Conference Schedule

7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson

8:45 a.m. Welcome Gov. Mike Beebe

9:15 a.m. Keynote presentation Edward Gordon, author of The 2010 Meltdown

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. – Presentation – Jim Clinton, Southern Growth Policies Board

11:15 a.m. Presentation – Mike Cassidy, Georgia Research Alliance

Noon Lunch panel featuring:

  • Maria Haley, Director, Arkansas Economic Development Commission
  • John Ahlen, President and CEO, Arkansas Science and Technology Authority
  • Ken James, Commissioner, Arkansas Department of Education
  • Artee Williams, Director, Arkansas Department of Workforce Education
  • Kathryn Hazelett, Chair, Governor’s Workforce Cabinet and Director of Policy, Governor Mike Beebe
  • Hugh McDonald, CEO, Entergy Arkansas
  • Jay Chesshir, President and CEO, Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce

1:30-3 p.m. Interactive planning workshops:

  • Community Success Stories in Human Capital for Economic Growth Ed Gordon
  • Investing in Research and Technology for Economic Growth Jim Clinton and Mike Cassidy

Each workshop will be asked to develop three to four action items to forward to Chancellor Joel Anderson and to the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet