Mid-America Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum

December 2-4, 2018

Renaissance Chicago Downtown

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!  Look for more information this summer!





Below are the links to the Speaker Bios, Handouts and Presentations from the
2017 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum

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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

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


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

Annual Site Selector Survey Presentation


Site Selector Panelists

  - Sarah Raehl, Deloitte Consulting LLP - Presentation
  - Tim Feemster, Foremost Quality Logistics - Presentation
  - Jeff Forsythe, McCallum Sweeney Consulting - Presentation
  - Christopher Lloyd, McGuireWoods Consulting
  - Don Schjeldahl, DSG Advisors - Site Selector Panel Presentation, Discussion Session

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