Western Mass Developers Conference
10-21-2020 09:00 AM EST

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Reasons to Attend

  • Be among the first in the region to enjoy a fully virtual Developers Conference remotely and attend a keynote presentation from Governor Charlie Baker!.
  • Connect with fellow attendees while watching dynamic panel discussions and have the opportunity to participate in live Q + A with top industry leaders!
  • Meet and engage with members from organizations, municipalities, and other regional businesses in the Exhibition Hall, collecting virtual swag to download along the way!

Welcome Video


Agenda

  9:00am-10:00am

WELCOME

Rick Sullivan

President & CEO, Economic Development Council of Western Mass

Mayor Domenic Sarno

Mayor, Springfield, Massachusetts

CEO PANEL

Panel discussion followed by live Q + A.

Moderator: Rick Sullivan

President & CEO, Economic Development Council of Western Mass

Shardool Parmar

President, Pioneer Valley Hotel Group

David Carver

Managing Partner, CT Management Group and Scarafoni Associates

Kristin Carlson

President, Peerless Precision, Inc.

  10:00am - 10:30am

BREAK - EXPLORE - NETWORK

Visit exhibitors from municipalities, community organizations, developer resources, and more in the Exhibition Hall. 

  10:30am - 11:30am

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS

GROWING DEVELOPERS PANEL

Panel discussion followed by live Q + A. 

Moderator: Andrew Levine

TDI Operations Officer, MassDevelopment

Denis Luzuriaga

Managing Partner, The CUBIT

Marco Luzuriaga 

Developer

Ray Berry

Founder & General  Manager, White Lion Brewing Company

Tim Grader

Vice President for Business Development, Holyoke Property Management

Mike Michon 

Manager, Interland 


GOVERNMENT RESOURCES PANEL 

Panel discussion followed by live Q + A.

Moderator: Julie Cowan

Vice President for Business Development, MassDevelopment

Annamarie Kersten

Senior Director of the Economic Development Incentive Program, Massachusetts Office of Business Development

Lawrence Andrews

President & CEO, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation

Robert H. Nelson

District Director, SBA's Massachusetts District Office

DOWNTOWNS PANEL

Panel discussion followed by live Q + A.

Moderator: Emmy Hahn

Massachusetts Downtown Initiative Program Coordinator, Department of Housing & Community Development

Mike O’Brien

Executive Vice President, Winn Companies

Sarah Eustis

CEO, Main Street Hospitality Group

Larisa Ortiz

Managing Director, Research + Analysis, Streetsense

Jesse Baerkahn

President & Founder, Graffito SP

  11:30am - 12:30pm

BREAK - EXPLORE - NETWORK

Visit exhibitors from municipalities, community organizations, developer resources and more in the Exhibition Hall.

  12:30pm - 1:30pm

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS:

LIGHTNING PRESENTATIONS

Moderator: Tessa Murphy-Romboletti

Executive Director, EforAll / EparaTodos

Jeff Bagg

City Planner, Easthampton, MA

Michael Kusek

Founder, Different Leaf

Adam Rodrigues

Director of Regional Initiatives, FORGE

Jeff Sauser

Co-Founder, Greenspace CoWork

Claire O’Neill

Vice President - Planning & Development, MassDevelopment

Karen Carswell

Regional Project Manager, MassMEP

Julie Cowan

Vice President for Business Development, MassDevelopment

OPPORTUNITY ZONES PANEL 

Panel discussion followed by live Q + A.

Moderator: Jay Ash

President & CEO, Massachusetts Competitive Partnership

R. Michael N'dolo, CEcD
Director of Economic Development, MRB Group

Juan Prieto

Davenport

Marc Boucher

Senior Management Analyst, HUD Hartford Field Office

  1:30pm - 1:45pm

BREAK

  1:45pm - 2:15pm

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Michael J. O'Connor  

General Counsel, MassMutual

Governor Charlie Baker

Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, USA

CLOSING REMARKS

Rick Sullivan

President & CEO, Economic Development Council of Western Mass

  2:15pm - 3:00pm

BREAK - EXPLORE - NETWORK

Visit exhibitors from municipalities, community organizations, developer resources and more in the Exhibition Hall.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Join virtually from the comfort of your home or office on October 21, 2020, and be among the first in the region to enjoy a fully virtual Developers Conference.
  • Watch live panel discussions from top industry leaders and attend a keynote presentation from Governor Charlie Baker.
  • Meet and connect with local organizations in the virtual Exhibition Hall.
  • Engage and network with fellow attendees through interactive and intuitive chat capabilities.
  • Download files from your virtual swag bag to keep for your reference or share with others.
A. Yes. Simply follow the registration link at the top of the page and submit your information. You will need to enter your name and email address to enjoy all virtual event features. After you register, you will receive an email confirming your registration for the conference.
A. Your login credentials will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can then use those details to login.
A. Nope! You do not need to download or install anything to attend our conference. You only need to have access to the internet.
A. Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge.
A. No. Video chat features are available, but not required in order to participate.
A. Yes! The conference will remain open after it is broadcast live. Therefore, you can attend whenever it is convenient for you.
A. Yes! Like any in-person event, we will have a swag bag for you. You can add all of the files available to your swag bag and then simply email them to yourself.
A. A swag bag is a virtual briefcase where you can save documents from a booth. You can add files to your swag bag throughout your participation in the event and email them to yourself or others.
A. Absolutely! You can simply share the link to this page, and they can register at their convenience.