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IEDA Spring Conference

  • Thursday, March 08, 2018
  • Friday, March 09, 2018
  • The Wellington Fishers Banquet & Conference Center, 9775 N by NE Blvd, Fishers, IN 46037


Online registration is closed. 

Onsite registration will be available. 


Thursday, March 8

Mobile Workshop
9:30 -11AM IoT Lab (9059 Technology Lane, Fishers, IN 46038) Overflow parking across the street at 12115 Visionary Way

11AM – 11:30 The Visionary tour (12115 Visionary Way, Fishers, IN 46038)

Participants will meet at Launch Fishers and walk to the different facilities. Transportation will not be included. 

 1:30 PM  Welcome
 1:45 PM     Planning & Economic Development 
 2:30 PM  Break 
 3:00 PM              Strong Towns 
In this presentation, Marohn will explain, in plain language, how so many American cities have found themselves in decline after decades of “growth.” The problem lies in the current model of development — one which values short-term gains over long-term prosperity. To strengthen our cities and ensure their economic success, we must look to traditional ways of building cities. Marohn will share how active citizens, local officials and design professionals can change the negative trajectory in their towns and help them to become more resilient — no matter what challenges lie ahead.
Chuck Marohn, Strong Towns 
 4:15 PM  Break 
 4:45 PM The Transformational Economic Dynamics of Japanese Investment in the United States  
Ralph Inforzato, JETRO Chicago
 5:30 PM  IEDC Update
Jim Schellinger
 6:00 PM  Transportation to Reception
 6:15 PM  Reception, Four Day Ray Brewing, 11671 Lantern Rd, Fishers, IN 46038
 8:15 PM  End of Reception

Friday, March 9

 8:00 AM     Breakfast 
 9:00 AM  BR & E with A (Butler) Bulldog!
When you’re making business retention and expansion visits with small and medium sized businesses in your area, how often do they share challenges that you wish you could help with?
The Lacy School of Business (LSB) at Butler University provides a unique model that focuses on building businesses across Indiana not just building the minds of the schools Undergraduates. Their programs blends expertise of seasoned consultants, the deep functional knowledge of faculty and the intellectual curiosity of Butler students in helping businesses address critical challenges. The LSB is home to multiple assets for Indiana’s businesses including The Old National Bank Center for Closely Held Business, the Butler Business Consulting Group, Bright Blue, and its Executive Education and MBA programs. The LSB can serve as a referral for companies needing assistance with a variety of leadership, strategic, operational and financial challenges. Using LSB resources, BR & E visits really can be about R & E.
J.J. DeBrosse, Lacy School of Business, Butler University 
 9:45 AM IEDA Past Chair Panel 
Keith Gillenwater, Grow Wabash County
Randy Haymaker, Hoosier Energy
Bill Konyha, Regional Chamber of Northeast
Beth Neu, Ball State
Pat Vercauteren
 10:30 AM  Break 
 11:00 AM  Legislative Update 
 11:45 AM IEDC Indiana Small Business Development Center - Taking Indiana Small Businesses to the NEXT LEVEL
How small businesses are being served now that the ISBDC is part of the IEDC and the services it delivers to the businesses that live in your communities. 
Aaron Vigil-Martinez  
Troy Phelps
 12:30 PM  End of Conference 

Conference Location

The Wellington Fishers Banquet & Conference Center, 9775 N by NE Blvd, Fishers, IN 46037

Room Block 

Hilton Garden Inn Fishers, 9785 North by Northeast Blvd, Fishers, IN 46037
Rate: $131
Reservations: Call (317) 577-5900 or click here
Group Code: ECON

125 West Market Street, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46204

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