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Reservations Required:   
January 14, 2016

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Perkins Coie LLP
131 South Dearborn, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60603
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Global Midwest Alliance invites you to its first program of 2016. Throughout the year, the Alliance will bring you a series of programs that will highlight expertise, innovation and technology, and globalization opportunities in a number of growing industries.  

Join us on January 14, as Global Midwest Alliance and its sponsors, Perkins Coie, LLP and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will host a discussion focused on the forces that are currently shaping the U.S. expansion as it enters 2016. Keynote speaker William Strauss, a Senior Economist and Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago since 1982, will discuss the major sectors of the economy and provide the Federal Reserve's forecast along with his perspective on economic activity. 

Attendees will include C-suite executives from a variety of industries, civic and business leaders, and members of the economic and business development communities. 

 Cost to attend event is $75 per person. Seats are limited.  Please register on or before January 12, 2016.

2016 Economic Outlook
About Our Sponsors

Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie LLP has more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. The firm provides a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to small, independent startups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the nation’s central bank. The Chicago Reserve Bank serves the seventh Federal Reserve District, which encompasses the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, southern Wisconsin, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and the state of Iowa. In addition to participation in the formulation of monetary policy, each Reserve Bank supervises member banks and bank holding companies, provides financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government, and monitors economic conditions in its District.

Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide, not-for-profit education 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 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. 

The Private Sector Liaison Office (PSLO) Network of the World Bank Group is a group of 160 business intermediary organizations in 107 countries around the world working to foster trade and investment between countries with the support of the World Bank Group's products and services. PSLOs facilitate companies' access to World Bank Group business opportunities, services and knowledge, and act as the voice of the private sector in advising the World Bank Group on how to better engage companies on development issues.

​Global Midwest Alliance is headquartered at Coalition: Energy

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Registration and Networking

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Randy Bridgeman, Partner and Firmwide Co-Chair of Corporate Finance, Perkins Coie LLP

Lunch Served

Keynote Introduction
Tom Hacker, President, C&L Supreme

Keynote Presentation:  2016 Economic Outlook
William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Questions and Closing Remarks

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