8:30 a.m. Registration Opens
9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. Sponsorship Address: SME
9:05 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Our Economic Development Experience
Company representatives will talk about their experience working with the economic development community. What did they like, what would they change, and what would they have not been able to do without at economic developer (or team) on their side?
Matthew J. Farrell, CEO/Co-Founder, CORE Partners
Joe Neal, President and Owner, 2SP
9:50 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. Networking Break
10:05 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Sponsorship Address: Antero Group
10:10 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Engaging Your Board in Strategic Planning
Creating, modifying, implementing, and tracking the success of, a strategic plan is a team effort between an economic development agency, its board of directors, and other stakeholders. Those individuals may have other ideas for what is best, as well as day jobs of their own. What are some effective strategies for getting your board to play a role in the process throughout the year?
Rob Cleveland, CEcD, Chief Executive Officer, Cornerstone Alliance
10:55 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Networking Break
11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Learning from Established Leaders
A group of respected economic developers from communities around Michigan will share their experiences, how the landscape has changed, what they foresee, and their suggestions for preparing for your career for success.
Moderator: Nik Banda, Deputy City Manager/Community & Economic Development Director, City of Rochester
Panelists: Justin Horvath, CEcD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership
Malinda Jensen, Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs, Detroit Economic Growth Corp.
Don Schurr, Retired Gratiot County Economic Developer
12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Time to Get Lunch (Provided)
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Economic Development Ethics
Gaining familiarity with economic development ethics policies is substantial for a healthy career. Learn what is expected regarding professional conduct in the profession.
Tim Robinson, CEcD, EDFP, Director of Operations, Lenawee Now
1:00 p.m. Adjourn
Thank You Sponsors