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About Global Midwest Alliance
Representatives of more than 150 companies and institutions -- including major academic research institutions, federal, state and local governments, economic development organizations, venture capital companies, trade associations, banks and businesses -- called for the creation of an entity to provide connectivity, benchmarking, marketing and support for technology commercialization in the region. 

Looking at “best in class” models around the world, they found that the CONNECT model pioneered by San Diego CONNECT was successful at transforming not only the San Diego region, but had been successfully implemented in other regions around the world. 

After substantial study and consultation with Global CONNECT, the Global Midwest Alliance was formed to mine the regions’ under-tapped research and other formidable assets to provide the foundation for sustained economic development.

Global Midwest Alliance is the only business-led economic development group for the Midwest region. ​

Global Midwest Alliance Strategic Partner Network
With more than 160 affiliates in 100 countries worldwide, Global Midwest Alliance and its stakeholders have partnered to build a stronger economy by aligning and integrating existing resources in the Midwest Region. We establish and strengthen crucial connections among innovators, funders and business leaders. For more information on partnering with the Alliance, please visit our Partnership page.
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Key Programs & Partnerships

  • Global Finance Programs (e.g. World Bank Private Sector Liaison Office)
  • Engagement with International Trade Commissioners
  • Partnerships with universities and government labs
  • Technology Development 
  • Midwest Clean Tech Conference & other events to connect innovators and business

Global Midwest Alliance is a member of Global CONNECT


Financial Assistance Policy and Procedures
Click here to review polices and procedures.  
GMA's VISION is to transform the Midwest into an internationally recognized leader in innovation and business growth.


GMA's MISSION is to align and integrate existing scientific, financial and business resources to drive sustained economic growth, a culture of innovation and the creation of high-value jobs.


Chairman's Message
A message from Richard Stephens, Chairman of Global Midwest Alliance, on the importance of Global Midwest Alliance's mission to bring scientific and business resources together to drive economic growth in the Midwest and open global trade flows vital to the region.