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October 24 - 26, 2022 | Bloomington, Indiana


Graduate Bloomington, 210 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408

Join us in Bloomington for the 2022 Best Practices Forum. Reserve a room for $109 a night at the Graduate Bloomington. 

There’s ‘economic development,’ then there’s INDIANA Economic Development. After you have been to the Basic Course, it’s time to get into the specifics of how we do economic development in Indiana. The Best Practices Forum (formerly Practitioner’s Course) is designed to highlight best practices in, and the unique aspects of, practicing economic development in Indiana. The Forum will also help you build your network of peers and professionals to help you going forward.



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 8:00 am Registration
 8:35 am  Introductions/Opening Remarks
 9:00 am  Effective Leadership Part I: AEM Cube Assessment
Scott Hutcheson, PhD, Hutcheson & Associates
 11:00 am  Delegation, Time Management and Prioritizing
Chris Urbanowski, Ivy Tech Community College
 12:00 pm Lunch
 1:00 pm Effective Leadership – Part II: Imposter Syndrome
Andrea Butcher, HRD Advisory Group
 3:00 pm Break
 3:15 pm  Building Successful Relationships: Internal & External
Chris Pfaff, Knox County Development Corporation
 4:15 pm  Civil Discourse “Facilitating Community Discussions Around Difficult Topics
Wabash College Democracy and Public Discourse
 5:15 pm Break
 6:00 pm Group Dinner


 7:15 am  Breakfast
 8:00 am  Dynamic World of Economic Development: “This Ain’t Your Grandma’s E.D. Strategy”
Facilitator – Victoria Ross-Frost, IMPA
Mayor Todd D. Barton, City of Crawfordsville
Matt O'Rourke, American Structure Point
Mayor Scott Long, City of Wabash
Keith Gillenwater, Grow Wabash County
Scott Rudd, Broadband Consultant
Commissioner Tony London, Bartholomew County
 10:00 am  Break
 10:15 am  BR&E/ Business Attraction/Importance of Inventory Development “What it Means to be Prepared”
Jason Hester, Greater Columbus Indiana EDC
 12:30 pm  Lunch
 1:30 pm  RFI Best Practices | Creating a Memorable Site Visit
Claire Collett, Boone County Economic Development Corporation
Sarah Salisbury, IEDC
Leslie Wagner, Ginovus
 3:00 pm Break
 3:15 pm  Incentives & Tools Experiential Exercise
Heidi Amspaugh, Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors, LLC
Richard Starkey, Barnes & Thornburg
Brock Herr, IEDC
 5:30 pm  Break
 6:00 pm 

Group Dinner

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 7:15 am  Breakfast
 8:00 am  Innovation in Talent Attraction
Mayor Joshua Marsh, City of Greensburg
Bryan Robbins, EDC of Greensburg/Decatur County
Blaine Zimmerman, INVets
Heather Jackson, VisionThree
 9:00 am Quality of Life Infrastructure: Childcare – Working Models & Advocacy
Facilitator – Cheryl Morphew
Erin Emerson, Perry County
Brienne Hooker, Jasper County
Kelly Taylor, Montgomery County
 10:30 am  Break
 10:45 am  Effectively Telling Your Community’s Story 
Facilitator: Misty McCammack, Duke Energy
Heather Tallman, American Dairy Association Indiana Inc.
Stacie Marotta, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation
Misty Weisensteiner, Radius Indiana
 12:30 pm  Wrap-up

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