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Conferences


CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Sunday, August 10, 2014

12:30 p.m. –
5:30 p.m.

Golf at Prospector

Created by the Palmer Course Design Company, Prospector is a magnificent 18-hole, 7100 yard mountain golf course, featuring dazzling views, rolling fairways and fast, medium sized greens. While extremely playable for all skill levels, Prospector’s well-bunkered fairways and numerous water features present plenty of risk/reward challenges for the more accomplished golfer as well. In 2006, Prospector was named one of the “Best New Public Courses” by Golf Digest magazine in addition to having been selected as one of the Top 50 new courses by Golf Week Magazine in 2007.
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hiking the Coal Miners Trail

The Coal Miners Trail begins in Cle Elum and gradually goes up along many old coal mining slag piles and fan houses toward Ronald. It is a very well maintained trail that is as wide as a dirt road. This trail is great for all types of hikers and visitors who want to get a glimpse of the old mining activity that was once abundant in this area. It is a 5.5 mile trail with only a 453 ft elevation gain and takes you through Roslyn. Participants will be transported back to the resort from the end of the trail.
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Strawberry Meeting Area

Enjoy a variety of heavy hors d’oeurves and talk about the golf victories and beautiful surroundings you’ve enjoyed during the day. This is time to get acquainted or re-acquainted with fellow conference participants.

$30

8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Breakfast and Opening Remarks
Craven Meeting Room


Monday, August 11, 2014

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Opening Remarks

Craven Meeting Room

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Barich Meeting Room
The Road to Revitalization: The U.S.’s Main Street Program and How It Can Boost Local Economic Development

Carolyn Honeycutt is the Director for the Ellensburg Downtown Association. Carolyn has a degree in Accounting from Babson College and has worked as an accountant in a variety of businesses in NC, NY, and IA. In 2003 she helped create a downtown revitalization program in Story City, IA (pop 3300), Carolyn left for the non-profit world. In 2007 she earned her certification as a Professional Main Street Manager. In Iowa, Carolyn oversaw over $6 million in private investments, over $1 million in development and arts grants, and created events that continue to bring people downtown. Since moving to Ellensburg in 2010, she has led the creation of Buskers in the Burg, Hometown Holidays, and the Hoedown in the Downtown, installed holiday lighting and street furniture projects, and created a new downtown website.

director@ellensburgdowntown.org

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

Barich Meeting Room

President and CEO Gynii Abracosa Gilliam has spent more than 25 years in the field of economic development, working in both the private and public sectors, from rural towns to the state level. She has worked with companies as large as Farmers Insurance, Allstate, Simplot, Monsanto, Amoco-Cyprus Mines, and General Motors to very small Mom-and-Pop retail shops and start-up companies in Idaho. She has extensive experience in business attraction, retention & expansion (BRE), as well as new business creation. Gynii is also an entrepreneur at heart —fully understanding the perspective of the business owner as she has launched and operated several successful Main Street businesses in the past, and again now, recently launching her consulting firm, Gilliam & Company.

gynii@gilliamandcompany.com

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch
Craven Meeting Room

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Barich Meeting Room

Jonathan Smith is the Executive Director of the Grant County Economic Development Council and earned his Master's Degree from Gonzaga University and his Bachelor's from the University of Idaho. Since joining the EDC in 2005, Jonathan has assisted seven companies in relocating to Grant County. These companies have spent over $450 million in construction of new facilities and have created 280 full time jobs that pay approximately $14 million in annual wages and salaries. Jonathon has also served as President for the Adams and Grant Human Resources Association and as a board member for the WA State Society of Human Resource Managers.

jonathan@grantedc.com

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Dinner at Roslyn Café

The Roslyn Café is featured in the opening title sequence of Northern Exposure, the hit CBS television series (1990-95) which filmed its exterior scenes for the fictional town of Cicely, Alaska, in Roslyn and the surrounding area. Many local residents served as extras in the show and some gained small parts. The Northern Exposure link is a tourist draw and many local stores use the show as a theme for their local goods.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast and Daily Update

Barich Room

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

 

Barich Meeting Room
Little Big Planet - All Economics are Local … Or Global … Or Both

Dr. Eric Fruits is president and chief economist at Economics International Corp. a Portland-based economics consulting firm. He is an adjunct professor of economics at Portland State University. He has produced numerous research studies involving economic analysis, financial modeling, and statistical analysis. As an expert witness, he has provided expert testimony in state court, federal court, and an international court. His economic analysis has been widely cited and has been published in The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. 

fruits@econinternational.com

10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Field Trip to Kittitas Valley Wind Farm Site

Kittitas Valley Wind Farm is located along the Anderson Mountain range on 6,000 acres north of Ellensburg, Washington. The wind farm has an installed capacity of 100.8 MW – enough to power approximately 28,000 homes each year—and features 48 2.1 MW turbines. This facility generates local property tax revenue for Kittitas County and provides land lease income to the owners of the rangeland on which the wind farm is built. The day trip includes a boxed lunch.

3:00 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.

Barich Meeting Room

Reports from States and Provinces: Each participant will give an overview of the latest triumphs and challenges from their respective regions. Please plan to give some background on the region’s existing resources and how that has been built upon, overcome or threatened in the past 3 years.
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Dinner
Roslyn Meadow at The Inn

As the mountain scenery surrounds you, feel your mood drink in the unparalleled surroundings. You may see an elk grazing on the grass, a hawk soaring above, the sun gleaming through the pines. Tonight we will dine outdoors in an intimate Pacific Northwest mountain setting.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast
Craven Meeting room

$20

8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Golf at Rope Rider

Built along the site of historic Roslyn Mines No. 9, No. 10 and Tipple Hill, an impressive 120’ coal tailings rise, this Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design is named in honor of the miners who precariously balanced themselves on the roped coal cars that maneuvered the steep mine shafts. Though Rope Rider challenges even the most experienced golfers with more than 7300 yards from the tips, it also accommodates family golf vacations, with youth tees on every hole and shorter three and six-hole loops for quick sessions with the kids

$80 extra