April 16, 2019 11:45 - 5:00 PM
Join industry leaders, research scientists, tech start-ups, venture capitalists and angel investors at the first annual SD Mines Regional Investor Forum to network and hear from one of the nation's top economists, Ross DeVol with the Walton Family Foundation!
Location: SD Mines Campus: King Center- Hall of Fame Room 501 E. Saint Joseph St. Rapid City, SD 57701
*Followed by Investor Dinner with Keynote Speaker Ross DeVol*
Investor Dinner: Gold Bison Grill: 505 N 5th St. Rapid City, SD 57701
Ross is a Fellow at the Walton Family Foundation, a program enlisting subject-matter experts to conduct research and develop best practices that support the foundation’s philanthropic efforts. He is assessing opportunities for regional innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems that foster job creation, wage gains and economic growth for the American Heartland. He works with universities, colleges, the business community, public policy leaders and philanthropy to analyze resources supporting the startup community and identify workforce and talent gaps. DeVol is former chief research officer for the Milken Institute where he spent nearly 20 years, an economic think tank headquartered in California. He oversaw research on international, national and comparative regional growth performance; access to capital and its role in economic growth and job creation; and health-related topics. He has been ranked among the “Superstars of Think Tank Scholars” by International Economy magazine. DeVol is transitioning to lead a new “a think and do tank,” Heartland Forward, whose mission will be to improve economic performance in the heartland of the United States. The Institute will pursue its mission through independent, data-driven research, action-oriented convening’s, such as the Heartland Summit, and impactful policy recommendations.