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    Register Now!

    Join us November 5th – 7th, 2018 for TrustBelt Corporates & Consultants Forum! The only event of its kind focused exclusively on the redevelopment of the former US Rust Belt, this prestigious conference brings together the corporate decision makers, site consultants and economic development agencies who make location decisions so vital to this region.

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  • Sponsorship Opportunities

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    We are pleased to offer your organization exclusive exposure to corporate decision-makers and the some of the nation’s top Site Consultants at the fourth annual TrustBelt Forum, the most important corporate-led event of the year devoted to the reemergence of the former US Rust Belt.

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  • Hosted by MEDC


    Detroit, Michigan has been awarded the 2018 TrustBelt Corporates & Consultants Forum, hosted by Michigan Economic Development Corporation, November 5-7! Each year the TrustBelt Forum highlights the Host as a premier destination for FDI investment and business. Host locations have included Cleveland, Chicago, Des Moines and now 2018 host city Detroit.

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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