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Wednesday, July 25 • 9:15am - 11:30am
Economic Development

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Opening Statements
  • Rep. Rick Youngblood, Idaho State Legislature
  • Steve Allan, Chair of the Board, Calgary Economic Development

Strengthening Washington by Creating Opportunity in our Rural Communities 
How can we leverage sustainable development opportunities and partner with communities who know their needs best in order to spark economic development in local communities? 
  • Commissioner Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands, Washington Department of Natural Resources

Best Practices: Economic Growth and Urban Innovation in Spokane’s University District
Spokane’s University District is a live/work/play confluence of innovation, discovery, entrepreneurship, scholarship and neighborhood revitalization. The University District was created to be where business and education grow together and now with six colleges and universities, two medical schools and $740M in public and private investments it has become that place. The District offers opportunities to promote economic development, smart urban growth, environmental restoration, historic preservation, arts and culture, recreation, and state of the art transportation all in a fun and increasingly vibrant area.
  • Lars Gilberts, CEO, The University District

Financing Economic Growth and Opportunities by Providing Access to Capital
  • Dave Glaser, President, MoFi

Building Strong Cross-Border Regional Partnerships
  • Gynii Gilliam, President & CEO. Coeur d’Alene Area EDC

Rural Programs in Oregon Adaptable to PNWER Region
  • David McGiverin, President, Food Northwest

Best Practices in Economic Development Panel
Speakers come back together to participate in an open-dialogue, free-flowing discussion, questions from the audience, etc.

Discussion of  Working Group Vision and Action Items 

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Steve Allan

Corporate Director, Calgary Economic Development
Steve is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. He practiced in the area of corporate restructuring, insolvency and forensic accounting and throughout his career was involved in some of the most high profile and complex files in Alberta. He is a graduate of... Read More →
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Hilary Franz

Commissioner of Public Lands, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Hilary Franz was sworn in as Washington’s 14th Commissioner of Public Lands on January 11, 2017. Prior to being elected, Commissioner Franz was executive director of Futurewise, an organization committed to implementing smart, sustainable land use and transportation policies. In... Read More →
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Lars Gilberts

CEO, University District Development Association
Lars Gilberts is the Statewide ALICE Director at United Way of Broward County. Lars uses the United Way ALICE Report to equip businesses, nonprofits, funders and policy makers with common data and language to improve policy and practice for those who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained... Read More →
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Dave Glaser

President, MoFi
As President, Dave oversees the organization and is primarily focused on external relationships. Dave worked in multiple capacities for a number of for-profit and not-for-profit companies previous to his role at MoFi. Originally from Colorado, Dave enjoys international travel and... Read More →
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Rep. Rick Youngblood

Legislator; Working Group Co-chair, Idaho State Legislature
Born in Boise, Idaho and a graduate from Weiser High School, Rick went on to get his education from North Idaho College and College of Idaho. Rick furthered his studies, graduating from NW Ag Credit School from Washington State University as well as Pacific Coast Banking School from... Read More →

Wednesday July 25, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am AKDT
Maple Ballroom