Executive Conference Program

Business Facilities LiveXchange will present a comprehensive, practical and strategic conference program that helps delegates better plan and manage their companies’ relocation or expansion projects. This unique experience will be supplemented by an all-star list of guest speakers, who will be making presentations and leading discussions on a number of hot-button issues.

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Keynote Presentation: Reshoring in 2020: Outlook and Strategies
Rosemary Coates, Executive Director, Reshoring Institute
Sponsored by Northwood Office
Monday, September 28, 8:00am

Navigating the stormy seas surrounding the push to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S., including a trade war that is disrupting global supply chains, requires a sophisticated strategy. Join Rosemary Coates, Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute and the best-selling author of five books on supply chain management, as she charts the route to reshoring success in 2020.

Are We Ready For The Drone Age?
Basil Yap, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division of Aviation, UAS Program Manager
Monday, September 28, 12:15pm

The impending commercialization of unmanned aerial systems (a.k.a. drones) will turbocharge an emerging growth sector that is expected to quickly blossom into a $70-billion industry nationwide, but the FAA is sending mixed signals on whether the Drone Age will be cleared for takeoff. You’ll get the most up-to-date information on the state of play in the UAS field from someone who has a seat at the table where key decisions are made: Basil Yap, head of the FAA’s UAS pilot program at the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

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Opportunity Zones 2.0
Allea Newbold, Principal, Ryan
Christopher Steele, Chamberlain Hrdlicka
Monday, September 28, 4:30pm

Learn how the new guidelines from the IRS for investments in Opportunity Zones will impact on your plans for a QOZ near you. BF Editor Jack Rogers moderates an incisive discussion featuring two of the leading experts on Opportunty Zones, Allea Newbold of Ryan LLC and Christopher Steele of Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group.

Deciphering the Labor Market
Josh Wright, Executive VP, Emsi
Tuesday, September 29, 8:00am

Site selectors need to identify the most important labor market trends in real time, analyzing critical factors that must be weighed before choosing a location for a major project. Emsi EVP Josh Wright will crunch the latest labor market data for us, revealing current trends and pinpointing the best practices for evaluating workforce availability at candidate sites.