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Economic Development 411 2017

The sixth annual Economic Development 411 (ED411) was held on December 1, 2017. More than 500 elected and appointed officials, civic leaders and business leaders joined the Mid-Ohio Development Exchange and One Columbus for a day of insightful sessions and dialogue.

Keynote Speakers

Mark Kvamme, Co-Founder and Partner, Drive Capital

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


Special Message from Les Wexner

Track 1

The company location short list – how to get on and stay on the list
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!

Kristi Tanner, Senior Managing Director for Automotive, JobsOhio

Adam Bering, Principal, Ernst & Young LLP
Paul Naumoff, Principal, Ernst & Young LLP


Track 2

Technology disruptions impacting economic development
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.

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

Mike Andrako, Public Service Director, City of Marysville
Donna Goss, Director of Development, City of Dublin
William Murdock, AICP, Executive Director, MORPC


Track 3

Economic development for newly elected officials
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?

Matt McCollister, Senior Vice President, Economic Development, One Columbus

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
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.

Kelly Waters, Director, Power Connect

Steven Gross, Senior Project Manager, Hull & Associates
Mayor Jeff Hall, City of Newark
Rev. John Edgar, Executive Director, Community Development for All People


Track 5

Is your economic development toolkit current and competitive?
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.

Jason Jolley, Associate Professor, Ohio University

Price Finley, Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP
Monica Hardman, Deputy Director, Department of Community and Economic Development, City of Cincinnati
Matthew Koppitch, Associate, Bricker & Eckler LLP