Agenda | Day Two

Friday, November 17

Sessions are subject to change.

7:30-8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Enforcement of Economic Development Agreements
In this session, our legal expert will review several economic development contracts, both successful and unsuccessful, as case studies.  You will examine the enforcement provisions of those contracts to determine which type of enforcement mechanism provides the best protection for your city.
Thomas Gwosdz, City Attorney, City of Victoria

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Retail Recruitment Strategies for Small and Large Communities
Learn about current retail development trends, including the impact of e-commerce, the important role retail plays in a community’s overall economic development plan, and strategies for ensuring a healthy retail sector that contributes to attractive and vibrant communities both large and small.  Attendees will also gain first-hand tips and advice based upon city successes in developing and executing strategies that place an importance on attracting quality, not quantity, when it comes to new dining and shopping choices.
Aaron Farmer, Senior Vice President, The Retail Coach; Manny Salazar, Executive Director, Kingsville Economic Development Council; and Darrell Newsom, City Manager, City of Wolfforth

10:15-10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.-Noon
The End Game – Winning Long-term for Your City and Citizens by Developing Smart – Tricks & Tools
You scored, or are about to score, a major development … now what?  Will your city and residents be better off?  What did your deal accomplish and what did it cost you?  As your community continues its buildout or is experiencing redevelopment, will you make the right choices to build a city that will last through the times or that will flare out and decay?  Hear about fiscal models of service costs, target private to public ratios, and infrastructure depreciation and capital funds to challenge the way we have done business over the last 75 years building cities.  You’ll achieve awareness of why your city seems to have no money in spite of your growth, and how you can learn some tricks and tools to make a stronger town that will leave a lasting legacy of prosperity.
Michael Kovacs, City Manager; and Justin Weiss, Assistant City Manager, City of Fate