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Welcome Package



The 48th Annual Basic Economic Development Course

March 10-13, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia

“Reshoring: Manufacturing Coming Home”

Schedule and Speaker Information

BEDC 2015 Agenda

Welcome Package 2015


Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 (Day 1)

Kevin Shea: Welcome from GEDA

Sandy Montalbano D’Amico: Keynote: The Reshoring Initiative

Panel Discussion: Community Trends in Manufacturing Reshoring

Gene StinsonBrand YOU: Personal Branding for Effectiveness and Success

Eloisa KlementichManaging Economic Development Organizations

Jones HooksManaging Economic Development Organizations

Vicki HortonThe Corporate Site Selection Process

Robert PittmanCommunity (and Economic) Development


Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 (Day 2)

Lisa CollinsEconomic Development Strategic Planning

Jennifer Zeller: Innovations in Economic Development Research

Panel Discussion: Economic Development Marketing & Attraction

Jim O’Bryan: Retail Recruitment

Tamara PatridgeBuilding Your Camera Ready Community

Lee ThomasFilm, Music & Digital Entertainment

Ramay WinchesterTurning Visitors into Neighbors

Mike WigginsSouthwire Workforce Development

John MetcalfWorkforce Development


Thursday, March 12th (Day 3)

Alfie MeekMeasuring the Impact of Development

Crystal MorphisBusiness Retention and Expansion

Jonathan Baker: Monday Night Brewing

Eric BonaparteEntrepreneurship and Small Business: SBDC Networks

Todd Greene and Tedra Cheatham: Economic Development Ethics Workshop


Friday, March 13th (Day 4)

Tami Gerke and Kristie Swink BensonMedia Relations

Tracy SharpSustainability: Corporate American & Economic Development

Ignite SessionIGNITE 2015 Master Presentation

Working Lunch

Lisa Collins: IEDC and the CEcD Certification Process

Greg King: Developing Talent, Research and innovation Partnerships

Larry Alford and Bill Ritsch: Working with Your Community’s Manufacturers