Mid-America Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum

Renaissance Chicago Downtown

December 2 - 4, 2018

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

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.


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