Returning for a fourth year, the Statewide Economic Development Summit presented by Entergy will bring together economic development practitioners, the business community, elected officials, and thought leaders for two days focused on building a stronger economy.


Walk-up registration will be available.

Event Details


October 22 – 23, 2019


L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge
777 L’Auberge Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70820
Discounted room rates are available for Summit attendees on a first-come, first-served basis the evening of Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at L’Auberge Casino Hotel. Accommodations are limited.

Discounted room rate: $109
Hotel Reservations: 1-866-261-7777
Group code: RBRC19
Room reservations available until October 1, 2019


Prices will increase on August 2. Ticket pricing includes access to programming for both days of the Summit, the Gubernatorial Candidate Forum, and networking reception.

Regular Registration (expires September 30)
Individual two-day ticket: $220
Reserved table of 10: $2,200

Late Registration
Individual two-day ticket: $260
Reserved table of 10: $2,600

Gubernatorial Candidate Forum Registration ONLY
Individual forum ticket: $50

Agenda at a Glance

Day One: October 22
New this year, the Summit will kick off with a day of breakout sessions and workshops for interactive problem solving and bench marking.

Close out the first night with a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum and networking reception, complimentary for Summit attendees.

Day Two: October 23
Anchored by a keynote address by Bruce Katz, author of The New Localism, the second day of the Summit will feature presentations, panels, and thought leadership on economic development issues impacting communities around the state.

Agenda & Speakers

11 – 11:30 a.m. It’s Not a Four Letter Word: ITEP in Practice

11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Case Studies in Business Expansion with Local Executives

1 – 1:30 p.m. How OZ’s are Driving a New System of Community Development: Focus on Metros

1:40 – 2:10 p.m. How OZ’s are Driving a New System of Community Development: Focus on Rural Areas

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Are Trade Wars Good and Easy to Win? An Assessment of U.S. Trade Policy Under the Trump Administration

3:25 – 4 p.m. The First Louisianan in the Site Selector Guild

11 – 11:30 a.m. Alternative Funding Strategies for Transportation and Infrastructure

11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. All Economic Development is Local: A Mayor’s Experiences

1 – 1:30 p.m. Rural Economic Development Strategies

1:40 – 2:10 p.m. Downtowns Big and Small

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Cyber Security: How Communities Protect themselves from a Cyber Attack

3:25 – 4 p.m. Creating More Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Digital Life Meets Learning

11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. AI in Economic Development: How New Technologies Can Assist in Lead Generation, Workforce, and Other Practice Areas

1 – 1:30 p.m. Making Your Business and Louisiana Work Ready

1:40 – 2:10 p.m. Delivering Training Through Dedicated Non-profits

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Future Strategies for Building Louisiana’s Workforce

3:25 – 4 p.m. Future of FastStart

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Fireside Chat with Governor John Bel Edwards presented by Cornerstone Government Affairs

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Networking Reception

7:15 – 8 a.m. Registration & Breakfast

8:10 – 8:30 a.m. Welcome Address: Securing Opportunity, Strengthening Louisiana

8:30 – 9 a.m. Accelerating Inclusive Entrepreneurship: The Opportunity and Challenge

9:05 – 9:50 a.m. Economic Development in the Age of the New Localism 

10:20 – 10:55 a.m. Policy Fueled by Fallacies: How Trump’s Assault on the Global Trading System is Bad for Louisiana 

11:05 – 11:35 a.m. The Importance of Labor in Site Selection

11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Maintaining a Growing Economy: Policy Opportunities and Challenges

12:50 – 1:35 p.m. Sports Talk: A Panel with Pro Stars that Invest in Louisiana

1:40 – 2:20 p.m. Top Mistakes Places Make: A Site Selector’s Perspective

2:20 – 2:30 p.m. Closing Remarks


Interested in sponsoring the Statewide Economic Development Summit? Contact Michelle Mahaffey at