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2018 Business Investment Summit

Date: August 2, 2018 Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Event Description



Opening Remarks by Ben Fowke, Chairman, President, & CEO of Xcel Energy. Ben represents a multi state energy company working in regional economic development.


Closing Session by Kevin McKinnon, Deputy Commissioner of DEED. Kevin will provide a debrief of the Army Futures Command project.

WHAT: Join us as we unpack the process of a deal at the GREATER MSP Business Investment Summit. An event that will bring together nationally leading site selection consultants, local commercial brokers, economic developers and deal-makers. 

Enjoy a keynote conversation between Michael Langley and Richard Florida on the "Amazon HQ2 Effect", discussing the muti-faceted implications of this unprecedented site selection process.

Be a part of a candid, behind the scenes conversation about how a corporate site selection deal actually works, including addressing the different public and private sector processes and how to navigate through potential deal barriers. 

WHO: Everyone involved in the deal process, including Public Sector Partners, Commercial Brokers, Site Selectors, Developers, Utilities and many more.

WHY: Understanding the deal process and working through barriers together will ensure businesses and people prosper in the Region.

9:30 am: Registration and Networking

10:00 am: Welcome 

10:30 am: Keynote: The HQ2 Effect with Richard Florida, Author of The New Urban Crisis, University of Toronto, and GREATER MSP CEO, Michael Langley

11:30 am: Lunch

12:00 pm: Unpacking the Process of a Deal with Tracye McDaniel, Founder & CEO, McDaniel Strategy Ecosystems

12:45 pm: Deal Barriers: What are they and how do we solve them together?

1:30 pm: Deal Discussion, How Did It Actually Work? Illume Candle

2:15 pm: Closing & Networking Happy Hour

*Additional national thought leader speakers will be announced soon

*Please note, elected officials are welcome at the Business Investment Summit. Please forward this invite to anyone who may be interested.

Event Location Mystic Lake Center - Waconia Ballroom, Prior Lake
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Date/Time Information Thursday, August 2, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Directions to arrive at Mystic Lake Center:
  • 169 South to County Road 83 (Mystic Lake Drive NW)
  • When you arrive to Mystic Lake – follow the signage to Mystic Lake Center
    • Digital signage on overpass will direct you to right lane of traffic
    • Dakota Parkway guides you to the event center parking
  • Interstate 35 to 185th Street
  • Take a right on to County Road 83 (Mystic Lake Drive NW)
  • When you arrive to Mystic Lake – follow the signage to Mystic Lake Center
  • Signage will direct you to turn left under the overpass onto Dakota Parkway
  • Dakota Parkway guides you to the event center parking
Contact Information
Megan Barnett-Livgard
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