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March 2011




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IESES Invites Leading Scholars and Experts to Speak at Symposium I: Florida High Tech Jobs and Economic Development
Upcoming Symposium to Complement EDC's Program of Work

IESES Invites Leading Scholars and Experts to Speak at Symposium I: Florida High Tech Jobs and Economic Development

When: April 4, 2011, 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Where: The FSU Turnbull Conference Center

555 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, Florida 


This event is FREE and open to the public



or Watch and Listen to the  




Keynote Speaker


Mary Jo Waits 


Mary Jo Waits
Director of Economic, Human Services & Workforce Division, National
Governors Association


Innovation Begins in States: Promising Efforts to Bootstrap Innovation Ecosystems


As director of the Economic, Human Services & Workforce (EHSW) Division, Waits oversees research, policy
analysis, technical assistance, and resource development for the division. The EHSW Division works with states to identify, share and implement best practices on issues such as: preparing strategies to support innovation including investing effectively in research and development and its commercialization; fostering cluster-based economic development; facilitating innovative entrepreneurship; preparing comprehensive strategies to transition to a green economy; fostering a skilled workforce; reducing poverty and unemployment; ensuring the well-being of children and older adults; improving public safety; and combating  identity theft. 



Panel I: Entrepreneurship, High Tech Ventures and Quality Jobs 


Many state and regional leaders advocate not merely for an increase in the job base, but more specifically for "high tech" jobs.  But, what specifically is a high tech job?  If high tech jobs are associated with innovative new technologies, what role can local and state public policies play in incubating conditions that are favorable to entrepreneurs?  Can such an environment be encouraged by organized research centers such as universities, national laboratories, existing large corporations, or local conditions fostering natural research clusters?




Sherry Hoskinson, Ph.D.


Sherry Hoskinson Ph.D.

Director, McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at Eller College of Business, The University of Arizona


Regionality and Human Capital in the Idea Age - The Stakes are Getting Higher


Dr. Hoskinson is the Director of The University of Arizona's McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship (formerly the Karl Eller Center for the Study of the Private Market Economy), housing a nationally top-ranked entrepreneurship education program including formal degree program in entrepreneurship.  As director, her areas of focus have spanned full responsibility for design, planning, coordination, and implementation of the center's nationally acclaimed academic programs.  These include development of new venture/innovation teaching models, highly visible outreach and development, research and scholarship, entrepreneurship awareness and promotion activities, and activities to advance the discipline of entrepreneurship across local and national academic and business communities.


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Charles Mullin Ph.D.,  

Principal Economist, ERS Group 


Success Stories - The Value of High-Tech and University Spinoffs


Dr. Mullin is currently a Principal Economist in ERS Group's

Tallahassee office. He supervises economists and other research staff in applying statistical techniques and labor economics to the analysis of employment practices in government and private sectors. He coordinates

the preparation of statistical analyses using complex databases for matters related to hiring, promotion, and termination practices.


Dr. Mullin has published in journals such as the JAI Press and Economic Inquiry and has conducted extensive research into the labor practices of major league baseball.  Prior to joining ERS Group as a Research Economist in 1997, Dr. Mullin was an adjunct professor at Bluffton College in Ohio. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from The Ohio State University.




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Catherine Kunst Ph.D. 

Executive Director, Leon County Research and Development Authority


Building an Ecosystem That Supports High Tech Entrepreneurship


Dr. Kunst is the Executive Director of the Leon County Research and Development Authority, which oversees the 208 acre innovation Park Campus in Tallahassee, FL.  She is a scientist by training, having earned both her BS (1988; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH) and Ph.D. (1994; Emory University, Atlanta, GA) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  From 1995 until 2010, she conducted basic biomedical research on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).  She also is a highly accomplished non-profit and higher education leader with a proven history of leveraging a passion for biotechnology, business development, scientific research, and entrepreneurship to drive success in both academia and private industry. In her current position, she collaborates with higher education and the commercial sector to build, enhance and develop partnerships between students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, and the general public.  


Panel II: Regionalism and Economic Development


Economic development initiatives are often undertaken at the local level when a city or county touts their local advantages to prospective firms or at the state level when the government articulates how its tax structure, infrastructure and educational system can support high technology firms.  However, evidence from several noteworthy successes (Silicon Valley in California, Route 128 in Massachusetts and the Research Triangle in North Carolina) indicates that infrastructure and talent are foundational elements in the creation and marketing of regional economies.  Drawing from these and other examples, this panel will discuss the importance of regional initiatives in pursuing technology-oriented economic development.  Speakers will discuss the roles of public, private, educational and other actors in promoting a regional economic development agenda.





