Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo
March 26-29, 2018, Kansas City, MO, In Partnership with usignite


How to Attract More Business Investment to Your Community

Major employers have key criteria in selecting a site for expansion.

  • Foreign and Direct investors have key criteria that is important for their investment strategy.
  • Funding and Grants require that communities and projects meet specific guidelines and qualifications for funding.

Research shows that Smart Communities are inhabited by a labor force that keeps their knowledge up to date through ongoing education. Education is critical for development of talent that is motivated and enabled to drive innovation. New technologies continue to disrupt the education market. Digital technology changes the way education is provided to the existing and future workforce of SMART Communities.

Rapid technological advances create the need for ongoing education of the local workforce to stay competitive for regional economic growth. Digitalization has revolutionized economic structures and working life, which has resulted in a greater need for 21st century commercial skills. SMART workforce development and training programs empower citizens with 21st century work skills.

In this workshop, SMART Leaders Will Learn:

  • How to enhance SMART growth in your region
  • What major employers are looking for when selecting a site for operations
  • How to attract a SMART workforce in your region
  • What is your community readiness for 21st century jobs in your region
  • Ways to keep the students in your community, after graduation, as business owners, employees, and taxpayers
  • How the availability of online education will stimulate the trend towards continuous in-house work force training and development


About the Instructors

Minna LeVine
Co-Founder of SMART Community Exchange and SMART Education Exchange; CEO, Advantages International, LLC and Chamber of Eco Commerce.

Decades of leadership experience in Managing Organizations, Individuals, and Brands. Grown established companies and built emerging businesses. Acts as a liaison between international management teams and as a board member. Served numerous non-profits and trade organizations.

Working group experience includes SMART Education Exchange (SEE), TransAtlantic Education Leadership Exchange (TELE), SMART Cyber Exchange (SCE), Infragard (FBI), CEO Water Mandate (UNDP), Business Call to Action (UNDP), Innovation Center for Climate Resilience (ICCR), European Commission (EC), and other international trade organizations.

Immediate past President, Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Southeast, President Scandinavian American Foundation of Georgia, Administrator USANOR Business Exchange, UNICEF volunteer.

Professional Speaker.

USA and EU citizen. Immigrated into the USA in 1984. Resided in fifteen countries. Multi-lingual communicator. Education in Finland, Switzerland, United States.


Tana Torrano
Co-Founder of SMART Community Exchange and SMART Education Exchange; CEO, Market Vision Consulting, LLC.

Tana's previous experience included over 30 years in professional speaking, training, sales and marketing. Tana speaks on a wide range of topics and success training from SMART Education, SMART Soft Landing, SMART Communities, business development, international trade and investment. Tana is also a featured guest speaker for many organizations and is a frequent guest on national business programs on radio, and television. Additionally, Tana has written, produced and been featured in several infomercials and commercials.


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Bronze Sponsors

Dell EMC
Medef International
Sprint Curiosity
Think Big Partners

Premier Partners

Austin Texas
Light Reading

Supporting Organizaitons

Advanced Energy Economy
Austin Tech Alliance
Colorado Smart Cities Alliance
Colorado Smart Cities Alliance
Colorado Technology Association
Cleantech San Diego
Dallas Innovation Alliance
Innovation & Tech Today
etrolab Network
Smart Cities San Diego
University Of Texas
Wi-Fi Alliance

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