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2018 VEDA Spring Conference Agenda
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Conference Agenda

The practice of economic development is changing rapidly. As economic development professionals you must work with a variety of partners and stakeholders to accomplish good things for your locality, region, and the Commonwealth. The 2018 VEDA Spring Conference will focus on Redefining OUR Evolving Profession. Conference sessions will cover such topics as How Technology is Being Harnessed by Economic Developers to Drive Local Business Growth; The EDA/IDA as an Effective Economic Development Tool; Perspectives on Economic Development; Practitioner Leadership, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow and much more! Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Esther Lee will kick off the conference on Thursday, April 12th at lunch and Amy Liu with the Brookings Institute will wrap up the conference on Friday, April 13th.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Optional Pre-Conference Activity: Golf

10:30-12:00 pm        Golf Registration
12:00 pm                  Golf Shotgun Start

Optional Pre-Conference Activity: Biking

1:00-1:30 pm           Meet in Parking Lot of Kickstand Bicycle Rental/Rent Bikes as Needed
1:30-3:30 pm           Biking on Capital Trail
3:30 pm                   Conch Republic for food and beverage (Dutch-Treat)

Optional Pre-Conference Activity: Brewery Tour

5:30 pm                   Meet in lobby of The Westin Richmond to board bud
8:30-9:00 pm           Bus returns to The Westin Richmond

Thursday, April 12, 2018

8:00-10:00 am - VEDP Communications and Promotions Overview
10:00-12:00 pm - Professional Development Workshop
12:00-1:15 pm - Conference Welcome and Lunch with Keynote Speaker
1:30-2:30 pm - The World is Changing. So is Economic Development: How technology is being harnessed by economic developers to drive local business growth
2:45-3:00 pm - Break
3:00-4:30 pm
- The EDA/IDA as an Effective Economic Development Tool (Panel)
5:30-6:00 pm - New Member Reception
6:00-7:00 pm - Conference Reception
7:00-9:00 pm - VEDA Spring Conference Special Activity: Bowling

Friday, April 13, 2018

7:00 am - Registration/Buffet Breakfast
7:15-8:00 am - VEDA Member Briefing/Breakfast
8:00-8:15 am - Recap of Thursday and Highlights for Friday
8:15-8:45 am - 2018 General Assembly Update
8:45-9:30 am - VEDP Update
9:30-10:45 am - Perspectives on Economic Development Practitioner Leadership, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
10:45-11:45 am - Public Information and the Perceptions of the Practice of Economic Development
11:45-12:15 pm - Break and Checkout
12:15-2:00 pm - Lunch, CEDA Awards, Keynote Presentation

  • 12:15-12:25 pm - Welcome/Announcements
  • 12:25-12:50 pm - Lunch
  • 12:50-1:10 pm - Community Economic Development Awards (CEDA) Presentations
  • 1:10 pm - Keynote Address
  • 1:55 pm - Acknowledgements/Announcements
  • 2:00 pm - Adjourn

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Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454