Emil Malizia Ph.D. 

Professor & Chair, Department of City and Regional Planning, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Title: TBA  


Dr. Malizia is Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Malizia has extensive research experience in the areas of urban, rural, and regional development and redevelopment. He has authored or co-authored four books and over 100 articles, chapters, reports, and other publications. He has served as a consultant to private developers and to nonprofit development and public agencies providing economic & fiscal impact analysis, impact fee studies, real estate market & feasibility analysis, and development finance. He teaches real estate development and market research, urban redevelopment, and development finance. During leaves, Dr. Malizia has worked in federal service and as a senior advisor to a major real estate investment company.


Green Leigh, Nancy

Nancey Green Leigh, Ph.D. 

Professor, School of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology


Regional, Innovative & Sustainable Economic Development


Dr. Green Leigh joined City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1994, after teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California - Berkeley.  She specializes in economic development planning with a particular focus on sustainability and redevelopment, and is a national Brownfields Redevelopment expert. She is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow and Regents Fellow of the University of California and past Vice President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.  She was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2008.

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Don Kirkman, J.D. 

President, Florida's Great Northwest   

Regionalism and Economic Development


Mr. Kirkman is the President of Florida's Great Northwest. In that role, he works with the Board of Directors to direct the strategic, programmatic, financial and administrative operations of the organization. In addition, he provides leadership in developing the comprehensive regional economic development strategy for Northwest Florida that includes marketing, business development, workforce initiatives and administration. Mr. Kirkman serves as liaison to the Northwest Florida community and works in conjunction with local economic development organizations, member businesses, elected leaders, education leaders, workforce boards and other stakeholders to diversify and grow the Northwest Florida economy.


Panel III: Technology Opportunities for Florida


This panel will discuss technology opportunities for Florida that address national market and economic development needs. Research and development in these fields offer potential for significant Florida job growth. Discussions will cover smart grid, advanced artificial fuels and other Florida State University opportunities and challenges.



Michael Klein (Deleware)

Michael T. Klein, Sc.D.  

Director, University of Delaware Energy Institute

The Evolving Energy Supply-Use System: Key Technologies and Associated Jobs Growth


Dr. Klein received a BChE from the University of Delaware and a Sc. D. from MIT, both in Chemical Engineering. The author of over 200 technical papers and the lead author of the text Molecular Modeling in Heavy Hydrocarbon Conversions, he is active in research in the area of chemical reaction engineering, with special emphasis on the kinetics of complex systems. He is the Editor-in-Cheif of the ACS journal Energy and Fuels and has received many awards for chemical engineering.
He returned to the University of Delaware to assume his present position as the Director of the University of Delaware Energy Institute and the Dan Rich Chair of Energy.





Steve Widergren  

Principal Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Smart Grid Dawn 


Mr. Widergren is a Principal Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and  contributes to new solutions for reliable operation of electric power systems.  Widergren serves as staff engineer and project manager at PNNL and past administrator for the GridWise Architecture Council - a group formed to enable interoperability of automated systems related to the electric system. Prior to joining the Laboratory, he engineered and managed energy management systems products for electric power operations and supported power system computer applications in both supplier and utilities sectors. His application areas include information modeling, SCADA systems, and power system reliability assessment tools. He is actively involved in the IEEE Power Engineering Society and participate in standards efforts that bridge power engineering with information technology.  



 Kirby Kemper 

 Kirby Kemper, Ph.D.  

Vice President for Research, The Florida State University 

Education Needs for a Changed Florida Economy  


Dr. Kemper came to his position as vice president in 2003 as a trusted and highly respected researcher, teacher and administrator. A nuclear physicist by training, Dr. Kemper served as chairman of the physics department from 1997 to 2003. He joined the physics faculty at FSU in 1968, three months after receiving his Ph.D. from Indiana University.  


In 2002, he was awarded the ultimate accolade of his fellow academics at Florida State, being named a Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor. In nominating him for the honor, Nobel laureate Robert Schrieffer, former chief scientist of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, described Kemper as "a highly distinguished nuclear physicist with an outstanding worldwide reputation" with more than 200 refereed publications to his credit.






I hope you enjoy this issue of the IESES newsletter! 


