In Search of 4 Amazing Presentations: 2019 ED Talks
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is holding its 2019 Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana from October 13-16, 2019. IEDC is seeking compelling speakers to present in a TED-Talk style format on a topic of their choosing. The topic should appeal to the audience at the Annual Conference. The most compelling nominations will demonstrate that a speaker will bring a fresh and unique perspective to the conference in terms of topics such as but not limited to local or global issues, culturally significant breakthroughs and advancements, and finding a deeper meaning in professional or personal endeavors. This is an opportunity to highlight success stories, lessons learned, and cutting-edge ideas while engaging your colleagues at the premier event for economic development practitioners.

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:

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2018 ED Talks | The Death of the Job Metric | Ryan Lilly
Conference Audience
IEDC is the world's largest membership organization serving the economic development profession. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, our members represent the entire range of economic development experience.
Conference Theme and Tracks
Driving Growth: The Race for Talent, Innovation and Place
The talent race means we need to work collaboratively on topics like livability, housing, infrastructure, partnerships, and developing future businesses and workers in addition to the more traditional business focused work. Workforce is a theme that connects multiple issues within economic development. Community members are both producers and consumers of goods and services. These workers require education and training to earn wages and pay taxes. They also need places to live, entertainment, and often have families that need services like schools and healthcare. A strong workforce makes a strong community by attracting additional investment, equipping new and expanding businesses, and drawing in more employers. How to attract and retain these needed workers, and the investment that would follow a quality workforce, is a major concern across the country. All communities – urban and rural, Midwestern and coastal, progressive and conservative – grapple with these issues.

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 Worker
Automation, 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 & Infrastructure
A 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 Partnerships
Employers 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.

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