The Haas Center Fall Forum is a half-day event curated by the University of West Florida's Haas Center and the Division of Research and Strategic Innovation. Our goal is to bring together bright minds and exciting vendors to give data-driven talks to a diverse audience of economic developers, business and non-profit leaders and staff, and community members. Forum attendees will leave with a clear sense of how to use data to better tell their story.
|8:00 - 9:15 am ||Full Breakfast Buffet, Sponsored by Gulf Power|
|8:30 - 9:15 am ||Fortifying Florida: Robust Community Growth and Leveraging Meaningful Data,
FL DEO Executive Director, Ken Lawson
|9:15 - 10:00 am ||Executive Briefings on Workforce and Talent Development |
Dr. Michelle Horton, Interim Assistant Vice President, Online Innovation
and Director, Complete Florida | Division of Research and Strategic Innovation, UWF
Gary Wiesner, General Manager - GE Renewables, Pensacola
Jonathan Arneault, Director of IBM North America SaaS, Center of Excellence, and Go-To-Market Transformation
|10:00 - 10:15 am ||Networking Break |
|10:00 - 11:00 am ||National Leadership Keynote: Advancing Manufacturing and Logistics to Diversify the Region's Economy|
Tom Ridge, Chairman Ridge Global, first Department of Homeland Security Secretary, former Governor of Pennsylvania
|11:00 - 11:45 am || Using Data to Understand Labor Markets|
Jennifer Hackman, Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (Emsi)
|11:45 - 1:00 pm || Lunch Buffet, Sponsored by Santa Rosa EDO|
|12:15 - 1:00 pm ||Hurricane Michael's Aftermath: How Leaders are Making Decisions to Improve Outcomes |
Moderator - Sandy Sims, Gulf Power; Mike Myhre, FSBDC; Becca Hardin, Bay EDA; David Berlan, FSU
Fall Forum registration's normal rate is $150.
Census Business Builder Workshop is available for $25.
If you're interested in both events please note that they must be registered for separately. However, once you complete one registration and save your profile information, you are able to quickly and easily complete the registration of the second.