Opportunity SC: 2016 Community Economic Development Conference
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Opportunity SC: 2016 Community Economic Development Conference

Join a diverse group of public, nonprofit and private sector leaders who are working collaboratively to build wealth and create opportunity for ALL South Carolinians. "Opportunity SC" connects communities with one another and to valuable resources by providing a series of forums, networking events, seminars and training sessions.

9/14/2016 to 9/16/2016
When: September 14-16, 2016
11:00 AM
Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville, Golf Resort & Conference Center
670 Verdae Boulevard
Greenville, South Carolina  29607
United States
Contact: SC Association of Community Economic Development

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Connecting Communities. Creating Opportunities.

Wednesday, 9/14 through Friday, 9/16

Keynote Speakers: 

  • Harvey Galloway, Executive Director of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of South Carolina - breakfast on Thursday, September 15

  • Dr. Harris Pastides, President of USC - lunch on Thursday, September 15

Conference Schedule:

*Please take a moment to decide which tours/sessions you would like to attend so you can select them upon check out.

Wednesday, September 14

11:00am Registration Opens

1:00pm – 2:30pm CED Practitioners Panel

3:00pm – 5:30pm Tours and Onsite Sessions (Please select one during check out)

  • Greenville CED Tour - Greenville’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives - Learn about Greenville’s efforts to revitalize its Special Emphasis Neighborhoods while creating affordable and workforce housing opportunities. On this tour you will have an opportunity to take in the successful elements that include citizen engagement, leveraging federal funding and involving non-traditional partners while respecting and preserving the rich history that makes these neighborhoods unique. Attendees will tour several neighborhoods and walk through a home under construction. *Max capacity is 50 people, must register to ensure a seat, may join a waiting list after 50 people by emailing Kate Pratt at kate@scaced.org. 

  • Spartanburg CED Tour - The Northside Initiative is working to fundamentally transform the Northside neighborhood into a community of choice, where current residents choose to stay and new people choose to move to. The tour will consist of interaction with key community stakeholders including resident leaders. Participants will hear about the community's 400 acre master redevelopment plans which includes a mixed income mix use development, community health and wellness center, early learning center and neighborhood revitalization efforts. Site visits will include the Northside's mixed income housing model block and Harvest Park Food Hub. *Max capacity is 50 people, must register to ensure a seat, may join a waiting list after 50 people by emailing Kate Pratt at kate@scaced.org.

  • Performance Context for Community Based Organizations - Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

  • Community-Based Health Interventions - Cathy Melvin, Medical University of South Carolina 

Thursday, September 15

7:00am Registration Opens

8:00am – 9:30am Opening Plenary (KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Harvey L. Galloway, Executive Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina Foundation)

9:45am – 11:15am Breakout Session I (Please select one during check out)

  • Historic Tax Credits Life Cycle - Ryder Mathias, Cohn Reznick

  • Data for Healthy Insights - Learn more about SCACED’s data tool and hear about available project based grant funds to improve the health of your community, Lowell Atkinson and Tina L. Singleton, SCACED

  • Utilizing Solar Energy to Advance Communities - Sara Hummel Rajca, Solarize SC; Elise Fox, Savannah River National Laboratory; Michael Kirkpatrick & Stacy Phillips, Duke Energy; Lauren Hinrichs, SCE&G

  • Your Website: The Heart of your Marketing Strategy - Chris Manley, Engenius

11:30am – 1:00pm Lunch Plenary with Awards (KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Harris Pastides, President, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC)

1:15pm – 2:45pm Breakout Session II (Please select one during check out)

  • Advocating for Affordable Housing - A Look at the “Money Follows the Person” Program, Vivian McCray, SC Dept. of Health & Human Services

  • Business Responsibilities & Consumer Protections - An overview of the SC Financial Identity Fraud & Identity Theft Protection Act, Marti Phillips, SC Dept. of Consumer Affairs

  • Developing a Children’s Savings Account Program in Your Community - Carl Rist, Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED); This session will provide attendees with an overview of how incentivized savings programs, specifically Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs), make higher education more attainable for low-income students. The session will cover information on why children’s savings matter, best practices for creating a small or large scale CSA program, and examples of local and statewide efforts occurring across the country. Attendees will also be directed to specific resources to help start a program, including the CSA design guide, Investing in Dreams, and the Campaign for Every Kid’s Future website. Key outcomes for the workshop include increasing awareness of children’s savings account programs and sharing components needed to start and implement a program.

  • The Entrepreneurial Mindset for Non-Profits - Dorothea Bernique, Increasing H.O.P.E.

2:45pm – 3:15pm Afternoon Break with the Exhibitors

3:15pm – 4:45pm Breakout Session III (Please select one during check out)

  • New Markets Tax Credit Life Cycle - Ryder Mathias, Cohn Reznick

  • Microbusiness Development - Deborah McKetty, CommunityWorks, *Greenville Entrepreneur* 

  • Amplifying your Voice: Communications & Social Media for Community Development - Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

  • “My Law Partner”: How Legal Knowledge Impacts Economic Opportunity - Susan Ingles, SC Legal Services

6:00pm – 8:00pm Reception in Embassy Suites Terrace

Friday, September 16

8:00am Registration Opens

9:00am – 10:15am Breakout Session IV (Please select one during check out)

  • National Housing Trust Fund Program - Laura Nicholson, SC State Housing Finance & Development Authority

  • Charting the Course for Change: How the Status of Women Increases Economic Outcomes for All in Our State - Amy Brennan, Center for Women

  • The Self Sufficiency Standard for SC - Anita Garrett, United Way Association of SC; John Young Shik Concklin, United Way of Greenville County

  • Community Economic Development in the SC Promise Zone - Dean B. Van Pelt, Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance; Matt Mardell, Colleton County Commercial Kitchen & Farmers Market

10:15am – 10:45am Checkout Break

10:45am – 12:00pm Breakout Session V (Please select one during check out)

  • Envision SC Upstate with Smart Transportation Corridors and Smarter GreenVillages Development - Fred Payne, Greenville County Council

  • Walk with Me: The Importance of Followers - Learn how to better understand followers and their role. Communities need both leaders and followers if they're going to meet the incredible challenges they face today, Joy Young, SC Arts Commission

  • Changing the Conversation: Tips and Tactics to Get your Agency in the News - John Boyanoski, Complete PR

  • Moving People from Poverty to Skilled Workforce through SNAP 2 Work - Kristi King-Brock & Dana Grant, Anderson Interfaith Ministries

12:00pm – 1:30pm “Your Voice Matters” Lunch with the SCACED Board of Directors

Hotel Info:

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Book by Phone: 800-218-8712 / group code is SCA

Rate: $139/night, cut off is August 15th, rate is available Monday - Saturday


Tickets: $180 - $255


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