Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit

April 25, 2018

 


About this event

The Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit is a practitioner-focused summit designed to help economic development and small business practitioners effectively create economic growth through entrepreneurship in local communities.

This year’s summit is subtitled Entrepreneurship on the Edges, and will focus on providing information and practitioner insight in how to effectively develop disadvantaged urban and rural communities using entrepreneurship led development strategies.

This summit is held in partnership with one regional and three national partners, NetWork Kansas, SourceLink, The Edward Lowe Foundation, and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. The first national summit was held in 2016 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City with a capacity attendance of 220. The 2018 summit will also be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City with expected similar attendance.

As a summit, this event focuses on deep level engagement with the professional practitioners attending the event. The objective is to continue to strengthen the field of entrepreneurship led development and entrepreneurship ecosystem building across the nation.

 

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This event is recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts toward the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).



Event details

Date Time Location
April 25, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
1 Memorial Drive
Kansas City, Missouri 64198
April 26, 2018 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
1 Memorial Drive
Kansas City, Missouri 64198

Registration

Registration is closed and the summit is at capacity. If you would like to be placed on a wait list, please contact Glenna York

Cancellation Policy
Cancelled registrations are eligible for transfer to another participant or refund of the registration price if the request is submitted to Glenna York by April 13. Cancellations submitted after April 13 are not eligible for a refund. 



Registration Deadline: April 17, 2018
Cost: $150

Hotel Information

A hotel room block has been reserved for the summit at the Westin Hotel - Crown Center located at 1 E Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108.

Attendees are responsible for making their own reservations and are responsible for all of their charges. The reservation cut-off date for the room block is March 25, 2018. Reservations received after 5 p.m. CST on March 25, or after the block is full, will be accepted at the Hotel's prevailing rate and based on hotel availability.

If any reservations need to be tax exempt, conference attendees will need to provide their individual proof of tax exemption at check-in.

To book hotel reservations, call 816-474-4400 and reference Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit or GECS. Reservations may also be made by clicking here.

Complimentary shuttle service will be provided between the hotel and the Federal Reserve Bank during the summit.

Contact Information

Dell Gines
Senior Community Development Advisor
402-221-5606

Day One

April 25
  • 8:00 - 8:30 AM Breakfast
  • 8:30 - 8:40 AM Welcome Tammy Edwards 
    Vice President, Community Development and Strategic Engagements
    Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • 8:40 - 9:00 AM Opening Remarks and Introductions

    Opening remarks will address the event’s purpose, significance and expectations and allow participants to introduce themselves, their organizations and their entrepreneurship led development experience at their tables.

    Maria Meyers, Founder
    SourceLink

  • 9:00 - 9:30 AM Session A: Entrepreneurship on the Edges

    This session will provide an overview of recent trends in the entrepreneurship led development field and focus specifically on identifying the unique challenges of economically distressed urban and rural communities and entrepreneurship led programs designed to address these challenges.

    Penny Lewandowski, Senior Consultant
    Edward Lowe Foundation

  • 9:30 - 10:00 AM Notes from the Field Andy Stoll, Senior Program Officer
    The Kauffman Foundation

    Denisse Rodriguez, Director, Colmena66
    Puerto Rico Science Technology & Research Trust
  • 10:00 - 10:45 AM Deep Dive Peer Discussion
  • 10:45 - 11:15 AM Break
  • 11:15 - 12:15 PM Lunch Eric Belsky, Director of the Division of Consumer and Community Affairs
    Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • 12:15 - 12:30 PM Break
  • 12:30 - 1:00 PM Session B: The Rural Edge

    This session will detail the unique economic development challenges facing small rural communities and entrepreneurship led development strategies designed to address these challenges.

    Erik Pedersen, Vice President of Entrepreneurship
    NetWork Kansas

  • 1:00 - 1:30 PM Notes from the Field Pamela Bishop, Vice President of Economic Development
    Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

    Brent Comstock, Founder, Chief Executive Officer
    BCom Solutions, LLC
  • 1:30 - 2:15 PM Deep Dive Peer Discussion
  • 2:15 - 2:45 PM Break
  • 2:45 - 3:15 PM Session C: The Urban Edge

    This session will detail the unique economic development challenges facing urban core communities and entrepreneurship led development strategies designed to address these challenges.

    Rodney Sampson, Chief Executive Officer
    Opportunity Hub

  • 3:15 - 3:45 PM Notes from the Field Lyneir Richardson, Executive Director, Instructor
    Rutgers University

    Henry Rael, Program Officer
    McCune Charitable Foundation
  • 3:45 - 4:30 PM Deep Dive Peer Discussion
  • 4:30 - 5:00 PM Day One Conclusion Dell Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor
    Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

    Maria Meyers, Founder
    SourceLink
  • 5:00 - 6:30 PM Reception

Day Two

April 26
  • 7:30 - 8:00 AM Breakfast
  • 8:00 - 8:10 AM Welcome Don Macke, Director and Co-Founder
    Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
  • 8:10 - 9:00 AM Cutting Edge Research

    This session will introduce participants to the potential research agenda put together by national thought leaders at the November 30, 2017 Entrepreneurship Led Development Thought Leader Summit hosted at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City as well as current research being done in the field.

    Kelly Edmiston, Senior Economist
    Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

    Dane Stangler, Chief Policy Officer
    Startup Genome

    Mark Muro, Senior Fellow
    Brookings Institution

  • 9:00 - 9:30 AM Break
  • 9:30 - 10:30 AM Practitioner Best Practice Sessions 1

    Practitioner best practice sessions are open, facilitated sessions where practitioners can share best practices and thoughts around emerging topics.

    The Next Chapter: Senior Entrepreneurs
    Elizabeth Isele, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship

    The Heart of a Startup Champion
    Enoch Elwell, Chief Executive Officer
    CO.STARTERS

    Women in Tech
    Felecia Hatcher, Co-Founder
    Code Fever Miami

    Talent and the Rural Challenge
    Norris Krueger, Senior Research Fellow
    Center for Management & Entrepreneurship, School of Advanced Studies

    Diverse Entrepreneurial Communities
    Richard May, Chief Executive Officer
    Innovation Village Districts

    Growth Entrepreneurs on the Edges
    Paul Bateson, General Manager – Economic Gardening
    Edward Lowe Foundation

  • 10:30 - 11:30 AM Practitioner Best Practice Sessions 2

    Why Entrepreneurship? The Metrics, the Message
    Mark Lange, Executive Director
    UW-System, Business & Entrepreneurship

    Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs: Generation Z
    Anne Dewvall, Manger, Entrepreneurship Communities
    NetWork Kansas 

    Women in Tech
    Felecia Hatcher, Co-Founder
    Code Fever Miami

    Talent and the Rural Challenge
    Norris Krueger, Senior Research Fellow
    Center for Management & Entrepreneurship, School of Advanced Studies

    Diverse Entrepreneurial Communities
    Richard May, Chief Executive Officer
    Innovation Village Districts

    Growth Entrepreneurs on the Edges
    Paul Bateson, General Manager – Economic Gardening
    Edward Lowe Foundation

  • 11:30 - 12:00 PM Summit Conclusion

    Dell Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor
    Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

    Maria Meyers, Founder
    SourceLink