Calendar of Events

Upcoming events

    • 04 Aug 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 112 Hollywood Dr, Butler, PA 16001
    • 15

    The 2014 series of Regional Member Meetings will be held this August.

    The purpose of these meetings is to maintain open lines of communication between PEDA leadership and its members. We will be discussing and receiving your input on several important agenda items and your participation is essential.  Based on previous trends in attendance, meetings will be held in three strategic locations around the state.  Each meeting will start promptly at 10:00am with a short break for lunch by noon.  Each meeting will conclude no later than 2:00pm.  Meeting attire is business casual. For the purpose of venue guarantees, the deadline to register for each event will be 7 days prior!

     

    • 07 Aug 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Express – Bloomsburg, 14 MITCHELL DRIVE, Bloomsburg, PA 17815; (570) 387-6702
    • 11

    The 2014 series of Regional Member Meetings will be held this August.

    The purpose of these meetings is to maintain open lines of communication between PEDA leadership and its members. We will be discussing and receiving your input on several important agenda items and your participation is essential.  Based on previous trends in attendance, meetings will be held in three strategic locations around the state.  Each meeting will start promptly at 10:00am with a short break for lunch by noon.  Each meeting will conclude no later than 2:00pm.  Meeting attire is business casual. For the purpose of venue guarantees, the deadline to register for each event will be 7 days prior!

     

     

    • 13 Aug 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Lancaster City Council Chambers, 100 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
    • 26

    The 2014 series of Regional Member Meetings will be held this August.

    The purpose of these meetings is to maintain open lines of communication between PEDA leadership and its members. We will be discussing and receiving your input on several important agenda items and your participation is essential.  Based on previous trends in attendance, meetings will be held in three strategic locations around the state.  Each meeting will start promptly at 10:00am with a short break for lunch by noon.  Each meeting will conclude no later than 2:00pm.  Meeting attire is business casual. For the purpose of venue guarantees, the deadline to register for each event will be 7 days prior!

     

    • 10 Sep 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online Webinar

    Best Practices in Effectively Utilizing 

    Economic Impact Analyses

    Please click here to download the registration brochure.

    This session is recognized by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute and by the EDP certification program of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA).

    Participants of previous offerings have gained insight into why they should measure the impact of economic development programs and how basic tools can be effectively utilized by practitioners.  During this Best Practices web seminar, participants will advance well beyond the preliminary phase and be presented with various approaches to implementing – and effectively utilizing the results of – economic impact analyses. 

    While maintaining a broad approach applicable to participants with diverse analysis needs, this web seminar will explore the effectiveness, reliability and value of economic impact analyses, demonstrating how those seeking to have a project funded, application approved or other professional cause advanced should proceed.  Using best practices and employing brief case studies to help participants grasp opportunities for application to their own organizational circumstances, the content of this training is essential to professionals in economic development and related industries.

    It is highly recommended that professional level members of non-profit, public and private economic development organizations participate in this web seminar.

    Lee Huang is Senior Vice President and Principal of Econsult Solutions. With an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School and a master’s degree from the Fels School of Government of the University of Pennsylvania, Lee provides an excellent perspective for public, private, and non-profit clients. Prior to joining Econsult Solutions, Lee was a director at Econsult Corporation, and was been responsible for leading projects examining commercial corridors, affordable housing, neighborhood change, transportation financing, MWBE procurement, real estate development, economic development, tax policy, economic and fiscal impact, transit-oriented development, financial modeling, tax increment financing, waterfront development, discrimination in lending practices, higher education, workforce development, technology, historic preservation, and recreational amenities.

    From 1995 to 2005, Lee was employed at The Enterprise Center, an entrepreneurial center in West Philadelphia where he acquired extensive experience in day to day management as well as strategic decision making. He most recently served as Executive Vice President, where he was responsible for all programs and operations, and helped manage fifty staff and interns and a $1.2 million budget. He was also Founder of The Enterprise Center’s YES (Youth + Entrepreneurship = Success) Program and Director of Cities Beyond, The Enterprise Center’s consulting department.

    In 2006, Lee earned his Masters of Public Administration at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, where he also received certificates in Public Finance and in Economic Development and Growth. Lee received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1995 from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, with a dual concentration in Accounting and Management.

    Lee lives with his wife Amy and their daughter Jada and son Aaron in West Philadelphia, and is an active member and elder of Woodland Presbyterian Church. He currently serves on the board of the Spruce Hill Community Association.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.5 organizational PDUs (Marketing / PR) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

    *Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

    • 17 Sep 2014
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, 3211 North Front Street, Suite 201, Harrisburg, PA

    CREDIT ANALYSIS 201: Applied Methods and Techniques

     

    Click here to download the full registration brochure.

    This session is recognized by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute and by the EDP certification program of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA).

    During this program - which has no pre-requisite - the concepts outlined in the agenda below will be covered in-depth providing participants with a more advanced understanding of how the balance sheet of a business interacts with the income statement and further affects cash available to service debt payments.  Case studies will further enhance participants’ knowledge using real world scenarios.

    Credit analysts, business finance officers and business development professionals would benefit from attending this program, as well as other individuals seeking to gain an intermediate knowledge of credit analysis and underwriting.  There is no prerequisite to this course, which takes a deeper dive into credit analysis, exploring different ways in which key information can be used in working with a business’s financials.  Whether novice or seasoned professional, this session will provide benefits in a key area of professional competency.

    8:30 AM  Registration and Coffee
    8:45 AM  Welcome and Introductions 
    9:15 AM  Financial Statement Quality Indicators 
       Revenue and Expense Recognition - Accrual vs. Cash 
       Operating vs. Permanent Working Capital 
       Identifying real financing need and how to structure 
    12:30 PM   Lunch (Provided)
    1:30 PM   UCA Cash Flow Analysis Overview 
       How real is the Depreciation Add-Back? 
       Cash Available for Debt Service 
       Loan Structures / Programs that balance financing need
     and cash available for debt service
    4:45 PM   Wrap-Up / Certificates 
    5:00 PM   Adjournment 

    PRESENTERS

    Melissa McLaughlin serves as the Director of Business Finance for the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC), the economic development arm of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber. Melissa is involved in all areas of economic development activities and overseeing all aspects of CREDC’s business financing programs in a leadership role. The Business Financing arm of CREDC provides state and federal low interest loan programs to eligible businesses that are making a strong economic or community development impact in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. To do so the organization partners with the financial institutions in the region to supply a portion of project costs at lower interest rates, giving borrowers the capacity and potential to make a larger impact on our community.

    Melissa was CREDC’s Business Finance Officer from 2006 – 2010. Prior to her new position with CREDC, Melissa worked for Graystone Tower Bank. There, she created a small business underwriting department supporting the entire company’s footprint of small business lenders at fifty branch locations. Most recently, Melissa served as an AVP and Regional SBA Business Banker for Susquehanna Bank. In this role, she provided government guaranteed lending expertise to businesses in five South Central Pennsylvania counties. Melissa has been in banking since 1995 including retail branch management and business lending. Melissa graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1992.

    Tina M. Thompson is a Regional Senior Commercial Credit Analyst with Fulton Financial Corporation, where her primary responsibility is to support the credit underwriting of all business lending requests, from small business lending at approximately $100,000 minimum to larger corporate requests of up to $30million+ dollar, for the Capital Region market. In addition, Tina provides training to the corporate footprint’s other credit analysts as well branch managers and lenders when needed.

