2022 CONFERENCE

October 10-12 | Greensboro, NC

OVERVIEW

Across the nation, cities are realizing that talent will drive their ability to grow.

Small, mid-size, and large metropolitan areas have developed different strategies for building their talent pipelines: from focusing on college access and completion to engaging and retaining students studying at local institutions.

Young, Smart and Local is a two-day conference designed to inform and engage leaders from higher education, business, government, economic development, and community organizations on best practices around talent growth and attraction.

Campus Philly, the nationally-known talent retention initiative in Philadelphia, and Action Greensboro, national-model for collaborative philanthropic investment in economic development hosted this conference in Philadelphia on April 9 & 10, 2019.

We are excited to welcome Greater New Orleans, Inc and Campus Tulsa as partnering hosts of the 2022 Young Smart Local Conference in Greensboro, NC.

Keynote addresses and break-out sessions will focus on:
  • City as campus: strategies and tactics to leverage city assets as part of college students’ educational experience
  • Best practices for connecting college talent to job opportunity in your region
  • National trends and forecasts regarding talent development, alignment and retention
  • Benchmarking and measuring the impact of talent retention
  • Diversity and equity in growing cities
  •  Supporting Underserved Talent Populations
  • Supporting and Connecting to Remote Workers and Interns
  • COVIDs Impact on Talent
  • Anchor Economies

ATTENDEES

Representatives from cities and metro regions that are committed to talent growth.

Who should attend:
  • Human resource and recruiting leads from major employers
  • Economic development professionals from city, state and local governments and NGOs
  • Higher education leaders
  • Chamber of commerce leaders focused on talent and business growth
  • Destination marketing leaders who focus on attracting new businesses to a region

DRAFT AGENDA

Monday, October 10, 2022

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Conference check-in and Networking

3:00 – 3:20 pm

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Welcome by: Cecelia Thompson, Action Greensboro and Jennifer Kebea, Campus Philly

3:20 – 4:30 pm

Mini Keynote + Equity & Inclusion Panel

4:30 – 5:00 pm

Steal This Idea

Brief lightning talks from cities showcasing a successful initiative, kicking off the conference with inspiring stories from across the country.

If your city has an employer, a higher ed partner or a civic initiative that is tackling talent needs creatively right now, submit them to us using this form and we’ll contact you about presenting it to the Young Smart and Local 2022 Conference in Greensboro! You’ll get 5-7 minutes to present your initiative to a national audience of civic, education and business leaders.  And, we’ll make time for questions and discussions so we can all learn enough to “steal that idea” and implement it in our cities.

Submit your idea here.

Confirmed Speakers:

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5:00 – 7:00 pm

Mayor’s Reception presented by 

7:00 pm

Dinner in LeBauer Park

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

8:00 – 9:00 am

Breakfast and Networking

9:00 – 9:50 am

Breakout Sessions

Session 1:

Session 2:

10:00 – 10:50 am

Breakout Sessions

Session 1:

Session 2:

10:50 – 11:30 am

Networking Break

11:30 – 1:30 pm

Lunch and Keynote

How Anchor Institutions Drive Impact for their Regions

Patrick Harker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will unveil a new data tool created by the Philadelphia Fed measuring the impact of “eds and meds” on regional economies. The Anchor Economy Dashboard shows the economic impact of higher education institutions and hospitals for 524 metro and non-metro regions in the U.S. and calculates a “reliance index” for regions showing how dependent they are on anchors for regional economic activity. The Dashboard will be a critical tool for regions leveraging their higher education assets for economic growth and for higher education institutions in shaping their role in regional economic development. President Harker will discuss the implications of the Dashboard in a moderated conversation.

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

Session 1:

Session 2:

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Panel Discussion

4:00 pm

Wrap Up & Optional Tour

6:00 pm

Dinner Around Town

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

8:00 – 9:00 am

Breakfast and networking

9:00 – 10:30 am

Mini Keynote & Large Panel

10:30 – 11:15 am

Steal This Idea 

Brief lightning talks from cities showcasing a successful initiative, kicking off the conference with inspiring stories from across the country.

If your city has an employer, a higher ed partner or a civic initiative that is tackling talent needs creatively right now, submit them to us using this form and we’ll contact you about presenting it to the Young Smart and Local 2022 Conference in Greensboro! You’ll get 5-7 minutes to present your initiative to a national audience of civic, education and business leaders.  And, we’ll make time for questions and discussions so we can all learn enough to “steal that idea” and implement it in our cities.

Submit your idea here.

Confirmed Speakers:

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11:15 am – NOON

Ah-Ha Moments and Closing Remarks 

Agenda is in draft format and is subject to change.

SPONSORS

PRESENTING SPONSOR 

MAYOR’S RECEPTION SPONSOR

BREAKFAST SPONSORS

BREAKOUT SESSION SPONSORS

LUNCH SPONSOR

SPECIAL HOST SPONSORS

UNC Greensboro

CITY & HIGHER ED PARTNERS

Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
If you are interested in sponsorship, read about opportunities here or contact Cecelia Thompson.