Registration:Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
CONNECTIONS 2019 JMU Festival Center | October 3, 2019 Registration is CLOSED - Deadline was 9/27/2019
Parking Information: Please park in the East Campus Parking Deck (MAP). This is the new parking deck across from the JMU Festival Center. If you park anywhere else you will be ticketed and we will not pay for your ticket.
12:45 pm - Registration
1:30-2:30 pm Virginia + The Valley – Where are we and where are we heading? Welcome: Jon Alger, President, James Madison University Remarks and Panel: Stephen Moret, President, Virginia Economic Development Partnership; Barry DuVal, President, Virginia Chamber of Commerce; Bernie Niemeier, President & Publisher, Virginia Business Publications
2:45-3:30 pm State of the City & County/Local Economic Picture: Eric Campbell, Harrisonburg City Manager and Stephen King, Rockingham County Administrator
3:45 – 4:30 pm Special Sessions(Break Out Session will require RSVP to each session)
The Future of Retail and Commercial Development, and More – Keith May and Tim Reamer, Cottonwood Commercial Realty
If “everyone” is buying goods on-line, why are values and traffic on East Market Street picking up? Where are the opportunities and where are the bargains? Current trends + looking ahead.
Workforce – Issues, Trends and Staying Out of Trouble– Cindy Maish, U.S. Department of Labor
What is on the mind of almost every employer? Employees. What are the trends? Be creative, but don’t take shortcuts. What is on the horizon from an enforcement perspective?
Marketing Trends – Dave Saunders, Madison+ Main #BoldBrandsWin
Some may remember Dave Saunders from the first Valley Business Keynote years ago. You have most likely seen his company’s work on ads and branding. When do you follow the crowd and when do you break the mold? If you’ve got questions, you might find this session of interest.
4:30- 5:00 pm Your Community, Your Future (Interactive Group Survey) Kai Degner Director of Professional Developemtn with James Madison University.