PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

Calendar of Events

Upcoming events

    • 06/12/2019
    • On Demand

    Click here to visit our library of on demand webinars.

    These offerings can be viewed according to your schedule.

     


    • 08/15/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Altoona Blair County Development Corporation, 3900 Industrial Park Drive, Altoona, PA 16602
    • 30
    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
    • 30
    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
    • 22
    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
    • 35
    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!

    • 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

    Please check back soon. 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!


    SILVER SPONSOR


    BRONZE SPONSORS

                       

    AWARDS PRESENTATION SPONSOR


    EXHIBITORS


                         

            IEDC Recognition

    PEDA will pursue recognition of this event by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in an effort to have it qualify 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.

    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.

    • 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
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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