Who Attends?

CEOs, site selection consultants, economic development leaders and other economic analysts and experts will come together to discuss the economic resurgence and vitality of the Midwest region.

  • Multinationals and Corporate Investors
  • Ministries of Trade and Investment
  • Trade, Investment, and Economic Development Agencies
  • Special Economic Zones, Free Ports and Science Parks
  • Real Estate, Relocation and Site Selection Advisories
  • FDI Consultancies
  • Legal, Regulatory, Taxation, Advisory Firms 

The TrustBelt Focus

Panels will focus on key investment-attraction issues such as:

  • How to create smart cities and intelligent communities and leverage their unique brand to attract and retain investment and talent
  • How innovation and new technologies are driving the future of manufacturing
  • The differences between the generations - tech savvy to tech reliant - and how smart cities will enable innovation
  • Integrated workforce development programs ensure retention
  • How the Midwest stacks up in overall economic competitiveness
  • Which industries are most likely to grow as manufacturing returns to the Heartland?


State of the States

Panel 1

Incubating Tomorrow

Panel 2

Talent Acquisition & Retention

Panel 3

“State of the (Millennial) Union”

Panel 5

Smart Cities

Panel 5

Rise of the Robots

Panel 6

Reshoring America

Panel 7

Cocktails & Consultants

Panel 6
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    The TrustBelt Conference was fantastic! The varying point of views and the deep level of expertise and knowledge added to create a dynamic discussion filled with unique perspectives and understanding. The TrustBelt Conference provided the perspective that I believe all economic development communities should attempt to understand.”
    — Jay Steinmetz - CEO, Barcoding, Inc.
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    Thank you for organizing such a terrific event! I learned a great deal, especially about Des Moines and middle America. I met a lot of terrific attendees and enjoyed all of the panels. Very inspiring!”
    — John G. Jung, Chairman & Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum