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2018 VEDA Summer Membership Meeting

6/4/2018 to 6/5/2018
When: June 4 - June 5, 2018
Where: Institute for Advanced Learning & Research
150 Slayton Avenue
Danville, Virginia  24540
United States

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VEDA Summer Membership Meeting/VEDP Allies Meetings
Monday, June 4, 2018 – Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Danville, Virginia

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Attendee List


Speaker Bios


VEDA Summer Membership Meeting Program

Thomas Edison said, “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.” Being an intentional leader is to be deliberate and purposeful in everything you do.

Join the Virginia Economic Developers Association on Tuesday, June 5th in Danville, Virginia as we continue our theme of Agents of Change with the Summer Membership Meeting program, Navigating Change through Intentional Leadership.

We’ll begin the day with registration and networking and then kick off the meeting at 9:30 on Tuesday, June 5th. The Summer Membership Meeting Committee led by Linda Green (Southern Virginia Regional Alliance) and Telly Tucker (Danville Office of Economic Development) has put together a great agenda for you. In the morning we’ll hear from regional leaders on Leadership Commitment to Regional Change, followed by a panel discussing Revitalization of Workforce and Quality of Life.

The day’s program will end with lunch and keynote speaker, Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership, LLC discussing Navigating Change through Intentional Leadership.

In addition to Tuesday’s program, VEDA and VEDP have teamed up to make the most of your travel! A meeting with local economic developers and VEDP is scheduled for Monday (1-5 pm) and the meeting with regional economic developers and VEDP is scheduled for Tuesday (2:30-4:30 pm) following the VEDA Summer Membership Meeting.

It’s Business Appreciation Week in Danville and VEDA Summer Membership Meeting participants are invited to a reception at the Danville Science Museum on Monday, June 4th from 5-7. Afterwards, there are plenty of great restaurants in Danville’s River District to check out!

Cost to Attend

VEDA Members: $60
Cornerstone Members: $54
Non-members: $75

Online registration is open until COB on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. No cancellations/refunds after Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Cancellations prior to May 30, 2018 will be assessed a $25 processing fee.


VEDA has secured a block of rooms at the following hotels

Courtyard by Marriott
2136 Riverside Drive
Danville, Virginia
VEDA Rate: $114 per night
Deadline to reserve your room: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Holiday Inn ExpressDanville*
2121 Riverside Drive
Danville, Virginia
Deadline to reserve your room: TBA

*Please note that a contract has not yet been signed with this hotel; details forthcoming

Keynote Speaker Ted Abernathy

Ted is the Managing Partner of Economic Leadership LLC, a consultancy that is currently working in more than a dozen states to develop economic and workforce strategies. Ted has 35 years of experience in directing economic development and workforce development programs. From 2008-2013, Ted was the Executive Director of the Southern Growth Policies Board, a 42-year old public policy think tank that provided economic development research, strategy and marketing advice, to states and communities across the South. He also served as economic development policy advisor to the Southern Governors Association.

Before coming to Southern Growth, Ted was a practicing economic developer for 28 years. From 2000-2008, he served as Executive Vice President and COO for the Research Triangle Regional Partnership. During his eight years directing RTRP’s operation he worked with hundreds of clients and helped generate 65,000 new jobs and almost $10 billion in investment.

Ted’s current projects include developing economic and workforce strategies in more than a dozen states and regions across the country, designing an economic development and innovation ecosystem for a new science city in Kenya, evaluating cluster opportunities ranging from value added agriculture to advanced technologies, building dashboards using advanced data analytics, and producing the annual Home of Future Thinking conference.

Over the past five years Ted has worked on close to 100 projects. He has developed plans for the eight states that comprise the Mississippi Delta, coauthored Reimaging Workforce Development, conducted a southern citizen input process on economic vitality for the Kettering Foundation, developed best practices in manufacturing and innovation for the U.S. Economic Development Administration, helped the Organization for International Investment create an economic development coalition to better attract foreign investment and help launch a new company that assesses and improves Group Leadership.

Ted speaks to groups across the country and internationally on many topics including the economy, the future of work, trendspotting the future and organizational leadership. In the past year, he keynoted conferences for the International Economic Development Council, The Southern Economic Development Council, The Southern Regional Education Board, The National Association of Workforce Professionals, The International Eisenhower Fellowships, the Society of Industrial Realtors, The Seattle Eastside Futures Conference and dozens of private business retreats and gatherings.

Born in Dallas, NC, Ted received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; his master’s from Johns Hopkins University, is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute and is an Eisenhower Fellow for global economics.

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