ED NOW 2024

When: February 23, 2024 7:30 am

Businesses: What’s my access to talent? Talent: What’s my access to affordable housing?

It’s the old chicken and the egg adage when it comes to what businesses want and what talent needs to support a prosperous community.

Attend this year’s ED NOW event, a state-wide program presented in partnership with Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA), as we delve into this topic. You’ll learn from leaders initiating legislative policy around affordable housing. You’ll also have an opportunity to be part of the solution with breakout discussions.


  • 7:30-8:00
    • Networking / Breakfast
  • 8:00-8:15
    • Welcome and opening remarks
      • Renee Ligon, Senior Director, Engagement & Partnerships: Team NEO
      • J.P. Nauseef, President and Chief Executive Officer: JobsOhio
      • Mark Barbash,  Interim President and CEO: Ohio Economic Development Association and Director, Ohio Economic Development Institute
      • Bill Mason, Of Counsel: Bricker & Graydon
      • Bill Koehler, CEO: Team NEO
  • 8:15 – 8:25
    • Vibrant Economy Index Updates
      • Jacob Duritsky, VP of Research and Strategy: Team NEO
  • 8:25 – 9:15
    • Keynote Panel Discussion: Intersection of ED and Community Development
      • Honorable Gail K. Pavliga, Ohio House of Representatives: District 72
      • Honorable Kent Smith, State Senator: District 21
      • Christine Nelson, Vice President, Project Management and Site Strategies: Team NEO
      • Moderator: Christine Dersi Davis, Executive Director at American Planning Association Ohio Chapter 
  • 9:15 – 9:25
    • Break and get into breakout workshops
  • 9:25 – 10:15
    • Breakout Workshops
      • Proactive Infrastructure Planning: Paving the Way for Economic Growth and Community
        • Rob Munro, Chief Utilities Executive: Avon Lake Regional Water
        • Joe Waldecker, General Manager: Rural Lorain County Water Authority
        • Liberty Boyd, Economic & Business Development Manager: AEP
        • Wendy Kraft, Business Development Consultant: Dominion Energy Ohio
        • Moderator: Bryce Sylvester, Senior Director of Site Strategies: Team NEO
      • Maximizing Development Impact: Implementing the Developing Opportunities
        • Tom McDonnell, P.E., Office Manager: Terracon
        • Steve Conway, C.P., Environmental Department Manager: Terracon
        • Courtney Dunbar, Director, Site Selection: Burns & McDonnell
        • Moderator: Katie Meehan, Senior Project Coordinator: Team NEO
      • Strategic Planning for Holistic Community and Economic Development
        • Brendan Heil, Of Counsel: Bricker Graydon
        • Arthur Schmidt, Principal: OHM Advisors
        • Honorable Matthew Miller, Mayor of Ashland 
        • Moderator: Joan Chase: FFEF
      • Optimizing Land Use for Community Goals: The Role of Public Control
        • Joel Montgomery, Director of Administration: City of Wooster
        • Joe Price, Administrator: Village of Grafton
        • Jason Dodson, Director, Consulting Solutions: Roetzel
        • Honorable Jodie Perry, Mayor of Mansfield
        • Moderator: Stephen Caviness, Director, Project Management: Team NEO
  • 10:15 – 10:30
    • Break and get back into the main room
  • 10:30 – 10:45
    • Connecting the Dots
      • Renee Ligon
      • Bryce Sylvester
  • 10:45 – 11:10
  • Keynote: Great Neighborhoods Make Great Regions
    • Tania Menesse, CEO & President: Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
  • 11:10
    • Closing remarks

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please connect with Connor Stease. You can view sponsorship opportunities here.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Bricker Graydon Logo

Event Production Sponsor

Hughie's Event Production Services

Breakfast Sponsors

Aqua, an essential utilities company
Rudolph Libbe Group

Break Sponsors

Bedrock Logo
Dominion Energy Logo

Economic Catalyst Sponsors

Spectrum Logo
Pleasant Valley Corporation Logo

Community Development Sponsors

Burns & McDonnell
The Kleingers Group Logo
northeast ohio regional sewer district logo

Lead Economic Development Sponsors