Economic Development Conference Agenda

September 9, 2010


Thursday, September 9, 2010
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome and National Economic Update and Outlook THOMAS HOENIG
President, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Address GARY BURTLESS (Presentation)
Senior Fellow in Economic Studies and John C. and Nancy D. Whitehead Chair, Brookings Institution
10:30 - noon Breakout Session I - Developing, Attracting and Retaining Talent
This session will explore efforts to attract, retain, and develop a 21st Century workforce in underserved communities.


Rural Track
Presenters will discuss factors affecting the migration and retention of skilled talent in rural areas.
  10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Speakers: CHERYL BURKHART-KRIESEL (Paper, Presentation)
Extension Associate Professor, University of Nebraska


11:00 - 11:30 a.m.


JAMES LEEPER (Presentation)
University of Alabama School of Medicine

  11:30 - noon Moderated Discussion:

Vice President and Branch Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Omaha Branch

  Urban Track
Presenters will discuss the effectiveness of global efforts vis-à-vis location-specific talent attraction efforts in urban areas and practical approaches to develop existing local talent in low-and-moderate income communities
  10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Speakers: YOHANNES HAILU (Paper, Presentation)
Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Land Policy Research Program, Michigan State University


11:00 - 11:30 a.m.


CLYDE MCQUEEN (Presentation)
Chief Executive Officer, Full Employment Council (Kansas City, Missouri)

  11:30 - noon Moderated Discussion: KIM ZEULI
Assistant Vice President and Community Affairs Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond


12:15 - 1:45 p.m. Luncheon and Keynote Address MARK PARTRIDGE (Presentation)
C. William Swank Chair of Urban – Rural Policy and Professor, Agricultural, Environment, and Development Economics Department, The Ohio State University
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Breakout Session II - Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses
This session will explore the role of entrepreneurship and small business development in creating and maintaining economic opportunity in underserved areas.


Rural Track
Presenters will discuss factors affecting the growth of microenterprises in nonmetro counties in the U.S., coaching programs for rural entrepreneurs, and small business loan funds operating in rural areas.
  2:00 - 2:25 p.m. Speakers: ANIL RUPASINGHA (Paper, Presentation)
Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Community and Economic Development Specialist, Cooperative Extension Service, New Mexico State University
  2:25 - 2:45 p.m.   THOMAS LYONS (Presentation)
Lawrence N. Field Family Chair in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Management, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, The City University of New York


2:45 - 3:05 p.m.


INES POLONIUS (Presentation)
Founding member and Executive Director, (Memphis, Tenn.)

  3:05 - 3:30 p.m. Moderated Discussion: ROSE WASHINGTON RENTIE
Executive Director, Tulsa Economic Development Corporation
  Urban Track
Presenters will examine the social networks of women, minority, and low-and-moderate income entrepreneurs, efforts to connect low-and-moderate income entrepreneurs to technical assistance, and the challenges of developing small business incubators in economically depressed environments.

  2:00 - 2:25 p.m. Speakers: COLLEEN CASEY (Paper, Presentation)
Assistant Professor, School of Urban and Public Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington and visiting scholar, Federal Reserve Bank Atlanta
  2:25 - 2:45 p.m.   ROBERTO BARRAGAN (Presentation)
President, Valley Economic Development Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)

2:45 - 3:05 p.m.


CHUCK STEIN (Presentation)
Founder, Strategic Development Services (Powell, Ohio)

  3:05 - 3:30 p.m. Moderated Discussion:

Director of Entrepreneurship Research, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Keynote Address JAVIER PALOMAREZ (Presentation)
President and CEO
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Reception  

Friday, September 10, 2010  
7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast  
8:00 - 8:15 a.m. Welcome and Recap of Previous Day TAMMY EDWARDS
Assistant Vice President, Community Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Breakout Session III - Local Government Policy
This session seeks to identify needs for public services in the context of economic development in rural and low-and-moderate income communities and successful approaches for addressing these needs.
  Rural Track
Speakers will address regional government roles in rural innovation policy.
  8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Speakers: CHARLES FLUHARTY (Paper, Presentation)
Founder, President, and CEO of the Rural Policy Research Institute, and Research Professor in the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri


9:00 - 9:30 a.m.


TOM THORNTON (Presentation)
President and Chief Executive Officer, Kansas Bioscience Authority

  9:30 - 10:00 am. Moderated Discussion: KELLY EDMISTON
Senior Economist, Community Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  Urban Track
Speakers will explore local government efforts to support retail development in low-and-moderate income urban areas.
  8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Speakers: JENNY SCHUETZ (Paper, Presentation)
Assistant Professor, School of Policy, Planning, and Development, University of Southern California

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.


PAUL NELSON (Presentation
Executive Director of Commercial Revitalization Initiatives, New York City Small Business Services

  9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Moderated Discussion: WINSLEY DURAND
Director, Minority Economic Development / Retail Attraction
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce
10:15 - 11:45 p.m. Breakout Session IV - Collaborative Approaches to Economic Development
This session discusses approaches by communities and organizations to partner and work towards common goals in economic development efforts.
  Rural Track
Speakers will evaluate collaborative efforts to develop landfill projects and a technology innovation and development center.
  10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Speakers: JOHN G. LEHMAN (Paper, Presentation)
Economic Policy Analyst, Appalachian State University Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics
  10:45 - 11:15 a.m.   WILLIE TAYLOR (Presentation)
Regional Director (Philadelphia, PA), Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Regional Administrator (Philadelphia, PA), Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

  11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Moderated Discussion: JOHN LEATHERMAN
Professor of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University
  Urban Track
Speakers will discuss efforts to revitalize the economies of mid-sized, historically manufacturing-oriented cities.
  10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Speakers: YOLANDA KODRZYCKI (Paper, Presentation)
Vice-President and Director of the New England Public Policy Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Policy Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

10:45 - 11:15 a.m.


JOHN R. STAFFORD (Presentation)
Director, Community Research Institute
Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne

  11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Moderated Discussion: TODD GREENE 
Assistant Vice President, Policy and Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Luncheon and Keynote Address CAROL MARINOVICH (Presentation)
Former Mayor and Chief Executive Officer of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County / Kansas City, Kan.
12:45 - 1:00 p.m. Closing TAMMY EDWARDS
Assistant Vice President, Community Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

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