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January 13, 2022

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Global Midwest Alliance invites you to its first program of 2022. 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 of growing industries.

Join us on January 13, as Global Midwest Alliance and sponsors, The Association for Manufacturing Technology, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Polsinelli, Wintrust Commercial Banking and Wipfli, present a program focused on the forces that are currently shaping the U.S. economy as it enters 2022.  

Keynote speaker David Oppedahl, a Senior Business Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will discuss the major sectors of the economy and provide the Federal Reserve's forecast along with his perspective on economic activity. Speaker Pat McGibbon, Chief Knowledge Officer, will address the current economic rebound that is happening in the manufacturing industry.

Attendees will include C-suite executives from a variety of industries, civic and business leaders, and members of the economic and business development communities. 
2022 Economic Outlook Program
About Our Host and Sponsors
The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), founded in 1902, specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow's Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America. 

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. 

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recog-nized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm's attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California.

Wintrust is a financial holding company with assets of approximately $25 billion whose common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Built on the "HAVE IT ALL" model, Wintrust offers sophisticated technology and resources of a large bank while focusing on providing service-based community banking to each and every customer. Wintrust operates fifteen community bank subsidiaries with over 150 banking locations located in the greater Chicago and southern Wisconsin market areas. Additionally, the Company operates various non-bank business units including one of the largest commercial insurance premium finance companies operating in the United States and Canada, a company providing short-term accounts receivable financing and value-added out-sourced administrative services to the temporary staffing services industry, a business unit engaging primarily in the origination and purchase of residential mortgages for sale into the secondary market throughout the United States, and companies providing wealth management services. 

Wipfli has more than 100,000 clients and 3,000 associates. The firm is currently ranked among the top 20 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation. Business today is more fluid than ever. Helping firms achieve their goals takes imagination, discipline and a process that delivers results today while anticipating tomorrow's demands. That's Wipfli. Our team brings cross-industry experience and creativity to help clients see beyond today's most complex business challenges. From operational improvements and performance enhancements to large-scale digital transformation, we help clients achieve lasting results and set their sights on new goals.

Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide not-for-profit educational 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 through 160 groups in 100 countries around the world. 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. 

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Welcome & Keynote Introduction
​Teresa A. Faidley, Senior Vice President, Wintrust Commercial Banking  

2022 Economic Outlook
David Oppedahl, Senior Business Economist, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Questions for Keynote
Teresa Faidley, Senior Vice President, Wintrust Commerical Banking  

Introduction of Manufacturing Industry Keynote
Christopher Blaylock, Partner, Wipfli

The Manufacturing Industry Rebound
Pat McGibbon, Chief Knowledge Officer, AMT

Questions and Closing Remarks
Anthony Nasharr, Shareholder, Polsinelli

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