Does place make the community? Or does community make the place?
Steering Towards the Future: Convergence, Connectivity, and Creativity
Fort Worth, TX │ October 19-22, 2014
Register before July 25 and save with our Early Registration Rates
Join IEDC for this year’s best future-focused economic development event. You’ll leave with useful take-aways to help your community capitalize on the main trends in our accelerating global economy.
Panel Spotlight: Driving Value through the New Economics of Place
As communities seek to reclaim the benefits of walkability in today's economy, many places are no longer effectively structured – as they once were – to engage developers who would like to design, finance and construct complex, enduring neighborhoods. This panel will discuss the elements of building a more holistic approach to once again using great neighborhood development as a pillar for sustainable economic development.
What you will learn:
- How walkability and placemaking are making communities more competitive
- Concrete steps for making your community more friendly to mixed-use development strategies
- Examples from communities that are systematically and successfully investing in mixed-use areas to support local businesses and improve quality-of-life
Expert Speakers Include:
Executive, Small Business Development
City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development
Kevin S. Schmotzer is the Executive of Small Business Development with the City of Cleveland’s Department of Economic Development, where he is responsible for creating and implementing programs, financial incentives, and economic development tools to attract entrepreneurship and small business development to the City of Cleveland.
Revitalization & Business Initiatives
College Hill Alliance
Nadia Osman is the Director of Revitalization and Business Initiatives for the College Hill Alliance, an economic and community development organization based in Macon, Georgia, that focuses on business recruitment and retention, lifestyle enhancement, and catalyzing commercial and residential real estate development in the historic College Hill Corridor neighborhood.
Madison Silvert, JD, AICP
President and CEO
Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation
Madison Silvert is the President and CEO of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation. Previously at the EDC, Madison was the Executive Vice President for six years, focusing on small business development and high tech startups. Prior to joining the EDC, he was in private legal practice for six years; first in Louisville, and then in Owensboro.
Chief Executive Officer
Wallace Bajjali Development Partners
Mr. Wallace serves as Chief Executive Officer and Secretary of General Partner and Chairman of the Investment Committee for Wallace Bajjali Development Partners, L.P. Mr. Wallace has a background in the acquisition and/or formation of over 200 companies and/or partnerships, and has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in equity and debt.
Marty Wieder, AICP
City of Colleyville
Marty grew up in Arlington, Texas—where he observed the work (and later got the opportunity to work with) historic Mayor Tom Vandergriff. In August 2009, Marty became Director of Economic Development with the City of Colleyville, Texas—where he’s teamed with his Mayor and City Council in negotiating and executing a public/private partnership, leading Whole Foods Market to open in a redeveloped shopping center this July.
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