Revised 2009 Spring Conference AGENDA and Brochure

ieza-dcch-image.jpgThe IEZA has released the agenda for the 2009 Annual Fall Conference being held April 1-3, 2009 at Decatur Conference Center & Hotel in Decatur, IL.

A block of rooms will be held until March 2, 2009. For room reservations, call 217-422-8800 and you are requested to indicate that you are with the IEZA to get the $82 room rate.  To find directions to the conference center, go to

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.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

  •  1:00 – 7:00 p.m.:  Registration at Hotel
    Golfing available at Scovill Golf Club for those interested.  For tee times, contact Pro Shop at 217-429-6243. (See image lower right)
  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Evening Reception
    Come gather with your colleagues.  Beverages & heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Thursday, April 2, 2009
ieza-scovill-lawn.jpgBreakfast on your own.

  •  9:00 – 9:15 A.M.:  Welcome/Opening Remarks
    By: Ryan McCrady, City Manager of Decatur
  • 9:15 – 10:30 A.M.:  Review of 2009 IEZA
    Administrator’s Handbook
  • 10:30 – 10:45 A.M.:  Break
    10:45 – 11:30 A.M.:  Using Enterprise Zone
    Benefits in Decatur and Macon County, By: Craig Coil, President
    EDC of Decatur and Macon County 
  • 11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.:  Lunch
    (Provided by IEZA)
  • 12:45 – 1:00 P.M.: Load Tour Bus
    Archer-Daniels-Midland Tour*
    NEW! Tate & Lyle North America
    NEW! *For ADM secruity, a list of tour attendees must be provided no later than 1 week prior to the conference.
  • 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.:  Cash Bar
  • 6:30 P.M.:  Dinner
    (Provided by IEZA)

Friday, April 3, 2009
Breakfast on your own.

  • 9:00 – 9:45 A.M.:  Legislation 101
    How can you effectively work with your legislatorson blocking or passing bills.
    By: Robbin Blackert,Legislative Aide to Rep. Jerry Mitchell
  • 9:45 – 10:30 A.M.:  IEZA Legislative Issues
    Legislation to extend termination dates, allow ethanol plants and wind farm sales tax exemptionsoutside of ezone boundaries, and change of acreage
    limits. By: John Thompson, IEZA VP / DCEO Board Rep. and Tom Henderson, IEZA Legislative Board Rep.
  • 10:30 – 11:00 A.M.: IEZA Membership Mtg.
    Efforts to stop bill connecting prevailing wages to ezone projects.
    By: Betty Steinert, IEZA President and John Thompson, IEZA VP / DCEO Board Rep.

pdf April 2009 Spring Conference Brochure (revised 2/20/09) 308.35 Kb