Conference Location

The Alexander, 333 Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Room Block

Rate $169 - Reserve by November 22


Registration Fees

  OCT 26 - NOV 29  NOV 30 - DEC 14 
 Member   $325  $350
 Nonmember  $425  $450
 Elected Official Guest of IEDA Member (all day Thursday - workshop included)  $115  $135
 Elected Official (all day Thursday - workshop included)  $150  $175
 Workshop (additional fee with registration)  $40  $40

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thursday, December 14

Economic Development Best Practices for Local Elected Officials

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. 


Economic Development Best Practices for Local Elected Officials

By one count, Hoosiers will elect at least 48 new mayors this year. While ‘economic development’ is not technically part of the official duties for local elected officials, they can play a critical role in supporting or impeding economic development in their communities. To help new elected officials ‘hit the ground running’ in January, IEDA is offering this workshop, conducted by individuals who have held local elected positions and who have hands-on experience with economic and community development. We’re inviting LEDO directors to bring their new mayors and other local elected officials for this critical and informative introduction to Indiana economic development conducted by people who understand both sides.
Honorable Bill Dory, Mayor of Greencastle and former Putnam County LEDO
Devin Hillsdon-Smith, Cushman & Wakefield
Denny Spinner, Executive Director, OCRA and former mayor of Huntingburg
Moderator: Matt Eckerle, Baker Tilly

12:00 PM

Registration Opens

12:30 PM


Valerie Shaffer, IEDA Chair

12:45 PM

Eric J. Holcomb, 51st Governor of the State of Indiana

1:00 PM

Show Me the Money! Public Funding That's Not Local

Explore the transformative potential of IEDC's READI 2.0 and OCRA funding in "Show me the money!" Tailored for rural community leaders and developers, learn to navigate READI 2.0 and leverage OCRA's initiatives. Gain insights into successful applications, eligibility, and best practices. Empower your community to secure non-local public funding for projects, from infrastructure to revitalization. This session is your guide to identifying opportunities and fostering growth in your community.
Moderator: Isaac Lee, Steuben County Economic Development Corp.
Andrea Kern, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs
Jim Rawlinson, Director of READI, Indiana Economic Development Corporation

2:00 PM

Cleantech Investment, Indiana’s Competitiveness, and What Comes Next for Communities

Indiana is competing in a global race for cleantech investment. Recent announcements in the electric vehicle (EV) and battery sectors are just the tip of the iceberg in what is becoming a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape our communities. This session will focus on how the three C’s — competitiveness, constraints, and cooperation — should be at the heart of any region’s plan for energy transition investment.
Aaron Brickman, RMI

2:50 PM

Networking Break

3:15 PM

Building an Economy of the Future: Growing Indiana’s Advanced Industries

Hear how leaders across industries, academia and government are uniting to accelerate growth in Indiana’s key economies, including agbioscience, advanced manufacturing, life sciences and technology. This discussion will identify key trends shaping industries, resources available to economic development leaders to fuel growth and thoughts on what’s needed to build the Indiana economy of the future.
Mitch Frazier, President & CEO, Agrinovus
Mike Bolinder, SVP, External Engagement & Chief Innovation Officer, BioCrossroads
Ting Gootee, President & CEO, TechPoint
Frederick Cartwright, President & CEO, Conexus

4:00 PM

Networking Break

4:10 PM

Indiana Finance Authority Residential Infrastructure Fund

During the 2023 legislative session the General Assembly established a new revolving fund program for residential infrastructure. The Indiana Finance Authority’s new Residential Infrastructure Fund program will provide economic developers and local governments with another resource to assist with funding infrastructure required for housing projects. This session will discuss the RIF program guidelines, application, and how it may be leveraged to the benefit of your community.
Matt Eckerle, Baker Tilly
Jim McGoff, Indiana Finance Authority

5:00 PM


5:30 PM


9:00 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 the hotel bar, Plat 99. We'll have games and live music! 

Friday, December 15

7:30 AM


8:30 AM


8:45 AM

A Vision for Indiana’s Economic Acceleration: A Fireside Chat With the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Indiana’s economic development momentum is at a historic level. What will it take to maintain and continue capitalizing on this momentum? Leaders from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) will discuss how their strategic playbooks for Indiana’s future economic success align and are focused on making Indiana the best state to work, live and play. The Indiana Chamber’s Indiana Prosperity 2035 plan and IEDC’s strategic vision spotlight future-focused industries, workforce, education, infrastructure, quality of place and the health of Hoosiers as keys to taking the state to the top.
Vincent Ash, Indiana Economic Development Corporation
Vanessa Green Sinders, Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Moderated by Wendy Dant Chesser, RiverRidge Development Authority

9:45 AM

Networking Break

10:05 AM

Childcare Innovation

Through the generosity of the Duke Energy Foundation, the IEDA Foundation was able to offer five grants to communities in Indiana that proposed innovative solutions for addressing their local childcare challenges. For this session, we are bringing those grant recipients to the stage so they can share their progress with IEDA members and stimulate further progress and innovation in other Hoosier communities as they seek solutions to their childcare challenges.
Jacob Adams, Carroll County EDC
Matt Ditzler, Community Foundation of Huntington County
John Launius, One Southern Indiana
Valerie Shaffer, Wayne County EDC
Christine Waters, Ivy Tech, Columbus
Moderator: Haley Tomlinson, Duke Energy

11:00 AM

Congressional Update from US Senator Todd Young

The Senator will discuss the bipartisan Upskilling and Retraining Assistance Act he is co-sponsoring and will talk about the impact on Indiana of the CHIPS Act.

11:45 AM

End of Conference

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