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 Export to Your Calendar 6/24/2018 to 6/26/2018
When: Sunday, January 28, 2018
Where: Buffalo, NY
United States

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Missed the early bird deadline forEconomic Future Forum? No fret, it has been extended to this Friday, April 27!

Connie Long, Take an extra week and register at the early bird rate for the Economic Future Forum. This gives you more timeto sign up and still save $120. That's prettysubstantial!

Featured Keynote Speaker

René F. Jones
Chairman & CEO
M&T and M&T Bank

Jones joined M&T Bank in 1992 as an Executive Associate, and went on to hold a number of management positions within the Finance Division. He served as M&T’s Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2016. He was appointed to the Management Committee in 2005, and was named Vice Chairman in 2014.

Before joining M&T Bank, Jones held numerous positions at The Group Inc. He began his career with the Boston-based office of Ernst & Young, where he serviced clients in a variety of industries with a primary emphasis on Financial Services. It was at this time Jones earned his designation as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

An active member in the community, Jones serves on the boards of The Jacobs Institute, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Independent Health Association, Inc. and the Burchfield Penny Art Center.


Andcheck out these speakers you will get toknow during concurrent sessions!

Alissa Sklar, PhD
Vice President of Marketing
GIS Planning, Inc.
Westmout, QC

Sandy Sponaugle
Platinum PR
Shepherdstown, WV

Sherron Washington, MA
The P3 Solution
Silver Spring, MD

Alissa, Sandy and Sherron will lead the #SoInfluential: Helping the Social Media Entrepreneurs in Your Community discussion.
Monday, June 25
3:30-5 pm

What you will learn:
• How people are making money on social media as influencers
• The role for economic developers in providing support for social media entrepreneurs
•Broaderunderstanding of career and revenue-generating opportunities available to social media influencers

Morespeakers you will hear from!


Andrea Margida, PhD
Alliance, OH

Anthony Margida, PhD
Alliance, OH

Andrea and Anthony will share their thoughts during the Getting Ideas out of the Lab and Commercializing for Success conversation!
Date:Tuesday, June 26
Time:10:15-11:55 a.m.

What you will learn:
• How economic developers can connect their business community with commercialization offices to bring inventions into a profitable position
• Examples of prolific university-economic development ecosystems that are capitalizing on local research and development
• Utilizing resources at the university to help businesses protect their intellectual property
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You can always count on lively and relevant educational tours through host communities! Add these educational special events to your registration!

The Niagara Power Vista is where science meets the playground - an exciting, interactive adventure from the New York Power Authority designed for inquisitive minds of all ages.Tour of former brownfield sites that are now home to advanced manufacturing operations, including the joint venture between Tesla and Panasonic, a state-of-the-art logistics center (Sonwil) in a business park on a reclaimed brownfield (Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park), a unique technical services company that helps manufacturers innovate (Buffalo Manufacturing Works), and the site of the future Advanced Manufacturing Campus on Northland Avenue. And cap off educational tours by visiting the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, which is situated on 120-acres in the urban innovation district, the campus was created as a way to leverage the economic impact of eight of the region's leading healthcare, research, and education institutions.

Buffalo's Blue Economy($55)

Buffalo's Industrial Transformation($55)

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus($55)

Add developing and managing business incubators to your list of skills after youcomplete this course in Buffalo!

Early bird deadline: May 11. Sign up now and save $140!

This course is designed to help you learn more about the types of programs and services you can offer small business owners and entrepreneurs in your community. Focus on the core aspects of entrepreneurial and small business development including value-add partnerships, technical assistance programs, financing, business incubation and more. And there's plenty more you will cover.

A few of the many course highlights you'll walk away knowing more about:

• Identifying and addressing the needs of entrepreneurs
• Defining urban v. rural-focused entrepreneurial and small business strategies
• Managing technical assistance (e.g., economic gardening) programs
• Development and management of business incubators


Mo Collins
New Economy Specialist

Carol Kraus Lauffer
Business Cluster Development


Final day to apply and sit for the Certified Economic Developer, CEcD, exam to be administered in Buffalo! Send questions to Marjorie Rose.

Planning to sit for the CEcD exam in Buffalo? The deadline to sign up is today!Download an application(PDF) and send it in by close of business.


Economic Future Forum events location and hotel headquarters:

Buffalo Marriott HARBORCENTER
95 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

IEDC Room Rate: $189 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: May 15, 2018

Join your peers in Buffalo Niagarain June! It's the perfect time of year to visit New York. Get a glimpse of the full program and the topics to be covered, all of which will help you plan for prosperity in your community and region. Take advantage of the extended deadline. The deal ends Friday at midnight.












International Economic Development Council

IEDC is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.






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