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The Ohio Union South Garage is adjacent to the north side of the Ohio Union, with access from High Street and College Road. Parking in this garage is $10 for ED411 attendees. Only cash will be accepted. Signage will direct you to ED411.

Friday, December 1, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Ohio Union at Ohio State University
Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor
1739 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210

Event Schedule
7:30 – 8:25 a.m. | Networking, Breakfast and Smart Technology Expo

8:25 – 9:20 a.m. | Morning General Session
Keynote Speaker: Mark Kvamme, Co-Founder and Partner, Drive Capital (details on Keynote Speakers tab)

9:35 – 10:35 a.m. | Breakout Sessions #1
Attend one of five breakout sessions available (details on Breakout Sessions tab)

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. | Breakout Sessions #2
Attend one of five breakout sessions available (details on Breakout Sessions tab)

Noon – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch and Afternoon General Session
Keynote Speaker: John Ellis, Author of The Zero Dollar Car (details on Keynote Speakers tab)

John Ellis Book Signing
Immediately following the event you will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of John Ellis’ book “The Zero Dollar Car: How the Revolution in Big Data will Change Your Life” and have it signed by him. If you already have a copy, please feel free to bring it with you.

Certification Credits
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 (CEcDs).

This event is recognized by the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) as a professional development event that counts toward the Ohio Certified Economic Developer (Ohio CED) certification.

Keynote Speakers
Mark Kvamme
Morning Keynote: Mark Kvamme, Co-Founder and Partner, Drive Capital

The Columbus 2020 Regional Economic Development Strategy was launched in 2010, and something very important happened to the Columbus Region shortly thereafter – Venture Capitalist Mark Kvamme arrived in Ohio from the West Coast to lead JobsOhio, the newly formed private Ohio economic development organization. Kvamme brought with him a career of successful company launches, strategic investing experience and a different lens through which he saw economic development opportunities in the state of Ohio. Before long, Mark returned to his roots of identifying and investing in companies poised for success by co-founding Drive Capital with partners Andy Jenks, Nick Solaro and Chris Olsen.

Join us to hear Mark’s reflections about Ohio economic development and the Region going forward. Always insightful, entertaining and provocative, Kvamme’s address is one you will not want to miss.

John Ellis
Afternoon Keynote: John Ellis, Former Ford Motor Company Executive and Author of The Zero Dollar Car: How the Revolution in Big Data Will Change Your Life

The Zero Dollar Car explores the deep changes big data is making in our personal lives. It tells the story of an unlikely pioneer in this business and aims to prepare readers for the incredible changes ahead. As an industry insider, author John Ellis will share thought provoking insights into big data impacting our lives and every Columbus Region community.

John Ellis is an expert in big data, and how it will change the business models of the world’s leading sectors like transportation, insurance, government, telecommunications and home building. From 2012 to 2014, he was Ford Motor Company’s global technologist and head of the Ford Developer Program. Prior to that, John was an executive at Motorola Inc., where he delivered wireless software products and services to the mobile industry.

Breakout Sessions

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend any two of the available breakout sessions.

Track 1: The company location short list – how to get on and stay on the list
Room: US Bank Conference Theater, First Floor

Amazon turned traditional site selection practices upside down with its public, nationally-released request for proposals for their proposed second North American headquarters. Amazon may be the first company to take this approach but likely not the last. Some communities are opting out. Some communities are going all in. Others are going as far as changing the community name to Amazon. As community stakeholders, do you have consensus on how your community would respond? Are you current on incentive programs, legislation and policies that may positively or negatively factor into your community’s competitiveness? This facilitated conversation by seasoned site consultants will expose disruptions in the economic development arena leaving participants better prepared to win!

