Mid-America Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum

December 3-5, 2017

Intercontinental Chicago Downtown


Online Registration is now closed!

To register between November 14th and November 20th please contact our office at Karla@assnoffices.com or 866-439-9172.  Registration after November 20th will be onsite only.  To save time onsite please print and fill out the onsite registration form ahead of time and bring it with you.  Thank you!


Below are the links to the Speaker Bios, Handouts and Presentations:

Mid-America EDC Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum Program

Mid-America EDC Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum List of Attendees


Sunday, December 3rd

Smart Cities Panel

  - Bob Westover, Senior Vice President, CRESA
  - Calandra Cruickshank, Founder & CEO, StateBook International
  - Vik Bangia, Founder and Managing Principal of Verum Consulting, LLC
  - Jarrett Wendt, Executive Vice President & Head of CityNOW, Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company


Monday, December 4th

Raising Your IQ on AI

  - Oliver Buechse, My Strategy Source
  - Kurt Hahlbeck, HUGO Enterprises
  - Laura Schmidt, New Berlin School District
  - Mike Semmann, Wisconsin Bankers Association
  - Ken Kortas, Leader of Technology Practice, Wipfli
  - Kathy Henrich, Director of Infrastructure Services Partnerships, IBM

Navigating Federal Economic Development Assistance Programs
  - Jeanette P. Tamayo, Regional Director, Chicago EDA Regional Office
  - Alex Smith, Economic Development Representative at U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration

E-Commerce/Last Mile - "The Amazon Effect"

  - Tim Feemster, Managing Principal at Foremost Quality Logistics
  - Keith Stauber, SIOR Managing Director at Jones Lang LaSalle
  - David Egan, Head of Industrial & Logistics Research, Americas & Global, CBRE
  - Teresa Nortillo, Vice President, Business Development and Consulting Services, StateBook International

State Director Panelists

  - Mark Hogan, Secretary and CEO, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  - Jeff Mason, President & CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  - Sean McCarthy, Director, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  - Shawn Reese, CEO, Wyoming Business Council
  - John Schneider, Director, Economic Development & Finance, State of North Dakota
  - Scott Stern, Commissioner of Economic Development, State of South Dakota

Site Selector Panelists

  - Sarah Raehl, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  - Tim Feemster, Foremost Quality Logistics
  - Jeff Forsythe, McCallum Sweeney Consulting
  - Christopher Lloyd, McGuireWoods Consulting
  - Don Schjeldahl, DSG Advisors
  - Bob Westover, CRESA

Tuesday, December 5th

A Blueprint for Designing Impactful Talent Strategies
  - Janet Ady, President & CEO - Ady Advantage
  - Jordan Ackerman, Research Analyst - Ady Advantage

If Only I had Known Then, What I Know Now

  - Chris McGowan, President, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce
  - Teresa Nortillo, Vice President, Business Development and Consulting Services, StateBook International

Winning the War Against Economic Development

  - Christopher Lloyd, Sr. VP & Director, Infrastructure & Economic Development, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC

The Journey of Facebook "Liking" Nebraska

  - Andrew Rainbolt, Executive Director, Sarpy County Economic Development Corporation
  - Tim O’Brien, Economic Development Manager, Omaha Public Power District



Conference Hotel Information

This year's host site for the Mid-America Competitiveness Conference is again the Intercontinental Hotel Chicago! The Intercontinental is located in the heart of Chicago's Magnificent Mile at:

505 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone:  1-800-628-2112
Website:   www.icchicagohotel.com

How to reserve your room at the Intercontinental:

Visit https://goo.gl/7JD9id to book your hotel room online at Mid-America EDC’s online reservation website.  Or, you may call Reservations at1-800-628-2112 to book your room.  If calling, be sure to mention group code 2017 Mid-America Economic Development Council Meeting/Group Code ZFM to get the discounted room rate.  A block of rooms for the nights of December 2 - December 5, 2017 will be held until November 8thRoom rates are $195/night for King rooms in the Grand Tower.

Parking Information:

Parking is valet only at the Intercontinental.  The valet is located at the entrance to the hotel at 505 N. Michigan Avenue. The Valet parking rate is $68 per day with in-and-out privileges.  Offsite parking options are available at http://www.chicagoparkingmap.com/.