2024 Course Agenda

The 2024 BEDC is scheduled for Monday, August 26, through Thursday, August 29.

The 2024 agenda is still in development. Last year’s agenda is included below to give an example of the content and structure of the course.

MONDAY, AUGUST 28, 2023    
StartEndLocationTopicSpeakers
7:308:302nd Floor Lobby Registration & Networking Breakfast
8:309:15Room 222BEDC Welcome B. David Bridges, Vice President, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2)
IEDC and the CEcD Certification ProcessLeigh Hopkins, Senior Project Manager, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2)
BEDC Opening SessionAlan Durham, Course Director, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2)
9:1510:15Room 222Keynote address: Better Housing, Better CommunitiesEric Kronberg & Elizabeth Ward-Williams, Kronberg Urbanists + Architects
10:1510:30GT Break AreaBREAK
10:3011:30Room 222Keynote address: Housing Alternatives & Neighborhood DevelopmentEric Kronberg & Elizabeth Ward-Williams, Kronberg Urbanists + Architects
11:3011:45CLASS PHOTO
11:4512:45LUNCH (provided)
1:002:00Room 222The Future of RetailKelly Cofer, CEO, & Kyle Cofer, The Retail Coach
2:003:00Room 222Navigating the NIMBYsAlan Durham, Course Director, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2)
3:003:15GT Break AreaBREAK
3:155:15Room 222Equitable & Inclusive Real Estate RedevelopmentRainey Shane, Social Sustainability Director, Americas Project and Development Services, JLL
6:00(Optional)Ponce City Market

675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE

Atlanta, GA 30308

(Rideshare or drive)
BEDC Social Hour: Ponce City Market Rainey Shane, Social Sustainability Director, Americas Project and Development Services, JLL
Ponce City Market

(Rideshare or drive)
Behind the Scenes Tour (Optional)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2023
StartEndLocationTopicSpeakers
7:308:00GT Break AreaNetworking Breakfast
8:0010:00Room 222Economic & Fiscal Impact Analysis



Tax Incentives: How Much Is Enough?
Dr. Alfie Meek, Ph.D., Director, Center for Economic Development Research, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2)
10:0010:15GT Break AreaBREAK
10:1512:15Room 222Workforce Development & Artificial IntelligenceJohn Metcalf, Workforce Systems Associates
12:151:15LUNCH (on your own)
1:152:15Room 222Managing Economic Development OrganizationsTim Evans, SVP Economic Development, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce
2:153:15Room 222Strategic Planning & Data Driven Economic DevelopmentMarion Phillips, Southern Company
Candice McKie, Project Manager, Georgia Tech EI2
Reba Adams, Project Manager, Georgia Tech EI2
3:153:30GT Break AreaBREAK
3:305:30Room 222Economic Development Marketing & AttractionCrystal Morphis, Creative Economic Development Consulting
6:00Cypress Street Pint & Plate

817 W Peachtree St NW

Atlanta, GA 30308
BEDC Social Hour

(Optional)
Optional gathering; walking distance from class
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2023
StartEndLocationTopicSpeakers
7:308:00GT Break AreaNetworking Breakfast
8:0010:00Room 222How to Work with Site SelectorsShelly Carmichael, Evergreen Location Strategies
10:0010:15GT Break AreaBREAK
10:1511:15Room 222Entrepreneur & Small Business DevelopmentBen MacMinn, StartUP Columbus
11:1512:15Room 222Entrepreneur & Small Business Development: Case StudyJay Pitts, ClinCept Clinical Research
12:151:15LUNCH (on your own)
1:153:15Room 222FEMA Disaster Recovery & ResilienceBrandy Nagel, Course Instructor, Georgia Tech EI2 & FEMA
3:153:30GT Break AreaBREAK
3:305:30Room 222Ethics in Economic Development Joy Wilkins, Serving Communities
6:00Marlow’s Tavern

950 W Peachtree St

Atlanta, GA 30309
BEDC Social Hour

(Optional)
Optional gathering; walking distance from class
THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2023
StartEndLocationTopicSpeakers
7:308:00GT Break AreaNetworking Breakfast
8:0010:00Room 222How to Handle the MediaChata Spikes, Spiked Communications, LLC
10:1511:15Room 222Regional Economic Development StrategiesLeigh Hopkins, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2)
11:1511:45Room 222Working with Your State EDOGrant Cagle, President, Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA)
11:4512:45Room 222Buffet Lunch: Ask an Economic Developer Anything!Wrap Up
12:451:00Room 222Wrap Up & GraduationAlan Durham, Course Director, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2)