About the SEDE Network

The SEDE Network is a forum for top State economic development and commerce officials — including secretaries, commissioners, agency CEOs and executive directors — and their deputies to exchange information, learn from one another, and advance the practice and impact of economic development across the nation. This website is built to support the work of these executives.

The Network’s activities and direction are governed informally by a Steering Committee of State executives elected by the network members:

  • Stefan Pryor, Steering Committee Chair, Secretary of Commerce, State of Rhode Island/Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
  • Val Hale, Steering Committee Vice Chair, Executive Director, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development
  • Julie Anderson, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
  • Dennis Davin, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
  • Jennifer Fletcher, Deputy Secretary, South Carolina Department of Commerce
  • Kurt Foreman, President & CEO, Delaware Prosperity Partnership
  • Joan Goldstein, Commissioner of Economic Development, Vermont Department of Commerce and Community Development
  • Manuel Laboy Rivera, Secretary, Department of Economic Development and Commerce and Executive Director, Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company
  • Jeff Mason, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Kevin McKinnon, Deputy Commissioner of Economic Development, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Don Pierson, Secretary of Economic Development, Louisiana Economic Development
  • Mike Preston, Secretary, Arkansas Department of Commerce
  • Sandra Watson, President & CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority

The SEDE Network engages in regular activities and events throughout the year to include:

  • In-person meetings twice per year
  • Periodic webinars
  • Producing white papers on relevant topics
  • Commenting as a group on federal regulatory or other policy proposals
  • Tracking the impact on states of federal policies
  • Other activities determined to be of interest to network members

The SEDE Network is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts with co-investment from the member states covering member and staff time and travel expenses. Network members greatly appreciate the generous support from Pew.