2019 Midstates Agenda

8:30 am • Registration
9:00 am • Welcome
9:15 am • Featured Speaker Presentation: “The Richest Man in Town”
  • V.J. Smith, Brookings, SD

10:15 am • Break and Visit Vendors
10:30 am • Breakout Session 1A: Childcare & Community Services
  • Kelsey Collier-Wise, Community Connection Center, Vermillion, SD

  • Dawn Oliver Wiand, Building Community Child Care Solutions Collaborative, Rural Communities in IA

Breakout Session 1B:  Housing
  • Panel Discussion: The Sioux County Housing Boom, Sioux County, IA

    • Mark Gaul, Orange City

    • Dave Miller, Rock Valley

    • Dennis Dokter, Sioux Center

11:30 am • Lunch

12:00 pm • Featured Speaker Presentation: “Made in Iowa”
  • Scott Siepker, Des Moines, IA

1:15 pm • Breakout Session 2A: Agriculture
  • Barry Dittmer, Tucker Hill Vineyards, Hinton, IA

  • Braden Garwood, Cardinal Farms Greenhouse, Dakota City, NE


Breakout Session 2B: Community Marketing & Branding
  • David Anderson, Marketing Hometown America, Mt. Vernon, SD

  • Joe Bartmann, Dakota Resources, Renner, SD

2:30 pm • Breakout Session 3A: Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Mark Kanitz, 1912 Emporium & Rustic Treasures, Wayne, NE

  • Jennifer Quail, Brookings Economic Development Corporation, Brookings, SD


Breakout Session 3B: Emergency Response
  • Rebecca Socknat, Woodbury County Emergency Management, Woodbury County, IA 

  • Lorie Kreycik Knigge, Grassroots Disaster Recovery, Knox County, NE


3:30 pm • Final Comments, Door Prizes and Afternoon Refreshments
4:00 pm • Adjourn

© 2019 Midstates Community and Economic Development Conference

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