MAEDC 2014 Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum
December 7-9, 2014
Intercontinental Hotel Chicago Downtown

The Competitiveness Conference, hosted by the Mid America Economic Development Council, is an affordable opportunity for economic development education, networking, and face time with site selectors from across the country!

The Competitiveness Conference is ideal for anyone in the economic development profession who is searching for opportunities to connect with site selectors, learn from experienced practitioners, and attend sessions on economic development most relevant to Midwest communities, large and small. 

Click Here to view the 2014 On-Site Program

Click Here to view conference information - including the schedule of events and hotel information (please note that the hotel room booking deadline was November 5th!)

Online Registration is now closed!  Registration after November 21st will be onsite only (registration is located in the Grand Ballroom Foyer, 7th floor of the Intercontinental Hotel Chicago).  Thank you


2014 Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum Speaker Biographies:

Janet Ady Chris Gutierrez Andrew Rudersdorf
Darin Buelow Howard Horowitz Doyle Shea
Andreas Dressler Tracey Hyatt Bosman Jason Shepard
Courtney Dunbar Mike Lowe Anatalio Ubalde
Jennifer Fitzgerald John Matta Leslie Wagner
Deane Foote Michael McDermott Jim Walton
Dr. Ernie Goss Brent Pollina  




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



How to reserve your room at the Intercontinental:

Click here to book your hotel room online at Mid-America EDC’s online reservation website.  Or, you may call Reservations at 1-800-628-2112 to book your room.  If calling, be sure to mention group code MAEDC 2014 to get the discounted room rate.  A block of rooms for the nights of December 6 - December 8, 2014 will be held until November 5th.  Room rates are $190/night for single AND double rooms in the Grand Tower.


Please note that the online link will display the room block nights only (Dec. 6, 7, & 8).  Reservations at the room block rate prior to December 6th are unavailable, but you may reserve at the room block rate for December 9th, based on availability.  To add December 9th to your reservation, click on "change search" to modify the dates.

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 $65 per day with in-and-out privileges.  Offsite parking options are available at

MAEDC members are dedicated economic development professionals who share best practices to make you more valuable to your organization. MAEDC is the best resource for making contact with site selectors, advancing regional economic development programs and accessing thought leadership.
Mid-America Economic Development Council
17 South High Street, Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 866-439-9172
Fax: 614-221-1989