Driving Innovation and Growth
January 11, 2024
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
70 West Madison Street, Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60602
Global Midwest Alliance invites you to its first program of 2024. 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 11, as Global Midwest Alliance and sponsors, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, K&L Gates, Old National Bank, Polsinelli and Wipfli, present a program focused on the forces that are currently shaping the U.S. economy as it enters 2024.
Keynote speaker David Oppedahl, a Policy Advisor 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 Chris, Chidzik, Principal Economist at the Association for Manufacturing Technology, will address the current economic conditions affecting 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.
2024 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. K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers located across five continents. The firm represents leading multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organi-zations and individuals. Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ: ONB), the holding company of Old National Bank, is the sixth largest commercial bank headquartered in the Midwest. With approximately $46 billion of assets and $28 billion of assets under management, Old National ranks among the top 35 banking companies based in the U.S. and has been recognized as a World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute for eleven consecutive years. Since its founding in 1834, Old National Bank has focused on community banking by building long-term, highly valued partnerships with clients and in the communities it serves. In addition to providing extensive services in retail and commercial banking, Old National offers comprehensive wealth management, investment, and capital market services. Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 950 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 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.
Registration, Networking and Lunch
Welcome & Keynote Introduction
2024 Economic Outlook
Questions for Keynote
Introduction of Manufacturing Industry Keynote
The Manufacturing Industry's Economic Outlook
Chris Chidzik, Principal Economist,, The Association for Manufacturing Technology
Questions for Chris Chidzik
Introduction of Tom Plodzeen, SVP Interest Rate Derivatives, Old National Bank
Interest Rate Outlook
Tom Plodzeen, SVP Interest Rate Derivatives, Old National Bank
Questions for Tom Plodzeen