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January 14, 2021

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Online at GoToWebinar

Global Midwest Alliance invites you to its first program of 2021. 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, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and sponsors, Polsinelli and Wipfli, present a program focused on the forces that are currently shaping the U.S. economy as it enters 2021.  

Keynote speaker David Oppedahl, a Senior Business Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago since 1998, 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.  
2021 Economic Outlook
About Our Host and Sponsors
Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized 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. 

Wipfli ranks among the top 20 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation with over 2,400 associates, 48 offices in the United States and two offices in India. Wipfli is also a member of Allinial Global, an accounting firm association of legally independent accounting and consulting firms with offices in North America and throughout the world through international members and partnerships. We enjoy a solid reputation as industry experts and as a trusted business advisor to more than 100,000 clients including: Manufacturing and distribution, contractors and developers, real estate, health care organizations, financial institutions, financial services, nonprofits, private equity, agribusiness, tribal gaming, technology, units of government, dealerships and individuals.

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 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 and Opening Remarks
Christopher Blaylock, CPA, Partner, Wipfli

Keynote Introduction
Anthony Nasharr, Shareholder, Polsinelli

Keynote Presentation:  2021 Economic Outlook
David Oppedahl, Senior Business Economist, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Anthony Nasharr, Shareholder, Polsinelli

Closing Remarks
Christopher Blaylock, CPA, Partner, Wipfli

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