innovators and DC policymakers will discuss what the government should and should not do to promote entrepreneurs and generate new innovative businesses.

The other two panels on Jan 7 include one about making music licensing work for innovators, artists and consumers, and another one about the opportunities and challenges for policymakers due to the increasing trend towards connected cars.

Among the Jan 8 panels, the most high-profile one is the one about the “Home of the Future.” Consumers are fast adopting remotely connected lights, heating systems, security cameras and other home appliances that are helping improve energy efficiency and lower energy costs.

The panel will discuss how policymakers and manufacturers can educate consumers to take steps that will help them benefit from such connected homes.

This panel is presented by U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, and moderated by Larry Downes, consultant and author of “Big Band Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation.”

The panelists for this connected home panel include:-

Robert M. McDowell, Visiting Fellow, Center for Economics of the Internet, Hudson Institute;

Jeff Hagins, Co-Founder and CTO, Smart Things;

Robert Pepper, VP of Global Technology Policy, Cisco Systems; and

Marc Rogers, Principal Security Researcher, Lookout

The three panels on Jan 9 includes one on how the E-Waste recycling industry is changing given the trend towards lighter consumer electronics that are more valuable even as waste, and less expensive to recycle.

Another panel on Jan 9 focuses on energy efficiency initiatives impacting consumer electronics. This panel will discuss what’s working and what should be the priority for the industry, advocates and government in 2014.

What: Innovation Policy Summit at International CES

When: Jan 07-09, 2013

Where: North Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

IEDC Federal Economic Development Forum

The International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Federal Economic Development Forum is scheduled to be held in Alexandria, Virginia from March 23-25, 2014.

IEDC Federal Economic Development Forum

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The Federal Forum held annually in the Washington, D.C. metro area is the only gathering of its kind that brings together economic development professionals from all over the United States with the top federal economic development policymakers.

Two days of workshops, roundtables and interactive sessions provide the latest information and updates on federal initiatives and programs.

Not to mention the fact that it’s an opportunity to provide feedback to federal agencies and officials about how their programs are working (or not).

Before the event begins, there will be a two-day professional development course on workforce development scheduled for March 20-21, followed by Certified Economic Developers (CEcD) exams on March 22 and 23.

The two afternoon sessions on March 23 will be devoted to workforce development. The first one is sort of a speed dating program where small groups of policy makers and practitioners, including economic and workforce developers, will exchange ideas and discuss a topic until the bell rings and the group rotates to the next topic.

The second session on Day 1 will focus on how economic developers can leverage existing workforce development programs and learn about the latest policy developments.

On Monday, March 24, IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle will provide an update on the latest in federal economic development trends, followed by the plenary session on “Foreign is the New Domestic.”

After the plenary session, there will be two sets of successive breakout sessions. The first set includes an ED interactive session on exports and another one on the federal role in infrastructure development and how much money should be put into infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges.

The second set of breakout sessions includes one on how to make best use of disaster funding for rebuilding better, stronger and bigger, and another session on modern bank lending and federal capital access programs for small businesses.

A plenary session on helping entrepreneurs succeed ends the sessions for Day 2, and another one opens Day 3 with a current listing of federal legislative and programmatic economic development priorities. Another set of breakout sessions offers attendees a choice between sessions on energy and rural economic development.

The final plenary session focuses on federal investments in research and innovation, with panelists discussing the role of their agency or organization in promoting innovation and connecting the dots between themselves and economic developers.

What: IEDC Federal Economic Development Forum

When: March 23-25, 2014

Where: The Westin Alexandria, Alexandria, Virginia

ASU Sustainability Solutions Festival in Greater Phoenix

A series of events are scheduled to be held in the Greater Phoenix region in Arizona from Feb. 17-22, 2014 as a part of the inaugural Sustainability Solutions Festival.

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The Festival is one of eight Sustainability Solutions Initiatives undertaken by Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability.

