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    • 04/20/2020
    • 04/22/2020
    • Hilton Harrisburg - 1 N. Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

    2020 PEDA Spring Legislative Conference

    Hilton Harrisburg • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    @PEDAtweets       #PEDAspring20


    Photo Credit: Hilton Harrisburg

    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

    Details will be posted as soon as they are available.

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Sponsor, exhibitor, and advertiser opportunities are currently available. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact PEDA headquarters at 717-441-6047 or conferences@peda.org.

    Hotel Reservation Information

    Information regarding discounted room nights is forthcoming.

    Parking

    Overnight guests of the Hilton Harrisburg may park in the connecting Walnut Street parking garage at a reduced rate. Special subsidized rates are listed below.

    • Overnight Guest: $10.00/evening - unlimited exits*
    • Banquet & Meeting Guests: $5.00 per exit*
    *Parking rates are subject to increases.
    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.

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    Registration and attendance at, or participation in, the 2020 PEDA Spring Legislative Conference constitutes an agreement by the registrant to PEDA’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee's image in photographs.

    Dietary Restrictions

    If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please contact PEDA headquarters to make staff aware.

    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.

    Information on this page is subject to change.

    • 06/29/2020
    • On Demand

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    • 06/30/2020
    • Online Webinar Recording (The recording will be provided to you upon registration and payment.)
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    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

    • 06/30/2020
    • 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




    • 06/30/2020
    • 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

    • 06/30/2020
    • 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

    • 06/30/2020
    • 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.

    Fostering Leadership Competencies

    Developing  leadership skills and relevant professional competencies in an economic development organization (EDO) has long been a daunting task, but never more so than today.  The economic development profession is very dynamic in nature and tends to draw professionals from a broad array of backgrounds and professional expertise.

    This web seminar will present an overview of a competency model initiative created through a successful collaboration of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the consulting firm of Colarelli, Meyer & Associates (CMA).  Among others, the seminar will examine such critical areas as:

    •          Talent Acquisition
    •          Talent Development
    •          Organizational Talent Review

    Detailed explanations of competency models and how to effectively incorporate the use of these tools in an EDO will be explored and some specific case studies will be shared to help participants grasp opportunities for application to their own organizational circumstances.

    It is highly recommended that professional level members of non-profit, public and private economic development organizations – including current and future leaders and board members, those involved with the development of policies and procedures, and those involved in hiring, training and evaluation processes – register for this web seminar.

    Darrell Auterson has been in the economic development profession for over 30 years. His background includes positions in county and city government as well as various non-profit organizations. He has accumulated knowledge and expertise in numerous areas of economic development endeavor. As a community visionary and innovator, he has created and led numerous successful economic and community development initiatives, including the recent merger of the York County Economic Development Corporation with the York County Chamber of Commerce to form the York County Economic Alliance. In addition to his current role, Mr. Auterson has held positions in Indianapolis, IN, Champaign-Urbana, IL, Warrick County, IN, Rockingham County, NC, Long Beach, CA, and Terre Haute, IN. Mr. Auterson, a Board member of IEDC, has been a long time active participant in the organization and presently serves on the International Committee and the Economic Development Research Partners. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Economic Development Council in 1999-2000 and presently serves on numerous local, regional and state boards and committees. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a BS degree in Urban Regional Studies and a specialization in economic development.

    Dana Borchert, Ph.D., is a Consultant at CMA, a St. Louis-based consulting team of industrial psychologists serving organizational clients worldwide. Her work focused on areas such as: strategic planning, competency modeling, selection and development assessments, survey development, training, executive ethical decision making audit, focus group facilitation and team building.

    Dana earned a Ph.D. and a Masters of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from St. Louis University with a minor in Statistics. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Iowa with an emphasis in Neuroscience. 

    Prior to joining CMA, Dana performed consultation and project management services for a human resource consulting firm where she developed leadership simulations, conducted needs assessments, board evaluations, strategic planning and focus group facilitation.  For a large international pet food and products company, she conducted a needs assessment for marketing training, developed and implemented training for senior marketing executives, and facilitated and coordinated training for marketing associates.  While pursuing her graduate studies, she served as a consultant for St. Louis University’s Center for Applied Behavioral Sciences.  Her consulting assignments included:  leading and managing an ethical audit for senior executives of a global footwear company.

    Dana has co-authored publications and presented professional papers on a variety of subjects including emotional intelligence for the Praeger Handbook of Human Resource Management; dealing with stress for adult students for the Adult Education Quarterly; validation of the Personality-Related Position Requirements Form for the Academy of Management; and Individual Differences and Executives Recognition of Ethical Violations, for the American Psychological Association.

    Dana is active in community affairs with organizations where she serves as the Board Chair for the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Young Friends Board and as the Communications Chair for St. Louis Women in HR. She is also an active member of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Academy of Management.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.5 organizational PDUs (Organizational Management) 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

    • 06/30/2020
    • 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.

    Best Practices in Effectively Utilizing Economic Impact Analyses


    Participants of previous offerings have gained insight into why they should measure the impact of economic development programs and how basic tools can be effectively utilized by practitioners.  During this Best Practices web seminar, participants will advance well beyond the preliminary phase and be presented with various approaches to implementing – and effectively utilizing the results of – economic impact analyses. 

