Four speakers will be chosen to present during the Opening Plenary Session on Sunday, October 13th at 2 p.m. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes each. Applications are due by March 29.
The 2019 IEDC Annual Conference theme is "Driving Growth: The Race for Talent, Innovation and Place."
Below is one of the ED Talks from 2018 IEDC Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA. See all past ED Talks at IEDC's Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/iedconline2
CONFERENCE TRACKS Track 1: Livability (Resilient, livable and equitable communities)‘Livability’ is about successful development, retention, and attraction of a quality workforce for a community. Partners for Livable Communities defines livability as “the … factors that add up to a community’s quality of life—including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity, and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.” These factors are critical to providing a high-quality workforce. Economic development professionals worldwide have embraced the need to integrate livability efforts into community economic development strategies.
Track 2: Future Business, Future WorkerAutomation, artificial intelligence, and robotics: These terms mean different things to different people. The idea of automation is not “new” but in the context of 2019, it can mean reducing or eliminating costs to a business, helping boost thin profit margins, or losing a job to a worker in one of the many industries that are adopting technology at accelerating rates. Technology can be a boon to businesses and workers alike – and can be harnessed in ways that can bring more meaning and profit to both.
Track 3: Housing & InfrastructureA common conversation in growing communities is that workers do not exist for the industry, and even if workers could be attracted to an area, there is nowhere for them to live, or available housing is either not affordable or desirable. In some places, the lack of available housing stock has driven prices to where service and logistics employees cannot afford them on a single income. In other places, the available housing is in poor condition or there are barriers to home ownership, including inadequate rental housing stock. Housing for the “missing middle” is a hot topic. Infrastructure has always been important to business attraction, retention, and expansion. In 2019 infrastructure is no longer just about highways, rail access, airports, and energy. The focus is on serving people as much as moving business inputs and outputs. People want transportation choices – the ability to take transit, walk, or bike to work and entertainment. People and businesses demand high speed internet access and robust electrical systems, and more people and communities are concerned about the source of their energy.
Track 4: Talent PartnershipsEmployers are creating job opportunities that are unfilled due to lack of qualified candidates, competition from other employers, or a lack of people within a reasonable working distance. Assuming that these are good jobs, states, regions, and communities can adopt strategies to retain existing workers while attracting new talent. In addition to understanding the reasons why these jobs are going unfilled, states, regions and communities must develop strategies to draw businesses that will provide for a stable employment and engage workforce development agencies and educators in partnership with organizations not typically tapped for talent development or recruitment
Track 5: Business Clusters (The Circle of Friendship and Prosperity)Perhaps the most important source of profitability is the knowledge and connections made with companies in similar industries. With a robust supply and value chain, companies leverage their resources within their clusters to provide community prosperity and to boost the regional economy.