Recap of 2016 EDA National Conference, Washington, DC: April 7, 2016

Published April 11, 2016

EDA celebrated its 50th anniversary at the 2016 national conference in Washington, DC. Deepak Bahl, Program Director and Co-Principal Investigator for AMP SoCal and the USC Center for Economic Development, moderated a manufacturing panel at this national conference titled: Collaboration Junction, What’s your Function? Partnerships that Drive Results in Advanced Manufacturing. The panelist included representatives from six IMCP Round I and Round II communities from across the nation. The presentations focused on the unique role and contribution of IMCPs in their respective regions from developing workforce strategies to strengthening the supply chain. The panelists shared best practices and practical advice on how to build a strong manufacturing ecosystem.
The speakers on the panel included:

  • Sarah Lee, Principal Economic Development Manager, Puget Sound Regional Council
  • Petra Mitchell, President and CEO, Catalyst Connection
  • Megan Barnett-Livgard, Business Retention & Expansion Manager, Greater MSP Partnership
  • Barbara Fernandez, Director, Business Development, Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), State of Connecticut
  • Leigh Hopkins, Sr. Project Manager, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute, Center for Economic Development Research
  • Caroline Paras, Economic and Community Planner, Greater Portland Council of Governments, Maine

Click here to view a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation. The presentation is also available for immediate download of zipped files here.

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