July 18–21, 2017 | Annapolis, MD


The 2017 Institute for Governors’ Economic Policy Advisors allowed governors’ top economic development staff to network, learn from each other, and hear from experts who follow economic development trends across the states. The discussion topics included: entrepreneurship; model capital access programs for small business; venture capital in states; technology commercialization support; evidence-based economic development; creative economy impact; rural economic development; community development; building state talent pipelines; and the evolving nature of work.
 

Agenda

Resource List

Presentations

July 19, 2017

Evidence-Based Economic Development

Moderator:

  • Michelle Sager, director, Economic Opportunity Division, NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center)

Speakers:

  • Maryann Feldman, distinguished professor, University of North Carolina
  • Jeff Chapman, director, Economic Development, The Pew Charitable Trusts
     

The Creative Economy: An Untapped Sector

Moderator:

  • Mike Bartlett, policy analyst, Economic Opportunity Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Laura Scanlan, state and regional director, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Kelly Barsdate, chief program and planning officer, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
  • Steven Skerritt-Davis, program director, Arts and Entertainment Districts, Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Georja Skinner, division chief for creative industries, Hawaii Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism
     

July 20, 2017

Reversing the Decline in Business Creation

Facilitators:

  • Jason Wiens, policy director, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Jodi Engelberg, lead facilitator, The Value Web
  • Caroline Burke, knowledge worker, The Value Web
  • Leah Silverman, graphic recorder, The Value Web
     

Lessons Learned from State Venture Capital Initiatives

Moderator:

  • Sally Rood, senior policy analyst, Economic Opportunity Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Eric Cromwell, president and chief executive officer, Cromwell Schmisseur, LLC
  • Michele O’Connor, investment manager, West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust
  • Rex Smitherman, vice president for operations, i2E, Oklahoma
     

The Administration’s Rural Development Initiative

Introduction:

  • Michelle Sager, director, Economic Opportunity Division, NGA Center

Lunch Keynote Speaker:

  • Anne Hazlett, assistant to the secretary for rural development, U.S. Department of Agriculture
     

Concurrent Session: Galvanizing Rural America

Moderator:

  • Sally Rood, senior policy analyst, Economic Opportunity Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Yvonne Sparks, assistant vice president, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank
  • John Lettieri, senior director for policy and strategy, Economic Innovation Group
  • Amy New, assistant commissioner for rural development, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Aimee Edwards, communications director, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development
     

Concurrent Session: Strong Communities, Strong Economies

Moderator:

  • Steve Harrington, policy analyst, Economic Opportunity Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Steve Glickman, executive director, Economic Innovation Group
  • Kyle R. Williams, director for financial and housing policy, Washington Bureau, National Urban League
     

Redefining Jobs: The Evolving Nature of Work

Moderator:

  • Martin Simon, associate director, Economic Opportunity Division, NGA Center

Speaker:

  • Harry Holzer, nonresident senior fellow in economic studies, Brookings Institution; LaFarge SJ professor, Georgetown University
     

Evolving Your State’s Science Enterprise into Marketplace Successes

Moderator:

  • Sally Rood, senior policy analyst, Economic Opportunity Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Barry Johnson, director, Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, National Science Foundation
  • Andrea Belz, vice dean for technology innovation and entrepreneurship, University of Southern California
  • Jonathan Goldman, principal, Georgia Tech VentureLab
     

July 21, 2017

Trends in Entrepreneurial Development

Introduction:

  • Michelle Sager, director, Economic Opportunity Division, NGA Center

Speaker:

  • Allen Gutierrez, associate administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Small Business Administration
     

Strengthening Small Businesses: Lessons Learned from Treasury’s State Small Business Credit Initiative

Moderator:

  • Sally Rood, senior policy analyst, Economic Opportunity Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Jeff Stout, director, State Small Business Credit Initiative, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Nancee Trombley, chief deputy executive director, iBank, California
  • Chris Cook, director of capital access, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Bob Isaacson, executive director, Business Finance Office, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
     

Building Talent Pipelines: Connecting Education, Workforce, and Economic Development

Moderator:

  • Martin Simon, associate director, Economic Opportunity Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Creamer, vice president, Community College Workforce Alliance
  • Charlene Dukes, president, Prince George’s Community College, Maryland
     

Closing Remarks

  • Michelle Sager, director, Economic Opportunity Division, NGA Center