PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

Calendar of Events

Upcoming events

    • 08/15/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Altoona Blair County Development Corporation, 3900 Industrial Park Drive, Altoona, PA 16602
    • 24
    Register
    The 2019 series of regional member meetings has been scheduled.

    The purpose of these meetings is to maintain open lines of communication between PEDA leadership and its members throughout the state. We will be receiving and discussing your input on several important agenda items and your participation is essential. Based on previous trends in attendance, meetings will be held in strategic locations around the state.

    Each of this year’s meetings will begin at 10:00am, break for lunch (provided by our hosts) by noon, and 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 COB 7 days prior!


    • 08/16/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Allegheny Conference; 11 Stanwix St., 17th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
    • 19
    Register
    The 2019 series of regional member meetings has been scheduled.

    The purpose of these meetings is to maintain open lines of communication between PEDA leadership and its members throughout the state. We will be receiving and discussing your input on several important agenda items and your participation is essential. Based on previous trends in attendance, meetings will be held in strategic locations around the state.

    Each of this year’s meetings will begin at 10:00am, break for lunch (provided by our hosts) by noon, and 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 COB 7 days prior!

    A parking garage is available in the same building as the meeting.
    • 08/22/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation, Union Station, One Progress Circle, Suite 200, Pottsville, PA 17901
    • 16
    Register
    The 2019 series of regional member meetings has been scheduled.

    The purpose of these meetings is to maintain open lines of communication between PEDA leadership and its members throughout the state. We will be receiving and discussing your input on several important agenda items and your participation is essential. Based on previous trends in attendance, meetings will be held in strategic locations around the state.

    Each of this year’s meetings will begin at 10:00am, break for lunch (provided by our hosts) by noon, and 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 COB 7 days prior!

    Tour Option: Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) has graciously offered to set up a tour of Yuengling, America's Oldest Brewery, to immediately follow the conclusion of our regional meeting. The trip between SEDCO and the brewery is approximately five minutes each way and SEDCO will provide round trip group transportation. The tour, itself, is expected to last approximately 60 minutes. All visitors must bring valid ID and wear completely closed shoes in order to participate. Additional details regarding Yuengling tours can be found at their website.
    • 08/23/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Economic Development Company of Lancaster, 115 East King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
    • 32
    Register
    The 2019 series of regional member meetings has been scheduled.

    The purpose of these meetings is to maintain open lines of communication between PEDA leadership and its members throughout the state. We will be receiving and discussing your input on several important agenda items and your participation is essential. Based on previous trends in attendance, meetings will be held in strategic locations around the state.

    Each of this year’s meetings will begin at 10:00am, break for lunch (provided by our hosts) by noon, and 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 COB 7 days prior!

    • 09/20/2019
    • On Demand

    Click here to visit our library of on demand webinars.

    These offerings can be viewed according to your schedule.

     


    • 10/21/2019
    • 6:00 AM
    • 10/23/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Kovalchick Convention & Athletic Complex, 711 Pratt Drive, Indiana, PA 15705
    2019 PEDA Fall Conference

    Kovalchick Convention & Athletic Complex

    Indiana, Pennsylvania

     @PEDAtweets       #PEDAfall19

    Photo credit: Kris Mellinger Photography

    PEDA is the primary statewide organization representing economic development professionals and, as such, provides opportunities to share best practices that enhance the professional dialogue and support local, regional, and state economic development initiatives.

    Who should attend? Those in attendance are expected to include professionals representing economic and community development at the municipal, county, regional, and state levels as well as workforce development professionals, commercial and industrial developers, business incubator operators, project finance professionals, IDA directors, elected officials, and executives representing utilities and transportation, engineering, and construction.

    Agenda & Registration

    Session overviews can be accessed here. Please check back soon, as more details will be posted as soon as they are available.

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Sponsor, exhibitor, and advertiser opportunities are currently available. Click here to access our sponsorship brochure.

    Thank you to our 2019 Fall Conference Sponsors!

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    Pre-Conference Session - Best Practices in Tax-Exempt Financing

    This pre-conference session will focus on when and how a nonprofit entity should consider tax-exempt financing. Participants will learn the types of financings available in the tax-exempt market, including what an economic developer’s institution and governing board should take into consideration in making a good borrowing decision. Participants will learn the mechanics of tax-exempt financing and common legal and securities law issues that should always be taken into consideration. Presenters will include attorneys and lenders with more than 60 years combined experience in tax-exempt financing.

    Learn more and register for the pre-conference session here.

    IEDC Recognition

    The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has confirmed this event qualifies as a professional development training that counts toward the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).

    Do you want to earn a free conference registration?

    When you refer a new member of PEDA, they have an option to identify you as their "Sponsoring Member".  The PEDA member who sponsors the most new members between now and the next conference can earn a free conference registration.

    Consent to Use of Photographic Images

    Registration for, attendance at or participation in the 2019 PEDA Fall Conference constitutes an agreement by the registrant, attendee or participant to PEDA’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant's, attendee's or participant's image in photographs.

    Hotel Reservation Information

    We're pleased to have reserved our official conference overnight room block with the Hilton Garden Inn Indiana at IUP. The discounted rate of $119 per night is available by copying and pasting the complete URL below into your browser.

    http://group.hiltongardeninn.com/peda2019

    We'd ask that overnight room reservations be made via the customized website. If you need to contact the property directly for any reason, please reference Group Name "PEDA 2019" to ensure your reservation is linked to our block.

