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2020 Annual Meeting


The 2020 NYSEDC Annual Meeting is going virtual!



Traditionally held in May, the NYSEDC Annual Meeting is hosted in Cooperstown, New York. This three-day program includes keynote speakers, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and the NYSEDC Awards Ceremony.  Due to the COVID-19, we are pleased to provide a digital alternative with speakers from around the country. 

September 1, 2020

10:00 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Ryan Silva, Executive Director, NYSED
NY Forward: How NYS Leaders Are Working Together To Build Back Stronger
Breakout Sessions
Breakout Sessions

The New Economy: How Entrepreneurship and Innovation Will Help Drive Our economy in a Post-Pandemic New York

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, communities from Buffalo to Brooklyn and everywhere in between were growing with investments in technology and the innovation economy. The next generation of work was being developed with co-working spaces, strategic partnerships, and startups finding the resources they needed to grow their businesses. Where do these efforts currently stand? How are the innovative economy leaders adapting to the new normal of remote working and virtual meetings?

Moderated by Everton Henriques, New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership(NY MEP) Solutions Director, FuzeHub

General Session

Equity and Inclusion: How Economic Developers Can Help Address Systemic Racism in Our Communities

The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated and exposed the inequities in our society. Numerous studies have shown that African American and Hispanic communities have experienced worse public health outcomes from COVID-19. Minority-owned businesses have had less access to economic recovery tools; many are in industries (service-based, retail, food, personal services, etc.) that do not have the ability to transition to a virtual format easily. Economic developers have a unique role and responsibility to address systemic racism by providing opportunities to all members of the community they serve. Hear from thought leaders from around the country about programs, policies, and initiatives economic developers should considering as they work to increase the quality of life for all communities.

Moderated by Sarah Lee, CEO, Think Dutchess

Sujata Chaudhry, Founder & CEO, Tangible Development, LLC
Alan Ferguson, Vice President, Invest Atlanta
Tracye McDaniel, President, Tip Strategies, Inc.
Rodrick Miller, President & CEO, Invest Puerto Rico (IPR)

September 2, 2020


Best Practices in COVID-19 Recovery Efforts From Around the Country

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched every corner of the country; urban, suburban, and rural communities have been impacted by the spread of this disease, forcing closures and slowing our national economies. States have been presented with challenges but also unique opportunities to lead, redefining and restarting their economies with creative programming, polices, and initiatives. Learn from the association leaders of California, Texas, and Florida how other large states are grappling with the new normal and adapting their economies.

Moderated by  Jeff Finkle, President, International Economic Development Council 

  • Beth Cicchetti, CEcD, Executive Director, Florida Economic Development Council
  • Carlton Schwab, President, Texas Economic Development Council
  • Gurbax Sahota, CEO, California Association for Local Economic Development
  • Ryan Silva, Executive Director, New York State Economic Development Council

Breakout Sessions
Breakout Sessions
Federal Government Resources and Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Closing Remarks


Registration for this two-day event is $195 for members and $295 for future members.

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