    Tina has been in the banking industry since 1995, starting her career with Fulton Bank as a part-time teller. She worked her way through the retail market, ending as an assistant-branch manager in 2000. In 2000, Tina entered the Management Training Program and graduated in 2001, beginning her career as a commercial credit analyst at corporate headquarters located in Lancaster, PA. In 2002/03 she was promoted to Assistant Commercial Credit Manager and aided the Credit Department’s merger between Drovers Bank and Fulton Bank in the York County market. During the earlier part of her career, she attended Elizabethtown College, finishing at Albright College, with a major in Business Administration. In 2007, Tina transferred to the Capital Region as a Regional Senior Commercial Credit Analyst where she continues her credit underwriting, teaching of Small Business Lending to Lenders/Managers in the Corporate footprint, as well as teaching above the fundamentals analyzing for Credit Analysts, also in the Corporate footprint (corporate footprint reaches from PA to VA). Among Tina’s professional affiliations are terms as a board member and President for the South Central PA Chapter of Risk Management Association (RMA).

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 6.0 organizational PDUs (Finance) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

    *Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering. In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

     

    • 06 Oct 2014
    • 08 Oct 2014
    • Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA

    2014 PEDA Fall Conference

    Hershey® Lodge • Hershey, Pennsylvania

     #PEDAFall14

     

    The registration brochure is now available for download here.

     

    Sponsorship opportunities are available.

     

    Thank you to our 2014 Fall Conference Sponsors, Exhibitors and Supporters!

     

    PLatinum Sponsor

     

    Monday Reception Sponsor

     

     

     

    Silver sponsors

     

    BRONZE SPONSORS

     

     

     

    Transportation sponsor

     

     

    EXHIBITORS

    PEDI Pre-conference Session

    The Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute is offering a pre-conference workshop (separate registration required) entitled Introduction to Tax-Exempt Financing.  Instructors are Kenetha Hansen (York County Economic Alliance) and Jonathan Cox (Rhoads & Sinon).

                                Hotel Reservation Information

    Room rates for this conference have been negotiated to a discounted rate of $179/night for single or double accommodations. To make a reservation, please contact the Hershey® Lodge directly at (717) 533-3311 or (800) 533-3131 on or before July 27, 2014 or when the room block reaches capacity – whichever comes first – and identify yourself as an attendee of the 2014 Pennsylvania Economic Development Association Fall Conference room block.  Reservations may be made at the discounted rate by July 27th or until our room block has reached capacity, whichever comes first.  Reservations after such time will be accepted upon availability at prevailing hotel rates.

    Transportation Details – Welcome Reception

    Transportation to and from the Monday evening reception at Tröegs Brewing Company will be provided to conference registrants.  The shuttle will make 3 consecutive departures from the Lodge beginning at 5:45 pm.  Return trips from the reception to the Lodge will depart Tröegs Brewing Company at 8:00 pm, 8:30 pm, and 9:00 pm.  Seating is limited on these buses and is done on a 1st-come, 1st-served basis, so please be sure to plan your departure accordingly.

    IEDC Recognition

    This event is recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development training that counts toward the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).

    Speaker & Session Information

    Speaker bios may be accessed here.

    Session overviews will soon be available here.

    Young Professional Scholarship Opportunity

    Click here to access the Young Professional Scholarship Request Form.  This scholarship opportunity is made available through the generosity of FirstEnergy Corp.
     

     

    • 06 Oct 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Hershey Lodge (325 University Dr, Hershey, PA 17033)

    Introduction to Tax-Exempt Financing

    Click here for registration brochure.

    This session is recognized by PEDA and by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute.

    In the world of economic development, bond financing is a valuable – though often underutilized – tool.  Though a complex process, entities that choose to pursue it stand to benefit from long-term financing – typically at a lower cost – for purposes ranging from land and building acquisition to building renovation and new construction to acquisition and installation of machinery and equipment.  Course participants will be introduced to this important tool in a setting that allows for the use of case studies and interactive discussion.  This program aims to provide participants with an understanding of this foundational economic development finance tool by focusing on the following:

    • explanation of tax-exempt financing
    • types of tax-exempt financing
    • project and borrower eligibility for tax-exempt financing
    • the cast of parties involved in a tax-exempt deal and responsibilities of each
    • the tax-exempt financing deal from beginning to end
    • transaction documentation, rules and requirements

    Who should attend?

    No matter your level of experience in designing economic development packages for your clients, the aim of this program is to introduce you to and familiarize you with the basics of tax exempt financing and its role in helping you get projects done in your community.  All economic development and finance professionals whose responsibilities include working with clients or financing programs will benefit from this program.

    Jonathan W. Cox is a lawyer in Rhoads & Sinon’s municipal finance practice group where he serves as bond counsel in connection with the financing of capital projects for municipalities, school districts and sewer and water authorities, as well as non-profit entities, including continuing care retirement communities, hospitals, colleges and fire and emergency medical service providers. Mr. Cox also assists clients with State and Federal funding programs, including those of PennVest, PEDFA, Commonwealth Financing Authority, PEMA and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Community Development and Rural Utilities Service.

    Mr. Cox is a native of Central Pennsylvania: he grew up in Wellsboro, attended Dickinson College, where he graduated magna cum laude, and then the Dickinson School of Law, where he was a Dean’s Scholar and the recipient of several honors and awards for his academic performance. Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. Cox obtained a variety of academic, government and business experience teaching geology, consulting with the U.S. Geological Survey, and then planning and engineering fiber optic networks for an international telecommunications company.

    Kenetha Hansen, EDFP, currently serves as Vice President, of Business Development for the York County Economic Alliance (YCEA).  Prior to the founding of YCEA in 2012 through an affiliation between York County's chamber and economic development organizations, Ms. Hansen had served with the latter since 1989.  Ms. Hansen brings 25 years of economic development finance and incentive program experience including local, state and federal matching loans, tax-exempt financing, grants, tax abatement and credit programs.  Ms. Hansen oversees YCEA’s business development activities – including business attraction, retention and expansion – and leads the business development team comprising three Managers of Business Development, Expansion and Programs and Events. 

    Ms. Hansen earned her B.A. from Dickinson College and has been recognized – by the National Development Council – as a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional.  She has served on the Board of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute since 2011, was a judge for Central Penn Business Journal’s 50 Best Women in Business in 2008 and has volunteered with various other organizations over the past several years.

    This event qualifies for (3.00) organizational PDUs (Finance) through the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute (PEDI).*

    *A complete explanation is provided in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations (Guidelines) issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and in PEDI’s Policies and Procedures.

    Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering. In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

    • 10 Dec 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online Webinar (Log-in credentials will be provided to registrants in advance of the session.)

    Registration is not yet open for this event.

     

    This webinar will enable economic developers to build new tools, broaden their resources and devise new strategies for business retention and expansion in their communities.  Participants will learn about specific actions they can take to guide owners toward transition alternatives that achieve owners’ goals and keep businesses and jobs in the community.

    Participants will leave this session able to (a) identify companies for which an ESOP may be an appropriate strategy, (b) answer common questions from business owners about ESOPs, and (c) have ready access to more detailed information.  Few communities have professionals skilled in these areas, so economic developers can and should become the "go-to" ownership transition resource for businesses in their communities.  Topics to be covered during this webinar include:

    • Importance of business retention due to coming tsunami of business owner transitions
    • Ownership transition planning and options
    • Succession planning principles and alternatives
    • ESOP basics
    • Federal tax incentives for ESOPs
    • How to identify good ESOP candidates
    • Benefits to owners, businesses, and communities
    • Case studies of PA ESOP companies

    Presenters:

    Loren Rodgers is the Executive Director of the National Center for Employee Ownership.  Loren specializes in various forms of employee ownership, including employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), equity compensation plans, and other forms of employee ownership.  Active in the field since 1995 as a researcher and consultant, Loren works with companies on ownership transitions, ESOP plan design, governance, operational issues, organizational culture, best practices for employee ownership companies, and communicating about transactions. 

    Loren speaks extensively, consults internationally and writes for academic, trade, and employee-ownership publications in the US and abroad on topics including corporate governance, ESOP education, organizational dynamics, and business literacy. Before joining the NCEO in 2005, Loren was a senior principal at Ownership Associates, an employee ownership consulting firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts .

    Ken Baker, CEO of NewAge Industries, Inc., has over 25 years of experience in the plastic tubing and hose industry. His father, Raymond Baker, started NewAge® Industries, Inc. in 1954, and Ken joined the company in 1985. Under Ken’s nurturing, NewAge has become 40% employee owned (ESOP) and has twice been recognized as a finalist in Winning Workplaces’ Top Small Company Workplaces.  Ken spends time in speaking about employee ownership to CEOs at local and National events. 

    In 2001, Ken led the company in the launch of its AdvantaPure® sanitary products division, and this continues to be his primary focus. He is a co-inventor on three patents in RFID tagging technology for the Verigenics division and a co-founder in the RFID in Healthcare Consortium. Ken is a board member of the BPSA  Bio-Process System Alliance an industry trade organization.  He invites area high school students to intern at NewAge Industries each summer and is a generous contributor to local and national charities.  Ken is also on the Foundation board of Montgomery County Community College.

    James G. Steiker is Chairman and CEO of SES Advisors, Inc. and Founding Partner and Chairman of its sister law firm, Steiker, Fischer, Edwards & Greenapple, P.C.  Jim is a corporate, pension and tax attorney and financial advisor with more than 25 years of experience in Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and other employee ownership matters, focusing primarily on ESOP design, transactions and compliance in entrepreneurial companies.  Jim is the immediate past Chair of the Finance Committee and currently serves on the Board of Governors of The ESOP Association, is a trustee of the Employee Ownership Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Employee Ownership. He is also a frequent speaker and author on ESOP matters and serves as a director of eight ESOP companies.  Jim is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar, and of Wesleyan University.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 organizational PDUs (Marketing / PR) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

    *Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer




    • 31 Dec 2014
    • Online Webinar Recording
    This Webinar is now available on video for those who wish to see it.  Available in Flash and WMV formats only.  You will receive viewing information once payment is made.

    Registration and Information PDF

    PEDA Member Rate:
    $75

    Non-Member Rate: $99

    This session is recognized by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute and by the EDP certification program of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA).

    This program provides a fun and interesting romp through the pastures of ag lending with seasoned lenders as your guides!  Learn how you can help grow this often-overlooked, but vital, Pennsylvania industry sector!  Presenters will guide you through must-know credit considerations for ag, while sharing industry insights, trends and entertaining stories.  Wonder about the impact of DCED lending program changes on ag programs?  Join us to receive critical updates on existing programs and to learn about underutilized ones.  Focusing on building your comfort level and toolkit for working with agricultural borrowers, this program will enable you to:

     ·       Gain skills necessary for successful ag lending

     ·       Investigate current industry trends and best practices

     ·       Understand and examine credit issues specific to the ag industry

     ·       Explore a range of loan structuring options

     ·       Learn what DCED loan program changes mean for ag lending

     ·       Discover new ag lending tools to add to your toolbox

     No matter your level of experience in ag lending – whether novice or veteran – this program is designed to provide you with skills that will allow you to increase your knowledge, evaluate your own practices with those of your peers and improve your overall effectiveness as an economic developer.  Bring your questions!

     

     

    Suzanne Milshaw is the Agriculture Program Manager for the Chester County Economic Development Council.  Since 2005, she has structured, packaged and underwritten agricultural loans using public and private financing tools as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s PAgrows program.

    Roger Rohrer has been an Ag Relationship Manager and Business Development Officer at Fulton Bank for 6 years and has a career in ag lending in South Central and Southeastern PA that spans 37 years. He farms part-time on his family’s Century Farm in Lancaster County.  He’s been awarded the Outstanding Cooperator Award by the Lancaster County Conservation District and numerous awards. 

    Lamar King works as an Ag Relationship Manager at Fulton Bank.  He’s worked in the banking industry for over five years and has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting at Cedarville University.  Born and raised on a crop farm in Chester County, he is a member of the PA Young Farmer Association and a board member of the Lancaster County Ag Council. 

    David Poorbaugh is the Chief of Farm Loan Programs for Pennsylvania Farm Service Agency, USDA.  Dave has held various positions within the Farm Service Agency over the past 24 years. The Farm Service Agency, Farm Loan programs staff in Pennsylvania consists of 40 dedicated and experienced loan officers, managers, and 25 support technicians who are committed to PA’s farmer and lender customers, their goals, and their communities.  The Farm Service Agency is often regarded as the lender of first opportunity not only because they provide agricultural producers who need assistance with an entry into agriculture, but also because they provide support for experienced farmers in difficult economic times.     

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.5 organizational PDUs (Finance) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

    *Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering if deemed necessary due to a lower than expected number of registrations.  In the event of a cancellation, a full refund will be provided to registrants.

     

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer



    • 31 Dec 2014
    • Online Webinar Recording

    This Webinar is now available on video for those who wish to see it.  Available in Flash and WMV formats only.  You will receive viewing information once payment is made.

    PEDA Member Rate: $75
    Non-Member Rate: $99

    This session is recognized by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute and by the EDP certification program of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA).

                   

    This webinar will introduce participants to federal statistical programs essential to effective economic development research.  An overview of federal data programs will be provided, complete with insights into key challenges with the data.  Participants should leave the session with an understanding of available socioeconomic data and how they may use it in their work. 

    Our presenting organization will be the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), which promotes excellence in community and economic research by working to improve data availability, enhance data quality, and foster learning about regional economic analytic methods.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 organizational PDUs (Marketing / PR - Research) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

     Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

     




    • 31 Dec 2014
    • Online Webinar Recording

    This Webinar is now available on video for those who wish to see it.  Available in Flash and WMV formats only.  You will receive viewing information once payment is made.

    PEDA Member Rate: $75
    Non-Member Rate: $99

    This session is recognized by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute and by the EDP certification program of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA).

    How are businesses and site selectors using the web to screen/select communities?  The latest studies show that more than 97% of initial site selection screening is conducted online, so it’s more important than ever that communities have an effective web presence. 

    This 90 minute webinar will cover trends and best practices for leveraging online strategies and tools for success in our field. Topics will include:

    • Making your website site selector friendly - what are the "must haves"?
    • Leveraging the latest technology, including mobile apps and GIS, to help prospects find information on your community.
    • Maximizing social media tools including Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook to reach prospects and drive traffic to your website.

    Our presenter will be Mr. Anatalio Ubalde, CEO of GIS Planning, a highly sought-after thought-leader on the subject of economic development, the Internet and GIS strategies and has made presentations on these subjects throughout North America, Asia and Europe. He is the author of the books Economic Development Online (2011) and Economic Development Marketing: Present & Future (2008) and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Forbes, and Inc. magazine

    Today, over 12,500 cities including the majority of the 100 largest cities in the USA are using GIS Planning’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Software as a Service technology.  (www.gisplanning.com)

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 organizational PDUs (Real Estate Development / Redevelopment) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

     
    Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering if deemed necessary due to a lower than expected number of registrations.  In the event of a cancellation, a full refund will be provided to registrants.

