Conference Location

The Alexander, 333 Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Room Block

Rate $172 - Reserve by July 25


Registration Fees

Member | $325 (Starting AUG 1 $350) 
Nonmember | $425 (Starting AUG 1 $450) 

Additional Fees

Workshop | $40


thursday, August 18

Housing Workshop

8:30 am | Registration
9:00 am | Workshop
11:00 am | End of Workshop
Sign up for the workshop when you register for the conference. 

Jumpstart Your Local Housing Initiative

The Housing Optimization Market Empowerment (H.O.M.E.) Method is a system that produces tangible results for communities. High performance communities today are seeking housing solutions, not just a study of local housing problems. Many "housing studies" are designed to look back at past trends as an indicator of future housing market performance. They can be excellent tools for justifying the need for Federal and state funding streams, but high-performance leaders are typically not looking to simply ask for funding for a cookie cutter solution. They want customized tools to help them make good decisions about how to jumpstart their own local housing initiatives, with or without outside funding streams and the restrictions that come with them. The H.O.M.E. Method begins with the end in mind by determining a community's optimal housing market position and then builds a strategic plan for addressing key barriers to housing production through innovative public-private partnerships.

This interactive workshop will go beyond theory into practice and discuss tools and methods for implementation and execution, including the Five Layer Capital Stack.

Heather Presley Cowen is the CEO of Club 720 and specializes in working with government, community & business leaders to design customized, “homegrown” solutions to address local housing and community development needs with over 25 years in the field.

12:00 PM

Registration Opens

12:30 PM


12:45 PM

Keynote | The Gold Medal Mindset: Motivation, Goal Setting & Success

Shannon discusses how the gold medal mindset leads to victory on the competition floor, at work, in our education and in our personal lives. With seven Olympic medals, Shannon utilizes her critical insight to share what it takes to be successful: the importance of goal setting, teamwork, maintaining a positive attitude, and committing yourself to excellence. Through her Olympic and personal experiences, Shannon explains ways we can overcome even the most difficult obstacles standing in the way of our success. While she may not have been the most talented, flexible, or even the strongest athlete, Shannon Miller was able to utilize these concepts to become The Most Decorated Olympic Gymnast in United States history! Your audience will leave empowered to seal the deal with that next client, work together for a positive outcome, and understand the steps it takes to be a successful leader in both work and life.

Keynote Speaker: Shannon Miller

Shannon Miller competed in two Olympic Games, earning 7 Olympic medals! (2 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze) She is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame – Twice! (Individual (2006) and Team (2008))

Her tally of five medals (2 silver, 3 bronze) at the 1992 Olympics was the most medals won by a US athlete in any sport. At the ’96 Games, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the US Women’s first ever Team Gold and for the first time for any American gymnast, she captured Gold on the Balance Beam.

In January of 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. Shannon has remained open and public about her diagnosis and treatment and continues to empower women to make their health a priority. She is currently cancer-free and continues to be a strong advocate for early detection, awareness, research and survivorship.

Shannon is now a mother of two, cancer survivor, author and sports analyst but she will forever be remembered for her focus, determination and as leader of the Magnificent Seven!

1:45 PM

Networking Break

2:10 PM

Indiana Economic Development Corporation Update

J. Brock Herr, IEDC

2:40 PM

Networking Break

3:00 PM


Hear from industry experts in the fields of housing, daycare, and workforce to learn about new and existing tools and resources that you can take away and apply to your community. Attendees can choose to participate in two of the three break out sessions. 


Roberto Gallardo, Purdue Center for Regional Development
Jodi Golden, State of Indiana
Denny Spinner, OCRA

ChiLD Care

Erin Emerson, Perry County Development Corporation
Adam Alson, Appleseed Childhood Education


Tony Denhart, IEDC
Todd Hurst, Indiana Chamber

4:00 PM

Breakouts Repeat

4:50 PM

End of Sessions

5:00 PM


8:00 PM

IEDA After Hours

Not sure what to do after dinner or the reception? Want to meet more attendees in a relaxed atmosphere? Join attendees at Pins Mechanical Co (856 Carrollton Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202). 

Friday, August 18

7:30 AM


8:30 AM


8:45 AM

The Energy Industry and Its Role in Improving The Economy & Quality of Life in Indiana

Indiana is truly becoming the energy crossroads of America! Indiana’s fuel diversity is expanding which provides a focus on affordability for consumers and serves as a risk hedge, at the same time keeping the grid reliable, resilient, and stable. As the energy industry transitions, it is critical that economic developers understand not only the nationwide challenges and advantages in Indiana, but also the importance of working closely with your state and local energy partners.
Scott Bowers, Hoosier Energy
Ryan Hadley, Indiana Office of Energy Development
Danielle McGrath, Indiana Energy Association
Ashley Savieo, American Electric Power

9:35 AM

Networking Break

10:00 AM

Innovation Towards the Future: How Moving to Electric Vehicles Will Affect Our Communities

The automotive industry has leaped into electrification with unprecedented urgency. Automakers announced nearly $40 billion in EV-related investments in North America alone last year. But many questions remain, including the level of consumer demand for electric vehicles and the impacts of the likely upcoming Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). This presentation will provide a synopsis of recent total automotive sales, the market performance of electric vehicles so far, and forecasts for the future, as well as the automotive industry’s investment patterns in the necessary electric vehicle component supply chain.
Bernard Swiecki, Center for Automotive Research

10:55 AM

Indiana’s Automotive Sector

11:45 AM

End of Conference

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