    While maintaining a broad approach applicable to participants with diverse analysis needs, this web seminar will explore the effectiveness, reliability and value of economic impact analyses, demonstrating how those seeking to have a project funded, application approved or other professional cause advanced should proceed.  Using best practices and employing brief case studies to help participants grasp opportunities for application to their own organizational circumstances, the content of this training is essential to professionals in economic development and related industries.

    It is highly recommended that professional level members of non-profit, public and private economic development organizations participate in this web seminar.

    Lee Huang is Senior Vice President and Principal of Econsult Solutions, Inc. With an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School and a master’s degree from the Fels School of Government of the University of Pennsylvania, Lee provides an excellent perspective for public, private, and non-profit clients. Prior to joining Econsult Solutions, Lee was a director at Econsult Corporation, and was been responsible for leading projects examining commercial corridors, affordable housing, neighborhood change, transportation financing, MWBE procurement, real estate development, economic development, tax policy, economic and fiscal impact, transit-oriented development, financial modeling, tax increment financing, waterfront development, discrimination in lending practices, higher education, workforce development, technology, historic preservation, and recreational amenities.

    From 1995 to 2005, Lee was employed at The Enterprise Center, an entrepreneurial center in West Philadelphia where he acquired extensive experience in day to day management as well as strategic decision making. He most recently served as Executive Vice President, where he was responsible for all programs and operations, and helped manage fifty staff and interns and a $1.2 million budget. He was also Founder of The Enterprise Center’s YES (Youth + Entrepreneurship = Success) Program and Director of Cities Beyond, The Enterprise Center’s consulting department.

    In 2006, Lee earned his Masters of Public Administration at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, where he also received certificates in Public Finance and in Economic Development and Growth. Lee received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1995 from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, with a dual concentration in Accounting and Management.

    Lee lives with his wife Amy and their daughter Jada and son Aaron in West Philadelphia, and is an active member and elder of Woodland Presbyterian Church. He currently serves on the board of the Spruce Hill Community Association.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.5 organizational PDUs (Marketing / PR) 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

    • 06/30/2020
    • 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 enable economic developers to build new tools, broaden their resources and devise new strategies for business retention and expansion in their communities.  Participants will learn about specific actions they can take to guide owners toward transition alternatives that achieve owners’ goals and keep businesses and jobs in the community.

    Participants will leave this session able to (a) identify companies for which an ESOP may be an appropriate strategy, (b) answer common questions from business owners about ESOPs, and (c) have ready access to more detailed information.  Few communities have professionals skilled in these areas, so economic developers can and should become the "go-to" ownership transition resource for businesses in their communities.  Topics to be covered during this webinar include:

    • Importance of business retention due to coming tsunami of business owner transitions
    • Ownership transition planning and options
    • Succession planning principles and alternatives
    • ESOP basics
    • Federal tax incentives for ESOPs
    • How to identify good ESOP candidates
    • Benefits to owners, businesses, and communities
    • Case studies of PA ESOP companies

    Presenters:

    Loren Rodgers is the Executive Director of the National Center for Employee Ownership.  Loren specializes in various forms of employee ownership, including employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), equity compensation plans, and other forms of employee ownership.  Active in the field since 1995 as a researcher and consultant, Loren works with companies on ownership transitions, ESOP plan design, governance, operational issues, organizational culture, best practices for employee ownership companies, and communicating about transactions. 

    Loren speaks extensively, consults internationally and writes for academic, trade, and employee-ownership publications in the US and abroad on topics including corporate governance, ESOP education, organizational dynamics, and business literacy. Before joining the NCEO in 2005, Loren was a senior principal at Ownership Associates, an employee ownership consulting firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts .

    Mario O. Vicari, Director of Audit and Accounting for Kreischer Miller, is a business advisor to privately-held companies, helping them to address the unique challenges they face in growing their businesses, allocating capital, and building value for their owners.

    Mario has over 30 years of experience working with entrepreneurs and private companies in a variety of industries including construction, manufacturing, distribution, and services. His principal focus is on value creation in private companies and his work includes a broad range of advisory services including strategy, finance, valuation, succession, and business transfers.

    Mario leads the Family-Owned Businesses specialty area and he is a member of the firm’s executive committee.

    Ken Baker, CEO of NewAge Industries, Inc., has over 25 years of experience in the plastic tubing and hose industry. His father, Raymond Baker, started NewAge® Industries, Inc. in 1954, and Ken joined the company in 1985. Under Ken’s nurturing, NewAge has become 40% employee owned (ESOP) and has twice been recognized as a finalist in Winning Workplaces’ Top Small Company Workplaces.  Ken spends time in speaking about employee ownership to CEOs at local and National events. 

    In 2001, Ken led the company in the launch of its AdvantaPure® sanitary products division, and this continues to be his primary focus. He is a co-inventor on three patents in RFID tagging technology for the Verigenics division and a co-founder in the RFID in Healthcare Consortium. Ken is a board member of the BPSA  Bio-Process System Alliance an industry trade organization.  He invites area high school students to intern at NewAge Industries each summer and is a generous contributor to local and national charities.  Ken is also on the Foundation board of Montgomery County Community College.

