MEDFA 2016 Annual Conference
Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM - Friday, October 14, 2016 at 12:30 PM (CDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Thursday, October 13
12:00 P.M. – 1:15 P.M. Opening General Session & Lunch
Missouri Legislative Update & Forecast for 2017
Discussion on new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s facility in North St. Louis City
1:30 P.M. – 2:45 P.M. General Session -“Urban Redevelopment and the Role of Universities”
We often forget how instrumental our universities and colleges have been as economic development partners. This session will focus on the results of just some of the partnerships with these institutions and local governments and the State and the major economic impacts of these efforts.
3:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. General Session –“Discussion on the Cortex-St. Louis Innovation District”
The Cortex Innovation Community is home to a vibrant 200-acre innovation hub and technology district integrated into St. Louis’ historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast residential neighborhoods, surrounded by nationally ranked universities and medical centers and abundant cultural and recreational assets that include the Grand Center arts district, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and 1,400-acre Forest Park that is host to the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, biking and walking trails and two public golf courses. The area has been described as a little European, a little New York, and totally St. Louis.
4:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. Bus & Walking Tour of the Cortex Innovation District
5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. Networking Reception & Richard A. King Award Presentation – Cheshire Hotel
6:30 P.M. Dinner on Your Own (try out the many fine restaurants in the Central West End, or at The Cheshire Hotel)
Friday, October 14
8:00 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. Breakfast & Update on Changes to Reporting Requirements for Municipalities
8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. General Session - “How to Make Community Improvement Districts Work”
Municipalities seeking to facilitate economic development by providing additional improvements or services within a targeted area have increasingly opted to establish community improvement districts (CIDs). CIDs can address such issues as community safety, business recruitment and retention, beautification, infrastructure improvements and recreational activities, depending upon the needs of the communities they serve. This session will focus on how CIDs can provide the “extras” that enhance the unique qualities of a community and make it attractive for economic development.
9:45 A.M. – 10:45 A.M. General Session – “The Latest on Tax Increment Financing in Missouri”
According to the Missouri Dept. of Revenue, approximately 504 projects reported TIF revenue in some way in 2015. From blight to conservation, the types of projects that TIF supports in Missouri are diverse, making TIF a very flexible financing tool. During this session, speakers will discuss how TIF is used in Missouri and the creative ways to maximize this tool moving forward.
10:45 A.M. – 11:45 A.M. General Session - “Workforce Attraction & Development”
Workforce development is an essential component of business attraction and retention. This session will explore how workforce trends are measured and analyzed in Missouri on a macroeconomic level and how LaunchCode, a St. Louis nonprofit organization, is working to solve a shortage of tech talent on a microeconomic level.
12:00 P.M. Conference Adjourns
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Missouri Economic Development Financing Association (MEDFA)
MEDFA's mission is to be a leader in the preservation, enhancement and responsible use of economic development tools in Missouri through education and advocacy derived from the collective expertise of our public and privatre sector members.