BRADENTON – The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC) will present author and thought leader James Otteson, Ph.D. in a keynote address at the EDC’s 2016 Annual Update Luncheon on Friday, November 4, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop in Lakewood Ranch.
In addition to Otteson’s keynote, the event will include a briefing from EDC leaders on results from the organization’s work to foster job creation and diversify Manatee County’s economy. The EDC also will present the 2016 Rick Fawley Economic Development Award of Distinction, recognizing an individual’s outstanding contributions to moving the local economy forward.
Otteson specializes in political economy, business ethics, the history of economic thought, and political philosophy. He holds the Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics at Wake Forest University and serves as a research professor in the Freedom Center and in the Philosophy Department at the University of Arizona. He is also a Senior Scholar at the Fund for American Studies in Washington, DC.
Otteson’s publications include Adam Smith’s Marketplace of Life (Cambridge, 2002); Actual Ethics (Cambridge, 2006), which won the Templeton Enterprise Award in 2007; and Adam Smith (Bloomsbury, 2013). His most recent books are The End of Socialism (Cambridge, 2014) and an edited collection of primary sources called What Adam Smith Knew: Moral Lessons on Capitalism from Its Greatest Champions and Fiercest Critics (Encounter, 2014).
The event’s presenting sponsor is The Mosaic Company. Additional sponsors include Gateway Bank, supporting sponsor; Synovus Bank, speaker sponsor; Palmetto Community Redevelopment Agency, award sponsor; and Herald Tribune Media Group, media sponsor.
Also supporting the event are Ad-Vance Talent Solutions, Blalock Walters P.A., Cadence Bank, Fawley|Bryant Architects, FPL, Gettel Toyota, Grimes Goebel Grimes Hawkins Gladfelter & Galvano PL, Ian Black Real Estate, Keiser University, Mauldin & Jenkins LLC CPAs and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Sponsorships are available by contacting email@example.com.
The cost to attend is $65 for EDC investors and $75 for others. Tables of eight also may be reserved. To register online, visit ThinkBradentonArea.com and click on “Events.” For more information, call (941) 803-9036.
About the Bradenton Area EDC
The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC) is the lead economic development organization for the Bradenton area’s nine communities located on the south side of Tampa Bay. The EDC works to diversify the local economy by attracting and retaining high-wage jobs for area residents, and connecting existing businesses to the resources they need to succeed. Information: ThinkBradentonArea.com.