Event Details

17th Annual Native American Economic Development Conference

June 18-19, 2024

Pechanga Resort Casino – Temecula, CA

Event Details

The 17th Annual Native American Economic Development Conference at the Pechanga Resort Casino will be held on June 18-19, 2024.

Through various panels and interactive discussions, attendees will engage with experts focusing on economic development and diversification. For the 17th year, Tribal leaders will come together to discover new ways to expand their Tribe’s economic ventures and focus on building resilient and sustainable communities that thrive. You’ll hear success stories and case studies and dig deeper into new ways to generate revenue beyond gaming. By networking with other Tribal leaders, decision-makers, and industry professionals, you can exchange tangible ideas on maximizing your respective economies.

We ensure our attendees get to know their peers and interact with one another throughout the event by providing a variety of engaging sessions, numerous networking opportunities, and impressive business solutions.

Four Conferences for the Price of One!
This event is being held in conjunction with our:

Registering for one will give you access to all four conferences!

Who Should Attend:

  • Architect Firms
  • CEO’s and CFO’s of Renewable Energy Companies
  • Construction Companies
  • Economic Development Professionals
  • Energy Generators
  • Engineers
  • Environmental Assessment Companies
  • Feasibility Study Companies
  • Finance and Legal Professionals
  • Government and Other Professional Service Firms
  • Investors in Renewable Energy Projects
  • Technology Developers
  • Tribal Leaders

TO SPEAK WITH A REPRESENTATIVE ABOUT ATTENDING, SPEAKING, EXHIBITING OR SPONSORING, PLEASE CALL US AT 201-857-5333 OR EMAIL SALES@NATIVENATIONEVENTS.ORG.

At Native Nation Events, we pride ourselves on offering best-in-class networking events in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. No need for suits and ties; business casual is the preferred dress code for our conferences. 

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For Elected Tribal Council or Tribal Government/Enterprise Representatives

Tribal Super Early Bird

$845

Tribal Early Bird

$945

Expires 06/17

Tribal Standard Rate

$1045

Group Rate (Four or more paid from same Tribe or entity)

Group Tribal Super Early Bird

$745

Group Tribal Early Bird

$845

Expires 06/17

Group Tribal Standard Rate

$945

For Other Industry Professionals

Pro Super Early Bird

$945

Pro Early Bird

$1045

Expires 06/17

Pro Standard Rate

$1145

HOTEL INFORMATION

Pechanga Resort Casino

45000 Pechanga Parkway
Temecula, CA 92592

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Room Rate: $204 per night

Booking Code:9831546

Room Cut-Off Date: May 16, 2024

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17th Annual Native American Economic Development Conference

June 18-19, 2024

Pechanga Resort Casino – Temecula, CA

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Summit Ballroom C

8:30 - 8:45 AM

Welcoming Remarks

Summit Ballroom AB

Justin O'Connor

President | Native Nation Events

8:45 - 9:30 AM

Keynote

Summit Ballroom AB

9:30 - 10:45 AM

The State of Native America Through the Eyes of Tribal Leaders

Summit Ballroom AB

Mark Fox

Chairman | MHA Nation

Listen as tribal leaders delve into what they believe are the most pressing topics within Native America currently. What, if any, areas have tribes improved on in the last year? What are some current issues that need to be addressed within Native America? How will the upcoming election year affect tribes? Tribal leaders will answer these questions and more, giving an overview of the state of Native America.

10:45 - 11:15 AM

Morning Networking Break

Summit Ballroom C

11:15 - 11:30 AM

Economic Development Opening Remarks

Summit Ballroom AB

James Klas

Founder and Principal | KlasRobinson Q.E.D.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Legislative Update

Summit Ballroom AB

Fred Lomayesva

In-House Tribal Counsel | Hopi Tribe of Arizona

An election year, new regulations, and a tumultuous financial market are causing many questions to arise around economic development projects. How will inflation impact the viability of these projects? How will the Corporate Transparency Act affect existing corporations? How can you attract consumers who are on tighter budgets? Hear from experts as they update you on what’s to come in the third and fourth quarter of 2024 and beyond.

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

Summit Ballroom C

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Utilizing Your Land to Maximize Revenue and Benefit Your Community

Summit Ballroom AB

James Klas - Moderator

Founder and Principal | KlasRobinson Q.E.D., Inc.

