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Growing the Triangle Economy - October Program (10.11.16)

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Come join the SMPS Research Triangle Chapter for an economic panel on October 11th at the PNC Arena. Jane Brasier, Director of Business Development, Branch Highways will moderate a panel consisting of four esteemed economic specialists in the Triangle area and their perspectives on the economy from a local, regional, and state level. James Sauls, Economic Development Manager, Raleigh Economic Development Office Dr. Michael Walden, Distinguished Professor and Extension Economist, NCSU Ted Conner, Senior Vice President, Durham 2.0 Jeff DeBellis, Director of Economic & Policy Analysis, North Carolina Department of Commerce Jane will guide the panelists in a discussion on how the economy has impacted each of their climates in recent months, what the current state of the economy in North Carolina is today, and what the A/E/C industry can expect to see in the near future. Moderator: Jane Brasier, Director of Business Development Branch Highways Jane Brasier has spent her professional career working in the A/E/C industry here in the Triangle area, where she has been responsible for all aspects of marketing as well as business development with well-known companies, including O’Brien/Atkins, McAdams and  S&ME……. all firms she helped to position and grow their footprint in the Triangle area.  She now serves as Director of Business Development for the Carolinas with Branch Highways of Roanoke, Virginia, a company of the nationally ranked Branch Group.  She is branding and positioning Branch Highways to pursue private sector site construction projects.  Jane has been a long-standing member of the SMPS Triangle chapter and has served in many leadership positions, including program and membership chair as well as president.  Her ability to network, ask the right questions and learn about projects before they become public knowledge has positioned her as a leader in our industry. She earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University and a master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.  She is married to Chris Brasier, architect with Clark Nexsen and they have two children – Ashley, who is enrolled in Stanford’s MBA program and Chris Jr.,  who is a senior at NC State University in civil engineering. Panelists: James Sauls, Economic Development Manager City of Raleigh James Sauls is the manager of the City of Raleigh’s Office of Economic Development. He and his team are responsible for business recruitment, business retention, marketing, public relations and real estate disposition and development within the City. In addition, he manages all aspects of economic development activities with internal and external entities. He has worked in both the public and private sector doing economic development for the past 10 years in Raleigh and Wake County. James is a native North Carolinian and a graduate of North Carolina State University. He lives in Fuquay-Varina with his wife Sandra and their two daughters Abigayle and Delaney.   Dr. Michael Walden, Distinguished Professor and Extension Economist North Carolina State University Dr. Michael L. Walden is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Extension Economist at North Carolina State University and a member of the Graduate Economics faculty with The Poole College of Management.   His Ph.D. degree is from Cornell University and he has been at N.C. State since 1978.   He has also been a Visiting Professor at Duke University.   He also serves as a member of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Board of Economic Advisors. Dr. Walden has teaching, research, and extension responsibilities at NCSU in the areas of consumer economics, economic outlook, and public policy.   He has published eight books and over 250 articles and reports, including the book North Carolina in the Connected Age, published by the UNC Press.   He has served on several local and state level commissions. With his wife, he is the co-author of three “economic thrillers”, Macro Mayhem, Micro Mischief, and Fiscal Fiasco, designed to teach economics in an entertaining way. Dr. Walden can be frequently seen, heard, and read in the media.   He has daily radio programs aired on stations around North Carolina for which he has won two national awards.   He is often interviewed on local TV and radio news broadcasts, has appeared on NBC, CBS, The Fox Report, and the Newshour With Jim Lehrer, and is frequently quoted in such newspapers as USA Today, The News and Observer, The Charlotte Observer, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.   His biweekly column, You Decide, is carried by over forty newspapers in the state.   He has made over 2500 personal presentations. Dr. Walden directs the semiannual economic forecast, The North Carolina Economic Outlook.   He has won numerous academic and public awards, including two Champion-Tuck Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting, the UNC Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service in 2010, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2013, and the Holladay Medal for Excellence from North Carolina State University in 2014.                     Ted Conner, Senior Vice President, Economic Development & Community Sustainability Durham 2.0 Ted joined the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce staff in 1990 as Vice President of Business Development.  In 1998, he was promoted to the position of Vice President of Economic Development and was later promoted to Senior Vice President for Economic Development. Ted is responsible for marketing Durham to businesses interested in relocating to the region, as well as assisting existing companies with expansion plans and business needs. He works closely with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the North Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, and the Research Triangle Regional Partnership with large economic development projects such as AICPA, Avalara, AW North Carolina, Avalara, BASF, Bayer CropScience, Burt’s Bees, Cormetech, Cree, CreditSuisse, Fidelity, EMC2, Freudenberg,  Fidelity, FIT, IBM, Implus, Interactive Technologies, Medicago, Merck, Memscap, Metabolon, Nutanix, Nuvotronics, Peter Millar, Premier Research, Purdue Pharma, Quintiles, Sentinel Data Centers, Stiefel Laboratories, Syngenta, United Therapeutics, WillowTree Apps, and Zoetis to name a few.  In the past year, Ted has been working with his Chamber, City, and County colleagues to shape funding requests for large downtown developments such as the City Center, the Chesterfield, and the Durham.ID district. Ted also works on workforce development issues, marketing publications, and existing industry relations. Prior to the Chamber, Ted worked as an Economic Development Planner for the Durham City-County Planning Department; and he started his professional career working as a business analyst for UDI/CDC, a Durham neighborhood based community development corporation.  He received his BA and MBA from Rollins College and a Master of Science in Planning from the University of Tennessee. Jeff DeBellis, Director of Economic & Policy Analysis / Labor and Economic Analysis NC Dept. of Commerce Jeff DeBellis leads a team of analysts and economists in the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Labor & Economic Analysis Division.  In his position as the Director of Economic & Policy Analysis, he regularly advises state and local leaders on conditions and trends impacting their economy and workforce.  He oversees the development of statewide and regional employment projections; legislative reports; economic impact analyses; and various publications and tools to help the people of North Carolina make informed economic decisions.  Prior to joining the Department of Commerce in 2012, Jeff spent nearly fifteen years in research positions with NC’s Small Business & Technology Development Center and RTI International.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington and Master’s from NC State; and lives in Raleigh with his wife and two children. Thank you to our program sponsor: *No refund is due if cancellation occurs within 24 hours of the event **All member and non-member walk-ins are $75 ***If you have any questions about this event, please contact Alma Montemayor at amontemayor@ei1.com or Diane Ditzel at dditzel@vhb.com Registration Note: After completing registration, you should receive a confirmation e-mail from EventBrite. If you do not, please do not hesitate to contact us via EventBrite or SMPSRTP@gmail.com.

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Tue, Oct 11 at 11:30am

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