Keynote Speaker



In many ways, effective communication begins with mutual respect, communication that inspires, encourages others to do their best.

Quote attributed to Zig Zigler

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Past Topics

Ed has been a featured speaker at both conferences and Association member meetings.  He is often asked to speak about:

In addition to speaking with mid-large communities, his work in Ohio’s Appalachia Region has also made him a popular speaker with economic development organizations that serve rural communities.

Some organizations that have invited Ed to be a keynote speaker and/or expert panelist include:

  • North Carolina Association of Regional Councils of Government
  • Virginia Growth Alliance
  • Sandusky County EDC
  • New Castle – Henry County EDC
  • Ohio University PRSSA
  • Ohio Conference of Community Development
  • Business Facilities LiveXchange
  • Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments
  • Texas Economic Development Council
  • WSOS Community Action Commission
  • Chmura Economics & Analytics
  • Ball State University
  • Red Hot Locations
  • IEDC Conference
  • Wyandot County Office of Economic Development

Typical Financial Arrangement

Ed’s standard contract for a 45-minute talk is:

  • $500 honorarium
  • OOP costs (mileage charged at the prevailing federal rate)

If you want to contract Ed for a non-standard engagement, a customized cost estimate can be prepared.

Contact Info

The best way to reach Ed is by email (

Given the choice to inform or inspire, always choose inspire.