Schedule



Wednesday, October 23


2:00 PM –  5:00 PM
Registration Opens

2:00 PM –  5:00 PM
Exhibitor Load In

Thursday, October 24


8:00 AM –  5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 AM –  9:00 AM
Breakfast

9:00 AM –  10:00 AM
Morning Plenary: Shared Focuses: A Conversation with Commissioner Rolfe, UT Interim President Randy Boyd And ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia
Grand Ballroom

10:15 AM –  11:15 AM

Tennessee Incentives 101

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Tennessee is well-positioned to compete for the most sought-after companies around the world. With attractive discretionary and statutory incentive programs, Tennessee stands ready to step up to the plate. Join us as we dive into the details of our FastTrack program and tax incentives.


Featured Speakers

Debbie Clabo, Director of Tax, TNECD

Juandale Cooper,  FastTrack Director, TNECD

Jamie Stitt, Assistant Commissioner of Business and Workforce Development, TNECD


FDI in Tennessee Communities

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Regardless of where a foreign company is located within Tennessee, it impacts communities across the state in significant ways. Come hear what this means from a community and company who have partnered together to ensure a win-win situation for everyone involved.


Featured Speakers

Matteo Fassio, COO and Managing Director, Eurotranciatura USA LLC

Masami Tyson, Global Director of FDI and Trade, TNECD

Wes Woods, President, Toyota Bodine Aluminum


The Path Out of Economic Distress

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Hear the stories of how three struggling Tennessee counties pulled themselves out of economic distress and found a path to prosperity.


Featured Speakers

Ryan Egly, President & CEO, Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce

Amanda Martin, Senior Rural Policy Advisor, TNECD

Jimmy Haley, Warren County Executive

Dennis Tumlin, Chief Customer Officer, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development


11:30 AM –  1:00 PM
Commissioner’s Luncheon: Donald Miller
Grand Ballroom
Sponsored by TVA

1:30 PM –  2:30 PM

New Rail Realities: What You Need to Know

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Discover how changes in the rail service industry may impact industrial recruitment, how prospect demand for rail-served sites is shifting and how to take advantage of the resources available to improve your rail-served site’s marketable position.


Featured Speakers

Bill Adams, Senior Target Market Specialist,Product Development,TVA

Michael Grim, Director Industrial Development, Norfolk Southern Corporation

Chassen Haynes, Director of Business Development, TNECD

Rashard Howard, Industrial Development Manager, CSX Transportation

Dan Pallme, Assistant Chief of Environmental & Planning Bureau, Freight and Logistics, TDOT


Pathways to a Stronger, More Robust Labor Force in Your Community

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Despite the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, the labor force participation rate in many rural Tennessee counties sits below 50 percent. Many citizens face significant barriers to entering the workforce, preventing our local economies from realizing their full potential. Hear strategies on how to knock down these barriers and bring these populations off of the sidelines and into meaningful employment in your community.


Featured Speakers

Sammie Arnold, Assistant Commissioner of Community and Rural Development, TNECD

Danielle Barnes, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Human Services

Deniece Thomas, Deputy Commissioner of Workforce Learning and Development, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Paul Thomas, Gibson County Sheriff


Portobello: A Regional Approach to Winning in Rural Tennessee

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Go behind the scenes of a major TNECD win for rural Tennessee:Portobello America. Learn how a city of less than 1,500 people landed an international manufacturing powerhouse and the details of how the project unfolded–from initial contact and site evaluations to overcoming a myriad of obstacles that ultimately led to the location decision.


Featured Speakers

Lyndi Berrones, Northern Middle Tennessee Regional Director, TNECD

Stephen Crook, VP of Economic Development, City of Cookeville

Cody Huddleston, Upper Cumberland Regional Director, TNECD

Melinda Keifer, Economic Development Coordinator, City of Cookeville

John Martin, Mayor, City of Baxter

Randy Porter, Mayor, Putnam County


2:45 PM –  3:45 PM
Afternoon Plenary: Fred Diaz, President & CEO Of Mitsubishi Motors North America
Grand Ballroom

4:00 PM –  5:00 PM

The Driving Force in Automotive Manufacturing

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Hear from automotive experts doing business in Tennessee about what’s next in automotive and how to prepare and partner with companies across the state for success.


Featured Speakers

Jason Bates, Administration Manager, Toyota Bodine Aluminum

Chris Berryman, Automotive Target Market Specialist, TVA

Scott Craig, General Manager, Corporate Strategy & Planning, JTEKT North America Corporation

Victoria Hirschberg, TNECD Director of Business Development


How to Prepare Your Community to Recruit Industry

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The site selection process is more rigorous and competitive than ever. To be well-position for industrial recruitment, rural communities need extensive planning, forward-thinking and patience. Hear from experts on the status of global site selection and the TNECD programs that your community can take advantage of to be ready.


Featured Speakers

Kingsley Brock, Director of Economic Development, Gibson County

Brooxie Carlton, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Community and Rural Development, TNECD

Leanne Cox, Site Development Director, TNECD

Jonathan Gemmen, Senior Location Consultant, Austin Consulting


The Land of OZ

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The Opportunity Zones incentive is a new community investment tool established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities. Tennessee has 176 qualified Opportunity Zones across 75 counties within the state, but many people are unaware of them or unsure how to leverage the tax benefits associated with them. Hear from a panel of experts who can shed light on Tennessee’s Opportunity Zones.


Featured Speakers

Chris Coffman, Member, Frost Brown Todd

Margaret Dolan, President and CEO, Launch Tennessee

Kenan Fikri, Research Director, Economic Innovation Group (EIG)

Friday, October 25


8:00 AM –  11:00 AM
Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 AM –  9:00 AM
Breakfast

9:30 AM –  10:30 AM
Breakout 4

TIFs, Tips and Tricks

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


Featured Speakers

Chris Bowles, Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Bart Kempf, Counsel, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP

Jim Murphy, Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Tom Trent, Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP


The Future of Workforce in Tennessee

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Join us to hear from Commissioner Jeff McCord as we discuss the outlook of work in Tennessee and the role of state government in workforce development. You’ll also learn about the new initiatives being implemented to help Tennessee have the No. 1 workforce system in the nation.


Featured Speakers

Jeff McCord, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Ann Thompson, Director of Workforce Development, TNECD


Rural Development Progress Report

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In the aftermath of Governor Lee’s first executive order, administration officials will give updates on the governor’s rural development efforts, as well as upcoming programs and deadlines that local officials will want to be aware of.


Featured Speakers

Sammie Arnold, Assistant Commissioner of Community and Rural Development, TNECD

Brooxie Carlton, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Community and Rural Development, TNECD

Mark Ezell, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

Brandon Gibson, Senior Advisor to Governor Bill Lee


11:00 AM –  12:30 PM
Governor’s Luncheon
Grand Ballroom
Sponsored by Bradley

1:00 PM –  2:00 PM
Community Photos
Grand Ballroom