    James G. Steiker is Chairman and CEO of SES Advisors, Inc. and Founding Partner and Chairman of its sister law firm, Steiker, Fischer, Edwards & Greenapple, P.C.  Jim is a corporate, pension and tax attorney and financial advisor with more than 25 years of experience in Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and other employee ownership matters, focusing primarily on ESOP design, transactions and compliance in entrepreneurial companies.  Jim is the immediate past Chair of the Finance Committee and currently serves on the Board of Governors of The ESOP Association, is a trustee of the Employee Ownership Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Employee Ownership. He is also a frequent speaker and author on ESOP matters and serves as a director of eight ESOP companies.  Jim is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar, and of Wesleyan University.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 organizational PDUs (Marketing / PR) 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




    • 06/30/2020
    • 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 web seminar will introduce the types of public-private partnership (P3) mechanisms successfully being utilized nationwide and how new legislation has impacted the P3 horizon in Pennsylvania. We will investigate several standard mechanisms, including:

    lDesign-build (DB) contracts

    lDesign-build finance operate maintain (DBFOM)

    lAvailability payments

    Looking at specific examples, case studies, and best practices, we will determine the pros and cons of different mechanisms. P3s can be used to implement transportation improvements, such as bridge, highway and transit projects, as well as buildings and programs. The content of this training is essential to professionals considering using P3s in their communities. It is highly recommended that economic development professionals from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors participate in this web seminar.

    Peter A. Angelides, Principal of Econsult Solutions, Inc. will lead this session. Dr. Angelides has held planning and development related positions at Wallace Roberts and Todd, the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Dr. Angelides also teaches Urban and Regional Economics at the Department of City and Regional Planning and Infrastructure Investment and Economic Growth at the Fels Center of Government, both at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 organizational PDUs (Specialized Knowledge) 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




    • 06/30/2020
    • Online Webinar (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 economic developers with a basic overview of industry data sources, and how to access these data. The webinar will review key industry data sources available through the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US Census Bureau and the Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information and Analysis. Webinar attendees will not only learn what these data say (and importantly, do not say) about their economic base, but will also be shown how to access these data.

    Participants will also learn several basic analytical techniques that will help them better understand the relative strength of the industries in their region and how to identify sources of regional economic competitiveness. The webinar will cover basic forms of trend analysis that will allow practitioners to compare the regional industry growth trends to that of the state and the nation. Additionally, participants will learn how to calculate and interpret location quotients that will allow them to better identify those industries that might have a unique competitive advantage in their region. Finally, the webinar will demonstrate several simple, publically available tools that can further help practitioners identify their region’s competitive industries.

    Presenter:

    James F. Futrell, Jr.; Vice President, Market Research and Analysis, Allegheny Conference on Community Development - Pittsburgh Regional Alliance

    James Futrell is Vice President of Market Research and Analysis for the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.  His major responsibilities include monitoring regional and national demographic and economic trends, conducting in-depth research on targeted businesses and industries, impact analyses, ensuring data integrity of marketing materials and presentations, and overseeing and updating electronic proprietary data sources.  During his tenure, he developed a proactive lead identification process that resulted in Google establishing its engineering center in the region and launched a major research initiative measuring the impact of international business on the Pittsburgh region.  He has been recognized three times by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) at their annual Applied Community and Economic Research Awards.   He also sits on the executive committee of C2ER, currently serving as Chair Elect.

    Before joining the Conference in 2002, Mr. Futrell worked for PNC Financial Services Corporation holding positions as a Loan Underwriter, Credit Analyst, Market Analyst, and Marketing Research Analyst.  Specifically, he authored an extensive study of the internet as an emerging retail channel in 1999 that was termed “the definitive work on the subject” by the Director of Research at Simon Property Group.  During his time at PNC, he also developed state of the art marketing research methodology in support of the Community Reinvestment Act.

    Mr. Futrell has also worked in market research and analysis for the Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation in Youngstown, Ohio and Sears, Roebuck and Company in Chicago, Illinois. 

    Mr. Futrell has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with majors in Marketing and Organizational Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.  Mr. Futrell is part of a select group to be recognized as a Certified Community Researcher (CCR) by C2ER.  He is an avid amusement park enthusiast serving as Historian for the National Amusement Park Historical Association, working with the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, publishing five books on the subject and authoring numerous articles on the subject.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 organizational PDUs (Marketing / PR) 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

     

     


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    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 has become a vital element of economic development, and as a result economic development practitioners need to better understand not only the workforce characteristics of their region, but of specific industries within their region. This webinar will introduce participants to an important source of workforce information - the Local Employment Dynamics (LED). The LED is a collaboration of the US Census Bureau and State Labor Market Information agencies. Participants will be introduced to the LED’s two primary data tools - On The Map (OTM) and the Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) - and how LED data can help them better understand their workforce and their area’s industries.

