February PubTalk


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February PubTalk will feature keynote speaker Mark Silliman, a technology entrepreneur and roboticist. Mark founded multiple successful technology companies, including his most recent, Smartwaiver, which was acquired in December 2015. His current venture is Bold Robotics, a company bringing autonomous robotics to life.

The evening will also include pitches from:

– Jereme Monteau, co-founder/CTO of Trailhead Labs, an outdoor technology platform that turns data into beautiful park maps for government and non-profit customers.

– Erin Stone and Chad Cooper, co-founders of i3D MFG, a 3D metal additive manufacturing company providing rapid prototypes and production parts for the aerospace, defense, medical device, and energy industries.

And, of course…networking, pizza and beer. Oh my!

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EDCO Annual Luncheon


The Annual Luncheon is an EDCO tradition providing the Central Oregon business community an opportunity to hear nationally recognized business leaders discuss current and future economic trends and business best practices. This is a sold-out event each year, so register early!

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Two Featured Speakers:

Nicole Kaeding, Economist – Tax Foundation
Nicole Kaeding is an economist with the Center for State Tax Policy at the Tax Foundation. Previously, Nicole was a budget analyst for the Cato Institute focused on federal and state fiscal policy, and the state policy manager for Americans for Prosperity Foundation where she oversaw the policy activities of AFPF’s 34 state chapters.

Nicole’s work has been featured in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, National Review Online, and numerous other national, state, and local publications. She graduated from DePaul University with a Master’s degree in Economics and Policy Analysis, and completed her undergraduate studies at Miami University majoring in Finance and Political Science.

Nicole participated in the year-long Koch Associate Program and was a National Review Institute Washington Fellow.

Minoli Ratnatunga, Associate Director, Regional Economics Research – Milken Institute
Minoli Ratnatunga is an associate director and research economist at the Milken Institute focused on regional economic development and regional competitiveness.

Before joining the Institute, she worked for eight years at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, a regional economic development organization focused on improving the competitiveness and quality of life in the Pittsburgh region. At the Allegheny Conference, Minoli focused her research on energy policy, transportation and infrastructure funding, and state tax competitiveness, working with civic and business leaders to help key decision-makers make better policy choices. She also led the economic impact study practice, managing the production of research reports that captured the importance of strategic industries and projects to the Pennsylvania economy.

Minoli has a master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and economics from the London School of Economics.

EDCO Members $65
Non EDCO Members $80
Table Sponsors (table of 10) EDCO Members $650
Table Sponsors (table of 10) Non EDCO Members $800
*Table Sponsors will be listed on Annual Luncheon emails as well as table signage and sponsor slides at the event. Bring your clients and colleagues!

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