Funded by the Walton Family Foundation’s Rob and Melani Walton Fund, the ASU Sustainability Solutions Initiatives aim to utilize the brightest minds for advancing sustainability solutions and accelerating their global impact.

The theme for the inaugural Sustainability Solutions Festival is “It‚Äôs time to find a better way.”

The Festival is bringing together some of the most popular events organized by the topmost organizations in the green business and sustainability sectors.

The Sustainability Consortium meetings at the Tempe Mission Palms (Feb 17-18) will be included under the Festival’s scheduled events. The Sustainability Consortium consists of a group of global corporations. Its founding members include Coca Cola, Disney and BestBuy, among others.

The GreenBiz Group likewise announced that their sixth annual GreenBiz Forum (Feb 18-20) will be held at the Montelucia Resort in Phoenix as a part of the Festival.

Another major event will be the fourth annual Arizona Solar Summit, to be held Feb 20 at the ASU SkySong Innovation Center. The summit will focus on introducing innovative technologies, programs and policies that are critical for reshaping energy markets.

Other events that are a part of the Festival lineup include the Sedona Green Film Festival and a screening of the film “Carbon Nation” with director Peter Byck.

The Ignite@ASU event will be held at the Arizona Science Center on Feb 18, and will share sustainability ideas and solutions through rapid-fire five minute presentations.

To motivate and tap into ASU’s entrepreneurial spirit, the Festival is awarding $5,000 in prizes ($2,500 for first prize, $1,500 for second prize, and $1,000 for the People’s Choice Award) under the Sustainability Solutions Showcase. Participants are required to come up with solution ideas that address a multi-faceted sustainability problem.

ASU President Michael M. Crow said the Sustainability Solutions Festival exemplifies ASU’s endeavor to address the world’s economic, social and environmental challenges of the 21st century through transdisciplinary, collaborative and solutions-oriented thinking and training.

Patricia Reiter, director of the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, said the Festival will celebrate and promote innovations that ensure economic prosperity, cultural vitality and environmental resilience for many generations.

What: ASU Sustainability Solutions Festival

When: Feb. 17-22, 2014

Where: Greater Phoenix, Arizona

AWEA Wind Project Siting Seminar

The American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Wind Project Siting Seminar is scheduled to be held January 29-30, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

AWEA Wind Project Siting Seminar

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The agenda for the seminar aims to provide attendees with the latest information and strategies for effectively minimizing siting and permitting risks, while creating the conditions that allow facilities to maximize energy output and operate in compliance with environmental laws.

Pre-conference sessions include an update on the activities of the Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative (BWEC) by Dr. Cris Hein, who will also provide updates on ultrasonic acoustic deterrent R&D work.

Another pre-conference session is the American Wind Wildlife Institute Forum, which will discuss AWWI projects in technology innovation and science for policy and practice.

One of the conference sessions focuses on the challenges developers face while obtaining local community buy-in while advancing projects. This session, titled “Obtain Stakeholder Buy-in To Let the Good Times Roll,” provides the latest standards and information regarding cultural consultation and effectively engaging the community, property values, visual impacts, etc.

Another session is focused entirely on sound issues. This forum is titled “Chicken Soup for Your Sound Issues,” and highlights the fact that sound impacts of wind projects are among the top community concerns when developers site projects and impact analysis studies are undertaken.

Apart from compliance and technical aspects, the panelists on this sound issues session will provide attendees with strategies for constructively engaging the public and addressing sound concerns.

In addition to the BWEC update, the seminar also includes another session on the latest developments being undertaken to limit the wind industry’s impact on bats.

North American bats are facing mass extinction due to a mysterious disease called White Nose Syndrome, and efforts to save them are made more difficult by wind turbines that cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of bats every year.

This panel will also share information about minimization and mitigation measures as outlined in Indiana bat permit applications.

What: AWEA Wind Project Siting Seminar

When: January 29-30, 2014

Where: Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana

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