Conference Schedule

Day 1
Monday, September 11, 2017

Pre-Conference Workshop

Space is limited. Register Early!

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Fundamentals of Economic Development 3.0

Location – UNLV Student Union, 2nd Floor, Ballroom

This workshop will introduce attendees to a variety of topics including related to Economic Development including:

1.  How to development a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and funding a strategic economic development through cost and risk reduction strategies, investment programs, loan packaging, direct lending and investing, technical assistance, and Economically Targeted Investments (EITS)
2.  Developing a public-private partnership:
3.  Performing community and economic analysis, and
4.  Assessing a community’s economic base.

Space is limited. Register Early!

Programs and speakers subject to change.

Day 2
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Conference Registration

Conference Registration Opens

Location – UNLV Student Union, 2nd Floor

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open – Continental Breakfast

Continental Breakfast available first come first serve! Open at 7:00 am.

Location – Exhibit Hall, UNLV Student Union, 2nd Floor, Rm 208

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Opening General Session & Keynote Speakers - Dr. Len Jessup & Kerry Bubolz

Opening General Session

Locaton- Ballroom, UNLV Student Union, 2nd Floor

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Len Jessup and Kerry Bubolz

Dr. Len Jessup – University of Nevada, Las Vegas, President

Topic: The Renaissance of UNLV

Dr. Len Jessup joined UNLV as its 10th president in January 2015. An accomplished leader in higher education, Jessup brings experience as a university professor, administrator, entrepreneur and fundraiser. He will lead UNLV on its path to become a high-performing, community-engaged Tier One research university. Among his top priorities is the development of the UNLV School of Medicine.

Like many of UNLV’s students, Jessup was the first in his family to graduate from college. This experience informs his understanding of the crucial role universities play in transforming families and communities, and it has been a motivating factor in his career in higher education leadership.

Kerry Bubolz – Vegas Golden Knights, President

Kerry Bubolz joined the Vegas Golden Knights as the franchise’s President on November 1, 2016. In this role, Bubolz will oversee all of the business ventures for Las Vegas’ first major league professional sports franchise.

Bubolz joined the Golden Knights after spending 13 years with the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization. Since 2013, Bubolz was the franchise’s president of business operations, where he was responsible for the oversight of ticket and suite sales; corporate sponsorship revenue; broadcasting, marketing and communications; fan and community engagement; digital and social engagement; and box office operations. Bubolz also served as president and alternate governor for all franchise property teams owned by the Cavaliers Operating Company, including the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL), the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League and the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League.

10:15 am – 2:00 pm

Energy Tour: Apex Industrial and Generation Tour*

Pick up location- Meet in front of Student Union East Entrance

The Apex Industrial Center is one of the largest industrial sites in the west, this site is located in one of the strongest energy hubs in the region and is the home of three efficient natural gas generation facilities, an ever growing number of large scale utility solar plants and numerous industrial and manufacturing facilities. The Tour will include a walking tour of NV Energy’s Silver Hawk generation facility, and a bus tour of the park where participants will see and be updated on the numerous projects that are planned for the park, including Hyper Loop.  A box lunch will be included.

*Separate Ticketed Event

Programs and speakers subject to change.

10:30 am – 11:45 am

Concurrent Sessions

Agribusiness: Meeting the Global Food Needs
Economic Development: Entrepreneurship Technology & the University Connection
Energy: Embracing Next Generation Policies to Secure a Clean Energy Future
Infrastructure Transportation: The Silicon Valley of Water – Innovation in the Desert
Manufacturing: Tools of the Trade – Growing & Retaining Manufacturing in Your Community
Tourism/Gaming: Placebased Marketing
Workforce Development: The Future Workforce – Will Robots & Drones Replace Humans?

Programs and speakers subject to change.

12 noon – 2:00 pm

Lunch - Awards Presentations & Keynote Speaker - Kim Lear

Lunch and Awards Presentation

Location-Ballroom, UNLV Student Union, 2nd Floor

Keynote Speaker: Kim Lear

Topic: The Age of the Multigenerational Workforce

Kim Lear is a speaker, writer, strategist, and researcher who explores how emerging trends impact the future of our workforce and marketplace. For the past four years, she has worked with a research and consulting firm studying Millennial trends and generational dynamics. Now, as the founder and content director of Inlay Insights, Kim is at the forefront of cutting edge research to uncover cultural shifts that revolutionize how organizations engage employees and consumers. She is known for her ability to use a mix of data, storytelling, humor and actionable takeaways to discuss the trends that most impact the bottom line of organizations.

Programs and speakers subject to change.

2:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Tours

Pick up location- Meet in front of Student Union East Entrance

1. Henderson Booze District*

Craft spirits is an emerging niche in the manufacturing sector. The industry presents potential opportunities for small business and economic development throughout the state. Learn about the emergence of the “Booze District” in Henderson, featuring Grape Expectations, Las Vegas Distillery, and Crafthaus Brewery. Leaders of these organizations will share the challenges and opportunities they faced from start up to first pour. Their insights will help your community better serve and assist in growing this niche sector. Discussion includes how these companies navigated the operating environment from legislation, distribution regulations, zoning, financing and sourcing agricultural commodities from Nevada’s rural communities to make “Nevada made” spirits.

2. Brownfields Bloom into Community Success*

Participants will tour successful redevelopment projects in the Las Vegas Valley where Brownfields resources have helped to fill in funding gaps to complete these sites into economic success stories for their respective communities. Sites selected for this tour include Cornerstones Park, once a sand and gravel pit – City of Henderson; Symphony Park, formerly the abandoned Union Pacific Railroad yards – City of Las Vegas. Other sites, time permitting include, Henderson’s Water Street Downtown Redevelopment Project and Maryland Parkway Corridor Redevelopment Project. Speakers will be presenting while traveling to and from the sites as well as during the site visits.

