#EDiSInstitute2012: Will you be shocked at what lies around the corner for you?
When we presented our last EDiS Institute in the spring of 2008, Lehman Brothers still existed, the stock market was steadily increasing in value, and the unemployment rate was considered acceptable. But if you listened closely to our keynote economist Mr. Greg Church, you would have sold your stocks and braced for a catastrophic economic event. Well, did you?
On April 19th, at the Chase Center, we are offering our predictions for 2012-13 that will affect you, your business and our community. Reservations for space have become limited, but if you mention “Town Square Delaware” we will squeeze you in.
Beware of the economy: Economist John Stapleford is concerned that the unemployment rate in the construction trades is twice the national average. And there is an adage that, “as construction goes, so goes our economy.” Therefore, he has been compiling data to forecast the bright potential for recovery or the peril of stagnation. Regardless of his prediction, you will come away with a better understanding of the public policy challenges in front of us so that you can prepare your company, your operation and your career for the next few years.
Save your customers: When is the last time you actually pulled out a map and planned a trip with a travel agent sitting across from you or “winged it” when choosing a place to service your car or a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion? Odds are, you are now using technology fueled by data supplied by other users to choose…well, just about anything. Imagine the effect that this has had on companies that use to supply advice and data to its customers. More importantly, imagine the effect on poor performing companies who now suffer the ridicule of consumers. Best selling author John Patterson will enlighten you on how blue chip companies have been decimated by being on the wrong side of customer service in an atmosphere of high speed technology. Using his recent book, Wired and Dangerous, Mr. Patterson will convince you to create an unbreakable bond with your customer…or else!
Live in a better place: Internationally respected Andres Duany will be making a return performance at the EDiS Institute. Andres is well known for being the Godfather of the New Urbanist movement and creating a movement to end the decay of suburban sprawl by reinstating time honored planning principals that were lost during the past fifty years. Andres’ towns have included The Kentlands in Maryland, Seaside in Florida, Norton Commons in Kentucky and countless others. Mr. Duany will be updating the crowd on his vision for community, considering the dramatic shift in economics, demographics, a desire for sustainability and rapid shifts in consumer demands. You’ll walk away enlightened.
In the end, plan to spend a half day with industry leaders, taking a peek into the future. Your participation will benefit vocational education.
You can pose a question to us by sending us a note on Twitter via #EDiSInstitute2012. Let us know what you think the experts should tell us. Better yet, attend in person by registering at www.ediscompany.com/community . If you mention “Town Square Delaware” we’ll let you register past the original deadline.