• 2015 Community Economic Development Symposium Agenda

    8:30-9 a.m. Check-in and Continental Breakfast

    9-9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

    9:15-10:30 a.m. J.R. Burke, Polaris Corporation

    10:30-10:45 a.m. Break

    10:45-12 noon CED Talks

    15 minutes each, focused on different aspects of Reducing the Income Gap

    1. Dane Smith, Growth and Justice
    2. Fred Haberman, Haberman Companies
    3. Kevin McKinnon, DEED Director of Business and Community Development
    4. MayKao Hang, Wilder Foundation and Itasca Group
    5. R.T. Rybak, Generation Next

    12 noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote

    Hedrick Smith, Who Stole the American Dream?

    1:30-1:45 p.m. Break

    1:45-2:45 p.m. Panel Sessions

    State and Local Policy Issues

    1. Jeff Van Wychen, MN 2020
    2. Matt Kramer, St. Paul Chamber of Commerce
    3. Gary Cunningham, Metropolitan Council and MEDA

    Infrastructural Support for Job Creation

    1. Warren Hanson, Greater MN Housing Fund
    2. Blake Huffman, Ramsey County Commissioner
    3. Ellen Watters, Corridors of Opportunity

    Job Creation and Economic Development

    1. Glenn Ford, Praxis Marketplace
    2. Nancy Libersky, Small Business Association

    2:45-3 p.m. Break

    3-4 p.m. Repeat Panel Sessions

    4-5 p.m. Closing Remarks and Reception