Camille Ferguson

Economic Development Director | Sitka Tribe of Alaska

Russell Attebery

Chairman | Karuk Tribe

Christi Andrews

Director of Community Development | Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Margueritte Secola

Managing Director | The Project Team/Ho-Chunk Capital

Should you build more housing, grow your agriculture arm, invest in infrastructure, or even franchise with an amenity company? Each tribes’ land is unique, with its own opportunities and challenges. Tribes out west face a water resources crisis, while tribes within the midwest are limited on the extent of their rural infrastructure, and by extension food sustainability. How should you manage your land, and who could be a viable partner? Listen to peers explain the challenges different regions face while they explain the process of land management.

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Afternoon Networking Break

Summit Ballroom C

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Strategies and Opportunities to Obtain Funding and Financing for Your Projects

Summit Ballroom AB

Rosie Dawn Griffin - Moderator

Partner | Feldsman Leifer LLP

Lucas Osceola

Assistant Chairman | Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida

Jordan Kanuho

Vice President | Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma

Samantha Leonard

Loan Specialist, Division of Capital Investment | Office of Indian Economic Development - US Department of the Interior

Accessing funding for economic development projects is a critical but often challenging part of creating your enterprise. What new legislation can be leveraged to support your projects? How can Community Development Financial Institutions assist you with accessing funds? How should you stack federal, state, local, and philanthropic support? Listen in as experts and peers explain the various hurdles and opportunities to obtain crucial funding. 

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Structuring Your Economic Development Arm: What's Right For You?

Summit Ballroom AB

Jamie Fullmer - Moderator

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer | Blue Stone Strategy Partners

Rik Mazzetti

Chairman | Rincon Economic Development Corporation

Justin Barrett

Treasurer | Eastern Shawnee Tribe

Andrew Masiel

Treasurer | Pechanga Development Corporation

Jennifer Hines

Deputy Chief Executive Officer | Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation

Economic development enterprises or corporations are all structured based on the needs of the tribe. What are the benefits of creating an economic development corporation, and what models work best for different tribes? How do you choose the right staff and board of directors? Who is the right partner to help you create a corporate charter? Answer these questions and more with our panel of experts who have been through this process.

5:00 PM

Day One Concludes

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Summit Ballroom C

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Expanding Beyond Gaming Amenities: Industries and Projects that Boost Revenue and Create Resiliency

Summit Ballroom AB

Jamie Fullmer - Moderator

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer | Blue Stone Strategy Partners

Marshall Pierite

Chairman | Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana

Jacob Wamego

President and Chief Executive Officer | Prairie Band, LLC

James Klas

Founder and Principal | KlasRobinson Q.E.D., Inc.

Alex Baird

Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Beacon

A diverse business portfolio can make tribes more resilient to economic downturns. What industries have tribes successfully entered to diversify their revenue streams? How can unique projects within entertainment, banking, healthcare, hotels and more benefit a tribe’s overall economic growth? Who are the partners tribes should be looking towards to grow their businesses? Moreover, how can tribes protect their brand and cultural heritage while expanding? Our panel of tribal leaders and business partners will answer these questions and more to help you expand your portfolio.

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Capitalizing On Renewable Energy Potential On Your Land

Summit Ballroom AB

Gail Wahlberg - Moderator

Technical Manager Tribal Engagement | Enbridge

Jeremy Hayward

President | Redding Rancheria Economic Development Corporation

Catherine Adsitt

Director of Land Use, Planning and Development | Gun Lake Tribe

Ken Ahmann

Tribal Utility Authority Director | Colusa Indian Community Council

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 6.5% of the United State’s potential for clean energy is on tribal lands. Hear from peers as they describe the process of planning, installing, and maintaining renewable energy to support energy sovereignty. Experts will also explain the process of selling to the grid, creating a new revenue stream for tribes to become economically independent while supporting their members. 

10:30 - 11:00 AM

Morning Networking Break

Summit Ballroom C

11:00 - 11:45 AM

TBD

Summit Ballroom AB

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

Summit Ballroom C

12:45 - 1:45 PM

Taking Advantage of Recent Broadband Funding to Boost Economic Independence

Summit Ballroom AB

Rosie Dawn Griffin - Moderator

Partner | Feldesman Leifer LLP

Beverly Santicola

Chief Executive Officer | Santicola and Company

Bernadette Cuthair

Planning Director | Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

Vinicius Santos

Senior Advisor | Ciena

Connecting tribes to the Internet is essential for tribal sovereignty and economic independence. Moreover, broadband can help economic development corporations and indigenous entrepreneurs reach a wider audience and potentially generate more revenue. Listen to various tribes describe the impact of broadband on their community and how it benefits  their members and businesses.

1:45 - 2:45 PM

Construction Planning and Design for Economic Development Projects

Summit Ballroom AB

Luke Jumper - Moderator

President and Senior Project Manager | TBE Architects

Steven Hollabaugh

Chief Executive Officer/President | Native Strategies, LLC.

Jodene Gomez

Director of Business and Project Development | San Pasqual Economic Development Corporation

Louie McCarthy

Capital Improvement Director/Project Manager | Comanche Nation

Travis Olson

Director of Pursuits and Engagement | Tepa Companies

Experts will cover key topics within construction planning and design, such as understanding project lifecycles, construction contracts, project cost components, and project controls, as well as highlight the best practices for tracking construction program performance and key terminology.

2:45 - 3:45 PM

Exploring the Natural Resource Potential of Your Land

Summit Ballroom AB

Thora Walsh Padilla

President | Mescalero Apache Tribe

Mark Fox

Chairman | MHA Nation

Tribal leaders and industry experts will discuss how best to use your land to maximize natural resource production. Should you look into forestry or traditional agriculture? Will your land support livestock, and if so, where do you start when planning? How do indigenous agricultural practices affect your production? Join this discussion to learn how best to utilize your land in a natural resources industry.

3:45 - 4:00 PM

Exhibit Raffle Drawing

Summit Ballroom AB

Winners must be present to win

4:00 PM

Native American Economic Development Conference Concludes

Catherine Adsitt

Director of Land Use, Planning and Development | Gun Lake Tribe
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Ken Ahmann

Tribal Utility Authority Director | Colusa Indian Community Council
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Christi Andrews

Director of Community Development | Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
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Russell Attebery

Chairman | Karuk Tribe
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Alexander Baird

Founder and CEO | Beacon
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Justin Barrett

Treasurer | Eastern Shawnee Tribe
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Bernadette Cuthair

Planning Director | Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
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Camille Ferguson

Economic Development Director | Sitka Tribe of Alaska
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Mark Fox

Chairman | Three Affiliated Tribes
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Jamie Fullmer

Chairman & CEO | Blue Stone Strategy Partners
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Rosie Dawn Griffin

Partner | Feldesman Leifer LLP
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Jeremy Hayward

President | Redding Rancheria Economic Development Corporation
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Jennifer Hines

Deputy Chief Executive Officer | Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation
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Steven Hollabaugh

Chief Executive Officer/President | Native Strategies, LLC.
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Luke Jumper

Senior Project Manager/Partner | TBE Architects
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Jordan Kanuho

Vice President | Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
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James Klas

Founder & Principal | Klas Robinson, Q.E.D
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Samantha Leonard

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Andrew Masiel

Treasurer | Pechanga Development Corporation
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Rik Mazzetti

Chairman | Rincon Economic Development Corporation
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Louie McCarthy

Capital Improvement Director/Project Manager | Comanche Nation
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Travis Olson

Director of Pursuits and Engagement | Tepa Companies
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Lucas K. Osceola

Assistant Chairman | Miccosukee Tribe
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Thora Walsh Padilla

President | Mescalero Apache Tribe
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Marshall Pierite

Chairman | Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana
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Beverly Santicola

Chief Executive Officer | Santicola & Company
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Vinicius Santos

Senior Advisor | Ciena
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Margueritte Secola

Managing Director | The Project Team/Ho-Chunk Capital
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Gail Wahlberg

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Jacob Wamego

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Conference Co-Chair

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Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

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Exhibitors

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If you’re interested in sponsoring this event, please reach out to our sales team at sales@nativenationevents.org or call them at 201-857-5333 for additional details.

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The 16th Annual Native American Economic Development Conference was an impactful two days at the Pechanga Resort & Casino. Attendees learned new ways to bring prosperity to their tribes while networking with other leaders who have the skills and experience to help make it happen.