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

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


11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Governor's Luncheon

Sponsored by AllianceBernstein

1:15 - 2:45 P.M. ThreeStar Photos

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

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

What's Next in Rural Development

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.

The Power of Sector Strategies

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 of Global Public and Community Affairs, Eastman
Raymond Deming, Vice President, Monogram Refrigeration Operation LLC

Anatomy of a Deal: Van Hool

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 Van Hool, 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: 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

7:30 - 8:30 A.M. Breakfast

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

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

Opportunity Zones and Your Community

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

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

A Story of Workforce Collaboration for Project Lobo

Ann Thompson, Director of Workforce Development, TNECD
Codi Miley, Welding Instructor, TCAT Morristown
Perry Hatch, Career Specialist, Fort Campbell

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

Capacity Building - Getting the Most From Your Starting 9


Product Development: You Can’t Sell What You Don’t Have

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

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, Cofounder, Corner to Corner
William Donnell, CO:founder and CTO, theCO

11:45 A.M. - 1:15 P.M. Commissioner's Luncheon

Sponsored by Bradley Arant