Conference Agenda

2016 Regional Economic Forecast & Innovation Expo Agenda

Expo hall showcasing regional innovative companies and educators is open throughout the day

7:45 a.m.     Registration and Networking, Expo Hall Open, & Breakfast

8:30 a.m.    Welcome & Convene
Reid Bates, Express Employment Professionals, Thurston EDC Board Chair

8:45 a.m.     Setting the Stage for Innovation
Dr. Alex Apostle, Mason County Superintendent of Public Schools

9:00 a.m.     Regional Economic Vitality Index Panel
Facilitated by Jeff Rounce, CEO, Business Examiner

  • Michael Cade, Thurston EDC
  • Jim Sayce, Pacific County EDC
  • Lynn Longan, EDC of Mason County
  • Dru Garson, Greater Grays Harbor Inc.
  • Matt Matayoshi, Lewis County EDC

9:50 a.m.   Break/Exhibitor Demonstration in Expo Hall

10:15 a.m.   Breakout Session 1 (Concurrent Sessions)

  • Marijuana Revenue Discussion
  • Hiring/Workforce Reintegration of Displaced Workers
  • Cross Laminated Timber Panel: Innovative Approach on Wood Products Manufacturing

11:05 a.m.   Breakout Session 2 (Concurrent Sessions)

  • Innovation in IT: “Beating the Hackers and Phishers”
  • STEAM Initiatives in Higher Education
  • Innovation in Manufacturing

11:50 a.m.     Break/Exhibitor Demonstration Expo Hall

12:15 p.m.      Lunch is served

12:20 p.m.     Presenting Sponsor Message: TwinStar Credit Union

12:25 p.m.     PacMtn & Nancie Payne Workplace Excellence Award
Cheryl Fambles, CEO, PacMtn

12:30 p.m.     South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC)
Dr. Timothy Stokes, President, SPSCC

1:00 p.m.       Keynote Address: Economic Forecast
Dr. Bill Conerly, Conerly Consulting

1:45 p.m.       Closing Remarks

2:15 p.m.       Conference Prize Winners Announced

2:30 p.m.      Expo Hall Closes