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

    • 31 Dec 2014
    • Online Webinar Recording

    This Webinar is now available on video for those who wish to see it.  Available in Flash and WMV formats only.  You will receive viewing information once payment is made.

    PEDA Member Rate: $75
    Non-Member Rate: $99

    This session is recognized by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute and by the EDP certification program of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA).

    This seminar will focus on practical approaches for redeveloping blighted properties.  These approaches include the use of tools authorized by state legislation to prevent blight and to intervene at the earliest possible stage to arrest blight.  The purchase of blighted properties as well as the use of eminent domain by public entities as a last resort will also be discussed.

    The seminar is targeted at economic and community development professionals, local public officials, private and non-profit developers and other community stakeholders.

    The seminar will feature:

     ·        Review of state laws relating to prohibited purchasers at tax sales

    ·        Voluntary purchase and real estate development options, including topics for negotiating with blighted property owners

    ·        Review of PA Eminent Domain Code

    ·        PA Abandoned Property and Conservatorship Act

    ·        Neighborhood Reclamation and Revitalization Act (Act 90 of 2010)

    ·        Redevelopment of properties by public or non-profit organizations, including a discussion of the capacity needed to undertake such projects.

    The case studies utilized in this seminar are based on projects undertaken by the Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority.

    Mr. Gulotta served as Executive Director of the Redevelopment and Housing Authorities of Cumberland County for thirty years between 1980 and 2010.  In this position, he was responsible for developing and implementing housing and community development strategies for Cumberland and Perry Counties.

    Mr. Gulotta has led strategic planning sessions with elected and appointed officials, non- profit organizations as well as private citizens in a variety of areas including economic and community development, homelessness, and the redevelopment of downtowns and rural town centers.

    Mr. Gulotta is a recognized expert on how to package public and public financing to obtain results. During his time with the Redevelopment and Housing Authorities the organization had over twenty-five national and state award winning projects which addressed compelling community needs, demonstrated innovation and leveraged private funding.  Additionally, his working knowledge of the real estate development process has been helpful in moving projects from the concept phase to the build-out phase.

    Mr. Gulotta is a graduate of Dickinson College, the Penn State University Masters Degree Program in Urban and Regional Planning, and the Dickinson School of Law.  He has served on several statewide and regional boards and, throughout his career, has received numerous awards, among them the 2010 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Supportive Housing Award, the 2008 Leadership Award from the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, and the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award from Dickinson College.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.5 organizational PDUs (Real Estate Development / Redevelopment) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

    *Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a full refund will be provided to registrants.

     

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

    • 31 Dec 2014
    • Online Webinar Recording

    This Webinar is now available on video for those who wish to see it.  Available in Flash and WMV formats only.  You will receive viewing information once payment is made.

    PEDA Member Rate: $75
    Non-Member Rate: $99

    This session is recognized by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute and by the EDP certification program of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA).

    This webinar will provide participants with insights into why they should measure the impact of economic development programs.  Methodologies for measuring impact will be discussed, with a brief case study example.  Tools to use in effective impact measurement will be introduced.  The webinar will conclude with key challenges and tips for effective implementation. 

    Our presenting organization will be the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), which promotes excellence in community and economic research by working to improve data availability, enhance data quality, and foster learning about regional economic analytic methods.

    Professionals who will benefit from this session will come from a variety of disciplines and will include - but not be limited to - those whose job responsibilities include designing and conducting research, analyzing program effectiveness, developing policy, procuring grants and other funding, marketing community assets, interacting with members of the site selection and real estate communities as well as anyone interested in gaining a solid understanding of current data resources.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 organizational PDUs (Marketing / PR - Research) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

     Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer




    • 31 Dec 2014
    • Online Webinar Recording
    Members - $75; Non-members $99

    This session is recognized by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute and by the EDP certification program of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA).

    This seminar will feature a detailed review of public financing programs including federal and state tax credit programs designed to leverage private investment.  Several detailed case studies will be profiled that illustrate how public and private funding is blended to successfully accomplish the redevelopment of deteriorated commercial and residential properties in and around downtown areas.

    The seminar is targeted at economic and community development professionals, local public officials, private and non-profit developers and other community stakeholders.

    The seminar will feature:

    ·        A detailed presentation on the most useful state and federal grant/loan/tax abatement programs to accomplish redevelopment of deteriorated properties

    ·        A detailed presentation on state and federal tax credit programs that will help communities leverage private investment

    ·        How to evaluate the project to determine the appropriate amount of private investment so as to minimize the amount of public financing needed to accomplish the project

    ·        Key points to emphasize in funding requests for public financing

    ·        How to use the availability of public financing to attract a private developer

    ·        How to best leverage bank funds in redevelopment projects

    Mr. Gulotta served as Executive Director of the Redevelopment and Housing Authorities of Cumberland County for thirty years between 1980 and 2010.  In this position, he was responsible for developing and implementing housing and community development strategies for Cumberland and Perry Counties.

    Mr. Gulotta has led strategic planning sessions with elected and appointed officials, non- profit organizations as well as private citizens in a variety of areas including economic and community development, homelessness, and the redevelopment of downtowns and rural town centers.

    Mr. Gulotta is a recognized expert on how to package public and public financing to obtain results. During his time with the Redevelopment and Housing Authorities the organization had over twenty-five national and state award winning projects which addressed compelling community needs, demonstrated innovation and leveraged private funding.  Additionally, his working knowledge of the real estate development process has been helpful in moving projects from the concept phase to the build-out phase.

    Mr. Gulotta is a graduate of Dickinson College, the Penn State University Masters Degree Program in Urban and Regional Planning, and the Dickinson School of Law.  He has served on several statewide and regional boards and, throughout his career, has received numerous awards, among them the 2010 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Supportive Housing Award, the 2008 Leadership Award from the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, and the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award from Dickinson College.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.5 organizational PDUs (Finance) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

    *Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a full refund will be provided to registrants.

    Cancellation & Refund Policies:
    Requests for cancellations and refunds must be made in
    writing and received by close of business April 29th. No
    refunds will be granted after that point. All refunds are
    subject to a $50 administrative fee. No-shows will be billed
    in full.

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

    • 31 Dec 2014
    • Online Recorded Webinar

    This Webinar is now available on video for those who wish to see it.  Available in Flash and WMV formats only.  You will receive viewing information once payment is made.

    Click here for Brochure

    This session is recognized by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute and by the EDP certification program of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA).

    The availability of dollars once accessible through popular economic development programs has steadily declined with each new budget cycle.  As various funds have been exhausted or altogether dispensed of during this era of waning funding, economic developers have found themselves needing to be increasingly innovative in order to successfully carry out their entities’ missions.  While innovation drives the economy of the commonwealth and nation as a whole, it is critical that industry professionals maintain a practical awareness and understanding of fundamental programs available to them outside of and unaffected by the budget cycle. 

    The primary goal of this program is to provide participants with an overview of key statutory programs, considered essential – but often overlooked – instruments in the economic developer’s toolbox.  A complementary goal of this program is to introduce participants to new economic development tools which may only be available for a limited period of time, but which are designed to provide eligible projects with the funds needed to bring them to fruition.  By gaining a fuller understanding, participants will be able to maximize the effectiveness of their leadership in their communities and regions. 