This national edition focuses on IESES's upcoming symposium.  


This symposium will address regional economic development enhanced by university based energy and technology research. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research of The Florida State University, the focus will be on attracting business opportunities and the role of government in facilitating the process.
As policy makers and the public deliberate economic, energy and sustainability issues, The Florida State University's Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability (IESES) will bring together experts from around the country to share their informed views on the opportunities and challenges associated with high tech jobs and economic development.   


A video of the symposium will be available on the IESES website, soon after the event as well as the PowerPoint presentations from the panelists.


Register here!  



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Panel I: Co-Chair, Marc Isaac

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Mark Isaac, Ph.D. 


Dr. Isaac is Co-Chair of the Entrepreneurship, High Tech Ventures and Quality Jobs Panel. He is the John & Hallie Quinn Eminent Scholar in the Department of Economics at The Florida State University. Dr. Isaac uses experimental economics to address basic microeconomic problems. His work has provided new empirical insights for many traditional economic problems, particularly experimental conditions for trading, cooperation, pricing and trade and address auctions and public goods. Dr. Isaac was an energy economist early in his career and published articles on petroleum prices and bidding institutions for leasing and auctions of offshore oil leases. He is a member of the Editorial Board for Experimental Economics and is the editor of Research in Experimental Economics.  

Panel I: Co-Chair, Julie Harrington

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Julie Harrington, Ph.D.


Dr. Harrington is Co-Chair of the Entrepreneurship, High Tech Ventures and Quality Jobs Panel. She is the Director of the Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis at The Florida State University. Dr. Harrington has extensive background in economic, econometric/ statistical analysis, and natural resources. Her current research interests focus on energy, environmental, aerospace, high tech, economic development, and education economics. She is the Director of the Innovation and Economic Opportunities Office within the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion Center of Excellence, with an emphasis on economic impact, marketing, training, and outreach, in an effort to increase awareness of the fields of aerospace/aviation in Florida.

Panel II: Chair, Tim Chapin

Tim Chapin

Timothy S. Chapin, Ph.D.  


Dr. Chapin the Chair of the Regionalism and Economic Development Panel.  He is also the Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. His areas of expertise include Growth Management and Comprehensive Planning, Urban Redevelopment and Revitalization, Urban Economic Development, and Geographic Information Systems. Dr. Chapin's teaching and research interests are in the areas of comprehensive planning, economic development, and downtown development. He currently teaches courses in community infrastructure, economic development, and computer applications in planning.

Panel III: Chair, Ryan Rodgers

Ryan Rodgers, Ph.D.  


Dr. Rodgers is an associate Scholar/Scientist at The Florida State University's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.  He received his BS from the University of Florida in 1995 and a Ph.D. from The Florida State University in 1999.  His research interests include petrochemical, environmental, and forensic applications of mass spectrometry.  His experience includes a post doctoral position at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Dr. Rodgers serves as a member on the editorial board for the Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology and the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Abstracts.

Symposium Sponsors and Partners
 The Florida State University's

The Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County 


The Florida Energy Systems Consortium  


Gannett's Florida Newspapers and

Upcoming Symposium to Complement EDC's Program of Work
Beth Kirkland
Beth Kirkland, Executive Director, Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County

The Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County is proud to partner with the Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability (IESES) at The Florida State University on the upcoming symposium featuring high-tech jobs and economic development.


By connecting the private sector, education and local government, the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, Inc. (EDC) helps join forces every day to foster entrepreneurialism; advance local businesses; grow targeted industry sectors; attract innovative companies to our area; and create a competitive business climate.


A key component of economic development is the marketing of a region's competitive assets. Among Tallahassee's greatest strengths are its highly educated workforce and world-renowned research institutions. Our universities also allow us to connect private companies that are seeking research and development support with university-based research institutions. The promotion of these offerings results in new business formations, local company expansions, as well as the attraction of new employers.


Our organization also provides business resources for targeted-industry sectors that match the region's strengths, goals and assets, as well as provide for a diversified and sustainable regional economy.


The industries are emphasized because of their opportunity for growth; creation of quality jobs above the average wage; role in regional development; and connections to workforce-development resources.


One of our six targeted industry sectors is Renewable Energy & the Environmentwhich complements the work being done by IESES. The EDC is working hard to serve the needs of regional employers in this industry and create an opportunity for our graduates to stay in Tallahassee.


Visit to find out more about how the EDC is working with partners to create jobs.


By Beth Kirkland 


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