    The webinar will demonstrate how OTM allows practitioners to determine where their industry workforce lives and works. The QWI can not only help practitioners understand their labor market, but they also allow users to access detailed demographic characteristics (e.g., age, gender, educational attainment, race/gender) about workers in their local industries. Moreover, the webinar will demonstrate how practitioners can use these data to compare their region’s workforce in a given industry to the industry workforce in other regions or states.

    Presenter:

    Lauren M. Gilchrist

    Vice President, Director of Research for Philadelphia
    Jones Lang LaSalle

    Responsibilities 
    Lauren Gilchrist is Vice President, Director of Research for Philadelphia, where she directs all aspects of JLL's local market research platform for the region.  Lauren specializes in urban and regional economics and demography and focuses on expanding JLL's regional office and industrial research platforms to enhance firm and client knowledge of real estate dynamics and guide strategic decision making.

    Experience
    Prior to joining JLL, Lauren served as the Manager of Research & Analysis at the Center City District in Philadelphia, a $22 million business improvement district, where she directed the organization's market and public policy research.  At the CCD, Lauren's ongoing publications included housing, employment, and retail studies, as well as original, institutionally supported research such as "Downtown Rebirth:  Documenting the Live-Work Dynamic in 21st Century U.S. Cities," supported by the International Downtown Association, and "Documenting and Enhancing the Independent and Project Economy," funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  Lauren also served as a Research Analyst/Program Manager at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, an economic development consulting firm in Arlington, VA, and as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in Pittsburgh, PA.  Lauren frequently lectures on topics related to commercial real estate and economic development for institutions including the International Council of Shopping Centers, International Downtown Association, Philadelphia City Planning Commission, University of Pennsylvania, and U.S. Census Bureau.

    Education

    Lauren holds an M.S. in Public Policy and Management (Highest Distinction) from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University with concentrations in Urban & Regional Economic Development and International Trade & Development and a B.S. in Business Administration from Bucknell University (Magna Cum Laude).

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 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

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    Land Banks and Economic Development


    This Webinar is now available on video for those who wish to see it.  You will receive viewing information once payment is made. 

    This session will feature an in-depth presentation on the PA Land Bank Act 153 of 2012 which authorizes counties and municipalities with populations of 10,000 or more to establish land banks, a flexible and optional tool meant to help strengthen our cities and towns by enabling them to systematically remove problem properties from an endless cycle of vacancy, abandonment, and tax foreclosure, and return them to productive use.  Land banks can engage in bulk quiet-title proceedings so that title insurance can be obtained and title can be marketable.  They also address a vast inventory of problem properties that need to be cleared of debts, maintained, made available for private purchase, and managed where real estate markets are weak or distressed.

    The session will focus on how land banks can be used to further economic development objectives by assembling parcels that can be used to develop a game-changer project.  Land banks have some advantages in acquiring tax delinquent property and have the ability to commence expedited quiet title proceedings.  Economic development agencies may also diversify their funding by entering into contracts with land banks to provide administrative services associated with the purchase and disposition of land by the land bank.

    This workshop will include the following topics:

    • Background on Act 153 of 2012 authorizing the establishment of land banks
    • How land banks can be used to further economic development objectives
    • Developing a targeted reinvestment strategy to fully utilize the powers of a land bank for economic development purposes.
    • Considerations in determining which entity (county or municipality) should form a land bank
    • Options for funding land bank operations
    • Case studies

    Chris Gulotta, Principal, The Gulotta Group, LLC

    Chris Gulotta, Principal of the Gulotta Group, LLC, 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, and 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 private 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 throughout his career and 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 from Dickinson College.

    Winifred Branton, Esq, Branton Strategies, LLC

    Winnie Branton is the Principal of Branton Strategies LLC, established in 2014 to provide consulting services to local governments, non-profits, and others regarding land recycling, vacant property repurposing, and community reinvestment.  She serves as the Program Manager and Trainer for the Housing Alliance’s Land Bank Training and Technical Assistance Program. Through the program, Winnie educates local governments, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders on Pennsylvania’s Land Bank Law, and guides them in evaluating the use of land bank powers to reclaim and repurpose vacant, abandoned and tax-delinquent properties in their communities. She provides technical assistance on developing startup and operating plans, designing tax sale property acquisition strategies, and drafting formation documents. 

    Prior to Branton Strategies, Winnie practiced environmental and land use law for more than 15 years, advising clients on regulatory compliance, permitting, land development, remediation, community relations, and government affairs. She started her legal career in Pennsylvania DEP’s Office of Chief Counsel, and most recently served as Counsel with the boutique law firm of Land Air Water Legal Solutions LLC.  Winnie is Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Resources Council, Pennsylvania’s oldest grassroots environmental non-profit organization.  She received her J.D. from Temple University Law School and her M.A. in Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.     

    John Kromer, Housing & Development Consultant

    John Kromer is a housing and development consultant who specializes in strategic planning, public agency capacity building, and program and policy development for urban communities and metropolitan regions.

