“Behind the Curtain of a Locate Process” will be the topic at the Arizona Association for Economic Development’s (AAED) May luncheon.   It will be held on May 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at 2901 N. Seventh St. in Phoenix.

The speakers will be Stephanie Hertzberg, principal and director of business development for SmithGroupJJR; Bruce Jensen, executive director, Capital Programs, Arizona State University; and Ioanna T. Morfessis, Ph.D., president and chief strategist, IO, Inc.

The trio will discuss how cities and private sector organizations can be most impactful, competitive and appropriately engage in the “veiled” locate process.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in real-time anonymous polling to create and interactive and honest dialogue. 

The cost of the luncheon is $45 for AAED members, $65 for non-members and $75 for late registrants. To register, visit www.aaed.com/event/may8.  The registration deadline is Thursday, May 3 at noon. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance. For more information, call AAED at (602) 240-AAED (2233), or visit www.aaed.com.

AAED, founded in 1974, has a mission to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy and collaboration.