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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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

Early Bird registration is $100 through February 21. Full price ticket is $150.



Registration Deadline: February 21, 2018
Cost: $100

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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.

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 The program will begin with a brief welcome to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and an overview of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The welcome will also include any housekeeping business and announcements.

    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.
  • 9:00 - 9:30 AM Defining Entrepreneurship at 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.
  • 9:30 - 10:00 AM Practitioner Experience Current practitioners will share their experience and best practices on the session topic.
  • 10:00 - 10:45 AM Deep Dive Peer Discussion The deep dive peer discussions are focused on key questions derived from the session topic. The table based discussion points are recorded and then shared with the participants post-conference.
  • 10:45 - 11:15 AM Break
  • 11:15 - 12:15 PM Lunch A synopsis of the key points and table discussion take aways will be held during the lunch break.
  • 12:15 - 12:30 PM Break
  • 12:30 - 1:00 PM Rural Communities at the Edges This session will detail the unique economic development challenges facing small rural communities and entrepreneurship led development strategies designed to address these challenges.
  • 1:00 - 1:30 PM Practitioner Experience This session will detail the unique economic development challenges facing small rural communities and entrepreneurship led development strategies designed to address these challenges.
  • 1:30 - 2:15 PM Deep Dive Peer Discussion
  • 2:15 - 2:45 PM Break
  • 2:45 - 3:15 PM Urban Core Communities on the Edges This session will detail the unique economic development challenges facing urban core communities and entrepreneurship led development strategies designed to address these challenges.
  • 3:15 - 3:45 PM Practitioner Experience
  • 3:45 - 4:30 PM Deep Dive Peer Discussion
  • 4:30 - 5:00 PM Day One Conclusion
  • 5:00 - 6:30 PM Reception

Day Two

April 26
  • 7:30 - 8:00 AM Breakfast
  • 8:00 - 8:10 AM Welcome

    The welcome session on day two of the summit will provide an overview of the sessions and activities that will take place and any housekeeping updates.

  • 8:10 - 9:00 AM Entrepreneurship Led Development Research Agenda 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.
  • 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.

    • Developing an entrepreneurship led economic development certification
    • Supporting women entrepreneurs within the ecosystem
    • Starting entrepreneurship led development programs in urban core communities
    • Finding, engaging and assisting rural talent in challenged markets

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

    • Communicating entrepreneurship led development value to policy makers
    • Moving from attraction centered development to entrepreneurship led development
    • Developing startup champions
    • Ensuring diversity in ecosystem building

  • 11:30 - 12:00 PM Summit Conclusion

    In the concluding session, a recap of major summit themes will be provided along with any final housekeeping information.