    As the City of Philadelphia’s Director of Housing from 1992 to 2001, Kromer supervised the expenditure of more than a billion dollars in public investment in support of housing preservation and development activities that improved living conditions for thousands of Philadelphia families. As a consultant since that time, he has assisted government, institutional, and nonprofit clients in organizing and implementing reinvestment strategies. Within the past five years, he has been a key participant in the design and implementation of state-authorized economic recovery plans for the cities of Camden, NJ, Reading, PA, and Altoona, PA.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 organizational PDUs (Marketing / PR) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in PEDI’s Policies and Procedures.

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

    • 06/30/2020
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    Analyzing Economic Diversity


    This Webinar is now available on video for those who wish to see it.  You will receive viewing information once payment is made. 

    Many communities, particularly in rural areas, have long relied on one or two major industries to support their economy.  When those industries struggled, the communities in which they were located were devastated.  This webinar will introduce economic development practitioners to many of the key issues that they need to consider as they work to effectively diversify their economy.  In order to assist practitioners with this effort, this webinar will also introduce practitioners to a web tool that provides a set of county-level diversity metrics for the entire US.  The web tool includes data points designed to help practitioners and policymakers understand and explore several key concepts related to economic diversity. Through tables, charts, graphics, and maps, users can analyze their community's economic health, diversity, opportunities and risks, and standing versus other similar communities.

    Presenters:

    Dr. Mark White, represents the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), a membership organization founded in 1961 that promotes excellence in community and economic research by working to improve data availability, enhance data quality, and foster learning about regional economic analytic methods. C2ER accomplishes this mission by:

    • Conducting training, advocacy, and research
    • Delivering innovative products and services for researchers
    • Developing professional networks

    Dr. Mark White serves as Vice President of Research for the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness(CREC) – the organization that manages C2ER – where he has managed over two dozen economic and workforce development projects across the United States since arriving in 2004.

    Troy Mix is a Policy Scientist with the Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. candidate in Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Having worked closely on past projects with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), he delivers data-driven research and analysis, strategic planning, and training services to support the economic development efforts of governments, business groups, and community stakeholders across Delaware and the mid-Atlantic region. His professional experiences include preparing comprehensive plans and economic development strategies; conducting spatial analyses of demographic and development conditions; and organizing an ongoing rural broadband initiative. He managed the data analysis for an Appalachian Regional Commission-funded research project on economic diversity and is completing a dissertation on the development of university research parks. Mr. Mix is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 organizational PDUs (Marketing/PR) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in PEDI’s Policies and Procedures.

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

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




    • 06/30/2020
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    Understanding Your Workforce


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    Workforce is one of the key issues facing economic developers.  This webinar will introduce economic development practitioners to the key sources of labor market information that will allow them to answer many of their critical workforce questions.  It will show economic development practitioners how to better understand their workforce, and then compare their workforce to other locations.  Key session topics during this training module include identifying your laborshed, understanding the staffing patterns of your key industries, comparing wages in key occupations in your region to those in competing locations, and determining which industries are hiring now and will be in the future.

    Presenter:

    Our speaker, Dr. Mark White, represents the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), a membership organization founded in 1961 that promotes excellence in community and economic research by working to improve data availability, enhance data quality, and foster learning about regional economic analytic methods. C2ER accomplishes this mission by:

    §  Conducting training, advocacy, and research

    §  Delivering innovative products and services for researchers

    §  Developing professional networks

    C2ER's 500+ members span a broad range of specialty skills and collectively touch all aspects of community and economic development in the U.S. and Canada. They include research professionals from:

    §  Chambers of Commerce

    §  Economic Development Organizations

    §  Government Agencies

    §  Universities

    §  Utility Companies

    §  Workforce Development Boards

    §  Community Development Organizations

    §  Consultants and Data Providers

    Dr. Mark White serves as Vice President of Research for the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness(CREC) – the organization that manages C2ER – where he has managed over two dozen economic and workforce development projects across the United States since arriving in 2004.

    Prior to joining CREC, Dr. White completed his postdoctoral research fellowship at the National University of Ireland’s Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC) in Galway. His research has been published in peer reviewed journals in the field of regional development and economic geography, such as “Environment and Planning Analysis,” “European Urban and Regional Studies,” and “European Planning Studies.” He has also served as an instructor in World Geography and as a GIS / Cartographer at the University of Miami (FL).

    Dr. White earned his PhD in International Studies, Economic Development (University of Miami), a MA in Geography from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a BA in Geography from SUNY Plattsburgh.

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 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 PEDI’s Policies and Procedures.

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

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




    • 06/30/2020
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    Fundraising for Economic Development


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    Economic development organizations (EDOs) are funded through a variety of avenues ranging from public support to private sector dollars and everything in between. The amount of funding derived from each of these sources can vary widely between organizations. This web seminar will focus on the pursuit of private sector funding and its impact on organizations’ competitiveness in the economic development marketplace.

    The limiting factor in how much an economic development organization can accomplish is almost always money. Few have all the dollars they need, which means they cannot hire enough staff, do enough marketing, or help enough businesses. By helping these front-line economic developers increase their budgets, they can do what’s necessary to retain and grow their existing businesses, while also attracting new jobs and capital investment to town. It’s a win-win.