    Using examples of PA-based projects as illustrations, the tools explored in this session will include, but not be limited to: 

    • Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
    • Neighborhood Improvement Districts
    • Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA)
    • Small Issue Tax Exempt Manufacturing Bonds
    • Other Current Tools (subject to change):
    • Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds
    • Funding Projects with Marcellus Impact Fees

    No matter your level of experience in designing economic development packages for your clients, the aim of this program is to introduce you to and familiarize you with a variety of fundamental tools developed to help you get projects done in your community.  Through participation in this program, you will increase your knowledge and be well positioned to evaluate your own practices with those of your peers, thereby improving your overall effectiveness as an economic developer.  All economic development professionals whose responsibilities include working with clients or financing programs will benefit from this program.

    Paul A. Lundeen  is a senior partner in the municipal finance practice group of Rhoads & Sinon LLP where he has more than 35 years’ experience as bond counsel in connection with the financing of capital projects for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and for numerous of  its counties, municipalities school districts, sewer and water authorities, industrial development authorities, and redevelopment authorities; for non-profit entities, including libraries, continuing care retirement communities, nursing homes, hospitals, and volunteer fire companies; and for various for-profit commercial and industrial entities.  Mr. Lundeen’s experience includes working with the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Act (LERTA) and the Infrastructure and Facilities Improvement Program (IFIP) of the Commonwealth and serving as bond counsel or borrower’s counsel with respect to loans and grants through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s PennVest and PennWorks programs and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service and Rural Utility Service, as well as other governmental loan and grant programs.

    Mr. Lundeen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Highest Honors from the University of Delaware and he graduated magna cum laude from the Dickinson School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of the Law Review.  A past President of the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers, he has also served as a lecturer on financing topics for various organizations, including the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers, the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Non-profit Homes for the Aged, the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, and the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities.

    Jonathan W. Cox is a lawyer in Rhoads & Sinon’s municipal finance practice group where he serves as bond counsel in connection with the financing of capital projects for municipalities, school districts and sewer and water authorities, as well as non-profit entities, including continuing care retirement communities, hospitals, colleges and fire and emergency medical service providers. Mr. Cox also assists clients with State and Federal funding programs, including those of PennVest, PEDFA, Commonwealth Financing Authority, PEMA and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Community Development and Rural Utilities Service.

    Mr. Cox is a native of Central Pennsylvania: he grew up in Wellsboro, attended Dickinson College, where he graduated magna cum laude, and then the Dickinson School of Law, where he was a Dean’s Scholar and the recipient of several honors and awards for his academic performance.  Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. Cox obtained a variety of academic,

    government and business experience teaching geology, consulting with the U.S. Geological Survey, and then planning and engineering fiber optic networks for an international telecommunications company.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 2.0 organizational PDUs (Finance) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

    *Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

    • 31 Dec 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Online Webinar Recording
    This Webinar is now available on video for those who wish to see it.  Available in Flash and WMV formats only.  You will receive viewing information once payment is made.

    Download the full registration brochure
    here.

    This session is recognized by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute and by the EDP certification program of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA).


    EB-5 FINANCING & THE ANATOMY OF A DEAL

    You’ve probably heard the term at economic development conferences.  Maybe you’ve seen the headlines in economic development and financing blogs.  Or maybe you’ve heard that Pennsylvania leads the nation in EB-5 financing projects.  Now you can find out how EB-5 financing can work for you in getting your next big project off the ground.

    Here’s what it is and how it works:

    Overseen by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program provides foreign nationals the opportunity to become conditional permanent residents for two years upon making an investment of $500,000 in a qualifying project that will create at least ten new, direct or indirect jobs for U.S. workers.  EB-5 investors must submit an immigration application to the USCIS with a comprehensive business plan that is sufficiently detailed to demonstrate that the investment project meets the job creation requirements of the EB-5 Program.                                                         

    Investment Structure

    EB-5 Program qualifying investments are typically made through newly formed limited partnerships that make an interest-only loan to a job creating project or business for a five-year term. Information regarding the investment and the job creating enterprise are presented to investors through a private placement offering and to the USCIS as an integral part of each investor immigrant’s application.

    Benefits of EB-5 Financing

    •       Source of Capital for government agencies and private businesses at competitive, below-market fixed interest rates; no cost to taxpayers
    •      Creative Financing Vehicle for private lender financing during a period when credit is restricted and economic development programs have been cut
    •       Source of Job Creation in the United States during time when the economy is weak and national unemployment rate is high
    •       Supported by Government Authorities on a state, regional and local level
    •      Promotes Economic Development in economically challenged areas

    Since 2001, the State of Pennsylvania has had an approved regional center in partnership with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation and CanAm Enterprises, a leading promoter of EB-5 Investment Funds.  There are a total of 44 counties from Erie down through Allegheny – across to Chester and up to Lackawanna – that currently qualify to participate in the EB-5 Program.

    If you are from one of these 44 counties (listed below) you need to know about this burgeoning financing opportunity for your next project.  It’s a niche financing program that only works within the confines of very specific and rigid federal requirements. 

    Teaming up with the right partner is key to using this low-cost financing vehicle effectively.  During this webinar, participants will hear from Tom Rosenfeld, CEO and founder of CanAm Enterprises, an organization that has financed nearly $1.3 billion in project loans, and is the exclusive operator of the Pennsylvania Regional Center in partnership with DCED.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is the sponsoring state agency for the PA EB-5 Regional Center and participants will also hear from Steve Drizos, Director, DCED Private Financing Center.   Steve will outline the process whereby your project can be considered for this unique financing opportunity.

    Team PA Foundation is a marketing partner for DCED’s EB-5 immigrant investor financing.  Matt Zieger of Team PA will provide brief closing observations.

    Who should attend?

    Economic development professionals serving the PA counties listed below.   Additionally, this seminar will be beneficial to board members and CFOs of municipal and authority finance agencies.  Although eligible centers could work to be approved throughout the commonwealth, a list of currently approved counties qualifying for EB-5 financing is available here.

    Webinar Presenters

    Tom Rosenfeld founded CanAm in 1987, originally focusing his sales efforts in the Canadian market and promoting private and government syndicates pursuant to the Canadian Business Immigrant Investor Program. Since 2002, Mr. Rosenfeld has established CanAm’s presence in the United States, where it has become a leader in promotion of EB-5 Immigrant Investment funds and is now celebrating its 25th year in the business. Through Mr. Rosenfeld’s vision and leadership, CanAm has become the exclusive sponsor of five regional centers designated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia, the State of Hawaii, the County of Los Angeles and the North Country Region in Plattsburgh, New York. Mr. Rosenfeld serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA).

    Steve Drizos is Director of the DCED office overseeing implementation of EB-5 project financing.  Under Drizos’ guidance over $800 million in EB-5 financing has been placed including the recent $125mm Delta Airlines Marcus Hook Refinery investment, $30mm Bakery Square and $66mm Lionsgate Film production in Pittsburgh and the $13mm PA Silicon in Bucks County.

    Mickey Rowley is CanAm’s PA EB-5 Regional Center Development Associate.  From 2003-2011, Rowley served as Pennsylvania’s Deputy Secretary for Tourism, Film and Economic Development Marketing.  Rowley was instrumental in putting together the $66 mm Lionsgate Films financing deal in Allegheny County.   He was DCED’s in house expert in marketing PA projects overseas and led six investment missions to China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.5 organizational PDUs (Finance) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

     

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

    • 31 Dec 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Online Webinar Recording
    This Webinar is now available on video for those who wish to see it.  Available in Flash and WMV formats only.  You will receive viewing information once payment is made.

    PEDA Member Rate: $75
    Non-Member Rate: $99

    This session is recognized by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute and by the EDP certification program of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA).

    WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: BEST PRACTICES IN PARTNERSHIPS

    Preparing today’s workforce for in-demand jobs is a key component in the fight to rebuild Pennsylvania’s economy.  Strong partnerships between industry and organizations focused on workforce development are essential if the workplace needs of employers and employees are to be effectively met.

    This program will address common challenges and pitfalls associated with building and maintaining strong partnerships in the world of workforce development while laying out a step-by-step blueprint through which the successful development of multi-organization partnerships can be achieved.  This approach, which is based on best practices utilized by successful Pennsylvania economic development organizations, will include the use of case studies as well as discussion of several key elements ranging from the identification of partners to relationship building and definition of roles to strategic planning and, of course, information sharing and communication.  In line with the motto of our presenters, practitioners must plan, implement, fine tune and then repeat in order to consistently meet the needs of our community’s workforces.

    Professionals who will benefit from this session include, but are not limited to, economic development professionals, individuals whose responsibilities include any aspect of workforce development such as consensus-building, educational or industry partnerships, relationship management, etc.  Also benefiting are those interested in gaining a stronger understanding of best practices in this area of subject matter or simply finding new value for clients.

    PRESENTERS

    Amy Sheaffer Wise, CEcD, is Executive Director of Huntingdon County Business and Industry, Inc. (HCBI).  She joined the HCBI staff in 2007 as the Director of Business Development.  Today she is the Executive Director and is responsible for serving as the staff coordinator in fulfilling the initiative and goals of HCBI.  She is also responsible for assisting in retention, relocation, and expansion of local businesses as well as aiding entrepreneurs to start a business.  Her position is to be the main conduit for businesses to apply for state and federal funding to aid business growth.  Amy also works closely with multiple local agencies toward the goals of workforce development and infrastructure growth.

    Believing economic development is a community goal, Amy serves on numerous community committees and boards including Junior Achievement, Huntingdon County Partnership for Economic Progress, Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board and Rural Transportation Committee, Route 22 Tri-County Task Force, PEDA Professional Development Committee and the Chamber's Government Affairs Committee.

    In 2012, she completed the International Economic Development Council’s Certified Economic Development Professional Program (CEcD) and has been recognized twice by Pennsylvania Business Central Journal’s Foremost under 40 group.  She has also earned certified through the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association.  Prior to joining the HCBI team, Amy worked for Aflac and Cisney & O'Donnell, Professional Remodelers/Customer Builders.  She earned a bachelor’s of science from Millersville University in Business Administration, focusing in marketing and management.

    Helen Pyzowski is the Business Services Coordinator for the PA CareerLink Huntingdon County. Helen started her career in the health care field as a rehabilitation nurse. Her career path has branched out to include over 16 years of experience in Human Resource and Workforce Development. She received her National Workforce Professional 3 Certification in 2005.  Her membership to professional and community organizations include: Leadership Blair County, Leadership Huntingdon County, Huntingdon County Partners for Economic Progress, Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Advisor Board of Dubois Business College, Huntingdon County Business and Industry Board of Directors, Huntingdon Career & Tech Center Advisory Council.  Awards/Honors: 2010 Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year, Pennsylvania Business Central Top 100 People, Huntingdon County Chamber Athena Award Winner 2011, Pennsylvania Business Central Woman Making a Difference 2012.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.5 organizational PDUs (Workforce Development) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

    *Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

     

    • 31 Dec 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Online Webinar Recording
    This Webinar is now available on video for those who wish to see it.  Available in Flash and WMV formats only.  You will receive viewing information once payment is made. 

    Bridging the Gap Between Economic Development, Academia & Business
     

    In a competitive marketplace, students, businesses and colleges are all looking for ways to connect and gain a distinct advantage.  In 2006, the Innovation Transfer Network (ITN) was launched in an attempt to leverage intellectual capital by bridging the gap between economic development, academia and the business community.  Over the course of these past seven years, ITN has attracted over $3 million to Central Pennsylvania, including an investment of $500,000 in new technology products and services and $5,000,000 in leveraged capital.

    This session will demonstrate how collaboration between economic development, local colleges, universities and the business community can lead to the creation of jobs, accelerated company growth and the engagement of intellectual capital across a region’s academic landscape.  Best practices and case studies of collaboration between students, companies, and entrepreneurial faculty will be discussed.

    Who should attend?  Professionals who will benefit from this session will come from a broad range of backgrounds to include those who work for or with the business community, colleges and universities (small and large), entrepreneurs and innovators, investors and venture capitalists, developers of technology, business incubators, etc.  Those who count business development among their professional responsibilities will also benefit as presenters utilize real world success stories to illustrate how collaboration between businesses and institutes of higher education can benefit their communities.

    Jill Edwards is the Executive Director of the Innovation Transfer Network, a virtual technology transfer program sponsored by the Commonwealth of PA supporting 16 colleges and universities in the Harrisburg/Lancaster/Reading PA region. She graduated Magna cum Laude in Foreign Languages from Millersville University. She has had an extensive career in the banking industry, during which she held positions as a small business lender, headed up a community banking group and served as the head of Human Resources, Marketing and Security for a start-up bank.

    Ms. Edwards has also had 16 years’ experience in economic development, particularly in entrepreneurial development. She served as the Director of Small Business Incubation Programs for the York County Economic Development Corporation, and, while there, held leadership positions in the Pennsylvania Incubator Association. She has freelanced in economic development, doing grant writing for a variety of regional economic development organizations. She has served as a business reviewer for the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, conducted training programs for the York Chapter of SCORE and has acted as a mentor for the Athena PowerLink Business Advisory Council.

    She also serves as the Executive Director of Ben Franklin Venture Investment Forum, whose mission is to promote entrepreneurship in Pennsylvania by assisting entrepreneurs in their preparations to seek private equity and providing training in various financial topics to emerging growth companies.

    Richard Dennis is currently the President of Die-tech. Die-tech is a 40 year old, second generation, family owned precision metal stamping company dedicated to stamping ideas into reality and leading their customers to success.

    Die-tech’s current success is due to Richard’s strategic vision of diversification into medical and automotive markets, adoption of lean operating practices, and innovation in the engineering and management of progressive dies.

    Richard asked the Innovation Transfer Network (ITN) to coordinate a brainstorming luncheon at his facility. The company was expanding aggressively into the healthcare sector and wanted to better understand market trends, particularly in medical devices. ITN identified and coordinated a meeting with several faculty from both Penn State College of Medicine and Lancaster General Health. The session was a precursor to an event Die-Tech was attending to meet with select medical industry companies in order to pursue new revenue channels.

    Subsequent to that meeting, he mentioned that a purchase order was pending as a direct result of ITN’s market intelligence meeting with faculty. His company closed $100,000 of additional revenue attributable to ITN, and the following year his company generated an additional $1 million in the revenue pipeline, thanks to the collaborative efforts of ITN.

    Richard:

    • is Currently a Member of the Board of Directors of MANTEC -  a private, non-profit, resource center for manufacturers in South Central Pennsylvania.
    • had formerly owned Leaderplate – a private electroplating company specializing in    continuous coil plating of tin and solder alloys.
    • Served as the Chief Radio Operator of ODA-316, 10th Special Forces Group.
    • And earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation and Park Management from The Pennsylvania State University.

    Richard’s eclectic background and varied interests have made him a driving force for innovation and change in all aspects of his life.

    Mark Kraenbring serves as CIO of the APAK Group, provider of innovative and effective solutions in the areas of process control, data collection & visualization and production efficiency.

