Conference Agenda

2017 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
Perry Shea, SCJ Alliance, Thurston EDC Board President

8:40 a.m.     Emerging Opportunities in Social Entrepreneurship

Olowo-n’djo Tchala-Alaffia

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
  • 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)

  • Workforce Development-Sytease Geib, Thurston Chamber of Commerce
  • 3D Printing-Renee Gillard & Dr. Paul Tinari, Joom 3D
  • Global Innovation & Its Impact Upon a Local Economy-Mica Zuniga, Xenon Arc


11:05a.m. 10 minute break


11:15 a.m.   Breakout Session 2 (Concurrent Sessions)

  • Innovative Policy Approached to Rural Economic Development-Mike Ennes, AWB
  • Food Tourism-Shauna Stewart & Shina Wysocki
  • Regional Housing Demand-Brandon Johnson, SCJ


12:05 p.m.     Break/Exhibitor Demonstration Expo Hall


12:30 p.m.      Lunch is served

12:45 p.m.     Presenting Sponsor Message: TwinStar Credit Union

12:50 p.m.     Off-Planet Research presentatio

1:05 p.m.     Keynote Address: Economic Forecast
Dr. Bill Conerly, Conerly Consulting

2:00 p.m.       Nancie Payne Workplace Excellence Award

Cheryl Fambles, PacMtn

2:10 p.m.       Closing Remarks

2:15 p.m.       Conference Prize Winners Announced

2:30 p.m.      Expo Hall Closes