3. Nevada Energy: Apex Industrial and Generation Tour*

Note: This tour begins at 10:15 am and will return 2:00 pm.

The Apex Industrial Center is one of the largest industrial sites in the west, this site is located in one of the strongest energy hubs in the region and is the home of three efficient natural gas generation facilities, an ever growing number of large scale utility solar plants and numerous industrial and manufacturing facilities. The Tour will include a walking tour of NV Energy’s Silver Hawk generation facility, and a bus tour of the park where participants will see and be updated on the numerous projects that are planned for the park, including Hyper Loop and the Faraday Futures project. A box lunch will be included.

4. History of Las Vegas Tourism*

Start at UNLV with an overview from Las Vegas Historian Michael Green, proceed to the Atomic Museum for a tour and overview of a major event in the city’s history, learn first-hand of how Las Vegas came to be and how tourism impacted and shaped the city and state at the Nevada State Museum, delve into the cases of organized crime that put Las Vegas on the map at the Mob Museum and conclude at the Neon Museum visually experiencing Las Vegas’ rich history through the vibrant signage and marquees that once lit the Strip. *May require entrance fees.

*Separate Ticketed Event

Programs and speakers subject to change.

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Concurrent Session 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Agribusiness: Commodity Agriculture: Commodity Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges for the Future
Economic Development: Envisioning the Future: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies
Energy: Nevada’s Energy Products
Infrastructure Transportation: NV Electric Highway
Manufacturing: Makespaces to Makers
Tourism/Gaming: Tourism as Economic Development
Workforce Development: Tech Talent-Innovative Business Models to Address Workforce Needs in a New Market

Programs and speakers subject to change.

4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Welcome Reception, Open to all in attendance

Welcome Reception

Exhibit Hall, UNLV Student Union, 2nd Floor, Rm 208

Day 3
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Conference Registration

Conference Registration Opens

Location-UNLV Student Union Student Union, 2nd Floor

7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open – Continental Breakfast

Continental Breakfast available first come first serve! Open at 7:00 am.

Location-Exhibit Hall, UNLV Student Union, 2nd Floor, Rm 208

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Opening General Session & Keynote Speaker - Jim Carroll

Opening General Session

Location-Ballroom, UNLV Student Union, 2nd Floor

Keynote Speaker: Jim Carrol

Topic: The Jetsons Arrive 50 Years Early: What Are the Economic Development Implications?

George Jetson lived in the future, but the future is here now! Take a voyage with Futurist Jim Carroll into the world of tomorrow, today, as he outlines the key trends, technologies, ideas and initiatives that are transforming our world around us at hypersonic speed. A world in which the medical tri-corder of the 23rd century is available today, the idea of Rosie the Robot is no longer a figment of our imagination but an emerging reality, and the flying car of the future will quickly morph into reality from today’s fast moving drone industry. In just a few short years, it will be the year 2025, and the world of tomorrow will be your reality of today. Are you ready for what comes next?

And most important, what are the implications for the economies of Nevada and the region? What do those involved in growing a business, preparing a workforce, and developing new economies need to do to align their actions, communities and government to the fast paced trends of the 21st century?

Programs and speakers subject to change.

10:15 am – 11:30 am

Concurrent Sessions

Agribusiness: Big Trends In Agriculture. What Will the World’s Oldest Profession Look Like in 2025?
Economic Development: UAS Drones
Energy: The Economics of Energy Efficiency and Supporting Programs
Infrastructure Transportation: Making the Market Move
Manufacturing: Winning Big in Manufacturing Business Attraction
Tourism/Gaming: Growing Through Gaming
Workforce Development:Employer Driven Training Models in Cybersecurity

Programs and speakers subject to change.

12 noon – 1:45 pm

Lunch and Keynote Speaker - Brett Kelsey

Lunch

Location-Ballroom, UNLV Student Union, 2nd Floor

Keynote Speaker: Brett Kelsey, Vice President & Chief Technology Strategist for the Americas for McAfee

Topic: Cyber Security Trends & Innovations 2.0

Brett Kelsey is the Vice President & Chief Technology Strategist for the Americas for McAfee. In this role, he has leveraged his business and practice development, technical expertise and innovative thought leadership to evangelize McAfee’s go-to-market strategy across key customer segments in the Americas. In addition, he drives strategic customer engagements and provides customer input back to product engineering to help shape the direction of McAfee’s technology.

Mr. Kelsey is a well-respected executive in the information security field with a successful career spanning more than 25 years. An internationally recognized expert, he is renowned for his exceptional ability to conceptualize, develop, and implement technology strategies for government and private sector clients across the healthcare, financial, education, telecommunications and power industries. He offers in-depth knowledge of information security practices, including complying with state, federal, and industry regulations, standards, and laws.

Additionally, he has served as Chief Security Officer in several government departments and financial organizations. While serving as CSO, he led the corporate security program, which is focused on ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of critical information and computing assets, as well as managing risk to enable positive growth for the company’s business. Brett also oversaw security in development practices, research in critical infrastructure assurance, electronic discovery, physical security and Internet security research.
Programs and speakers subject to change.

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Agribusiness: Nevada’s Craft Beer Culture: Driving Business Opportunities from Agribusiness to Urban Renewal
Economic Development:  Water Resources in Nevada: The Capacity for Economic Expansion
Energy:  Energy Policy in Nevada
Infrastructure Transportation:
 Brownfields Grants: Growing Fertile Opportunities on Barren Lands
Manufacturing: Nevada’s Industrial Development Update & Analysis
Tourism/Gaming: Las Vegas Smart: Becoming The Intellectual Gaming Capital of the World
Workforce Development: Responding to the Need for Trained Workers

Programs and speakers subject to change.

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