AI and Automation — 

Preparing America's Next Frontier

York, PA March 26 - 28, 2019


Featured Speakers


State of Pennsylvania

Tom Wolf


Mckinsey Global Institute

Managing Director

Koch Disruptive Technologies


Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing

Michael Helfrich


City of York

Chad Taylor

Serial entrepreneur and community advocate

More BLUEPRINT York Speakers

John McElligott

Futurist, CEO

York Exponential

Ian Kanski



Craig Buerstatte

Acting Director

Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Matt Marshall

Founder & CEO


Senior Fellow,

Policy Director

Brookings Insittute

Mark Muro

 Author, Advisor 

Work to Learn

Chris Shipley

Jessica Trybus

Chief Games Officer

Simcoach Games

Dino Vendetti 

Managing Director

Seven Peaks Ventures

Vice President 

Entrepreneurial Dev.


Doug Erwin

Editor, Heartland



Anna Hensel

Essam Abadir

Founder & CEO

Aspire Ventures


Kenzie Academy

 Executive Chairman & CEO of Opportunity Hub



Executive Director


Emily Lohse-Bush

Executive Director


Jennifer Carlson

BLUEPRINT Reno laid the groundwork for accelerating tech prosperity across America with higher paying jobs. BLUEPRINT York will continue this critical conversation with a focus on AI and automation and how the heartland can prepare for these innovations .

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

Tours of York, PA Vision 2.0 site and more followed by BLUEPRINT kick-off event

Inspirational keynotes, regional innovation stories and panel discussions accompanied by several small-group working sessions with all participants

Bringing together all of Day 2’s work in a Town Hall format, announcements of critical new initiatives, and visionary keynote

Previous BLUEPRINT Speakers

Mike Kazmierski

President & CEO

Econ. Devo. Authority of Western Nevada

Kristy Campbell


Rev1 Ventures

Dino Vendetti

Managing Director

Seven Peaks Ventures

Tim Schigel

Founding Partner

Refinery Ventures

Nick Smoot


Innovation Collective

Will Price

Founder, General Partner
Next Frontier Capital

John Fillmore

Chief of Business Operations

Chegg Inc.

Tiffany Apczynski

VP of Public Policy & Social Impact


Matt Dunne

Founder &

Executive Director

Center on Rural Innovation

Mark Orttung



Patrick Mckenna


High Ridge Global

Chris Shipley

Author, Advisor

Work to Learn

Mark Muro

Senior Fellow,

Policy Director

Brookings Institution

Thomas Wadsworth

Director of Corporate Growth & Business Development

Governor's Office of Economic Development

David Walker

Executive Director

Nevada Museum of Art

Bill Pescatello


Lightbank Ventures

Matt Marshall

Founder & CEO


Chris Heivly

Entrepreneur in Residence


Lorenzo Gomez III


80/20 Foundation

Missy Young



Advances in AI and automation are significantly changing our economic landscape. New innovations will replace up to 40 percent of current jobs by 2020 (according to PwC). 

Regions such as York, PA are embracing these technologies and growing their economies by supplying the solutions for our modern world.  Yet York and others are also grappling with the future of their workforce and the training and skills that will be required to take on these new opportunities. 

BLUEPRINT York will discuss the transformative technologies in AI and automation while exploring what it means for the future of the workforce, particularly in heartland communities.  The group will continue the conversation around what it will take to take advantage of these opportunities and map out a BLUEPRINT for middle America.   

This invite-only event brings together large tech companies with economic development agencies, venture capital players, universities, incubators, accelerators, growth start-ups to build connections needed to accelerate prosperity in the heartland.


  • Regional cities & tech companies showcase their success with AI and automation and their plan for the future
  • The role of large tech companies and the need for advanced technology jobs
  • What's needed to grow and prepare talent in the heartland


BLUEPRINT is one of VentureBeat’s intimate events (audience of 250), including:

  • Tech company executives exploring expansion opportunities outside of the coasts
  • All executives interested in impacting job prosperity across America
  • Investors looking to grow their investments beyond the traditional coastal hubs
  • Socially-minded entrepreneurs looking to help with positive-impact social engineering
  • National, state, and local government leaders looking to develop policies that will accelerate growth in the heartland
  • Economic development professionals looking to showcase their region to technology companies, investors and talent


 Join us in York, PA and get a first-hand look at how York is embracing innovation and transforming its local economy.  Learn more about York's  2.0 plan that recently secured $6M in support from the office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (a York native) to invest in economic development in the areas of Humans and Robots working together and to prepare York for the 4th Industrial Revolution.  

50 N George Street, York, PA 17401

York, Pennsylvania | The Strand Theatre


Select from one of three tour options: 

Tour date:  10/9  12 pm - 4 pm 

Historic York Tour: Join local history buffs Jim McClure, Mid-Atlantic Regional Editor for the USA Today network  and Mayor Michael Helfrich for a stroll through a town that changed the course of American history more than once.

Robotics and Downtown Innovation Tour: Tour York's first robotics company, visit the new Fortress school that is teaching youth skills needed for AI and automation and use virtual reality to experience the vision for the new Innovation District.   

United Fiber & Data Building and Expansion Plans:  Visit United Fiber's cool office space that includes one of the world's top 5 acoustic studios and stroll to their newest building to see what's in store for York community.

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