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2023 NYSEDC Economic Development Conference

2023 NYSEDC Economic Development Conference

March 1 - 2, 2023
Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY


Full Conference Registration
Member Rate:                      $295.00 
Future Member Rate:     $395.00

One Day Registration
Member 1-Day Rate        $225.00
Future Member Rate:     $325.00

NYSEDC will issue a full refund for cancelations received prior to February 10, 2023.
After February 10, 2023 NO REFUND will be given.

Event Location + Hotel Information

Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY 12207
NYSEDC Rate - Starting at $179 per night - Room Block Expires 1.29.23

TO BOOK YOUR OVERNIGHT STAY - You will receive a link to the Room Block at Hilton Albany after completing your event registration. If you don't receive your registration receipt , please check your spam filter or junk mail or email Wa'Kena Jackson.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Wednesday, March 1

8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Registration  Sponsored by Phillips Lytle
Charging Station - Sponsored by NYPA 
WIFI - Sponsored by Corning Inc

8:00 am - 4:30 pm 

Headshot Station - Sponsored by National Grid

8:00 am - 9:00 am 

Breakfast  Sponsored by Bergmann Associates

9:00 am - 9:30 am 

Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Keynote Speaker 

  • Introduction -  Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany County Executive Dan McCoy

  • Opening remarks: Ryan Silva, Executive Director, New York State Economic Development

9:30 am - 10:30 am 

Morning Keynote Session

  • Legislative Update
  • Speakers - To Be Announced

10:30 am - 10:45 am 

Refreshment Break Sponsored by Utica IDA

10:45 am - 11:45 am 

10:45 am - 11:45 am 

Breakout Session - Sponsored by Mohawk Valley EDGE

PREPARE: TRACK SESSION - Site Development 101

Moderator: Steve DiMeo, President, Mohawk Valley Edge

10:45 am - 11:45 am 

Breakout Session - Sponsored by LaBella Associates 

 - How to Use Economic Development Tools to Grow Your Housing Stock

Moderator: Scott LaMountainProgram Director, CDBG Economic Development at NYS Homes and Community Renewal

  • Sarah Lee, Chief Executive Officer of Think Dutchess and Executive Director of the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency
  • Mark Masse, Senior VP, Operations at Genesee County Economic Development Center 
  • Peter Curry, Partner, Farrell Fritz, Attorneys

10:45 am - 11:45 am 

ATTRACT: TRACK SESSION - Marketing & Public Affairs: How to communicate, position your community, and engage community stakeholders to create successful outcomes.

Your organization's marketing and communications strategy is vital to getting the word out to internal and external stakeholders. What story are you telling  and how are you telling it? In this session, participants will learn about how to create a diverse marketing and public relations strategy that supports your economic development initiatives, builds stakeholder relationships, and delivers results. 

Moderator: To be announced

  • Josh Poupore, Senior Vice President, Corning Place Communications
  • Lisa Marrello, Esq., Partner and Managing Director, Park Strategies
  • Carm Basile, CEO, Capital District Transporation Authority

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm 

Lunch, Keynote Speaker, and Keynote Session  

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - To be announced

KEYNOTE SESSION - National Perspective - Economic Development Policy and Trends

  • Special Guest - To Be Announced

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 

Afternoon Breakout Sessions - Sponsored by The Agency 

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 

PREPARE: TRACK SESSION  - Clean Energy Economic Development

The global market for mass-manufactured clean energy technologies is projected to reach $650 billion annually by 2030. The enactment of the federal Inflation Reduction Act has set the stage for massive investments and job growth in US clean energy technology supply chains in the coming years. This panel session features business and economic development leaders at the forefront of these trends who will share insights and discuss the outlook and strategic investments to attract and grow clean energy supply chains in NY. 

Moderator: Kevin Hale, Director, Economic Development and Strategic Partnerships, NYSERDA

  • Sarah Salati, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, New York Power Authority
  • Kevin O'Connor, CEO of the Advance Albany County Alliance LDC 
  • Brenor Brophy, Vice President of Project Development, Plug Power, Inc.
  • Dave Whipple, Senior Director, Empire State Development

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 

GROW: TRACK SESSION  - How to create a DEI Plan and make an impact in you community

Moderator: Trish Wilson, Senior Program Manager for Economic Development, New York Power Authority

  • Jason Golub, Partner, True Search
  • Juanna Rodgers Senior Vice President of Racial Equity and Social Impact, Center State CEO
  • Tamika D Otis, KABOD Consulting Group LLC 

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 

ATTRACT: TRACK SESSION  - To be announced

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm 

Afternoon Refreshment Break -  Exhibition Space - Sponsored by C&S Companies

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm 

Afternoon Breakout Sessions - Sponsored by Farrell Fritz PC

PREPARE:  TRACK SESSION - IDA Best Practices: Using Data, Benefit Cost Analysis and Updating your UTEP To Maximize Economic Impact

