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What You Don't Know - A Conversation with Young Professionals

Date: November 14, 2019

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Price:  Free

Registration Deadline: November 14th at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on Tuesday, November 12th

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


If you were to ask experienced economic developers about the start of their careers, many would respond with, "If only I had known..." This YP-focused webinar will feature three young professionals who have reached executive positions at their respective organizations. Find out what they've learned along the way that they wish they knew when they started their career. Tips include how they've navigated age bias, how they made the transition from education to the workplace, and more. Use what you learn from your peers during this webinar to take the next step in your career.




Brandon Simmons
Vice President, Project Management
REDI Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

Brandon Simmons leads the REDI Cincinnati Project Management team, driving job creation and capital investment in Greater Cincinnati.

He also is responsible for monitoring the regional pipeline and serving in an advisory capacity to companies looking to expand in Greater Cincinnati. Brandon and his team convene the best and brightest resources from across our region to connect growing companies with viable workforce, sites, utilities, and much more.

A true team player, Brandon brings a high-energy, competitive spirit to his projects, notably demonstrated by his work in 2016 to bring a Barclaycard call center to Hamilton, Ohio. Prior to joining REDI Cincinnati, Brandon served as JobsOhio Director of Project Management and Director for the Cleveland Area. In his most recent role, Brandon oversaw deployment of resources in Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties, integrating local and regional partners into the JobsOhio economic development model. In these previous roles, Brandon directly managed, supported, or provided advisory in 584 projects, resulting in $14.6 billion in fixed-asset investment; 46,169 new jobs; and $2.1 billion in new payroll for Ohio workers.

Brandon previously served J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. as Assistant Vice President of Global Business Document Services, where he was responsible for project management, analyzing, testing, and coordinating successful completion of the company's first color rebranding initiative. Brandon is also a graduate of the J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Corporate Development Program.

Simmons graduated from Bucknell University with a bachelor's degree in economics. The Cleveland native served as cornerback and wide receiver on the Bucknell football team and was named to the Patriot League's All-Academic team.

Diana Velazquez, PCED
Vice President
Longview Economic Development Corp.
Longview, TX

Diana Velazquez, PCED joined the Longview Economic Development Corporation in January 2015 as Retail Development Director and currently serves as Vice President. She is responsible for encouraging growth, development and recruitment of new companies to Longview.

Diana's work experience, preceding her tenure at Longview Economic Development Corporation, includes eight years in the banking industry. Prior to her position at LEDCO, Diana served as the Retail Development Coordinator at the Longview Chamber of Commerce for three and half years.

Diana is a graduate of University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor's of Business Administration and a graduate of Texas A&M Texarkana with a Master's of Business Administration. She is also a graduate of Community Development Institute and is a Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED).

Diana serves her community as a board member of the Longview Dog Park. She enjoys traveling, reading and hanging out with friends and family. 


Instructions and Technology

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• Using a telephone: A touch-tone telephone
• Using Desktop VoIP: A computer equipped with the following:
-- a supported sound card
-- speakers or headphones
-- a microphone (for speaking during the conference)


• Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 for Windows/Mac/Linux, or Safari 2.0 for Macintosh
• Broadband Internet connection

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