Conference Location

The Alexander, 333 Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Registration Fees

Member | $325 (Starting APR 3 $350)
Nonmember | $425 (Starting APR 3 $450)

Room Block

Rate $182 - Reserve by April 5



thursday, aPRIL 20

Workshop: Building an Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

9:00 am - 11:00 am 

Learn how to build a pipeline of entrepreneurs and how to support existing startups and underserved/rural founders in order to fuel the regional and state economy. Experts ranging from impact fund developers to entrepreneurs who have utilized regional resources will share their experiences and ways to implement this new wave of economic development strategies.
Tyler Mantel, Purdue Foundry
John McDonald, NEXT Studios
Blair Milo, Sagamore Institute
Matt Tyner, Elevate Ventures
Don Wettrick, STARTedUP Foundation

Additional fee of $40 to attend the workshop. 

12:00 PM

Registration Opens

12:20 PM


12:30 PM

Integrating Unique Cultures

1:30 PM

Networking Break

2:00 PM

IEDC Update - LEAP Districts

This session will provide a closer look at one of the IEDC’s newest programs, LEAP Districts. The presentation will cover the development of LEAP Lebanon and plans for the future of the program around the state.
Presented by: Brock Herr, Kurt Fullbeck

2:50 PM

Networking Break

3:15 PM

Each roundtable discussion will be led by a subject-matter expert at the IEDC. Attendees will be given the opportunity to engage directly with IEDC leadership about the topics in small group breakout session settings.
Business Development | Ann Lathrop
Workforce | Tony Denhart
Strategy & Policy | Mark Wasky

4:15 PM

Networking Break

4:35 PM

Breakouts Repeat

5:30 PM


Friday, April 21

7:30 AM


8:30 AM

Welcome and Legislative Update

9:35 AM

Networking Break

10:00 AM

Playing Nice - Building Healthy Partnerships between RDC and Schools
Each year, legislation is introduced in the Indiana General Assembly to ‘fix’ the problems with schools and tax increment finance. But what is the problem, really? This panel will explore the ways redevelopment commissions informally support school districts and some of the potential challenges in the school/TIF relationship.
Krista Linke, Franklin RDC
Tina Gross, Franklin Schools
Chad Kline, Wells County EDC
Moderator: Mayor Bill Dory , Greencastle 

11:05 AM

INvets: Indiana’s Workforce Recruitment Secret Weapon
Brian Evans

12:05 PM

End of Conference

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