Community and Economic Development Workshop

Join us for our Annual Spring Workshop! This year, we’re putting the spotlight on Community and Economic Development. Seating is limited to 150 total so please register below in advance to secure your seat!

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The Plenary Session is Unpacking Amazon: Why the Capital Region had a compelling case for HQ2 and what we’ve learned. We’re pleased to welcome Andrew Kennedy from CEG and Mark Castiglione from CDRPC to lead this discussion.

The remainder of the day will include two concurrent sessions with a variety of topics for elected officials, planning board and zoning board of appeals members, community and economic development professionals, and grant writers/administrators.

Workshop Agenda

9:00am – Registration Opens, Coffee Social

10:00am – Welcome and Plenary

Unpacking Amazon: Why the Capital Region had a compelling case for HQ2 and what we’ve learned.
Overview: The Capital Region has the elements for success. At the same time, it is sometimes its own worst enemy. Low regional self-esteem doesn’t have to be the norm. In developing the region’s pitch for Amazon HQ2, CEG outlined WHY the Capital Region should be a national, and global competitor, for big opportunities. Andrew Kennedy will unpack what CEG sent to Amazon, especially the things that make our region attractive to outsiders. He will also offer insight on how we can use the Amazon HQ2 experience for future opportunities.

Andrew Kennedy, CEG
Mark Castiglione, CDRPC

11:30am – Concurrent Session #1

Anatomy of the Deal: Understand the timelines that today’s economic development projects operate on, how sharing too much and too soon can impact a project, and critical ethical considerations. Our panel will give us the “outsiders” inside perspective.

Marty Vanags, Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership
Chris Steele, COO & President North America, Investment Consulting Associates
Chris Volney, Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank

Proactive Planning for Economic Development – Albany and Stillwater: Hear about the City of Albany Technical Review Program and how it’s process has improved the project review process without compromising the community’s goals and objectives and how the Town of Stillwater went from a very part-time planning function to a full-time planning department and the benefits that it has realized.

Chris Spencer and Brad Glass, City of Albany
Lindsay Zepko, Town of Stillwater

Formed-Based Zoning:  New York State Department of State, Division of Local Government Services

Preparing a “Funding Quilt.” A How-To Guide for Project Implementation: Experts will demystify the grant process, showing how to build a funding plan for their community for greater success both in the annual Consolidated Funding Application process, as well as in other funding initiatives on the state and federal level.

Ben Syden and Nicole Allen, Laberge Group

12:30pm – Lunch

1:30pm – Concurrent Session #2

Power and Rail: Just because you see power lines and rail in your community doesn’t mean you have what a business needs to locate in your town. Utility experts will help you make sense of your community’s critical infrastructure for economic development. What does your community need to have rail access? How long does it take to get more power if you’re running out?

Joe Russo and Katie Newcombe, National Grid
Railroad Industry Representative (INVITED)

Proformas for Planners: Planners, planning board members, and zoning board of appeals members are sometimes expected to consider a project and its financial feasibility. Proformas prepared by applicants are often the primary source for that information. However, not all planners have the education or experience that prepares them to comfortably review them.

R. Michael N’dolo, Camoin Associates
Kimberly Baptiste, Bergmann

Site Plan Review:  New York State Department of State, Division of Local Government Services

Why didn’t my project win? After all of you hard work, you finally get the decision you’ve been waiting for. Unfortunately, it’s not the one you hoped for. Hear from grant professionals about why some proposals don’t make the final cut. Get insight on what you may want to do the next time and where to find that information.

Mike Yevoli and Arnie Will, Empire State Development
Ed Hummel, US Economic Development Administration

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