economic prosperity after the recession
Sunday, Sept. 22, 8-11 a.m.
A panel of state legislators, executive branch officials and economic development practitioners will discuss a new CSG publication on the use of tax and financial incentives by states. Speakers will discuss recent fiscal and economic trends in the states and highlight case studies in differing state approaches to economic development.
Senator Jay Emler
Representative Kyle Yamashita
Dr. Eric Thompson
Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Bureau of Business Research, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Chief Economic Development Officer, Idaho Department of Commerce
Deputy Secretary for Business Development, Kansas Department of Commerce
Global Solutions Manager, Esri, Inc.
Deputy Director, Missouri Department of Economic Development
Senator Jay Emler has represented the 35th District in central Kansas since 2001 and served as the 2012 national chairman of The Council of State Governments. In January 2011, Senator Emler was elected Senate Majority Leader and during his time in the Senate, he has served as chairman of both Ways & Means and Utilities committees and currently is Vice-chair of the Joint Committee on Kansas Security. He also served as a member of Governor Brownback’s transition team and has been a member of the Senate Commerce Committee for 13 years. Senator Emler is co-chair of CSG’s newly formed Fiscal and Economic Development Public Policy Committee.
Representative Yamashita has served the residents of House District 12, which includes Pukalani, Makawao, Olinda, Pulehu, Kula, and Ulupalakua, since his election in 2004. During his time in office, Hawaii faced its most serious economic crisis in recent history. As a senior member of the House Finance Committee, Representative Yamashita was able to assist in crafting a balanced State budget without raising the general excise tax, and more important for Maui residents, without taking away Maui's portion of the state hotel room tax. He continues to be committed to economic growth, especially by balancing the needs of business and labor. Representative Yamashita is co-chair of CSG’s newly formed Fiscal and Economic Development Public Policy Committee.
Eric C. Thompson is an Associate Professor of Economics and the Director of the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Thompson’s research examines competitive factors affecting state and local economic growth, the impact of infrastructure on the economy and the role of entrepreneurship in regional economic development. He is a past co-editor of Growth and Change: A Journal of Urban and Regional Policy and is co-author of the 2008 book Entrepreneurship in Nebraska: Conditions, Attitudes and Actions.
Gynii Gilliam was appointed as the Chief Economic Development Officer for the Idaho Department of Commerce in November 2011. Gilliam has over 20 years' experience in the industry. She provides expansion assistance to both large and small local businesses, and has enjoyed tremendous success recruiting new companies into the region.
Kelly serves as both the deputy secretary for Business Development and the director of the Business Development Division. He has served as a finance and venture capital specialist and field office supervisor, among other responsibilities. Kelly also has lead teams in the successful expansion or attraction of a number of major economic development projects.
Mr. Leadbeater currently holds the position of global solutions manager; State Government & Trade Associations Industry. He is responsible for coordinating all out-reach, marketing and business development, identifying solution needs and serving as liaison to Esri’s clients in these sectors. His focus is on the development of tools and solutions addressing government administrative functions with attention on GIS support of policy issues and government business processes.
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Since joining the department in October 2011, Zamkus has served as the director of Legislative Affairs and Legal Counsel, general counsel, liaison to the Missouri General Assembly and was named deputy director at the conclusion of the 2013 legislative session. Prior to joining the department, he spent more than seven years working for the Missouri State Senate as an attorney in the Research Division with an emphasis on tax and economic development legislation.