Mid-America Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum


Mid-America Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum

December 8-10, 2019

Renaissance Chicago Downtown


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Be sure to join us for the 2019 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum, to be held December 8-10, 2019 at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown!  This is Mid-America EDC’s marquis annual event - providing tips, strategies and ideas to help Midwest communities improve their competitive position to land corporate investment and attract talent while also gaining first hand perspectives of top site consultants in the region!  This is always a premium opportunity for our members and sponsors to rub elbows with site selectors and make great contacts.  We hope to see you there! 


Conference Hotel Information


This year's host site for the Mid-America Competitiveness Conference is again The Renaissance Chicago Downtown!
1 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 1-312-372-7200
Website: renaissancechicagodowntown.com

How to reserve your room at the Renaissance:
Visit https://book.passkey.com/go/MidAmericaEDCForum2019 to reserve your hotel room online at Mid-America EDC’s online reservation website. Or, you may call Reservations at 877-303-0104 to reserve your room. If calling, be sure to mention group code Mid-America Economic Development Council to get the discounted room rate. A block of rooms for the nights of December 7, 8, 9, and 10 will be held until 5:00 p.m. on November 15th. The discounted room rate is $189 per night for Standard rooms.

Parking Information:
Valet parking at the Renaissance is $72 per day with in-and-out privileges. Offsite hotel parking is also available – contact the hotel for rates and information. Additional offsite parking options are available at http://www.chicagoparkingmap.com/.

Thank you to all that participated in the 2018 Mid America EDC Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum!



2018 Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum
Speaker Biographies:

Jim Beatty Ernie Goss, Ph.D. David Liggitt Rob Radcliff
Mark Bergethon Bob Hess Kate McEnroe Leslie Wagner
Amy Donahoe Horton Hobbs Rodrick Miller Ray Watson, CEcD
Jeff Forsythe Clarence Hulse Teresa Nortillo, CEcD  
Alex Frei Steven Jast David Ollila  


2018 Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum
Speaker Presentations:

Sunday, December 2nd

Raising Private Money - Rob Radcliff and Mark Bergethon

Monday, December 3rd

The Collaboration Score:  The Missing Link in Site Selection - Leslie Wagner

Places I Remember - Kate McEnroe - Slides with Audio Voiceover

Tourism as an Economic Development Strategy - Clarence Hulse

Skills Versus Jobs - What Does the Future Hold for Workforce Training? - Teresa Nortillo

The Rebirth of Detroit - Rodrick Miller

2018 Annual Site Selector Survey Results - Ron Starner

Tuesday, December 4th

Identifying Growth Clusters with Big Data - Steven Jast

#Winning:  How Workforce and Economic Resource Alignment Wins Projects - Horton Hobbs IV & Amy Donahoe

The Regional Economy - Black Swans & Golden Geese:  Surveys of Supply Managers & Bank CEOs - Ernie Goss, Ph.D.