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MEGA EVENTS: LABI'S Annual Meeting and Louisiana Governor's Economic Summit

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It’s that time of year, once again for politics and business. Some say it's the business of politics. Others go with the politics of business. Nonetheless, they're here, this February, in Baton Rouge.  

On Tuesday February 12, the largest Louisiana business organization holds its always-packed annual event. Later this month, the State of Louisiana is hosting the Governor's Economic Development Summit.

 

So you can attend both, here are the particulars:

LABI ANNUAL MEETING

The 2019 Louisiana Association of Business and Industry’s (LABI) Annual Meeting takes place on February 12th at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.

Attendees of the event will be treated to a double dose of star speakers as the organization kicks off what it considers to be a pivotal year of action in Louisiana. 

The annual meeting brings together the state’s elected officials, business leaders and those with a keen interest in Louisiana business and the state’s direction.

This year, : LABI presents dual-keynote speakers, Kristen Soltis Anderson and Scott Stratten.

Kristen Soltis Anderson is the author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America. She is a pollster and co-founder of Echelon Insights, a research and analytics firm. She was one of TIME’s “30 Under 30 Changing the World” and has been featured as one of ELLE’s 2016 “Most Compelling Women in Washington.”

Anderson is an ABC News political contributor, a columnist at The Washington Examiner, and is the co-host of The Pollsters, a bipartisan weekly podcast. She regularly appears on programs such as Morning Joe, Fox News Sunday, Real Time With Bill Maher and more. In 2014, Anderson was a Resident Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics. Her research on millennial attitudes has been featured in The New York Times Magazine and she regularly speaks to audiences of corporate leaders and public officials about how to reach the millennial generation.



WHAT: LABI's 2019 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 12th will bring together the top leaders in business, government, education, and the community for innovative and thought-provoking conversations. Whether it’s engaging elected officials, engaging with customers in a new way, engaging in the community or engaging in new ideas to solve old problems, this event will teach attendees "how to."

WHO: LABI presents dual-keynote speakers, Kristen Soltis Anderson and Scott Stratten.

LABI’s morning keynote speaker, Kristen Soltis Anderson is the author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America. She is a pollster and co-founder of Echelon Insights, a research and analytics firm. She was one of TIME’s “30 Under 30 Changing the World” and has been featured as one of ELLE’s 2016 “Most Compelling Women in Washington.”
 

Anderson is an ABC News political contributor, a columnist at The Washington Examiner, and is the co-host of The Pollsters, a bipartisan weekly podcast. She regularly appears on programs such as Morning Joe, Fox News Sunday, Real Time With Bill Maher and more. In 2014, Anderson was a Resident Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics. Her research on millennial attitudes has been featured in The New York Times Magazine and she regularly speaks to audiences of corporate leaders and public officials about how to reach the millennial generation.

UnMarketing President Scott Stratten will deliver the luncheon keynote, in his high-energy, interactive and entertaining style of challenging traditional business outreach methods. The "ultimate sales and marketing truth slayer", Scott helps organizations see their business through a new lens with his unconventional “unmarketing” views and vanguard approach to building and maintaining real customer relationships. 
 
Stratten has transformed how corporations like PepsiCo, Century 21, Fidelity and Microsoft do business with radical insights on how to engage better with customers through social and viral marketing. Named a top 5 social media power influencer by Forbes.com, Scott elevates the conversation by putting the focus back on what matters most to current and potential buyers, values like trust, authenticity, relationships and service. In 2018, Scott was inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame.

The LABI annual meeting starts at 8:00 A.M. and ends at-1:30 PM (CDT)

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is located at 4728 Constitution Avenue 70808. Events will be held in Premier I, II & III.

For more information, click here

LOUISIANA GOVERNOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT

On Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the Louisiana Statewide Business Summit, a Feb. 21 event connecting the state’s top business and industry leaders with key administration officials from throughout state government. The summit will highlight Louisiana economic development success stories and the ways both public and private sector leaders plan to address challenges to drive Louisiana’s economic future.

The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd. Register here, and visit the event site for agenda and event details.

“What binds us together as a people in Louisiana is our fervent desire to put our state first,” Gov. Edwards said. “That goal is far stronger than anything that might divide us. With this Statewide Business Summit, we are uniting leaders from business with leaders from the public sector for open discussion on the ways that we can capture Louisiana’s economic momentum and build a lasting blueprint for future success.”

Conceived as an annual event, the initial summit will provide an opportunity for business and industry decision-makers to interact with the governor’s leadership team on issues critical to the state’s economy.

Gov. Edwards will deliver a keynote address. Four major panel discussions of public and private sector leaders will address the following topics:

  • Infrastructure: Investing in Our Future, moderated by CSRS President Tim Barfield.
  • Financial Stability: Tax Policy and Financial Reform, moderated by Public Affairs Research Council President Robert Travis Scott.
  • Forward Momentum and OpportunityLouisiana Economic Development, moderated by LED Secretary Don Pierson.
  • Bold New World: Water, Cyber and Advanced Manufacturing, with presentations accompanied by a working lunch.

Confirmed event participants include Committee of 100 President and CEO Mike Olivier; Port of New Orleans President and CEO Brandy Christian; DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson; Department of Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson; and LSU Alumni Professor of Economics and Public Administration Jim Richardson.

Other participants will include Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne; LouisianaWorkforce Commission Secretary Ava Dejoie; military consultant John Simmons of The Roosevelt Group; President Trey Burvant of Second Line Stages; Executive Director Craig Spohn of the Cyber Innovation Center; and President and CEO Justin Ehrenwerth of The Water Institute of the Gulf.

Presenting sponsors include: C100, the Committee of 100 for Economic Development Inc.; LACCE, the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives; LIDEA, the LouisianaIndustrial Development Executives Association; LPFA, the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority; and REAL, the Regional Economic Alliance of Louisiana.

Additional sponsors from throughout the state are supporting the Louisiana Statewide Business Summit and are listed here. For information about becoming a sponsor, visit the LouisianaStatewide Business Summit sponsorship page.

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