PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

2020 PEDA Virtual Conference Series

  • 10/22/2020
  • 12:00 PM
  • 11/19/2020
  • 12:00 PM
  • Online



2020 PEDA Virtual Conference Series

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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.


Series Sponsor

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Session Sponsors

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  • 10/22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Opening Keynote - Realigning Supply Chains During Times of Disruption
Sponsored by PECO

Dennis Unkovic, Attorney at Law, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP

David Iwinski, Jr., Managing Director, Blue Water Growth

  • 10/29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: The Role of EDOs in a Post-COVID World
Sponsored by First Frontier 504 Program

Steve McKnight, President & CEO, Altoona-Blair County Development (Moderator)

Patty Horvatich, VP, Business Investment, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance

Linda Nitch, Director of Economic Development, Lawrence County Regional Chamber of Commerce & Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

Jim Decker, President & CEO, Warren County Chamber of Business & Industry
  • 11/5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Positioning Pennsylvania for Reshoring Success
Sponsored by First Frontier 504 Program

David Briel, Executive Director, International Investment, Pennsylvania OIBD (Moderator)

Karolina Kaptur, Authorized Investment Representative, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Richard Kilner, Authorized Investment Representative, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Matthew Tuerk, VP of Business Attraction, Retention & Expansion, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation

Elizabeth Schaefer, Director, Investment Research, SelectUSA

Virgilio Bisio, Foreign Commercial Officer, Investment Services Team, SelectUSA

  • 11/5 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: General Membership Meeting / Awards Recognition / Get Some Help!
Sponsored by First Frontier 504 Program

Andrew Skrip, VP, Industrial Development, Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company (Moderator)

Bruce Reddock, Economic Development Specialist, The Scranton Plan (Moderator)

  • 11/12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: The Role of Internet Connectivity in the Recovery
Sponsored by First Frontier 504 Program
Speakers TBD
  • 11/19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Closing Keynote - PA's Economic Outlook: An Economist's Perspective
Sponsored by FirstEnergy
Jim Robey, Director, Regional Economic Planning Services, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Pricing: PEDA has also kept your budgets in mind in developing this series. In addition to member and non-member registration rates for individuals, the decision has been made to offer package rates which provide access to up to 5 individuals from the same employer for a single price. The registration rate includes access to all of the sessions in the series.


Participants 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.


Requests for cancellations and refunds must be made in writing and received by 4:30 pm on October 8th. No refunds will be granted after that point.

All cancellations and refunds are subject to a $50 administrative fee. No-shows will be billed in full. Substitutions are permitted, but are subject to rate adjustments (i.e., member vs. non-member, etc.), where applicable.


Individuals whose registrations have been completed and paid will receive log-in information ahead of the first conference session date.

Information on this page, including series content, is subject to change.

PEDA reserves the right to record sessions and other series components for future sales and or distribution.

Registrants are responsible for ensuring they have the ability and authority to access the Zoom platform.

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