The holder of a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Virginia Military Institute, Michael Erin served 11 years in the United States Army, leaving the service at the rank of captain before pursuing business interests in Las Vegas and Chicago. In addition to serving as a partner of Progressive Management & Associates, Michael Erin is a member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
The IEDC is a nonprofit membership organization that provides leadership and drive economic development activity through networking opportunities. One of the major networking events hosted by the IEDC is the Economic Future Forum. This year’s event is taking place from June 24 to 26 in Buffalo, New York, and will be attended by more than 300 economic development professionals. It will include interactive learning sessions, discussions on global shifts in economic policy and development, and in-depth examinations of real case studies.
Topics for educational sessions include “The Deal with Data Scientists,” “Waterfronts: On the Banks of a New Economic Development Opportunity,” and “The Benefits of Transit-Oriented Development.” There will also be roundtable discussions on development in a diverse range of sectors such as entertainment, education, and energy. Prominent guest speakers scheduled to attend the event include Melina Cordero, Americas head of retail research with CBRE, and Jarred Kessler, CEO of EasyKnock.