    Tuesday Off-Site Reception & Transportation

    Hosted by the Indiana County Center for Economic Operations, the Tuesday evening reception (informally dubbed a “Taste of Indiana”) will be held at Disobedient Spirits, a local artisan distillery. The evening will feature a delicious assortment of foods as our hosts showcase their local culinary restaurants and caterers. As a compliment to the food, you’ll be treated to hand-crafted distillery cocktails and a variety of craft beers from Levity Brewing Company and Noble Stein Brewing Company, two local microbreweries.

    Complimentary group transportation between the KCAC and Disobedient Spirits will be provided. In the interest of your safety and that of others, we request that anyone planning to participate in this reception utilizes the provided transportation or, if circumstances prevent you from doing so, that you speak with a member of PEDA staff, PEDA’s Conference Committee or venue staff to assist in securing alternative means of transportation back to the KCAC.

    Three buses have been secured to transport guests to and from the off-site reception at Disobedient Spirits. Two buses (with combined capacity for 80 passengers) will depart the front entrance of the KCAC at approximately 5:45 pm. A third bus (with capacity for 21 passengers) will depart the front entrance of the KCAC at approximately 6:00 pm. One of the buses departing at 5:45 pm (with a capacity of approximately 40) will return at approximately 6:15 pm and will transport remaining guests to Disobedient Spirits. Return trips from the off-site venue to the KCAC will be available during and at the conclusion of the reception.

    Extracurricular Opportunities

    Please check back soon. Details will be posted as soon as they are available.

    Early Bird Rate

    Please note that early bird registration rates will be honored only for registrations received and fully paid by the stated deadline. A registration received after the deadline or only partially completed by the deadline will result in the registrant being assessed the standard registration rate.

    Cancellation / Refund Policies

    Due to venue guarantees, requests for cancellations and refunds must be made in writing and received by 4:30 pm on October 9th. No refunds will be granted after that point.

    All cancellations and refunds are subject to an administrative fee. No-shows will be billed in full. Substitutions are permitted, but rate adjustments (i.e., member vs. non-member, early-bird vs. standard, etc.) will apply.

    Parking

    Free parking is available to overnight guests staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Indiana at IUP.

    Free parking is also available in the Wayne Avenue Parking Lot for conference attendees not staying overnight at the Hilton Garden Inn Indiana at IUP.

    Room Block Piracy / Poaching

    Please note that similarly sized organizations have recently been the target of sham housing companies, which have contacted other organizations’ sponsors, exhibitors and/or registrants with fraudulent offerings of hotel rooms at significant discounts. As a precaution, this post is intended to keep you informed and to advise that no one from PEDA or our conference hotel(s) will contact you to request personal information including, but not limited to, credit card information.

    If you are contacted by anyone asking if you need a room reservation for a PEDA conference, or if they advise they’re representing our conference venues, please do not provide them with any information, but collect as much information as you can from them and pass it along to PEDA.

    • 10/21/2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kovalchick Convention & Athletic Complex, 711 Pratt Drive, Indiana, PA 15705

    Pre-Conference Session: Best Practices in Tax-Exempt Financing

    This pre-conference session will focus on when and how a nonprofit entity should consider tax-exempt financing. Participants will learn the types of financings available in the tax-exempt market, including what an economic developer’s institution and governing board should take into consideration in making a good borrowing decision. Participants will learn the mechanics of tax-exempt financing and common legal and securities law issues that should always be taken into consideration. Presenters will include attorneys and lenders with more than 60 years combined experience in tax-exempt financing.

     Presenters

    Dave Reed, Regional President, First Commonwealth Bank (Moderator)

    Dave Antolik, President, S&T Bank

    Anthony Ditka, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

    Register by October 9th to be included on the attendee list.

    Eligible members of PEDA engaged in its individual certification program may earn 3.00 PDUs through participation in this pre-conference session.

    PIDA has determined that, through their participation in this pre-conference session, eligible representatives of DCED-certified economic development organizations (CEDOs) may earn 3.00 finance PDUs toward the annual PIDA requirement of 6.00.

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

    On-site registration will take place between 8:00 am and 8:30 am.

    • 12/06/2019
    • Online Webinar Recording (The recording will be provided to you upon registration and payment.)
    Register

    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 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.

    This webinar is priced for participation by one individual.  Additional interested parties should register separately.

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


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

     




    • 12/06/2019
    • Online Webinar Recording (The recording will be provided to you upon registration and payment.)
    Register

    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.

    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.

    This webinar is priced for participation by one individual.  Additional interested parties should register separately.

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


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

    • 12/06/2019
    • Online Webinar Recording (The recording will be provided to you upon registration and payment.)
    Register
    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 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.

    This webinar is priced for participation by one individual.  Additional interested parties should register separately.

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


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

    • 12/06/2019
    • Online Webinar Recording (The recording will be provided to you upon registration and payment.)
    Register
    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 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.

    This webinar is priced for participation by one individual.  Additional interested parties should register separately.

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


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




    • 12/06/2019
    • Online Webinar Recording (The recording will be provided to you upon registration and payment.)
    Register

    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 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.

    This webinar is priced for participation by one individual.  Additional interested parties should register separately.

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


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

    • 12/06/2019
    • Online Webinar Recording (The recording will be provided to you upon registration and payment.)
    Register