Sessions will be organized in presentations and panels around the examination of state and local tax expenditures, economic development initiatives, and other incentives and subsidies aimed at supporting entrepreneurs and innovation. All attendees will also have the opportunity to give brief three-minute pitches on any topic of their choice related to entrepreneurship and state and local policy at two "lightning" rounds of presentations during the conference.


Wednesday, April 16

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Reception-Kauffman Foundation Cafe

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dinner-Kauffman Foundation Cafe

Thursday, April 17

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Welcome
Dane Stangler, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Examining tools by state: Case study of two border states, Kansas and Missouri
Nathan Jensen, Washington University in St. Louis

Discussion panel:
Peter Fisher, Iowa Policy Project
Greg LeRoy, Good Jobs First
Elisabeth Beck Reynolds, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Moderator: Yasuyuki Motoyama, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Lightning presentations

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
From the Field: Policy in action panel

Stan Ahlerich, Kansas Governor's Council of Economic Advisors
Bill Anderson, Missouri Technology Corporation
Brian Waller, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Moderator: Sangeeta Badal, Gallup

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch and presentation
Ann Markusen, University of Minnesota

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lightning presentations

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
State innovation programs and entrepreneurial activity: Evidence from the Great Lakes Region
Rosemarie Ziedonis, University of Oregon

Discussion panel:
Josh Goodman, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Richard Goe, Kansas State University
E.J. Reedy, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Moderator: Peter Eaton, University of Missouri-Kansas City

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Panel: Improving the environment for entrepreneurs and government

Alfred Botchway, Xenometrics
Nathan Benjamin, PlanetReuse and InvenQuery
Maryann Feldman, University of North Carolina
Paul Schwetz, Greater Missouri Imaging
Moderator: Maria Meyers, U.S. Sourcelink

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Conference wrap-up discussion
Dane Stangler, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Yasuyuki Motoyama, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

6:00 p.m.
Post-conference Dinner (optional)-Jack Stack BBQ at the Freight House