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National and Regional Speakers to Headline Radius Indiana's Economic Development Course

2/2/2017 12:00:00 AM

BEDFORD, Ind. (Jan. 26, 2017) - Radius Indiana released the list of speakers for its first regional economic development conference for community leaders coming to the French Lick Springs Resort in March 2017.

Speakers include site selection professionals, economic development experts and marketing consultants from national and regional organizations.

Keynote speaker Larry Gigerich from national site selection firm Ginovus will lead two sessions during the conference. During his "Business attraction" session, Gigerich will share his perspective regarding the most effective ways to attract new companies to an area and how corporate decision makers and site selection consultants evaluate an area and key decision-making criteria. For the "Marketing to Consultants" session he will share data regarding the number of projects managed by site selection firms as compared to companies conducting projects on their own. In addition, Gigerich will discuss what is effective and what fails when marketing to site selectors. 

"I am delighted to spend time in the Radius region to share my experience from a site selector perspective," said Gigerich. "I will share the importance of leveraging regional assets and industry clusters to help highlight the best attributes for a region and share insight on how site selectors weigh information during the selection process."

Other speakers and sessions include: Introduction to Economic Development with Jim Plump, Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation; Real Estate/Site Development with Chelsey Manns, Manns Consulting; Business Retention and Expansion with Jason Hester, Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation; Abatement/TIF/Incentives with Matt Eckerle, Umbaugh and Associates; and Entrepreneurship with Steve Bryant, Ivy Tech.

"We excited to bring together this group of speakers to share their expertise with our region. This is a new educational experience for our community leaders, and I believe the information will be invaluable to helping them enhance their economic development knowledge and support for their own communities' efforts in the field," said Radius Indiana President and CEO Jeff Quyle.

Radius Indiana's vision is to help communities grow strong, working groups of local leaders versed in economic development who can affect policies and strategies for intentional business growth and skills-driven workforce development.

Registration for the Radius Indiana Economic Development for Community Leadership Program, which takes place March 28, 29 and 30, is available at www.radiusindiana.com under the News Center tab. Registration for leaders in the Radius eight-county region is $400, and $475 for those who live outside the region.

Radius also plans to make several scholarships available from its own office as well as area utilities and banks. Local Economic Development Organizations and those interested in attending are encouraged to contact the Radius Indiana office to learn more about scholarship opportunities in their area.

ABOUT RADIUS INDIANA: Radius Indiana is a regional economic development partnership representing eight counties in Southern Indiana: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, and Washington. Formed in 2009, Radius Indiana also serves as a point of contact in Indiana for Naval Support Activity Crane and leads regional collaboration by leveraging the diverse assets of the region to drive attraction, retention and expansion of business, thereby increasing employment and investment opportunities and quality of life within the region.


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