    ITN’s conversations with APAK turned into an MBA class project at Lebanon Valley College under the direction of Joel Kline. Deliverables included a theoretical model of an HR application of APAK’s software, and a market feasibility study of that product. 

    The hand-off of deliverables has taken place. The company has added this new dashboard to its product line for sale to its customers.

    This session is recognized by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute and by the EDP certification program of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA).

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.5 organizational PDUs (Entrepreneurship) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

    *Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server or newer


    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

     

    • 31 Dec 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Online Recorded Webinar


    This Webinar is now available on video for those who wish to see it.  Available in Flash and WMV formats only.  You will receive viewing information once payment is made.

    This session is recognized by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute and by the EDP certification program of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA).

    Developing  leadership skills and relevant professional competencies in an economic development organization (EDO) has long been a daunting task, but never more so than today.  The economic development profession is very dynamic in nature and tends to draw professionals from a broad array of backgrounds and professional expertise.

    This web seminar will present an overview of a competency model initiative created through a successful collaboration of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the consulting firm of Colarelli, Meyer & Associates (CMA).  Among others, the seminar will examine such critical areas as:

    •          Talent Acquisition
    •          Talent Development
    •          Organizational Talent Review

    Detailed explanations of competency models and how to effectively incorporate the use of these tools in an EDO will be explored and some specific case studies will be shared to help participants grasp opportunities for application to their own organizational circumstances.

    It is highly recommended that professional level members of non-profit, public and private economic development organizations – including current and future leaders and board members, those involved with the development of policies and procedures, and those involved in hiring, training and evaluation processes – register for this web seminar.

    Darrell Auterson has been in the economic development profession for over 30 years. His background includes positions in county and city government as well as various non-profit organizations. He has accumulated knowledge and expertise in numerous areas of economic development endeavor. As a community visionary and innovator, he has created and led numerous successful economic and community development initiatives, including the recent merger of the York County Economic Development Corporation with the York County Chamber of Commerce to form the York County Economic Alliance. In addition to his current role, Mr. Auterson has held positions in Indianapolis, IN, Champaign-Urbana, IL, Warrick County, IN, Rockingham County, NC, Long Beach, CA, and Terre Haute, IN. Mr. Auterson, a Board member of IEDC, has been a long time active participant in the organization and presently serves on the International Committee and the Economic Development Research Partners. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Economic Development Council in 1999-2000 and presently serves on numerous local, regional and state boards and committees. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a BS degree in Urban Regional Studies and a specialization in economic development.

    Dana Borchert, Ph.D., is a Consultant at CMA, a St. Louis-based consulting team of industrial psychologists serving organizational clients worldwide. Her work focused on areas such as: strategic planning, competency modeling, selection and development assessments, survey development, training, executive ethical decision making audit, focus group facilitation and team building.

    Dana earned a Ph.D. and a Masters of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from St. Louis University with a minor in Statistics. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Iowa with an emphasis in Neuroscience. 

    Prior to joining CMA, Dana performed consultation and project management services for a human resource consulting firm where she developed leadership simulations, conducted needs assessments, board evaluations, strategic planning and focus group facilitation.  For a large international pet food and products company, she conducted a needs assessment for marketing training, developed and implemented training for senior marketing executives, and facilitated and coordinated training for marketing associates.  While pursuing her graduate studies, she served as a consultant for St. Louis University’s Center for Applied Behavioral Sciences.  Her consulting assignments included:  leading and managing an ethical audit for senior executives of a global footwear company.

    Dana has co-authored publications and presented professional papers on a variety of subjects including emotional intelligence for the Praeger Handbook of Human Resource Management; dealing with stress for adult students for the Adult Education Quarterly; validation of the Personality-Related Position Requirements Form for the Academy of Management; and Individual Differences and Executives Recognition of Ethical Violations, for the American Psychological Association.

    Dana is active in community affairs with organizations where she serves as the Board Chair for the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Young Friends Board and as the Communications Chair for St. Louis Women in HR. She is also an active member of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Academy of Management.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.5 organizational PDUs (Organizational Management) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

    *Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

    • 28 Jan 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online Webinar (Log-in credentials will be provided to registrants in advance of the session.)

    Registration is not yet open for this event.

     

    This web seminar will introduce the types of P3 mechanisms successfully being utilized nationwide and how new legislation has impacted the P3 horizon in Pennsylvania. We will investigate several standard mechanisms, including:

    • Design-build (DB) contracts
    • Design-build finance operate maintain (DBFOM)
    • Availability payments

    Looking at specific examples/case studies/best practices, we will determine the pros and cons of different mechanisms. P3s can be used to implement transportation improvements, such as bridge, highway and transit projects, as well as buildings and programs. The content of this training is essential to professionals considering using P3s in their communities. It is highly recommended that economic development professionals from the public, private and nonprofit sectors participate in this web seminar.

    Peter A. Angelides, Principal of Econsult Solutions, Inc. will lead this session. Dr. Angelides has held planning and development related positions at Wallace Roberts and Todd, the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Dr. Angelides also teaches Urban and Regional Economics at the Department of City and Regional Planning and Infrastructure Investment and Economic Growth at the Fels Center of Government, both at the University of Pennsylvania.

     Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 organizational PDUs (Specialized Knowledge) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

    *Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer




    • 25 Feb 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online Webinar (Log-in credentials will be provided to registrants in advance of the session.)
    Registration is not yet open for this event.



    This webinar will provide economic developers with a basic overview of industry data sources, and how to access these data. The webinar will review key industry data sources available through the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US Census Bureau and the Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information and Analysis. Webinar attendees will not only learn what these data say (and importantly, do not say) about their economic base, but will also be shown how to access these data.

    Participants will also learn several basic analytical techniques that will help them better understand the relative strength of the industries in their region and how to identify sources of regional economic competitiveness. The webinar will cover basic forms of trend analysis that will allow practitioners to compare the regional industry growth trends to that of the state and the nation. Additionally, participants will learn how to calculate and interpret location quotients that will allow them to better identify those industries that might have a unique competitive advantage in their region. Finally, the webinar will demonstrate several simple, publically available tools that can further help practitioners identify their region’s competitive industries.

    Presenter:

    James F. Futrell, Jr.; Vice President, Market Research and Analysis, Allegheny Conference on Community Development - Pittsburgh Regional Alliance

    James Futrell is Vice President of Market Research and Analysis for the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.  His major responsibilities include monitoring regional and national demographic and economic trends, conducting in-depth research on targeted businesses and industries, impact analyses, ensuring data integrity of marketing materials and presentations, and overseeing and updating electronic proprietary data sources.  During his tenure, he developed a proactive lead identification process that resulted in Google establishing its engineering center in the region and launched a major research initiative measuring the impact of international business on the Pittsburgh region.  He has been recognized three times by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) at their annual Applied Community and Economic Research Awards.   He also sits on the executive committee of C2ER, currently serving as Chair Elect.

    Before joining the Conference in 2002, Mr. Futrell worked for PNC Financial Services Corporation holding positions as a Loan Underwriter, Credit Analyst, Market Analyst, and Marketing Research Analyst.  Specifically, he authored an extensive study of the internet as an emerging retail channel in 1999 that was termed “the definitive work on the subject” by the Director of Research at Simon Property Group.  During his time at PNC, he also developed state of the art marketing research methodology in support of the Community Reinvestment Act.

    Mr. Futrell has also worked in market research and analysis for the Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation in Youngstown, Ohio and Sears, Roebuck and Company in Chicago, Illinois. 