Moderator: Rachel Baranello, Attorney, Harris Beach, PLLC

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm 

GROW:  TRACK SESSION - Empire State Development - Tools to Support Small Business, Technology Development & the Innovation Economy

Moderator: Alison Kabir, Vice President, Policy, Operations at Empire State Development

  • Liz LusskinExecutive Vice President Small Business and Technology Development, ESD
  • Paul Matrose, Senior Director of Tax Incentives, Empire State Development
  • Matt Watson, Senior Vice President, Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR)

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm 

ATTRACT:  TRACK SESSION - New York Loves Biotech - Opportunities for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Life Science Sector

Moderator: Mary Bartlett, NY Bio Association

  • Loretta Beine, Senior Director of Business Development, Empire State Development
  • Deborah Novick, Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Westchester County Economic Development
  • Clint Rubin, PhD, Director of the Center for Biotechnology and a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University
  • Michelle Lewis, PhD, Executive Director, Stack Family Center for Biopharmaceutical Education and Training (CBET)

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm 

Afternoon - Keynote Speaker

  • Hope Knight, President and CEO, Empire State Development

4:15 - 5:30 pm

General Session - Sponsored by Barclay Damon, LLP

Meet the Strategic Business Development Team at Empire State Development (ESD)

The Strategic Business Division at Empire State Development is the group of industry specialists that closely manages the State's relationship with key strategic clusters to encourage growth and attract investment and jobs from employers around the world. The strategic business division team has worked with local economic developers  to attract  new companies or help lead expansion efforts from companies such as Micron, Regeneron, Roche, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Dick’s Sporting Goods, American Express, GlobalFoundries, GE, Guardian Glass, and Nucor Steel. This session will introduce the entire Strategic Business Team and provide attendees the opportunity to learn about the strategic approach New York is taking to grow critical segments of our state economy.

Moderator: Jeff Janiszewski, Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Development 

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Networking Reception 

Sponsored by Harris Beach PLLC and Westchester County EDC

Thursday, March 2

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Registration Sponsored by Phillips Lytle
Charging Station - Sponsored by NYPA 
WIFI - Sponsored by Corning Inc

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Breakfast - Sponsored by Hudson Valley Community College

10:30 - 10:45 am

Refreshment Break - Exhibition Space - Sponsored by Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

9:30 - 10:30 am

Morning Plenary Session

Site Selectors Panel

New York State is always competing to attract the industries and the jobs of tomorrow. To remain competitive, we need to continue to invest in sites,  communities, people, and our workforce. Hear from industry leaders about what companies are looking for, which communities are landing new projects, and how communities are leveraging data to effectively promote the assets they have. 

Moderator:  Heather D. McDaniel, CEcD, AICP, EDFP, President at Ithaca Area Economic Development

  • Darin Buelow, Principal, Real Estate Strategy & Sustainability, Deloitte
  • Speakers To Be Announced

10:45 - 11:45 am

Morning Breakout Sessions 

10:45 - 11:45 am

PREPARE:  TRACK SESSION - Prevailing Wage Update

As part of the final 2020 budget passed in New York, a prevailing wage mandate would be applied to private funded projects that received 30% of the total construction project costs from public funding. The new law was set to take affect January 1, 2022. Hear from industry experts and state leaders updates on the implementation of the  law and the impact it will have on economic development efforts across New York State.

10:45 - 11:45 am

GROW:  TRACK SESSION - The State of New York State Workforce Development

  • Melinda MackExecutive Director at New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals
  • Amber Rangel, Vice President and Director, Workforce Development, Empire State Development 
  • Chris White, Deputy Commissioner for Workforce Development, NYS Department of Labor

10:45 - 11:45 am

ATTRACT:  TRACK SESSION - What to Expect When You're Expecting a Chip Fab - Exploring the Local, Regional, and Statewide Impact of Micron and other Semiconductor Projects

Moderator: Honora Spillane, Vice President of Economic Development, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity

12:00 pm

Lunch and Keynote Session  - Sponsored by NYSEG | RGE

Next Steps for the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA)

The Climate Action Council (CAC), responsible for developing a scoping plan to reduce New York's greenhouse gas emissions, voted in December 2022 to approve the plan, which requires reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050 from 1990 levels. As the next steps and regulatory process begins, hear from agency leaders who will be involved in crafting regulations and making investments in clean energy projects and how it will impact economic development across New York State.

Moderator: Matt Hamilton, Vice President, Marathon Strategies

  • Doreen HarrisPresident and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) 
  • Basil SeggosCommissioner,  NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 

1:00 pm

Conference Closes

Thank You to Our Sponsors!