Crossroads of America Leadership Summit 2024

Led by notable industry professionals and colleagues, the leadership summit is back for another year. Join us in-person for a full day of educational sessions and conversations on a variety of topics impacting Indiana communities including trends in economic development, case studies, community strategic and financial planning and more.

Who should attend

This summit is intended for thought leaders from cities, towns, counties, economic development organizations, schools and utilities interested in or responsible for financial management and/or public finance across the state of Indiana.

2024 Agenda

Our agenda has been announced! Please note, our agenda is subject to change. More details on CPE will be available soon.

7:30 – 9:00 a.m. | Registration and breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. | Pre-event session

Empowering Indiana communities: Economic development 101

  • Heidi Amspaugh, principal, Baker Tilly
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. | Welcome and intro comments
  • Jessica Lynch, director, Baker Tilly
  • Mayor Sue Finkam, City of Carmel
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. | Navigating economic development trends: Strategies for resilient communities
  • Moderated by Emma Adlam, director, Baker Tilly
  • Linda Walczak, vice president of expansions and retention, Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)
  • Steve Roelle, executive director, Warrick County Economic Development, Success Warrick County
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. | Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Concurrent sessions

Impactful planning: Achieve sustainability and secure IRA funding

  • Doug Baldessari, partner, Baker Tilly
  • Susan Reed, managing director, Baker Tilly
  • Jason Tanselle, director, Baker Tilly

Municipal debt 101: What every elected official should know

  • Sean McGill, senior manager, Baker Tilly
  • Greg Balsano, manager, Baker Tilly
11:30 – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch and learn: The journey of Carmel

Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., but the "The journey of Carmel presentation" will be from Noon – 1 p.m.

  • Mayor Sue Finkam, City of Carmel
  • Kara Kollross, director of finance, Carmel Clay School District
  • Heidi Amspaugh, principal, Baker Tilly
  • Lindsay Simonetto, director, Baker Tilly
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Concurrent sessions

How to use TIF to boost your local economic development and community growth

  • Moderated by Andy Mouser, director, Baker Tilly
  • Mayor Angie Nelson Deuitch, City of Michigan City

Plan for your community’s future: A guide to strategic and financial planning

  • Jay Staley, director, Baker Tilly
  • Ross Hagen, senior manager, Baker Tilly
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. | Break
2:15 – 2:45 p.m. | Exploring the credit landscape: Insights from top rating agencies
  • Moreen Skyers-Gibbs, S&P Global Ratings
  • Ryan Patton, assistant vice president – analyst, Moody’s Investors Service
2:45 – 3:35 p.m. | Forging connections: Working together for their communities
  • Moderated by Matt Eckerle, principal, Baker Tilly
  • Matt Greller, CEO, Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (Aim)
  • Bob Taylor, executive director, Indiana Association of Public Schools Superintendents (IAPSS)
  • Alan Tio, executive director, Indiana Economic Development Association (IEDA)
  • David Bottorff, executive director, Association of Indiana Counties (AIC)
3:55 – 4:00 p.m. | Closing comments
  • Eric Walsh, partner, Baker Tilly

Information about CPE eligibility

There are no prerequisites for this event, and advance preparation is not required. There is no cost to attend this event.

Level: Overview
CPE credit: Up to six (6) hours total credit
Field of study: Specialized knowledge
Host: Deb Cramer

A certificate of completion will be emailed to you four to six weeks after the event.

For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund policies, please email [email protected].

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