4:00 - 6:00 P.M. Exhibitor Load In

4:00 - 6:00 P.M. Registration Open - Delta Lobby


9:00 A.M. Exhibit Hall Opens

11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Governor's Luncheon - Delta Ballroom B+C

Speaker: Governor Bill Haslam

Sponsored by AllianceBernstein

1:15 - 2:45 P.M. ThreeStar Photos - Delta Ballroom D

2:30 - 3:00 P.M. Snack Break - Delta Lobby

3:00 - 4:00 P.M. Plenary 1: Cam Marston - Delta Ballroom D

4:15 - 5:00 P.M. BREAKOUT 1

What's Next in Rural Development - Bayou C+D

This session will highlight exciting changes to some of the community and rural development programs for the upcoming year and discuss how communities can continue the current momentum.

TNECD's Community and Rural Development Team

The Power of Sector Strategies - Canal A

A comprehensive sector strategy is vital to economic development in Tennessee. Sector strategy involves identifying key industry strengths in Tennessee and facilitating growth across industry clusters. Please join this session regarding Tennessee’s target clusters and hear from a few key companies in these industries.

Scott Massey, Chairman & CEO, Global Action Platform
CeeGee McCord, Director, Global Public and Community Affairs, Eastman
Raymond Deming, Vice President, Monogram Refrigeration Operation, LLC

Anatomy of a Deal: Van Hool - Bayou A+B

Go behind the scenes of the major TNECD project announced this year, Van Hool NV. Learn about how this TNECD project unfolded – from the initial contact, to the pitch, incentives and ultimately, the big win.

Allen Borden, Deputy Commissioner of Business, Rural and Community Development, TNECD
Filip Van Hool, CEO, Van Hool NV
Benedicte Gruwez, Special Consultant and Project Lead, Van Hool NV
Victoria Hirschberg, Director of Business Development, TNECD
Ann Thompson, Director of Workforce Development, TNECD

5:15 - 7:00 P.M. Reception - Delta Ballroom B+C

Speaker: Faith Hill

Sponsored by TVA

*A full conference badge is required to attend the opening night reception. If you do not have a full conference badge, you will not be admitted.


7:00 A.M. Coffee - Delta Lobby

7:00 A.M. Exhibit Hall Opens

7:30 - 8:30 A.M. Breakfast - Delta Ballroom B+C

8:30 - 9:30 A.M. Plenary 2: Commissioner Rolfe - Delta Ballroom D

9:45 - 10:30 A.M. Breakout 2

Opportunity Zones and Your Community - Bayou C+D

Opportunity Zones are a new community development tool established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. This new federal tax benefit, available to investors, is designed to drive long-term capital to low-income communities. Join this session to learn how the incentive works, potential qualified opportunity fund models, and how communities and businesses can leverage opportunity zones and strategically attract investments.

John Lettieri, Co-Founder and President, Economic Innovation Group (EIG)
Alexander Flachsbart, Attorney, Balch & Bingham LLP

Best Practices in Granting and Defending Incentives - Canal A

Join Bradley Arant’s leading economic development attorneys to learn more about the incentives tools that you can use to enhance economic growth in your community.

Tom Trent, Partner, Bradley Arant
Joe Gibbs, Partner, Bradley Arant
Jim Murphy, Partner, Bradley Arant
Bart Kempf, Counsel, Bradley Arant
Chris Bowles, Associate, Partner, Bradley Arant

Drive to 55 and Beyond - Bayou A+B

Workforce continues to be a high priority topic for employers and communities, and Tennessee is dedicated to ensuring individuals are receiving the education necessary to be successful in our changing economy. Join us to discuss the successes of Drive to 55 and the future of workforce development in Tennessee.

Ann Thompson, Director of Workforce Development, TNECD
Mike Krause, Executive Director, TN Higher Education Commission
Deniece Thomas, Assistant Commissioner of Workforce Services, TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Dr. Kenyatta Lovett, Executive Director, Complete TN
Dr. Kim McCormick, Vice Chancellor External Affairs, TN Board of Regents

10:45 - 11:30 A.M. Breakout 3

Building Teams and Engaging Youth - Bayou C+D

Economic development depends on building a team of elected officials and community members, and keeping young people in the community is important for small towns to thrive. At this session, you’ll hear from communities and groups who have successfully tackled these issues.

Brooxie Carlton, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Community and Rural Development, TNECD
Rena Purdy,Executive Director, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce/JECDB
Mitch Miller, CEO, Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership (NeTREP)

Product Development: You Can’t Sell What You Don’t Have - Canal A

Join TVA Economic Development and TNECD to learn about their Product Development initiatives. Hear a case study from Unicoi County where they’re utilizing both InvestPrep™ from TVA Economic Development and a Site Development Grant from TNECD to raze a former industrial facility and redevelop it into a marketable industrial site.

Spencer Sessions, Product Development, TVA Economic Development
Bill Adams, Product Development, TVA Economic Development
Leanne Cox, Site Development Director, TNECD
Tyler Engle, Executive Director, Joint Economic Development Board of Unicoi County
Bess Hubbard, Product Development, TVA Economic Development

Be A Placemaker - Bayou A+B

Hear from the Placemakers who have developed their “place” for (and by) entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout Tennessee by expanding access to resources, leveraging partnerships, establishing collaborations, tapping into grants, and building networks, coworking spaces and virtual incubators. Hear directly from them in a series of quick, concise presentations followed by Q&A.

Angela Crane Jones, Executive Director, Nashville Business Incubation Center
Audra Ladd, Office of the Mayor, Nashville Metro-Davidson County ECD
Jessica Morgan, City Recorder, City of Sweetwater
Will Acuff, CO:founder, Corner to Corner
William Donnell, CO:founder and CTO, theCO

11:45 A.M. - 1:15 P.M. Commissioner's Luncheon - Delta Ballroom B+C

Speakers: Karl Dean and Bill Lee

Sponsored by Bradley Arant

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