SIKESTON - The second Southeast Missouri Economic Development Alliance Economic Development Conference will be April 1 at the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center, Highway 61.
According to Steve McPheeters, chairman of the SMEDA Steering Committee, the conference is a continuation of efforts to attract new jobs and businesses as well as help existing businesses through SMEDA and the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission.
"It is an exciting time for the leaders of our state and our region when it comes to economic development initiatives," said McPheeters. "Now, perhaps more than ever before, a bipartisan economic development effort is under way at the state and regional level to enhance our abilities to retain and attract more businesses and jobs. When that truly happens, there is a tremendous positive impact on our communities, educational systems and commerce within the region."
The program will begin with a 10 a.m. welcome followed by an overview of the SMEDA structure and marketing plan. At 11 a.m. David Kolzow, a site consultant, will present "What Site Selectors Are Looking For." This will cover topics such as what site directors look for when dealing with economic development professionals and how each community and county can play a positive role.
During the noon luncheon (cooked by the James Bayou Catfish Cookers), Southeast Missouri legislators will discuss the legislative changes affecting the business climate in Southeast Missouri.
At 1 p.m. facilitators will administer break out groups with conference attendees and report back to the general session an assessment of the region's resources and how the area can best utilize and market them.
The conference will conclude at 2:30 p.m. with tours of the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center facilities available.
The conference cost is $20 per person, which includes lunch.
Those with questions regarding the conference or for a registration form should contact Steve McPheeters at 573-643-2361, extension 2075.