Moderator: Kristi Tanner, Senior Managing Director for Automotive, JobsOhio


Track 2: Technology disruptions impacting economic development
Room: Great Hall III, First Floor

With federal, state, local and private funds combined, Smart Columbus and the 33 Smart Corridor will realize over $700 million of smart infrastructure investment in the Columbus Region. These investments in our transportation network will enhance access to public transportation, reduce congestion, improve safety, and access to employment centers in our communities. The smart infrastructure will allow for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2VI) and will make the region a testbed for connected and autonomous vehicles. This session will guide community leaders through policy implementation and incorporation of various projects into transportation programs to extend the regional smart infrastructure network. Together, we can make the Columbus Region the international leader in smart technology.

Moderator: Colleen Gilger, CEcD, Economic Development Director, City of Dublin


Track 3: Economic development for newly elected officials
Room: Student-Alumni Council Room, Second Floor

You are a newly elected school board member, trustee, commissioner, city council person, BZA member or legislator. What should you know about economic development and how can you have the most positive impact in your role?

Moderator: Matt McCollister, Senior Vice President, Economic Development, Columbus 2020


  • Steve Cuckler, Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
  • Chris Magill, Economic Development Manager, Ice Miller LLP
  • Mark Raiff, Superintendent, Olentangy Local School District

Track 4: Redevelopment revisited
Room: Senate Chamber, Second Floor

Are local employers having difficulty finding entry level workers? Is your downtown withering on the vine? Is housing inventory appropriate for local workforce earnings? Regardless of the nature of the community, rural, suburban or urban, each is faced with a variety of obstacles related to redevelopment. Join this session for thought-provoking discussions around community redevelopment and approaches to successful solutions.

Moderator: Kelly Waters, Director, Power Connect


Track 5: Is your economic development toolkit current and competitive?
Room: Great Hall I & II, First Floor

The competitive and evolving nature of economic development requires constant updating and periodic revamping for local communities, in and outside of Ohio, to remain current and relevant in today’s business climate.  Speakers will share valuable insight into the breath of economic development tools at the disposal of local communities, how to calculate and demonstrate an acceptable Return on Investment (ROI) for your leadership and new and/or pending legislation at the state level local governments should be aware of.

Moderator: Jason Jolley, Associate Professor, Ohio University


Smart Technology Expo

Not sure what “smart technology” or “smart city” means to your community? Visit the Smart Technology Expo adjacent to the main ballroom for real world examples impacting communities and individuals today and in the future.


  • Burgess & Niple
    • Active traffic management
    • Sewer monitoring evaluation
  • IC3D
    • 3D prints from various community projects
    • Transportation services for communities that cannot reliably use Uber, Lyft, or public transportation
  • Smart Columbus
    • Initiative to transport Central Ohio to the future
  • Verizon
    • IoT solutions focusing on business continuity, remote monitoring, asset tracking, security and smart communities
Nate Strum, Executive Director, GROW Licking County
“When I first moved into the Region in 2015, one of the first events I attended was ED411. And wow! What a gathering of dedicated economic development professionals! And now, the event has grown in such a short time to be the premier economic development event here in Central Ohio.”
Colleen Gilger, Economic Development Director, City of Dublin
“Attending ED411 has made me a stronger economic development professional. I have learned new concepts, broadened my view of regionalism, and met an amazing network of public and private sector professionals who care passionately about the success of our region. The excitement felt at the event is electric, as so many are energized to keep Columbus growing and succeeding.”
Anthony Jones, Director of Planning & Development, City of Gahanna
“The ED411 event provides me with relevant information that helps me create successful economic development strategies for the year ahead.”
Mike Compton, Mayor, City of Pataskala
“Last year’s ED411 panelists and keynotes were so diverse and highlighted many of the topics I deal with every day in my community! Such a wonderful event and a must attend by any elected official in Central Ohio.”
Patrick Closser
Patrick Closser, Mayor, City of London
“As an elected leader in Central Ohio, I am always looking for ways to encourage economic development in my community. ED411 offers thought-provoking breakout sessions and I have always walked away from the event with ideas and information that I can use in my community.”