Helping business arrive. Helping business thrive. That’s a theme LVEDC members and guests will hear at this year’s annual meeting as the organization lays out its vision of the future for the Lehigh Valley. Following last year’s message by futurist Ed Barlow, keynote speaker Leslie Sayoko Parks will take the “flat world” concept to the next level in an uplifting talk entitled “It Ain’t Over Yet: We Can Compete in A Global Economy.”
An economic development consultant and former director of community development for the City of San Carlos, California, Leslie Parks specializes in technology-based economic and workforce development strategic planning. With her extensive experience as an implementer, she will share examples of initiatives that proactively address the challenges of global competition.
The meeting will also feature a renewal of leadership as outgoing chairwoman Jan Armfield hands the baton to Robert Episcopo after a successful two-year term.
When: Thursday, January 25, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center