    Somewhat unexpectedly, many EDOs do not systematically approach local businesses in their communities for financial support, despite the fact these organizations are the only ones in town that can demonstrate the direct correlation that exists between their efforts and local businesses’ bottom lines. That gives them “asking rights” and they can use those rights to involve private investors, increasing their annual budgets – sometimes significantly – and positive economic impact. This web seminar, led by a professional nonprofit fundraiser and leaders from within the Pennsylvania economic development community, will introduce participants to best practices in conducting economic development fundraising and share lessons learned. 

    Among the topics to be covered during this ninety minute presentation are the following.

    • Overview of fundraising in the current economy
    • Brief history of economic development fundraising
    •  Economic development ROI (return on investment)
    •  Economic development fundraising trends and best practices
    • Industry sectors that usually invest in economic development
    •  How to raise money for economic development

    Presenters

    Rick Kiernan, IOM, is a Principal with Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, a firm which provides a variety of services to the nonprofit industry, from fundraising to sustainability planning to organizational audits and more.  Since joining the fundraising industry in 1996, Rick has provided fundraising counsel in dozens of communities throughout the nation. His expertise has resulted in raising more than $100 million for nonprofits including chambers of commerce, affordable housing organizations, economic development councils, community development organizations, a YMCA, entrepreneurial support organizations, and the Boy Scouts of America. This diverse assortment of fundraising experience provides Rick with a rare, well-rounded understanding of all aspects of community fundraising – both economic and community development.

    Rick previously served as the founder and President of Integrity Fundraising, a boutique firm that worked with just a few clients every year. His intimate and extensive involvement in every project led to a long list of happy clients and references, and he brings this focus on quality to Convergent.

    Michael Grigalonis serves as the Chester County Economic Development Council’s Chief Operating Officer.  Since 2004 when Michael first assumed this role, the CCEDC has grown significantly adding 15 staff members and increasing the operating budget by 50%.  New initiatives were launched including the Economic Development Partners Initiative (municipal services and community development), HireOne (a job matching effort for dislocated professionals), and the Ideas x Innovation Network (formerly Keystone Innovation Zone).  Michael’s day to day responsibilities include managing the staff, the budgets, and interacting with the board and its numerous sub-committees.

    Michael originally joined the CCEDC in 1999 as a Program Manager.  During his time as Program Manager, Michael initiated and grew several successful programs to assist Chester County’s business community.  These programs still exist today and include: The Information Technology Action Group (ITAG) to address labor issues facing the IT industry; the Chester County International Business Council to assist companies with their export strategies; The Banking Workforce Consortium to train incumbent bank employees and recruit new commercial lenders; and the Workforce Partners to facilitate communication among the County’s key workforce development service providers.

    Prior to joining the Development Council, Michael was employed in the Medical Affairs Department of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Radnor, PA.

    Michael earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Ithaca College in 1995 and an MBA from Villanova University in 1998.

    MaryFrances McGarrity is the Director of Business Development for the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC).  In her current role, MaryFrances’ efforts are focused on programs and initiatives that attract, retain and grow businesses in Chester County.  At the Council, MaryFrances works with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development as the representative of the Council directly interfacing with the Governor’s Action Team (GAT) and other state agencies as needed.  She regularly meets with local corporate decision makers identifying capital, facilitating financing, addressing workforce issues, and assisting with site selection needs.

    MaryFrances brings 10 years of sales and marketing experience in commercial real estate while working for Jackson Cross Partners.  She sits on the Board of Directors for the Chester County Industrial and Investment Council and West Chester Lightning.  She holds a Bachelor of Science from St. Joseph’s University in Management & Marketing from St. Joseph’s University, and a Bachelor of Science from Immaculate University in Elementary Education.  She is a member of PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc.) – Brandywine Chapter as a girl’s high school basketball official.  She and her family are twenty-five year residents of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

    Additional Information

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.5 organizational PDUs (Organizational Management) 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.

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

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

    • 06/30/2020
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    The Nuts and Bolts of New Market Tax Credits


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    During this web seminar, representatives of the Community First Fund will cover the “nuts & bolts” of New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) including an introduction to NMTC, how these funds are invested, how to access funding, and success stories of NMTC projects in Pennsylvania. Information will also be incorporated on funding regulations, eligible projects, hiring a qualified consultant, selecting a financial institution, and the legal and accounting perspectives a borrower needs to know. The following outline is subject to modifications.

    • NMTC Program Overview
    • Definition of New Market Tax Credits
    • Who are the Parties in NMTC Deals
    • What organizations/institutions are involved and how do they integrate
    • How NMTC is Structured
    • Review of Community First Fund NMTC structure
    • Credit Amounts Available
    • NMTC Benefits
    • What businesses/projects are eligible for financing
    • Review of criteria for financing potential projects
    • Sources of Funds in NMTC Deals
    • NMTC Project Success Stories
    • Review of NMTC projects funded by Community First Fund 

    Presenters:

    Pamela Woodell, Vice President, New Market Tax Credits, joined Community First Fund in 2013. She is responsible for underwriting, structuring and monitoring all our NMTC transactions.  Pam has 25 years of experience in community development, affordable housing and tax credit financing.  She coordinated the deployment of $45 million in financing associated with our two NMTC allocations. She previously created and oversaw Santander Bank’s $500 million NMTC program, including the management of its community development lending program.