    Mr. Futrell has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with majors in Marketing and Organizational Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.  Mr. Futrell is part of a select group to be recognized as a Certified Community Researcher (CCR) by C2ER.  He is an avid amusement park enthusiast serving as Historian for the National Amusement Park Historical Association, working with the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, publishing five books on the subject and authoring numerous articles on the subject.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 organizational PDUs (Workforce Development) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

    *Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

     



    • 13 May 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online Webinar (Log-in credentials will be provided to registrants in advance of the session.)
    Registration is not yet open for this event.



    Workforce has become a vital element of economic development, and as a result economic development practitioners need to better understand not only the workforce characteristics of their region, but of specific industries within their region. This webinar will introduce to participants to an important source of workforce informationundefinedthe Local Employment Dynamics (LED). The LED is a collaboration of the US Census Bureau and State Labor Market Information agencies. Participants will be introduced to the LED’s two primary data toolsundefinedOn The Map (OTM) and the Quarterly Workforce Indicatorsundefinedand how LED data can help them better understand their workforce and their area’s industries.

    The webinar will demonstrate how OTM allows practitioners to determine where their industry workforce lives and works. The QWI can not only help practitioners understand their labor market, but they also allow users to access detailed demographic characteristics (e.g., age, gender, educational attainment, race/gender) about workers in their local industries. Moreover, the webinar will demonstrate how practitioners can use these data to compare their region’s workforce in a given industry to the industry workforce in other regions or states.

    Presenter:

    Lauren M. Gilchrist; Manager of Research and Analysis, Philadelphia’s Center City District/Central Philadelphia Development Corporation (CCD/CPDC)

    Lauren Gilchrist has served as the Manager of Research and Analysis for Philadelphia’s Center City District/Central Philadelphia Development Corporation (CCD/CPDC) since September 2012. The CCD is a $20 million business improvement district, one of the largest in the United States, and provides security, cleaning, marketing, promotion, and planning services to Philadelphia’s central business district.  Lauren is responsible for research and writing for all major CCD/CPDC research publications; conceptualizing and conducting original data collection, including data on residential development projects and retail establishments; and ongoing real estate and economic research for policy initiatives.

    Prior to joining CCD/CPDC, Lauren was a Research Analyst/Program Manager at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness in Arlington, VA where she designed, organized, and implemented webinar and in-person training courses for the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute; conducted original research on the structure and outputs of the national LMI system; led the Council for Community and Economic Research’s (C2ER) communications strategy; redeveloped the Association of Public Data Users and C2ER websites; and managed session development, marketing, and outreach for C2ER’s 51st annual conference. 

    While in Pittsburgh between 2007 and 2009, Lauren served as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs at the Pittsburgh Coro Center for Civic Leadership, completing consulting engagements for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Pittsburgh Cares, and GTECH Strategies, a startup social enterprise.  She also served as Programs Associate at Shady Side Academy, where she was responsible for marketing, operations, and fundraising efforts.

    Lauren holds an MS in Public Policy and Management (Highest Distinction) from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University with concentrations in Urban & Regional Economic Development and International Trade & Development and a BS in Business Administration from Bucknell University (Magna Cum Laude). 

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 organizational PDUs (Workforce Development) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

    *Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server


    Macintosh®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

     



Past events

07 May 2014 Fostering Leadership Competencies
28 Apr 2014 Strategies for Social Media Success in Economic Development
28 Apr 2014 Best Practices in Lender Negotiations & Client Management
28 Apr 2014 2014 PEDA Spring Legislative Conference
31 Mar 2014 Bridging the Gap Between Economic Development, Academia & Business
29 Jan 2014 Workforce Development: Best Practices in Partnerships
11 Dec 2013 EB-5 FINANCING & THE ANATOMY OF A DEAL
21 Oct 2013 2013 PEDA Fall Conference
21 Oct 2013 Economic Development Financing - Deal Structuring
25 Sep 2013 PEDI CREDIT ANALYSIS 101: A 360 DEGREE VIEW OF CASH FLOW ANALYSIS
11 Sep 2013 Webinar: Revisiting the Economic Developer’s Toolbox
07 Aug 2013 2013 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - LANCASTER
05 Aug 2013 2013 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - BUTLER
01 Aug 2013 2013 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - BLOOMSBURG
08 May 2013 Redeveloping Blighted Properties: Financing Solutions
29 Apr 2013 Detecting Problem Loans and Dealing with Debt Collection
29 Apr 2013 Best Practices in Succession Planning for Nonprofits
29 Apr 2013 2013 PEDA Spring Legislative Conference
27 Feb 2013 Measuring Impact to Build Support for Economic Development Programs
03 Dec 2012 2012 Basic Economic Development Course in Pennsylvania
22 Oct 2012 Best Practices in Loan Committee Management & Loan Documentation
22 Oct 2012 2012 PEDA Fall Conference
19 Sep 2012 Redeveloping Blighted Properties: Tools and Strategies
12 Sep 2012 The Essentials of Project Management
20 Aug 2012 2012 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING
15 Aug 2012 2012 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING
13 Aug 2012 2012 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING
23 Apr 2012 Best Practices in Economic Development Marketing
23 Apr 2012 An Introduction to Angel Investment and Venture Capital
23 Apr 2012 2012 PEDA Spring Legislative Conference
26 Jan 2012 Trends in Online Site Selection & GIS Technology: How Businesses and Site Selectors Use the Web to Screen and Select Communities
03 Oct 2011 Governing Boards: Avoiding Risks and Maximizing Opportunities
03 Oct 2011 2011 PEDA Fall Conference
03 Oct 2011 PEDA Fall Conference - Tour of PSU Campus
02 Oct 2011 2011 PEDA Fall Conference Golf
25 Aug 2011 Alternative Energy Funding: Foundations for Lenders
22 Aug 2011 2011 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - Bloomsburg, PA
17 Aug 2011 2011 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - Lancaster, PA
15 Aug 2011 2011 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - Butler, PA
21 Jul 2011 The Essentials of Grant Writing and Research
17 May 2011 Northeast Shale Gas Symposium
02 May 2011 2011 PEDA Spring Conference
02 May 2011 A Guide to Debt Collection Practices for Economic Development Agencies
03 Apr 2011 Brownfields 2011 Economic Redevelopment Forum
02 Mar 2011 The Essentials of Commercial Lending Extended Learning School
06 Dec 2010 Basic Economic Development Course in Pennsylvania
25 Oct 2010 Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute Workshop: Roadmap to Good Lending Practices
25 Oct 2010 2010 PEDA Fall Conference - Energizing Pennsylvania's Economy
28 Sep 2010 PA Brownfields 2010: Transforming our Communities, Strengthening our Economy
01 Sep 2010 2010 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - BLOOMSBURG
24 Aug 2010 2010 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - Exton
19 Aug 2010 2010 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - Harrisburg
17 Aug 2010 2010 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - Clarion
16 Aug 2010 2010 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - Pittsburgh (Green Tree)
26 Apr 2010 2010 PEDA Spring Conference
07 Dec 2009 Basic Economic Development Course in PA
24 Nov 2009 Website Contract Management Webinar
04 Nov 2009 Website Contract Management Webinar
22 Oct 2009 Email Marketing Webinar
21 Oct 2009 Website Optimization Webinar
20 Oct 2009 Social Media Webinar
15 Oct 2009 Email Marketing Webinar
14 Oct 2009 Website Optimization Webinar
13 Oct 2009 Social Media Webinar
20 Sep 2009 Options: Challenges Facing the Northeast - 2009 PEDA Fall Conference
20 Apr 2009 2009 PEDA Spring Legislative Conference

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