I did my Design & Economic Development talk at the NORED Ignite session (PDF agenda) and think it went fine. I covered most of my main points, did not babble too much, got a few laughs, and was within 5 seconds of the 5 minute requirement. This is just a start, so time will tell if this was worthwhile.
The best part for me was finding connections with the other talks. The talks were not coordinated ahead of time, but I heard about examples of design being applied and cases where the design community could be supported.
Kay Reiter of Sandusky County EDC presented Project Ole, where plastics industry companies in Mexico have been targeted about re-locating. A Toledo Business Journal article explains it a little, including showing the box that was mailed. They worked with Hart to develop a touch point model that includes the microsite northshorereshore.com.
Tony Iriti of Hancock County ED showed the power of architectural design concepts in communicating the vision for keeping Marathon in Findlay.