    Pam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas and has completed property development management training through the Pennsylvania Community Development and Finance Corporation. 

    Jim Buerger, Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, joined Community First Fund in 2010. He directs all lending activities for the organization and is a vocal advocate for our clients in the communities we serve. Jim has over 35 years of financial services experience in Lancaster, Reading and the Lehigh Valley including positions with Fleetwood Bank and Fulton Bank. He coordinates the overall NMTC project sourcing.  In his 35+ years of lending in these regions, he has overseen more than $500 million in community loans. 

    Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Franklin and Marshall College, a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Shippensburg University and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

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

    Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 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 PEDI’s Policies and Procedures.

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




    • 06/30/2020
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    Benchmarking Innovation

    For many PA communities, the economic future depends on your ability to support innovation and entrepreneurship. Much has changed in recent years in terms of the data that is available related to business startups, business growth and innovation. This training webinar will help you understand new data and tools that can be used to help you understand your area’s innovation economy and how you stack up compared to other communities. We’ll be looking at data but also examining the real world challenges of turning that data into a compelling story that motivates people to take action.

    Presenter

    Erik R. Pages is President and Founder of EntreWorks Consulting, an economic development consulting and policy development firm focused on helping communities and organizations achieve their entrepreneurial potential. Since its founding, EntreWorks has worked with communities in more than 40 states and overseas. Recent manufacturing-related projects include engagements in Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He also serves as a lead consultant for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative.

    He previously served as Policy Director for the National Commission on Entrepreneurship (NCOE), where he directed the Commission's research and policy operations. Dr. Pages has also held senior positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration and on Capitol Hill. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, and serves on the Arlington County (VA) Economic Development Commission, and the Alexandria/Arlington Workforce Investment Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council and Global Entrepreneurship Week. He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University, where he has served as an Adjunct Professor. He also holds degrees from Dickinson College (Phi Beta Kappa) and the University of Pittsburgh.

    Notes:

    This web seminar is approved to provide 1.50 non-finance PDUs.

    We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering. In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

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




    • 06/30/2020
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    Succession Planning 101: Ensuring Your Work Lives Beyond Your Tenure

    Starting with succession planning basics laid on out in PANO’s Standards for Excellence program, this webinar will cover the differences between an emergency succession plan and a departure-defined plan. It will also cover the differences between succession planning processes needed for the lead executive in the organization versus those needed for key members of management staff.

    Learning objectives include:

    ·       Understanding the different types of succession planning and how they build on each  other

    ·       Identifying the basic steps in successful succession planning

    ·       Learning the importance of “passing on” critical relationships

    ·       Understanding how to set up an organizational structure where succession planning is continuously worked on by staff members at all levels


    **PIDA recognizes this event as eligible for CEDOs to earn non-finance PDUs.**


    Presenter:  Anne Gingerich, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO)

    Anne has experience facilitating multiple nonprofit groups through succession planning and strategic planning. In her tenure at PANO, and previously at Millersville University’s Nonprofit Resource Network, she has conducted strategic planning, market and secondary research, and program evaluation. At United Way of Lancaster County, she conducted community needs assessments and program evaluation using the logic model. At the American Red Cross, she oversaw disaster preparedness and response in a six-county area. In her various board roles, she oversaw both CEO and Board Evaluation processes. Anne has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in social work from Millersville University and Marywood University, respectively.

    Attention Certified Economic Development Organizations: This course is recognized by PIDA to provide 2.00 organizational PDUs (Non-Finance).

