Business Facilities LiveXchange will present a comprehensive, practical and strategic conference program that helps delegates better plan and manage their companies’ relocation or expansion projects.  This unique experience will be supplemented by an all-star list of guest speakers, who will be making presentations and leading discussions on a number of hot-button issues.

Monday, April 7

8:00-9:15AM – Keynote Panel: The Future of Site Selection


Moderator: Jack Rogers
Editor in Chief, Business Facilities

Jack has been a publishing professional for more than 20 years.  He has worked for a daily newspaper and a variety of major business trade publications writing about a wide range of subjects.  In his role as Business Facilities’ Editor in Chief, Jack has served as judge for IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards, has been a frequent participant on economic development panels, and attended numerous international trade shows, conferences and trade association meetings.


Philip Anderson, PhD
President and CEO, P.W. Anderson & Partners

Philip W. Anderson PhD is President and Chief Executive Officer of P.W. Anderson & Partners, Ltd., based in the Washington, D.C. region. Dr. Anderson specializes in international economic development, asset characterization research, corporate site selection and market development with an emphasis on the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life sciences areas. Within these and other fields, he has completed principal contract research, consulting and representation projects in Germany, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Canada and the United States, to name a few.


LautmanMark Lautman
Principal, Lautman Economic Architecture

Mark Lautman is a founding director of the Community Economics Lab, a private not-for-profit think tank that innovates new approaches to economic development to work in a labor and capital constrained economy. His consulting business, Lautman Economic Architecture, LLC, works with community leaders to transform community economies and elevate the professional practice of economic and workforce development.



Anatalio Ubalde
CEO, GIS Planning, and SizeUp

Anatalio is the CEO of GIS Planning, and SizeUp. Through GIS Planning, he works with organizations throughout the nation to foster enhanced economic development using Internet technology. With he assists businesses to identify optimal locations to startup, expand or relocate based on demographic, geographic, business, and cost.  SizeUp is his newest venture, which launched as a TechCrunch Disrupt finalist. It provides competitive intelligence, market analysis, and geo-advertising recommendations to small businesses.  His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, INC., Fortune, Entrepreneur, MSNBC, and the New York Times.


Mark Williams
President, Strategic Development Group

Mark Williams is a nationally recognized site selection expert with a unique combination of private sector and government site location and economic development experience. During his extensive 23-year career, he has worked with hundreds of U.S.-based and global corporation executives to find facility locations and negotiate location incentives.  Strategic Development Group has directed site selection activities for over $2 billion in U.S.-based investments over the last five years.


10:45-11:45AM – Seminar: Negotiating Incentives, Land Costs and Energy Costs

Mark Williams,President, Strategic Development Group

11:45AM-12:45PM – Workshop: Boom/Bust Cycles and Site Selection Opportunities

JonesAl Jones
Chief of Scouts, aljonesbusinessgrowth

Al Jones is Chief of Scouts at aljonesbusinessgrowth.  Al has coached or trained several thousand businesses, state and local governments, non-profit organizations, associations, etc. on growing, marketing, finding resources, customer analysis, effectiveness, financing, and training their people.

2:00-3:30PM – Think Tank: Site Selection Case History


Jason Hickey
President, Hickey & Associates

Jason Hickey is the President of Hickey & Associates, a global Site Selection and Public Incentive support firm specializing in location selection strategies; federal, state and local incentives; public and private partnerships and regulatory assistance.

3:45-4:45PM – Workshop: Evaluating Financial Incentives


Mark Sweeney
Senior Principal, McCallum Sweeney Consulting

Mark Sweeney is a senior principal in McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC), providing site selection services and economic development consulting to companies and organizations worldwide.  With more than 24 years of experience in site selection and economic development, Mr. Sweeney assists companies in identifying, evaluating, and selecting the optimal location for their capital investments. Such projects cover a wide array of related factors, including sites, infrastructure, transportation, labor and demographics, state and local taxes, and incentives.

Tuesday, April 8

8:00-9:00AM – General Session: KPMG Market Forecast/Competitive Alternatives Study


Hartley Powell
Principal, KPMG

Hartley Powell is Principal at industry giant KPMG. He operates out of the company’s Charlotte campus in its Strategic Relocation and Expansion Services division.  Hartley is a frequent speaker on the economic development trail and has worked on numerous projects in the South, most notably on Kia’s automotive assembly plant project that ended up in West Point, GA.

11:15AM-12:15PM – Seminar: Workforce Analysis and the Site Selection Process

David Brandon
Senior VP, Site Selection Group

David Brandon is Senior Vice President at Site Selection Group, a leading independent location advisory and economic incentives firm providing solutions to corporations and communities across the world.  Mr. Brandon manages the company’s industrial and economic development business practices.  Mr. Brandon brings more than 30 years of location advisory experience to the company with an extensive understanding of workforce analysis, assessment and pragmatic decision making in the investment location process.





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