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How to Attract European FDI to Illinois Communities

May 9, 2017
Laura Ortega
Clock Tower Place Fondulac Room
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201 Clock Tower Drive, East Peoria, IL, United States
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9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Coffee and Tea Available
Opening Remarks
10:00 – 10:10 Jennifer Daly, CEO, Greater Peoria EDC
10:10 – 10:15 Betty Steinert, President IL Economic Development
10:15 – 10:20 Matthias Beier, President & CEO, European American
Investment Council (EAIC)
Site Selection USA: What Are European Businesses Looking For:
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. James Blair, Founder/Managing Director at Navigator
James Blair can look back on 32 years of site selection experience, having worked as Director of the State of Georgia’s European Office and Managing Director of the Site Selection Services group of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the South (Atlanta). Furthermore building on his expertise as founder and Managing Director at Navigator Consulting, Mr Blair is in a prime position to advise U.S. Communities on what exactly it is that European investors are looking for in new manufacturing sites and what their base requirements tend to be in terms of infrastructure, workforce, and other areas.
Illinois’ Strengths and Opportunities in Terms of European FDI
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Erik Brejla, Assistant Deputy Director Regional Economic
Development (RED), Illinois Department of Commerce &
Economic Opportunity
In 2015 Site Selection Magazine voted Illinois to be the #3 state for new and expanded
corporate facilities. This, however, is only one of the many aspects which make Illinois a strong
player in FDI attraction. Good location and a strong transportation infrastructure, a talented
workforce and good access to key markets, makes Illinois a great fit for new companies.
As the Nation’s fourth most successful state in attracting FDI, Illinois remains a strong
player in the field of international FDI. During this presentation, we want to highlight Illinois’
specific strengths as a manufacturing site, so you can best present these to prospective
investors when marketing your community.
How to Attract European FDI as a U.S. County?
Noon – 12:30 p.m. Florian Stamm, Attorney at Law, Smith, Gambrell &
Russell LLP
We appreciate how challenging it can be for EDO’s to effectively market their
community to European investors across the Atlantic. Based on his years of experience in
providing legal support to European investors in the U.S. in questions of site selection and
economic development, Mr. Stamm will offer valuable insights to EDOs on how to maximize
their Community’s potential in attracting FDI from Europe
12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Panel Discussion on Best Practice FDI Attraction: Useful Insights by FDI Experts
1:15 – 2:30, incl. Q & A Moderator: Matthias Beier, President & CEO, EAIC
– Florian Stamm, Attorney at Law, Smith, Gambrell &
– Dr. Ullrich Kämmerer, CPA, Roedl USA
– James Blair, Managing Director, Navigator Consulting
– Werner Beermann, Manager European Business
Development, Gray Construction
– James Foley, Director, Illinois SBDC International Trade
Center, International Programs, Foster College of
– Eric Nieukirk, Corporate Real Estate & Economic
Development Manager, Caterpillar, Inc.
Successful Together – Benefits of Cooperation – Individual Consultation w/FDI Experts
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Opportunity to meet with our FDI experts individually (20

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