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Thank you for being a part of the 2017 Indiana Summit for Economic Development via Early Learning Coalitions.

The 2017 Indiana Summit brought together business, education, civic, and other community leaders to explore the business case for investment in early childhood and ways to develop and sustain an early learning coalitions throughout Indiana.

Featured Speakers

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Keynote: Why Investing in the Early Years is Important and Shapes the Future Workforce

Erin Ramsey, Senior Manager, Mind in the Making The Bezos Family Foundation shared the following resources:

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Dr. Tim Bartik, Senior Economist, Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Dr. Bartik, nationally renowned expert and author of Investing in Kids, highlighted how early childhood education supports workforce and economic development.

Additional resources:

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Kevin Bain, CEO and Executive Director, Wellborn Baptist Foundation, Chairman of the Indiana Early Learning Advisory Committee

Coalition Breakout Sessions

Understanding the Baseline Current Data

Mike Bachman, Senior Director Indiana Accreditation Project, Indiana AEYC
Cindy Frey, President, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce
Larry Pejeau, CEO, Brown County Community Foundation
Dr. Laura Hammack, Superintendent, Brown County Schools

Understanding the Baseline Current Data

Matt Hetzel, Communications Analyst, Indiana Network of Knowledge
Jennifer Myers, Program Coordinator, Monroe Smart Start
Clint Kugler, Chief Executive Offi cer, Wabash County YMCA
Keith A. Gillenwater, President/CEO, Economic Development Group of Wabash County

Creating a Collection Vision Plan

Amanda Lopez, President, Transform Consulting Group
Emily Rupchock, Coordinator, Ready to Grow St. Joe
Tom Kinghorn, Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer Emeritus, Ball State University

Evaluating Impact Continous Improvement

Michael Conn-Powers, Director, Early Childhood Center, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University-Bloomington
Kerri Wortinger, Little Giants Preschool, Marion Community Schools
Carrie Bale, Executive Director, Muncie BY5
John Peirce, Consultant, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership for Early Learning Initiatives
Greta McKinney, Executive Director, Martin Luther King Montessori Preschool

Family and Community Engagement

Cathy Gray, Assistant Superintendent, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation
Erica Woodward, Project Manager, Jackson County’s On My Way Pre-K
Kirsten Eamon-Shine, Director of Statewide Communications and Engagement, Early Learning Indiana

Additional Resources

The 2017 Indiana Summit for Economic Development was sponsored by

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The 2017 Indiana Summit for Economic Development was presented by

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Event Details

Summit Objectives

Excite leaders about the opportunities available to link early learning to drive economic development.

Summit Objectives

Share information to equip and empower local leaders to enhance and strengthen coalitions.

Excite leaders about the opportunities available to link early learning to drive economic development.

Share information to equip and empower local leaders to enhance and strengthen coalitions.

Activate positive change at the local and state level.

Event Details

Excite. Share. Act.

Activate positive change at the local and state level.