On July 31 – August 3, over 250 attendees participated in Create | Challenge | Change, a conference for economic development stakeholders in the EDA Denver Region that included best practice sessions, peer networking, mobile workshops, and professional development training. Participants included staff of Economic Development Districts, University Centers, RLFs, Tribal Planning Grantees, Regional Councils, Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers, and other regional development stakeholders.
Highlights from the conference included a host of breakout sessions on topics such as promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, utilizing data sources, supporting RLFs, improving grants management, aligning strategic plans, grants management, and much more. Plenary sessions brought forth inspiring remarks from Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams (https://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/about/leadership NULL.htm) and Jim Deters, founder of Galvanize (http://www NULL.galvanize NULL.com/), an education company and innovation hub based in Denver. The conference also included a special University Center Showcase for staff from the UCs serving in the 10-state region to share their programs, services, and vision.
Presentation materials are now available from the conference by clicking here. Check out photos and other content on Twitter at #EDCDenver2016 (https://twitter NULL.com/hashtag/EDCDenver2016?src=hash) and click here to view the conference program.
This conference was offered by the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District (http://www NULL.nenedd NULL.org/), with planning assistance by the NADO Research Foundation (http://www NULL.nado NULL.org/) and with support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/) Denver Regional Office