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The Changing Energy Landscape and Its impact on Economic Development in America

Date: July 26, 2018

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: July 26 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on July 25

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Monday, July 16

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


Based on IEDC's recent report The Changing Energy Landscape and Its Impact on Economic Development in America, this webinar takes stock of current trends and looks beyond the horizon toward America's energy future. The story of American economic development is also the story of energy. The fortunes of communities have risen and fallen as new technology has unleashed growth and old methods have lost competitiveness. This reality continues to play out, with major implications for rural communities, regions, cities and states. Sign up today and prepare to explore economic development challenges surrounding coal, oil and natural gas, and renewable energy, and discuss how economic developers are working to stabilize their communities, meet demands of businesses and maximize opportunities created by energy market transformations.

What you'll learn:

• Where major changes in energy are occurring across the U.S., who has been most affected by these changes, and what others can do to prepare.
• Case studies on how economic developers from diverse communities are dealing with significant energy-based impacts to their economies.
• Programs you can implement and resources that are available to support your community throughout these changes.




Rick Weddle, FM, HLM
President and CEO
Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance
Norfolk, VA

Rick L. Weddle joined the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance as President and CEO in April 2016. He leads the operations of a regional marketing organization that represents 11 municipalities and over 75 private sector investors in the Hampton Roads region. Prior to joining the Alliance, Rick spent five years as President and CEO of the Orlando Economic Development Commission and seven years as President and CEO of North Carolina's Research Triangle Park (RTP). Over the course of his career, Rick has helped create more than 75,000 jobs and $6.9B in new capital investment associated with 760 economic development projects.

In his 30 plus years of transformational leadership in economic development, Rick has delivered results and economic impacts in major metropolitan economies across the United States. He is the founding CEO of three startups and has been successful in managing a series of organizational turnarounds, regional rebranding, and total business model redesign efforts.



SeonAh Kendall
Economic Health Manager
City of Fort Collins
Fort Collins, CO

SeonAh Kendall, CPA serves as the City of Fort Collins' Economic Health Manager, where she focuses on business retention and expansion, talent development/recruitment and special projects to ensure a vibrant Fort Collins economy. SeonAh is the project manager for the City's broadband strategic plan and business engagement action plan.

SeonAh has a bachelor's and master's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in financial and tax accounting from Colorado State University.

SeonAh serves on several boards such as Front Range Community College Foundation, the International Economic Development Council's (IEDC) Sustainability Committee, NoCO Manufacturing Partnership and the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC). She is also members of the Economic Development Research Partnership (EDRP), IEDC, EDCC and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).

David Maahs, CEcD
Executive Vice President, Economic Development
Greater Des Moines Partnership
Des Moines, IA

David Maahs is the Executive Vice President for Economic Development of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The Greater Des Moines Partnership is an organization dedicated to the economic and community development of the Greater Des Moines area. Maahs is responsible for economic development.

Maahs has over 35 years of economic development experience. During that time, he and his economic development team, along with state and local partners, have secured more than $10 billion in capital investment on economic development projects.

He has a B.S degree in Industrial Administration from Iowa State University and a M.A. degree in Economics from the University of Iowa. He is a past president of the Professional Developers of Iowa. He has received certification as an economic development professional (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council.

Scott Martinez, CEcD
North Louisiana Economic Partnership
Shreveport, LA

Scott Martinez brings over a decade and a half of economic leadership to his role as President of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP). A native of Laurel, Mississippi, Scott holds a Bachelors degree from Ole Miss as well as a Master of Science degree in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has been designated a Certified Economic Developer® by the International Economic Development Council.

During his two and a half years as President of NLEP, over 2,200 information technology jobs have been announced in North Louisiana by such industry leaders as Centurylink, IBM, and Computer Science Corporation. NLEP created a political action committee-The Top of Louisiana PAC; developed and implemented a five year strategic plan; and increased its operating budget by 30%. In May, the NLEP was designated an Accredited Economic Development Organization®.

Prior to joining NLEP, Scott served as Executive Director of the Hutto Economic Development Corporation in the Austin, Texas region. Under Scott's economic development leadership, Hutto has been the fastest growing community in Texas. The Hutto Economic Development Corporation has won seven national, peer judged economic development marketing awards during his tenure a became one of a select group of Accredited Economic Development Organizations® nationally. Martinez also developed and led economic development efforts in Round Rock, Texas and served as Associate Director of the Greater Conroe Economic Development Council in the Houston, Texas MSA for five years. Scott served his home state of Mississippi in the Mississippi Development Authority where he worked in Hurricane Katrina redevelopment efforts as well as in the Global Business division of the agency.

Martinez has served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Economic Development Council Board of Directors and Chaired its Political Action Committee. Scott is active in the International Economic Development Council and serves on its Accredited Economic Development Organization Oversight Committee. He has been a presenter at the Texas Basic Economic Development Course and is currently a presenter at the True South Basic Economic Development Course.

Scott is active in North Louisiana. He serves on the Boards of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, the Minority Supplier Institute, Strategic Action Council, Barksdale (AFB) Forward, lntertech Committee (Biomedical Research Foundation).

Sandy Ratliff
Assistant Vice President, Community Impact Advisor
Virginia Community Capital
Abingdon, VA

Sandy Ratliff is a seasoned economic developer with over 28 years of experience serving the Commonwealth of Virginia. She works with new and expanding businesses to offer startup consulting, entrepreneural growth mentoring, support community revitalization and assist businesses to identify sources of capital to move their business plans forward. Before joining VCC, she worked as the Business Services Manager for the, Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD), in the agency’s Abingdon office.

Sandy has lead the creation of successful business support programs including the Social Media for Small Business, iPad for Business, iMarketing, eCommerce and Promotion, Technology in Business, Noon Knowledge Professional Development Series, Mobile Marketing, and the Entrepreneur Express Workshop. Prior to that role, she was the Director of Marketing for the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority for 15 years, a regional organization focused on economic diversification and job creation within the coalfields of Virginia.

Ratliff was appointed by Governor to serve as a commissioner on the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, member of the Virginia Economic Developers Association, Chair of the Mountain Empire American Red Cross Board of Directors, Member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Board and Chair of the Small Business Committee, Steering Team Member of My Southwest Virginia and Clinch River Initiative, Director of Online Outreach for First Christian Church of Abingdon and resides in Abingdon, VA. She received the 2011 YWCA Tribute to Women award, the 2012 Western Virginia Workforce Development "Professional of the Year" award for her work in economic and community development, and the 2016 "High Tech in Government" award from the Southwest Virginia Technology Council.


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Cancellation, Refund and No-Show Policy

• Refunds are available with cancellation until Monday, July 16. There are no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, July 16.

• All cancellations must be received in writing by email, fax or mail to Cherrika Gordon (e-mail: cgordon@iedconline.org / fax (202) 223-4745). Cancellations by phone are not accepted.

• All cancellations and requests for a refund after Monday, July 16 need to be submitted in writing to Cherrika Gordon and will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee of a refund or credit after Monday, July 16 and each will be given consideration under unforeseen circumstances.


Attend Web Seminars and Earn Recertification Credits from the Comfort of Your Office

We understand that CEcDs have a constant yearning to grow and improve their knowledge and expertise in economic development. Therefore, the IEDC web seminars have been approved as professional development programs for recertification. The web seminars provide a convenient and cost-effective online environment for economic developers to learn about cutting-edge research, techniques, and tools that are prevalent in the field.

CEcDs participating in a minimum of three (3) web seminars during a three-year recertification cycle can now earn recertification credits. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Marjorie Rose at mrose@iedconline.org.