Mid-America Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum

Renaissance Chicago Downtown

December 2 - 4, 2018


Registration is now open!

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The Mid-America Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum 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!   Join us at a NEW location in 2018 – the Renaissance Chicago Downtown!  Check out the video above for a sneak peak at our new location! 


Conference Hotel Information


This year's NEW host site for the Mid-America Competitiveness Conference is The Renaissance Chicago Downtown!

1 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL  60601
Phone:  1-312-372-7200


How to reserve your room at the Renaissance: 

Visit https://aws.passkey.com/e/49572341 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 1st – December 4th will be held until 5:00 p.m. on November 9thThe discounted room rate is $189 per night for Standard rooms.


Parking Information:

Valet parking at the Renaissance is $69 per day with in-and-out privileges.  Offsite parking is available at the rate of $45 per night – contact the hotel for more information.  Additional offsite parking options are available at http://www.chicagoparkingmap.com/.


2018 Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum
Speaker Biographies:


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