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24th Pinal County Town Hall

Speakers

Robert D. Atkinson
President & CEO-Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, DC-based technology policy think tank. He is also author of the forthcoming book The Global Race for Innovation Advantage, and Why the U.S. is Falling Behind (Yale, 2011), the book, The Past And Future Of America’s Economy: Long Waves Of Innovation That Power Cycles Of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005), and the State New Economy Index series. He has an extensive background in technology policy, he has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally.
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Barry G. Broome
President & CEO-Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Barry G. Broome is president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). With over 17 years experience in economic development, he is shaping GPEC to become the leading economic development organization in the nation by 2010. Broome's avant-garde approach to building an economy will transform Greater Phoenix into a world-renowned region of excellence.
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Keith Watkins
Senior Vice President, Business Attraction

Keith Watkins is a third generation Arizona native, bringing 25 years of experience in economic development and real estate to the Arizona Commerce Authority. He played a key role in the startup and formative years of GPEC, serving as its Vice President of Corporate Locations, as well as the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore. Mr. Watkins also served as the Economic Development and Aviation Director with the Town of Buckeye.
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Chris Engle
Senior Consultant, Avalanche Consulting

Chris Engle is Avalanche Consulting’s Senior Consultant and is the firm’s expert on economic analysis, target industry evaluation, real estate feasibility, incubator strategies, and workforce assessment.  He brings over 15 years of economic development and site selection experience to Avalanche, including twelve years in consulting and three years at a regional economic development agency. His experience and expertise includes client management, project design, target industry research, asset analysis, real estate feasibility, technology assessments, and site selection.
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Jim Kolbe
Former US Congressman

Jim Kolbe chairs the Arizona Governor’s CANAMEX Task Force and is Arizona’s private sector designate to the multi-state coalition. He lends his international experience toward continued development of CANAMEX as a safe, secure and efficient corridor for trade, commerce and tourism.
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Description: bwolnikRobert D. Atkinson
PreMsident & CEO-Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, DC-based technology policy think tank. He is also author of the forthcoming book The Global Race for Innovation Advantage, and Why the U.S. is Falling Behind (Yale, 2011), the book, The Past And Future Of America’s Economy: Long Waves Of Innovation That Power Cycles Of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005), and the State New Economy Index series. He has an extensive background in technology policy, he has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally.

Before coming to ITIF, Dr. Atkinson was Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and Director of PPI’s Technology & New Economy Project. While at PPI he wrote numerous research reports on technology and innovation policy, including on issues such as broadband telecommunications, e-commerce and e-government, privacy, copyright, the R&D tax credit, offshoring, and innovation economics.

Previously Dr. Atkinson served as the first Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council, a public-private partnership including as members the Governor, legislative leaders, and corporate and labor leaders. As head of RIEPC, he was responsible for drafting a comprehensive economic strategic development plan for the state, developing a ten-point economic development plan, and working to successfully implement all ten proposals through the legislative and administrative branches. Prior to that he was Project Director at the former Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. While at OTA, he directed The Technological Reshaping of Metropolitan America, a seminal report examining the impact of the information technology revolution on America’s urban areas.

President Clinton appointed Dr. Atkinson to the Commission on Workers, Communities, and Economic Change in the New Economy; the Bush administration appointed him chair of Congressionally-created National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission; and the Obama administration appointed him to the National Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy Advisory Board. In addition, he was named by the White House Office of Science and Policy as co-chair of China-U.S. Innovation Policy Experts Group.

He is a member of the Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, co-chaired by Markle Foundation president Zoe Baird and former Netscape Communications chairman James Barksdale.  Atkinson is also a board member or advisory council member of the Internet Education Foundation, NetChoice Coalition, and the University of Oregon Institute for Policy Research and Innovation, and the State Science and Technology Institute.  He also serves on the advisory panel to Americans for Computer Privacy, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Electronic Government and the Journal of Internet Policy, a member of the Global Innovation Forum Brain Trust, a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a fellow of the Glocomm, a Tokyo-based research institute.

In 2011, Washingtonian Magazine named him a “Tech Titan”.   Ars Technica listed Atkinson as one of 2009’s tech policy People to Watch.  In 2006, Inc. Magazine listed Atkinson as one of 19 Friends of Small Business in Washington. In 2002, he was awarded the Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Award Silver Medal. In addition, Government Technology Magazine and the Center for Digital Government named him one of the 25 top Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of Information Technology. 

Dr. Atkinson has testified before a number of committees in Congress and has appeared in various media outlets including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and NBC Nightly News. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989, where he was awarded the distinguished Joseph E. Pogue Fellowship. 

 

Description: Barry_BroomeBarry G. Broome
President & CEO-Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Barry G. Broome is president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). With over 17 years experience in economic development, he is shaping GPEC to become the leading economic development organization in the nation by 2010. Broome's avant-garde approach to building an economy will transform Greater Phoenix into a world-renowned region of excellence.

Under Broome's leadership, GPEC and Greater Phoenix have achieved notable wins, including the launch of a statewide international program to attract foreign investment; the commission of a fact-based analysis that led to the enactment of 80% sales factor enabling Arizona to better compete for multi-state corporations; and the initiation of the Community Building Consortium--led by real estate development professionals to accelerate responsible development through product, planning and process.

