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International Economic Development Council’s Leadership Summit Selected Palm Beach County

/ February 2, 2015

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  • West Palm Beach, FL – The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County was instrumental in attracting the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) annual Leadership Summit to Palm Beach County.  The summit took place January 25-27, 2015, at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

    The 2015 Leadership Summit brings together leaders from around the world to explore the role and responsibility of economic developers and organizations in channeling new ideas, markets, and products into their “gateways” to increase local, regional, national and global economic growth in today’s competitive marketplace.

    IEDC’s 2015 Leadership Summit will highlight the South Florida region’s physical and intellectual infrastructure. Attendees will see examples of what is happening at the local level and how these successes can be replicated in their communities. Whether it’s the physical infrastructure of shipping ports, airports, highways, and rail services, or the intellectual infrastructure of universities and research facilities, Palm Beach County will show you what it takes to maintain a competitive edge in today’s world.

    Featured keynote speakers include:

• Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC
• The Honorable Gray Swoope, President & CEO, Enterprise Florida, Inc., Florida Secretary of Commerce,
Tallahassee, FL
• Dr. Parminder K. Jassal, Executive Director, ACT Foundation, Austin, TX
• Bill Johnson, Director, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, Miami, FL and former chair of the Florida
Ports Council
• Penny Shaffer, Ph.D., Market President, South Florida, Florida Blue, Miami, FL
• Eric Silagy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), Juno Beach, FL

Participants will also explore the 2015 Leadership Summit theme in breakout sessions including:

• Exploring the Impacts of a Virtual Workforce
• Micropreneurs and Microbusinesses: The Oft Forgotten Job Creators
• Local Food Movements and Fresh Opportunities for Local Entrepreneurs
• Economic Developers as Change Agents: Meeting the Evolving Needs of Communities
• Addressing the Shifts in the Energy Landscape
• Income Inequality and Economic Mobility: What is the role of the Economic Developer?

About the International Economic Development Council: The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,400 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.

About the BDB: The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County is the official public/private economic development organization for Palm Beach County and Enterprise Florida.  Founded in 1982 as a not-for-profit corporation, our primary purpose is to attract and retain new industry, business investment, high quality jobs and workforce development through corporate relocations, expansions and international trade. During the past five years, the BDB has assisted companies that have created more than 12,650 direct jobs with average salaries greater than $62,900, resulting in more than $615 million in capital investment to Palm Beach

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