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Economic Development 411


The sixth annual Economic Development 411 (ED411) will be held on December 1, 2017. More than 400 elected and appointed officials, civic leaders and business leaders will join the Mid-Ohio Development Exchange and Columbus 2020 for a day of insightful sessions and dialogue.

Cost is $25 per attendee. Registration is available here.

Friday, December 1, 2017
7:30 – 8:25 a.m. | Networking and Breakfast

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

9:35 – 10:35 a.m. | Breakout Sessions #1
Five breakout sessions offered (see Breakout Sessions tab)

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. | Breakout Sessions #2
Repeat same five breakout sessions

Noon – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch and Afternoon General Session
Keynote Speaker: TBA

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

ED411 is an IEDC recognized event for CEcD credit

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

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. He 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, Mark’s address is one you will not want to miss.

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Economic development tools and policies

Track 2: Disruptions through technology – what is the impact on economic development?

Track 3: Economic development for newly elected officials

Track 4: Redevelopment revisited

Track 5: Site selection short list – how to get on and stay on the list


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.”