Prior to joining GPEC, Broome spent five years as founder and CEO of Southwest Michigan First (SMF), mobilizing large company expansions, relocations and venture capital funds. In 2001, he was named Michigan's Economic Developer of the Year, and three years later, SMF was named one of the Top 20 Economic Development Organizations by Site Selection magazine. He managed an angel network that invested more than $10 million in early stage venture capital for life science start-ups and advanced 14 life science start-ups through Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, a facility founded by Broome, dedicated to developing technology-based ventures. In addition to launching 23 new ventures, four of which evolved into venture funds, Broome oversaw a Contract Research Organization (CRO) network focused on drug development. In partnership with Western Michigan University, Broome and SMF negotiated a $100 million technology divestment with Pharmacia Corporation and developed a plan to carve out service models from Pfizer, which included $30 million in investment and $16 million in equipment.

As Director of Economic Development for the City of Toledo, he drove the growth and expansion of industrial and medical research parks, waterfront and downtown developments, and was part of Project Jeep Team-the largest city-level industrial expansion project in the United States, creating $1.2 billion in capital investment and more than 5,000 jobs.

He is an invited guest lecturer at institutions such as University of Notre Dame, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College, speaking topically on the subjects of innovation, economic development and leadership.
Broome chaired the Economic Development Subcommittee for the City of Phoenix 2006 Bond program and sits on several boards and commissions, including the City of Phoenix Commission on the Economy, ASU Economic Council, ASU Technopolis Advisory Board, Maricopa Partnership for Arts and Culture, Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED), the Arizona Economic Resources Organization (AERO) and Salt River Devco Board. Broome served as Host Committee Chair for the 2007 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference.

Keith WatkinsKeith Watkins
Senior Vice President, Business Attraction

Keith Watkins is a third generation Arizona native, bringing 25 years of experience in economic development and real estate to the Arizona Commerce Authority. He played a key role in the startup and formative years of GPEC, serving as its Vice President of Corporate Locations, as well as the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore. Mr. Watkins also served as the Economic Development and Aviation Director with the Town of Buckeye.

Mr. Watkins played a pivotal role in recruiting and retaining some of the Phoenix area's most prominent employers. Among them: Vanguard Mutual Funds, Henkel (formerly the Dial Corp), Midwestern University, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Wells Fargo Call Center, Bank of America Call Center, Avnet, Sumitomo Sitix, American Express and Charles Schwab, Catholic Healthcare West, Discover Card, Wells Cargo Trailers and St. Jude Medical. His real estate background includes land development and brokerage.

Mr. Watkins is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Regional Development

 

Chris Engle
Senior Consultant, Avalanche Consulting

Chris Engle is Avalanche Consulting’s Senior Consultant and is the firm’s expert on economic analysis, target industry evaluation, real estate feasibility, incubator strategies, and workforce assessment.  He brings over 15 years of economic development and site selection experience to Avalanche, including twelve years in consulting and three years at a regional economic development agency. His experience and expertise includes client management, project design, target industry research, asset analysis, real estate feasibility, technology assessments, and site selection.

Prior to joining Avalanche, Chris was Vice President at Angelou Economics and Research Director at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. He has created economic development plans and assessments for over 60 communities across the US and Europe and has worked with major technology companies.  Chris Engle has consulted to the following corporate and community clients during previous work experience: Applied Materials; Austin Clean Energy Initiative; Burlington, Iowa; Citgo; Czech Republic; Dell Computer; Exodus Communications; Fort Bend County, Texas (Sugar Land); Gables Residential; Grand Junction, Colorado; Hampton Roads, Virginia; Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; JPI Development; McClellan Research Park, Anniston, AL; Miami, FL; North Carolina Military Business Center; Northern Kentucky; Opus Development; Orlando, Florida; Quad Cities, Illinois; San Joaquin County, California; Santa Fe, New Mexico; State of New Mexico; State of New York; State of Texas; Stratus Properties; Texas Energy Center; The Cleveland Clinic; Topeka, KS; Tri-Cities Research Park, Richland, WA; Western Kentucky; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Chris is a frequent speaker at economic development events and is a published writer and commentator in national and local print media. 

Description: ANd9GcQe166v9s-kWJ8_h7cI89JOC2-9qi12_t4sCpfUTY-wQbuOWQdnJim Kolbe
Former US Congressman

Jim Kolbe chairs the Arizona Governor’s CANAMEX Task Force and is Arizona’s private sector designate to the multi-state coalition. He lends his international experience toward continued development of CANAMEX as a safe, secure and efficient corridor for trade, commerce and tourism.

Kolbe is a Senior Transatlantic Fellow for the German Marshal Fund of the United States. He is also adjunct Professor in the College of Business, University of Arizona and strategic consultant with McLarty Associates. His eleven consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives include 20 years on the Appropriations Committee, four years as Treasury, Post Office and Related Agencies Subcommittee chair and six years as Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Agencies Subcommittee chair.     

Kolbe was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University. He has received numerous awards and tributes including the George Marshall Award for Distinguished Service from the United States Agency for International Development and the Order of the Aztec from the President of Mexico.

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