2017 Conference Agenda


CALED’s 37th Annual Conference Agenda (Sessions are subject to change)

Conference Breakout Session Tracks:

T&T: Tried and True-Economic Development Methods & Best Practices
L&S: Lead and Succeed-Professional Development to Take you to the Next Level
NG: Next Generation-Innovative economic development activities for the Next Generation in Economic Development
T: Tech-Learn how to use the Technical Tools for Site Development in California


March 21, 2017
12:30pm – 1:30pm

CALED’s Brownfield & Land Revitalization Committee Meeting

March 21, 2017
1:30pm – 2:00pm

California Enterprise Development Authority Board Meeting

March 21, 2017
2:00pm – 2:30pm

California Academy for Economic Development Regent Meeting

March 21, 2017
2:30pm – 3:30pm

California Association for Local Economic Development Board Meeting

March 21, 2017
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Moving Forward Welcome Listen as the five Mayors involved with the cutting-edge, Innovate 78 marketing initiative discuss how they position their communities for success and collaborate to bring their economic development message to a broader audience.

Kevin Ham, CALED Chair, City of Vista, Moderator

Sam Abed, Mayor, City of Escondido
Jim Desmond, Mayor, City of San Marcos
Matt Hall, Mayor, City of Carlsbad
Judy Ritter, Mayor, City of Vista
Jim Wood, Mayor, City of Oceanside

March 21, 2017
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Welcome Reception and CEDA 10 Year Anniversary Celebration Berkeley Ferryboat


March 22, 2017
8:30am – 9:00am

California’s Legislative Landscape Grab your breakfast and join us for a briefing on the current legislative landscape in CA, state legislation impacting economic development, and CALED’s legislative priorities. CALED’s Legislative Action Committee Chair, Aaron laurel will lead a conversation on the potential forces affecting California’s legislative agenda and what will guide our hand in the coming year. 

Aaron Laurel, Chair, CALED’s Legislative Action Committee & Economic and Housing Director, City of West Sacramento
Matthew Hargrove, Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs, California Business Properties Association
Gurbax Sahota, President & CEO, CALED

March 22, 2017
9:15am – 10:15am

T: The Tools to Get the Job Done

Learn what Site Assembly tools are available to economic developers in California. This session will include discussions about TIF, Gatto Act, Brownfields programs, and others.

March 22, 2017
10:30am – 12:00pm

T: Meeting the Challenge: Layering CED Tools

In this session we will present a legal survey of tax increment financing tools and examine case studies to help you meet the challenges of layering financing subsidies for economic development.

March 22, 2017
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Doing Big Business in California Luncheon: This session will bring business decision-makers to the conference for a frank conversation on how economic developers can help businesses succeed in California. Representatives from WET Design and Everytable will speak to conference goers about their passion for doing business, overcoming obstacles, and what they most need from our professionals. Lunch is included with full-conference registration.

Carrie Rogers, Senior Vice President Business Assistance & Development, LAEDC Moderator
Sam Polk, Co-Founder and CEO, Everytable
Teresa Powell-Caldwell, Senior Vice President, WET

March 22, 2017
2:15pm – 3:15pm

T: Revitalizing & Developing Infill Areas: A case study on West Sacramento

The session presents the City of West Sacramento’s revitalization plan for the 125-acre Pioneer Bluff riverfront property where industrial land uses date back 80 years.  The discussion will focus on business relocation, environmental assessment and cleanup, and infrastructure needs to maximize the property’s economic development.

March 22, 2017
3:30pm – 4:30pm

T: Global Climate Control Meets Local Economic Development

California’s newest clean air policy statutes (SB32/AB 179), intend to place  state as the  “Green Standard” of the world.  EIFDs and CRIAs are new tax increment vehicles that enable local government to achieve the California’s stringent Greenhouse Gas/energy efficiency standards. This session explores EIFDs and CRIAs as strategies to install infrastructure and P3 projects to accomplish economic development while helping your local economy comply with  the State’s sustainability mandates.

March 22, 2017
4:30pm – 5:30pm

Reception with Sponsors
4:30pm – 5:30pm

March 22, 2017
5:30pm – 8:30pm

CALED Culinary Crawl ($25): Join us as we crawl to three different venues which include light bites and one drink at each venue. You must register in advance for this event. We will meet and leave from the reception.


March 23, 2017
6:30am – 7:30am

CALED Fun Run ($15) Includes a T-shirt: Join us as we walk/jog/run 2-2.5 miles in San Diego. We will meet and leave from the lobby of the Wyndham Hotel.

March 23, 2017
9:00am – 10:00am

T: From Application to Approval: The process and politics of getting a project to completion

You have five minutes to summarize years of work to city council members to vote in favor of a project. This interactive presentation will take the audience on a journey from the first preliminary application to project approval, through the eyes of a Developer partnered with City Staff.

March 23, 2017
10:15am – 11:45am

T: Beyond the basics – Using the EIFD Tool to Bring a Neighborhood Back to Life

This session will analyze the financing strategies available to revitalize an inner-city neighborhood bifurcated with a below grade freeway. These strategies will include forming an EIFD and a Mello-Roos Community Facilities District and combining the revenue streams under a single financing. As part of the financing analysis, we will discuss in detail how an overlay over the freeway would create a new green area which would unite the neighborhood and provide new taxable parcels on which to build revenue generating projects.

March 23, 2017
12:15pm – 1:15pm

Celebrating Success Luncheon: Celebrate with award winners and learn about the best of the best in California Economic Development. This session will include an update from the Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development and the presentation of the prestigious Golden Bear Lifetime Achievement award. There will also be an update from Seth Isenberg with SelectUSA on how economic developers can promote FDI opportunities in their area. Lunch is included with full-conference registration.

March 23, 2017
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Trump, Trade, & Robots: What is the New Reality in Cross-Border Investment? Attend this rousing general session to learn about the changing face of imports, exports, and cross border investment opportunities in the Pacific Rim. You will hear about where to focus your attention to attain the greatest success and what is more hype than substance.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to win two registration to the World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment in Shanghai this May—a $4,000 value—if you ask the panelists the best question.

Adam Jones-Kelley, President, Conway, Inc.
Candice Park, Korea Direct Manager, CalAsian Chamber of Commerce
James Santa Maria, CEO, Santa Maria Group