IEDC Announces Congressman Kanjorski as Keynote Speaker for Federal Economic Development Forum

IEDC Announces Congressman Kanjorski as Keynote Speaker for Federal Economic Development Forum

International Economic Development Council

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL'S FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FORUM: The Innovative and Entrepreneurial Environment: Where It's Going and How to Get There
April 13-15, 2008
Westin Alexandria Hotel - Alexandria, VA

Keynote Luncheon: Congressional Insight into the Entrepreneurial Environment
Monday, April 14 – 11:45 am - 2:15 pm
Congressman Paul E. Kanjorski will highlight upcoming legislative efforts relevant to the competitiveness of our cities and regions and how it will foster a more innovative and entrepreneurial climate for economic developers. As a senior member of the Financial Services Committee, Congressman Kanjorski has been a leader in economic development issues, including improving the ability of small businesses and start-up technology companies to gain access to capital. Congressman Kanjorski helped to spearhead the successful effort to pass the New Markets Initiative, a package of legislation designed to create incentives to invest in economically distressed areas of the country.

The Federal Economic Development Forum profiles an impressive lineup of conference sessions and speakers. The following is a sampling:

Special Preconference Workshop: Creating an Innovation Index for Your Region: A How-To Guide
-Erik R. Pages, EntreWorks Consulting
-Graham Toft, President, Growth Economics

Keynote Session: Current Issues in Innovation and Global Competitiveness
-Deborah Wince-Smith, Council on Competitiveness
-Rob Atkinson, Ph.D., Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
-Andrew Ehrlich, B&D Consulting
-Diane Palmintera, Innovation Associates
-Dr. Luis M. Proenza, President, The University of Akron, Member of the President's Council of Advisors of Science and Technology Policy

Keynote Session: Washington Briefing
-Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

Keynote Session: The Long-Term Fiscal Outlook and a New Administration
-Chuck Conlon, Managing Editor, CQ Budget Tracker (moderator)
-Robert Bixby, Director, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
-Isabel V. Sawhill, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution

Cutoff date for group room rate is next Thursday, March 20. Call Today: Westin Alexandria at 703-253-8600 to secure the $199 rate. After 3/20/08, reservations are subject to availability and prevailing rates.

Technology-Led Economic Development
April 16-17, 2008

Related Link: Federal Economic Development Forum Website

For more information contact:

Jill Frick
International Economic Development Council
734 15th Street NW, Suite 900
DC 20005

Phone: 202-223-7800
Fax: (202) 223-4745
Email: [email protected]

Posted March 14, 2008

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