Best Practices Conference


2019 Best Practices Conference

July 17-19, 2019
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Thank you to all that participated in the 2019  Best Practices Conference!

  • Click Here to view the 2019 Best Practices Conference Schedule of Events/Program
  • Click Here for the 2019 Best Practices Conference Attendee List
  • Click Here to listen to a podcast with teasers for the 2019 Mid-America EDC Best Practices Conference!
  • Milwaukee Downtown would like to hear from you regarding your visit during the Best Practices Conference!  If you have a moment to complete the evaluation at the link below, it is appreciated!




2019 Best Practices Conference Speaker Biographies:


Janet Ady Kevin Flaherty Laura Million Sam Rikkers
Dean Amhaus Robert Gerbitz Cynthia Maves Patrick Schloss
Kelly Armstrong Jeff Hoffman Rebecca Mitich Ashley Scray
Kathryn Berger Steve Jahn Ed Morrison Tim Sheehy
Norb Biderman David Kircher Jerry Murphy Lynda Templen
Buckley Brinkman Rebekah Kowalski Pat O'Brien Jela Trask
Electrification Session Bios Barb LaMue Aaron Popkey Beth Weirick
Nate Ellis Alex Lasry Gale Price Michael Zimmerman




2019 Best Practices Conference Speaker Presentations:


Wednesday, July 17th

Tomorrow's Talent is Here Today - Rebekah Kowalski

Industrial Real Estate Redevelopment
          Nate Ellis Presentation
          Gale Price Presentation

Stadium Area Redevelopment
          Aaron Popkey Presentation
          Jerry Murphy Presentation
          Mike Zimmerman Presentation


Thursday, July 18th

Opportunity Zones:  A Bottom Up Approach - Rebecca Mitich

How To Solve Your Manufacturing Talent Issues & Maintain Global Competitiveness - Buckley Brinkman & Kelly Armstrong

Technology Giant Foxconn Selects Wisconsin -  How the Deal Came Together - Jela Trask, Sam Rikkers, Laura Million,

Opening The Toolbox - Lynda Templen, Kevin Flaherty, David Kircher

Best Practices in Talent Strategies - Janet Ady, Ashley Scray


Friday, July 19th

Electrification of The Transportation System - Is Your Community On Board

          Debbie Branson Presentation
          Mahanth Joishy Presentation
          Cynthia Maves Presentation

















Best Practices Conference Hotel/Travel Information


Marriott Milwaukee Downtown
323 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI  53202


This year’s Best Practices Conference location and host hotel is the Marriott Milwaukee Downtown. 

You may reserve your hotel room at the Marriott for the Best Practices Conference online now through June 17, 2019 at  The discounted rate is $154 per night.  Reservations at the discounted rate are available for the nights of July 16, July 17, and July 18.

For directions, airport transportation, and parking information for the Marriott Milwaukee Downtown, visit note that valet parking for hotel rooms reserved in the Mid-America EDC Best Practices Conference block receive a discounted overnight valet rate of $15.


WEDA Academy:  Impact Through Redevelopment

The Wisconsin Economic Development Association is offering an additional
educational component at a discounted rate for Mid-America EDC members! This academy will be held at the Marriott Milwaukee Downtown, as well, for added convenience. Please note that this is an optional event held prior to the Best Practices Conference that you may register for separately at the link below.

Visit for more information and to register for the academy (registration is separate from the Best Practices Conference). To receive the discounted registration rate ($10 savings), use the promo code maedcmke.