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Economic Development Conference

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Economic Development Conference

The Southern University Law Center and the Southern University A&M College of Business are co-hosting the University Center for Economic Development‘s annual conference on from Thursday, June 15 through Saturday, June 17, 2017. This year’s conference is titled: Advancing Economic and Entrepreneurial Development in Disaster Recovery:  the Role of Talent, Innovation and Place in Building Community Resiliency.

The gathering will focus on the issues associated with the Louisiana Great Flood of 2016 and how leaders from various walks of life are addressing the complex economic and social issues including community leadership, regional economic growth and development, human capital development, small business formation, revitalizing rural and inner-city neighborhood business districts, poverty reduction, and other developmental issues resulting from this disaster.

Featured speakers for the conference include Mr. Scott Burgess, Federal Disaster Recovery Officer with FEMA; Mr. David Dodd, EDA, Economic Recovery Support Function; Ambassador James A. Joseph, former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa and Chairman of the Board, Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation during Hurricane Katrina; Dr. Ralph Christy, Professor of Emerging Markets and Director of the International Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development at Cornell University; Lt. General Russel Honore’ (Retired) Emergency Preparedness Expert; and Ms. Madhu Beriwal, President and CEO IEM.

Topics to be addressed at the conference include: (1) Louisiana Flood Disasters Status Update on Flood Recovery Efforts for Louisiana; (2) the Role of Philanthropy in Leadership Development: What can be done to enhance Strategic Investment for Disaster Recovery in Building Resilient Communities: Lessons from Katrina and the 2016 Great Baton Rouge Flood and (3) Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Disaster Recovery. The target audience consists of business and community economic development professionals, business owners, small business development professionals, government officials, chamber of commerce professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, faculty, students and anyone else who is interested in learning more about leadership and business opportunities in disaster recovery.

The event starts on Thursday June 15 at 5:30 pm with a session at the Southern University Law Center on the Role of Health Care in Economic Development in Room 130, followed by a welcome reception also at the Southern University Law Center, A. A. Lenoir Hall Atrium, Roosevelt Steptoe Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70813 at 7:00 pm– 8:30 pm. The program begins with a continental breakfast at 7:45 am on Friday, June 16 and goes from 8:00 a.m. until 3:15 pm on June 17.  For information and updates please, go to www.subruniversitycenter.org or call 225-921-3890 (C) or 225-771-5954 (O). The parking permit is on the website so please download and place on your dash so that it can be seen. A map of the locations for the conference is also on the website. The Business School and the Law Center share a common parking lot.

You can register for the conference by clicking here. The conference program can be viewed here. For more information or if you have any questions, please call 225-921-3890 or email here.