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





Past events

10/21/2019 Pre-Conference Session: Best Practices in Tax-Exempt Financing
10/21/2019 2019 PEDA Fall Conference
08/23/2019 2019 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Lancaster
08/22/2019 2019 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Pottsville
08/16/2019 2019 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Pittsburgh
08/15/2019 2019 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Altoona
04/29/2019 2019 PEDA Spring Legislative Conference
10/01/2018 Pre-Conference Training: The Craft of Deal Structures
10/01/2018 2018 PEDA Fall Conference
08/23/2018 2018 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Reading
08/22/2018 2018 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Scranton
08/08/2018 2018 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – State College
08/06/2018 2018 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Pittsburgh
04/23/2018 Pre-Conference Training: The Role of Private Capital in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
04/23/2018 2018 PEDA Spring Legislative Conference
12/13/2017 Succession Planning 101: Ensuring Your Work Lives Beyond Your Tenure
10/23/2017 Pre-Conference Training: Best Practices for Loan Collection
10/23/2017 2017 PEDA Fall Conference
09/13/2017 Web Seminar: Benchmarking Innovation
08/17/2017 2017 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – State College
08/14/2017 2017 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Reading
08/07/2017 2017 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Pittsburgh
07/31/2017 2017 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Pocono Mountains
07/17/2017 2017 PEDA Mini Regional Member Meeting – Harrisburg
04/24/2017 Pre-conference Training: Credit Reports & Other Searches – Are You Getting Everything You Need From Them?
04/24/2017 2017 PEDA Spring Legislative Conference
12/14/2016 The Nuts and Bolts of New Market Tax Credits
10/31/2016 Preconference Session: The Essentials of Tax Increment Financing
10/31/2016 2016 PEDA Fall Conference
09/20/2016 Fundraising for Economic Development
08/31/2016 2016 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Harrisburg
08/22/2016 2016 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Pittsburgh
08/18/2016 2016 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Scranton
08/17/2016 2016 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Exton
05/11/2016 EB-5 and Local Economic Development
04/11/2016 Preconference Session: Closing the Loop Between Workforce & Economic Development - New Opportunities Under WIOA
04/11/2016 Preconference Session: Best Practices for Managing a Revolving Loan Fund
04/11/2016 2016 PEDA Spring Legislative Conference
02/24/2016 Understanding Your Workforce
01/27/2016 Analyzing Economic Diversity
12/16/2015 Land Banks and Economic Development
11/12/2015 Business and Workforce Development in Challenged Neighborhoods
10/26/2015 Preconference Session: Financing Working Capital Lines of Credit
09/21/2015 NDC's Economic Development Credit Analysis
08/26/2015 2015 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Hazleton
08/25/2015 2015 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Reading
08/19/2015 2015 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – State College
08/17/2015 2015 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Pittsburgh
05/13/2015 Introduction to Industry Analysis – Using Local Employment Dynamics Data for Industry Analysis
04/20/2015 Preconference Session: The Life of a Loan A to Z
04/20/2015 Preconference Session: Reinventing Strategic Planning: Building a Sustainable Business Model for Economic Development Agencies
02/25/2015 Introduction to Industry Analysis – Identifying Competitive Industries In Your Regional Economy
01/28/2015 P3 Matchmaking: Determining the Best Type of P3 Mechanism for Your Project
12/10/2014 Business Retention: Using Transition Planning & Employee Ownership to Keep Local Business Local
10/06/2014 Introduction to Tax-Exempt Financing
09/17/2014 Credit Analysis 201: Applied Methods and Techniques
09/10/2014 Best Practices in Effectively Utilizing Economic Impact Analyses
08/13/2014 2014 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Lancaster
08/07/2014 2014 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Bloomsburg
08/04/2014 2014 PEDA Regional Member Meeting – Butler
05/07/2014 Fostering Leadership Competencies
04/28/2014 Strategies for Social Media Success in Economic Development
04/28/2014 Best Practices in Lender Negotiations & Client Management
03/31/2014 Bridging the Gap Between Economic Development, Academia & Business
01/29/2014 Workforce Development: Best Practices in Partnerships
12/11/2013 EB-5 FINANCING & THE ANATOMY OF A DEAL
10/21/2013 Economic Development Financing - Deal Structuring
09/25/2013 PEDI CREDIT ANALYSIS 101: A 360 DEGREE VIEW OF CASH FLOW ANALYSIS
09/11/2013 Webinar: Revisiting the Economic Developer’s Toolbox
08/07/2013 2013 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - LANCASTER
08/05/2013 2013 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - BUTLER
08/01/2013 2013 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - BLOOMSBURG
05/08/2013 Redeveloping Blighted Properties: Financing Solutions
04/29/2013 Detecting Problem Loans and Dealing with Debt Collection
04/29/2013 Best Practices in Succession Planning for Nonprofits
02/27/2013 Measuring Impact to Build Support for Economic Development Programs
12/03/2012 2012 Basic Economic Development Course in Pennsylvania
10/22/2012 Best Practices in Loan Committee Management & Loan Documentation
09/19/2012 Redeveloping Blighted Properties: Tools and Strategies
09/12/2012 The Essentials of Project Management
08/20/2012 2012 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING
08/15/2012 2012 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING
08/13/2012 2012 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING
04/23/2012 Best Practices in Economic Development Marketing
04/23/2012 An Introduction to Angel Investment and Venture Capital
01/26/2012 Trends in Online Site Selection & GIS Technology: How Businesses and Site Selectors Use the Web to Screen and Select Communities
10/03/2011 Governing Boards: Avoiding Risks and Maximizing Opportunities
08/22/2011 2011 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - Bloomsburg, PA
08/17/2011 2011 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - Lancaster, PA
08/15/2011 2011 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - Butler, PA
07/21/2011 The Essentials of Grant Writing and Research
05/17/2011 Northeast Shale Gas Symposium
05/02/2011 A Guide to Debt Collection Practices for Economic Development Agencies
04/03/2011 Brownfields 2011 Economic Redevelopment Forum
03/02/2011 The Essentials of Commercial Lending Extended Learning School
12/06/2010 Basic Economic Development Course in Pennsylvania
10/25/2010 Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute Workshop: Roadmap to Good Lending Practices
09/28/2010 PA Brownfields 2010: Transforming our Communities, Strengthening our Economy
09/01/2010 2010 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - BLOOMSBURG
08/24/2010 2010 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - Exton
08/19/2010 2010 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - Harrisburg
08/17/2010 2010 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - Clarion
08/16/2010 2010 PEDA REGIONAL MEMBER MEETING - Pittsburgh (Green Tree)
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