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2021 IEDA Annual Business Meeting and Conference

  • Thursday, December 16, 2021
  • 1:00 PM
  • Friday, December 17, 2021
  • 12:30 PM
  • The Alexander, 333 South Delaware Street, Indianapolis, Indiana‎


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Registration is closed


   OCT 21 - NOV 7  NOV 8 - DEC 16
Member   $275  $295
Nonmember  $375  $395

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Thursday, December 16

 1:00 pm Welcome
 1:15 pm Opening Keynote: Leadership
Lonnie Bedwell
Extreme adventurer and award-winning author, Lonnie Bedwell, has kayaked some of the most challenging whitewater in the world despite becoming completely blind in 1997. With homespun charm and humor, Lonnie shares his personal story of overcoming adversity as it relates to teamwork, leadership, and motivation. His tales of the accident that took his sight, his courageous recovery, and his extreme sport adventures inspire his audiences to find the strength and determination to overcome any challenge they face. His talks are for a universal audience and are applauded as being inspirational and life-changing.
 2:15 pm Break with Exhibitors
 2:45 pm …But first we need houses…
Yes, many Indiana communities are trying to attract workers, but those efforts are often hampered by lack of available workforce housing options. Huntingburg found a way to use TIF, Rushville has deployed the housing TIF statute and an Indianapolis entrepreneur is building in-fill housing solutions in a factory. This panel will share how they employed innovative strategies to begin addressing workforce housing challenges.
Jane Hendrickson, Boxer Girl
Matthew Crouch, Sequoia Capital Management
John McCane, Rush County EDC
 3:50 pm Looking Back: If I Knew Then...
We're taking a few minutes to learn some takeaways from a few people who have spent the better parts of their careers in economic development. What would you tell a younger you? What are some things you wish you knew then that you know now?
Tim Eckerle, Grant County Economic Growth Council
Harold Gutzwiller, Hoosier Energy
Darrell Voelker, Harrison County Economic Dev Corp
Corey Murphy (Moderator), New Castle/Henry County Indiana Economic Development Corporation
 4:50 pm Break
 5:00 pm Jeopardy
 5:50 pm IEDA Awards Presentation and Closing Announcements
 6:15 pm Reception 
 7:30 pm End of Reception
 9:00 pm Euchre Tournament (Proceeds to the IEDA Foundation)

Friday, December 17

 7:15 am Breakfast and Exhibits
 8:00 am  IEDA Annual Business Meeting
 8:30 am Indiana Power Partnership | Update from Your Utility Partners
Launched by Indiana’s electric utilities in 2019, the Indiana Power Partnership (IPP) works to strengthen national site consultant relations in collaboration with local, regional, and state economic development organizations to tell Indiana’s unique story. In this session, IPP members will share highlights from the past year and IPP’s plans for 2022 and beyond.
Misty McCammack, Duke Energy
Brian Anderson, Wabash Valley Power Assn. 
 9:00 am IEDC READI Update
 9:50 am Indiana's Defense Sector Driving Economic Development Opportunities
The State of Indiana has established a goal to triple state defense spend capture by the end of 2024. Hear from the experts on how various organizations and leaders are coming together to leverage Indiana assets to grow the defense industry and bring more federal defense spending to Indiana communities
Jim Tidd, Miami County Economic Development Authority
Major General Clif Tooley, Indiana Economic Development Corporation
 10:35 am Break with Exhibitors
 11:00 am Community-Based Workforce Development
Many Indiana communities are focused on attracting workforce, but some are looking to ‘grow their own.’ Batesville, Lafayette and Noblesville are three communities that have brought employers, schools, higher education and other stakeholders together to develop a community-based solution to their workforce needs.
Paul Ketcham, Supt. of Batesville Schools
Kara Webb, Greater Lafayette Commerce
Chuck Haberman, City of Noblesville
 11:50 am  IEDA Legislative Update
Mark Shublak, Taft Stettinius & Hollister
Malika Butler, Taft Stettinius & Hollister
 12:30 pm Closing Remarks and Adjourn

Overnight Rooms

Hotel: The Alexander

Rate: $169 (available until NOV 22)


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