PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

PEDA's 2013 Fall Conference Wraps in Pittsburgh

10/25/2013 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

PEDA just wrapped up its annual Fall Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown!

On Monday, preceding the Welcome Reception, a PEDI preconference session (Economic Development Financing: Deal Structuring), a tour of the Historic Carrie Blast Furnace, and a series of committee meetings were held, ending with the Fall meeting of the PEDA Board of Directors.

The event officially kicked off on Tuesday morning with a thought-provoking keynote presentation by Bill Flanagan, Executive Vice President - Corporate Relations - for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, focusing on the story of the transformation of the economy of Pittsburgh over 30 years. Throughout subsequent sessions, conference attendees were treated to informative presentations focusing on such timely issues as Pennsylvania's competitive edge in additive manufacturing, utilization of water assets for economic development, a variety of shale gas related issues, the impacts of the film industry and tourism on the commonwealth and the latest with regard to all issues DCED. A full slate of speakers is available here.

During Tuesday's lunch, PEDA Membership Awards were presented to organizations that have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in economic development and significantly contributed to the well being of their communities. This year's award recipients included:

  • 2012 Economic Development Agency of the Year - Franklin County Area Development Corporation
  • 2012 Economic Development Project of the Year - Volvo Construction Equipment, Inc.; Headquarters for the Americas
  • 2012 Economic Development Partner of the Year - Catalyst Connection
  • 2012 Economic Development Program of the Year - Berks County Industrial Development Authority

This event could not have been so successful without the help of many individuals and organizations dedicated to economic development, beginning with our sponsors, whose generous support allowed for the development of a truly top-notch event. A special thank you is also extended to our exhibitors, advertisers and Conference Committee members (recognized later in this email) for their involvement. Finally, many thanks to our presenters for sharing their time and expertise and to all of our attendees who were a part of this year's event.


Photos from the conference will soon be available on PEDA's Facebook page, where we welcome you to "Like" us. Conference attendees will also be receiving a link to a brief survey in the coming days and they are encouraged to take a few minutes to provide valued feedback. Thank you in advance!


Please join us at the Hilton Harrisburg from April 28 - 30, 2014 for our annual Spring Legislative Conference (hotel block information is available now) and at the Hershey Lodge from October 6 - 8, 2014 for our annual Fall Conference.

Thank you to our 2013 Fall Conference Sponsors, Exhibitors and Supporters!





attendee gift SPONSOR

Exhibitors & Supporters*

Team Pennsylvania Foundation

Centre County Industrial Development Corporation

Business & Community Financing Solutions

Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County

SSM Group, Inc.

Moody & Associates

Buchart Horn, Inc.

Langan Engineering

Regional Development Funding Corporation


Cohen & Grigsby

First National Bank

Houston Harbaugh

Members of PEDA's 2013 Fall Conference Committee include (in alphabetical order) Donna Bates, Emily Buka, Cecelia Cagni, Mike Coonley, Gary Dovey, Deb Eckelberger, Juan Garrett, Dana Kendrick, Howard Lieberman, Betsy Lockwood, Barry Surma, Mary Stollar, Art Tintori (Chair) and Dick Wallace.

*Exhibitors and advertisers not mentioned in metal level sponsorships

Joshua L. Skopp | Executive Director

Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute

908 North Second Street | Harrisburg, PA 17102

Phone: 717.441.6047 | Fax: 717.236.2046 | ~Upcoming Events~

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