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Driving Innovation and Growth



Reservations Required:   
April 3, 2013

7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604
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Global Midwest Alliance, San Diego CONNECT and sponsor, Bank of America, invite you to the first program in the Alliance's 2013 Innovation, Growth and Globalization Industry-Focused Series. Throughout the year, this series of programs will highlight industry expertise, innovation and technology, and globalization opportunities in growth industries.  

Our first program in this series features industry leaders who will provide expert insight into the latest manufacturing innovations that are offering the best opportunities for future growth within the sector.   Our keynote presenter will speak to the Innovation Institute Study, “Why and Which Manufacturing Matters: Innovation and Production in the U.S.” The innovation panel will focus on exciting additive manufacturing possibilities and policy developments in store for the industry.  Representatives from the World Bank Group International Finance Corporation will discuss financing and technical assistance on investment projects and policy reforms in developing countries, as well as case studies from global corporations.  

​Program attendees will have the opportunity to network with executives from the manufacturing, development, international and finance communities, and learn about specific initiatives to bring manufacturing and industrial projects to developing nations through consulting, project bidding and funding, and private partnerships. 

The cost to attend this industry breakfast program is $75 per person, payable at the time of registration.  Seats are limited.  Please register on or before April 1, 2013.

Innovation and Opportunities for Manufacturers, Additive Manufacturers and Global Producers
Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally recognized leader in innovation and business growth. The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world. The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT. Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business. The Alliance offers educational and networking opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries.

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 53 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,500 retail banking offices and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users. Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

San Diego CONNECT is a regional program that catalyzes the creation of innovative technology and life sciences products in San Diego County by linking inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for success. Since 1985, CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 3,000 companies. The leadership of CONNECT attributes its success to the unique culture of collaboration between industry, capital sources, professional service providers and research organizations that CONNECT has sought to foster in the region.  As a result of its efforts, CONNECT has assisted more than 3,000 companies in attracting more than $10 billion in investment capital. CONNECT is widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful organizations linking inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for commercialization of innovative products. The program has been modeled in more than 50 regions around the world – most recently in New York City, Bogotá, Colombia and Saudi Arabia. CONNECT has recently been recognized by Inc., Time and Entrepreneur magazines and received the 2010 Innovation in Economic Development Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce for creation of Regional Innovation Clusters. CONNECT also manages the San Diego Innovation Hub (iHub) designated by the state of California Governor’s Office of Economic Development in 2010.

Registration, Breakfast and Qualified Introductions

Welcome Remarks & Introductions
David Lynam, Lynam & Associates, and Co-Chair, Entrepreneur Group, Union League Club
Gail Longmore, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Global Midwest Alliance
Theresa Andrews, Director Public Policy, San Diego CONNECT
Julie Chavez, Senior Vice President, Bank of America
Peter Eelman, Vice President of Exhibitions & Communications, Association for Manufacturing Technology

Keynote Presentation: Innovation Institute Study, “Why and which Manufacturing Matters: Innovation and Production in the U.S."
Professor Erica Fuchs, Carnegie Mellon University

Innovation and Technology Panel
Moderator: Tom Hacker, President, C&L Supreme
Tim Shinbara, Technical Director, Association for Manufacturing Technology
Jason Sebastian, Ph.D., Manager of Technology and Product Development, QuesTek Innovations LLC 
Dennis Thompson, Senior Vice President, SCRA

Growth and Global Opportunities Panel 
Moderator: William Strauss, Senior Economist, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
David Fulton, Head, USA and Canada Unit, Investment Operations Department International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group
Case Study: Jeff Blumberg, Vice President Sales, PRA Global Business Development

Wrap Up  
Global Midwest Alliance and San Diego CONNECT


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