2014 Spring Conference Agenda & Brochure

5491 53 bThe IEZA has announced the 2014 Spring Conference date and location. The conference will take place at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel May 7-9, 2014 in Springfield, IL. Get your room reservation now by calling 866.788.1860 for your room reservation. You must indicate that you are with the IEZA Conference to receive the $96.00 (plus tax) room rate.

Fair warning! Senate will be in session during this time and rooms will be in short supply if you wait too long.

The following is the agenda for the conference. Changes will be posted at this site. At the bottom of this article is the PDF of this agenda that you can print out for your convenience.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • 11:00 a.m. to ??: GOLF! (Weather Permitting) More information to be provided at a later date!
  • 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Welcome Reception
    President Abraham Lincoln Hotel In the Lincoln Room (Open Bar and Heavy Hors D’oeuvres) 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Breakfast Buffet
    Provided in Freeport Rooms A, B & C

  • 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Opening/Welcome Remarks 
    C. Mark Williams- IEZA President 

  • 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Summary Review and Legislative Updates
    J. Craig Coil – IEZA Past President
    Hear an overview of key Enterprise Zone Program Changes and the impacts and details of recently passed trailer legislation.

  • 10:00a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Boundary Amendments
    Betty Steinert – IEZA
    Board John Thompson – IEZA Board 
    Learn about the implementation of the Sales Tax Exemption Certification system and related program reporting requirements by Administrators and Employers a swell as updates that will impact your day to day Zone operations.
  • 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Illinois Department of Revenue Questions & Answers 
    Paul Berks – Deputy General Counsel, Illinois Department of Revenue 

    As local and state governments begin to revaluate returns on investment for incentives, it’s increasingly important that Zone Administrators and Economic Developers identify and track critical performance measures to document the success of your programs. Are you ready to justify your Enterprise Zone? 
  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch
    Provided in Freeport Rooms A, B & C

  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Economic Impact Modeling
    How do we build an environment where we attract talent, build business and industry, and grow and educated workforce in the Midwest? Possibilities, challenges, and perspective on building the knowledge economy.

  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. State to State Comparison
    John Gremer – KPMG, LLP

  • 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. BREAK

  • 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Best Practices/Managing Your Zone Projects
    Panel discussion led by:
    C. Mark Williams – IEZA President
    J. Craig Coil – IEZA Past President

  • 5:00 p.m. to ??: Dinner (on your own)

Friday, May 9, 2014

  • 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Breakfast Buffet
    Provided in Freeport Rooms A, B, & C
  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Review the New Rules and New Zone Application Process
    Allen G. Mayer – Deputy General Counsel, Department of Commerce and Econoic Opportunity
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Defining your Labor Market Area
    • Rural
    • Urban
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Membership Meeting

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