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

10:15-10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.-Noon
Closing Keynote: Economic Development and Tourism
Scott Joslove, President and CEO of the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association, will discuss how cities can promote growth of their property tax, sales tax, and other city revenues through strategic uses of the local hotel tax.  You will also learn from one of the state law experts on the allowable uses of local hotel occupancy tax by municipalities.
Scott Joslove, President and CEO, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association