IEZA Virtual Conference December 16-17, 2020

Virtual Conference

December 16th and 17th

The pandemic has unfortunately prevented us from having our regular spring and fall IEZA conferences this year.  We know that our members appreciate the knowledge and updates they typically gain from attending the conferences.  Therefore, we are scheduling a virtual conference on December 16th and 17th.  This will allow us to conduct our annual membership meeting and give our members an opportunity to get critical updates on Enterprise Zone issues from both DCEO and IDOR.  We hope that you are able join us for these sessions.  Access to the sessions will be at no cost to IEZA members.

December 16th

      9 am – 9:30 am – 
Annual IEZA Membership Meeting
9:30 am – 11:00 am –
Innovative Opportunity for Statewide
Advancement – Craig Coil
December 17th
9:00 am – 10:30 am –
DCEO Update on Enterprise Zone Issues
10:30 am – 12:00 pm –
IDOR Updates an Q&A from IEZA Members

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2012 Spring Conference Agenda & Brochure

(Revised agenda and brochure attached – as of 5/9/12)ieza-hilton

The IEZA has released the agenda for the 2012 Annual Spring Conference being held May 16-18, 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1301 Avenue of Mid-America, Effingham, IL 62401. Room rate is $89 plus tax.  You must indicate you are part of the IEZA Conference when calling for your reservation.  Please call 217.540.7777 for reservations.

The brochure has a registration form with costs.  Please note that there are RSVPs required for meal events. 

The following is the agenda for the conference. Changes will be posted at this site. At the bottom of this article is the PDF of this agenda that you can print out for your convenience.  All sessions are subject to change.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Noon to 5:00 p.m.:  IEZA Golf Outing
    Contact: Emily McConville (815) 539-7459
  • 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Welcome Reception
    (Open Bar and Heavy Hors D’oeuvres)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.:  Welcome and Opening Remarks
    Craig Coil, IEZA President
    Honorable Merv Gillenwater, Mayor – City of Effingham
  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Spotlight on Effingham
    Learn about all of the Zone activity and development in Effingham, the “Crossroads of Opportunity”
    Todd Hull, Economic Development Director, Effingham Enterprise Zone Administrator
  • 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.:  BREAK
  • 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: State to State Business Tax Comparisons
    John F. Gremer, Partner – State and Local Tax
    KPMG – Chicago
  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.:  LUNCH / BREAK
    Growing Illinois Marketing Initiative Overview
    Janet Mathis, Executive Director, Renew Moline
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: Boundary Amendment Case Study
    Archer Daniels Midland Rail Yard and Intermodal Facility
    Project Background and Overview, Benedetto (Ben) Guido, VIA RAIL Logistics, LLC
    Enterprise Zone Boundary Amendment Process
    Craig Coil, EDC of Decatur and Macon County
  • 2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.:  BREAK
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.:  Boundary Amendment Case Study, TCI Manufacturing and Equipment Sales, Inc.
    Hear how TCI worked with local officials on a boundary expansion to the Zone and incorporated new taxing districts into a new property tax abatement agreement. Mike Maynard, President, TCI Manufacturing
  • 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.:  Open Forum
    At the request of many members, this is an open topic session where program experts can answer general questions about zone operations and application processes.
  • 5:00 p.m. to ???:  Dinner (On Your Own)
    IEZA and the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau will provide suggestions at the conference.

Friday, May 18, 2012

  • 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.:  Breakfast Buffet
  • 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.: Legislative Update
    Update on the Enterprise Zone termination date extension legislation and related items of interest to all IEZA members
    Craig Coil, IEZA President
    John Thompson, Legislative Chairman
  • 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.:Open Discussion
    Learn about and discuss how zones across the state implement accountability and performance standards for Zone projects.
    • Topics will include:
      • Pre-Development Agreements
      • Clawback Agreements
      • Local Enterprise Zone Abatement Processes.
        John “Jamie” Boyd, Kankakee County States Attorney and IEZA Presenters
  • 10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.:  BREAK
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.Illinois’ Competitive Edge from a Site Selectors Perspective
    Matthew Adams, Real Estate & Location Strategy Practice, Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Chicago
  • 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.: IEZA Board/Business Meeting

pdf2012 Spring Conference Brochure (revised 5/9/12)686.69 KB

Spring 2010 Spring Conference and Admin Training Conference agenda

brochure.jpgThe IEZA has released the agenda for the 2010 Annual Spring Conference & Administrator’s Training Conference being held May 5-7, 2010 at Jumers in Rock Island, IL.

A block of rooms will be held until April 16, 2010. For room reservations, call 800-477-7747 and you are requested to indicate that you are with the IEZA to get the $84 room rate.  To find directions to the conference center, click here.

The following is the agenda for the conference. Changes will be posted at this site. At the bottom of this article are the PDFs of this agenda that you can print out for your convenience.  All sessions are subject to change.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

  • Noon to 5:00 P.M. Greenfield Tour
    Contact John Thompson @ 815-284-3361 or
  • 6:30 P.M. Conference Opening Reception
    Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with your IEZA colleagues, enjoy a “South of the Border” menu and hosted bar.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE – Thursday, May 6, 2010

  • 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.: Full Breakfast Provided
    Sponsored by KPMG
  • 8:00 – 9:00 A.M.: Registration
  • 9:00 – 9:15 A.M.: Welcome/Opening Remarks
  • 9:15 – 10:30 A.M.: Review of 2010 IEZA Administrator’s Handbook
  • 10:30 – 10:45 A.M.: Break
  • 10:45-11:30 A.M.: Best Practices
    How to write an application.
  • 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.: Lunch
    Sponsored by MidAmerican Energy
    Luncheon Speaker: Stephanie Acri Stephanie Acri, owner of Evans Premium Manufacturing
  • 1:00 – 1:15 P.M. Break
  • 1:15 – 2:15 P.M.: Panel Presentation/Discussion:
    “Encouraging Entrepreneurship”
    Moderator: Sally Heffernan, Special Projects Manager, City of Rock Island
    Panel: Vicki Miller, Blackhawk college, Small Business Development Center Donna Mortiz, Financial Services Director, Bi-State Regional Commission Mary Chappell, Programs Development Coordinator, City of Rock Island
  • 2:30 – 4:30 P.M.: Bus Tour of Entrepreneurial Business
  • 4:30 – 5:30: Reception
    “Blue Cat Brew Pub” and a Tour of Rock Island’s $10 Million Mississippi riverfront park scheduled for completion in June.
  • 6:30 P.M.: Dinner Jumer’s Casino, Rock Island
    Provided by IEZA

Friday, May 7, 2010

  • 8:30 – 9:30 A.M.: Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 10:15 A.M.: Doing Business with Government
    Do you know about HUB zones? Federal, state and local governments award billion of contracts annually. Discover how you can assist your small business in competing for government contracts.

    Panel Discussion:
    Founders of Spirit Partners/Mandus Group in Rock Island established in 2005, these companies are experienced government contractors and provide consulting services to a wide variety of commercial business seeking government contracts.
    Vicki Miller is the coordinator of the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at Blackhawk Community College.

  • 10:15 – 11:00 A.M.: Legislative Update Senate Bill-3659 & More
    SB-3659 seeks to extend the term of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program for an additional twenty (20) years.
  • 11:00 A.M.: IEZA Membership Meeting

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