Highlights from the Southern Economic Development Council’s 2016 Annual Conference

I had never been to Kansas City before this year’s annual Southern Economic Development Council Conference, and I was blown away by the welcome reception of the locals, the amazing food, and first-class museums and sports facilities. My thanks to SEDC President Gene Stinson and his staff for putting on a great program packed with relevant and current content.

The keynote address by Dayton Moore of the Kansas City Royals was definitely a conference highlight, as you can see in the Storify recap below. Attendees loved his thoughts on “Building a Championship Culture,” and his message to “let the needs of your organization guide your path” really seemed to resonate throughout the crowd.

Other panel discussions included “What Cities Can Do to Boost Innovation & Entrepreneurship,” “Facilitating Business Investment in the United States,” and “Entrepreneurship Business Training Programs,” to name a few. Your peers were busy sharing their top takeaways from these sessions online, which we’ve compiled for you in a Storify story. Simply click on the image below to browse through some of our favorite educational insights and fun moments exploring Kansas City.

I have enjoyed representing the state of North Carolina on the Board of Directors at SEDC. I look forward to next year’s conference in Charlotte – within driving distance of home, so I’ll get to bring my family! The various committees are already hard at work planning. If you’d like to get involved as well, please let me know and I’ll be happy to connect you with the right people.

Hope to see you in Charlotte next year, if not sooner!