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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. No other event offers you access to these leaders all in one place.


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.


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?


You are an integral part of the very important dialogue that will help propel the Midwest through the coming decades. This is a can’t-miss economic forum for anyone with an interest in the Midwest’s, or the United States’, economic future.

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    It was the first time I attended this conference. The speakers I saw were high caliber, engaging and “on the spot”. I really enjoyed our panel and the fact that there were great people, industry leaders with real world knowledge on the subjects. Moderators were crisp and knowledgeable. The conference generally stood out as higher caliber, more focused and better organized than many other conferences.”
    — Henrik Fisker, Chairman & CEO, Fisker Inc
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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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    TrustBelt and Conway have created an environment that I have not seen at any other event, with truly enriching content, information and a calibre of attendee that makes a conference like this essential to anyone within a related industry. TrustBelt and Conway will always have my support and attendance at any event they see fit for me."
    — Arran Stewart, Co-Founder & Chief Visionary Officer, Job.com
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    I found the contacts made with the Corporate Real Estate executives and Site Selectors I met at the TrustBelt Conference to be invaluable. Because of the structure of the conference, it allowed a great amount of time to connect with them face to face.”
    — Rob Hunter, CEcD Economic Development Officer Municipality of South Dundas, Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada