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Conference will focus on economy

Conference will focus on economy

Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 3:32 pm

Startup America Partnership Chief Executive Officer Scott Case will be the keynote speaker at the Commissioner’s Luncheon on Thursday during the 58th annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development in Nashville.
The announcement of the conference’s keynote speaker was made last week by Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty.
Obion County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Director Lindsay Frilling will be in attendance at the two-day Nashville conference along with City Manager Kathy Dillon and local Main Street Executive Director Phyllis Rauchle.
The Startup America Partnership is a private organization working to help young companies succeed in order to grow jobs and it has announced more than $500 million in private-sector commitments to support startups since launching in January.
“Through his own experience as an entrepreneur and now leading the Startup America Partnership, Scott can offer conference attendees an expert perspective on what can be done in their communities to support entrepreneurship and drive the economy,” Gov. Haslam said.
The Startup America Partnership is focused on bringing together some of the country’s most successful organizations to provide valuable resources to young companies with high growth potential.
Case joined Haslam, Hagerty and Entrepreneur Center President and CEO Michael Burcham in June to announce the formation of Startup Tennessee, Tennessee’s statewide initiative.
The program is a part of the INCITE Initiative, designed to support innovation across the state and a key component of the Governor’s Jobs4TN economic development plan.
Led by the Entrepreneur Center, Startup Tennessee leverages the best practices and national network of the Startup America Partnership to enhance and grow the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
“Tennessee is well positioned to become one of the leading entrepreneurial ecosystems in the country and I am excited to be joining Gov. Haslam and Commissioner Hagerty for this year’s Governor’s Conference,” Case said.
Case was the founding chief technology officer of Priceline, the “Name Your Own Price” company that was one of only a few startups in U.S. history to reach a billion dollars in annual sales in less than 24 months.
Prior to joining the Startup America Partnership, Case served as CEO of Malaria No More, helped build a portfolio of intellectual property at the Walker Digital Invention Laboratory.
He is also  a named inventor on dozens of U.S. patents including the underlying portfolio for Priceline.
In addition to serving on the Startup America Partnership Board, Case serves as the chairman of national nonprofit Network for Good and is on the advisory board of By Kids for Kids, Tickets-for-Charity and ThreeJars.
Hundreds of state and local officials, business leaders and economic developers will convene at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel on Thursday and Friday for the annual economic development conference.


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