Can the $3,000 showcase tour fee be split between a municipality and local real estate partners?

SelectChicago does not dictate how showcase tour fees are funded.

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What activities will take place during the showcase tour? What are community expectations?

The goal of the showcase is to “roll out the red carpet” for attendees. Showcase communities will want to provide an equal amount of time showcasing development projects and visiting development sites along with showcase other community amenities such as schools, transit, recreation, workforce, and utilities. Remember also that the online Investment Portfolio will be available to them before, during, and after the conference and we will keep in touch with them. It is about building relationships so that they invest in the area not just one property.

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What is the minimum and maximum amount of time you are allocating per showcase tour?

Approximately three to five hours, tailored to each community.

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Will you pair foreign investor groups with a showcase community based on the groups’ requirements?

Ideally, yes. It largely depends on the number of attendees available.

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Can the $500 municipal/county attendance fee be split between one municipal/county attendee and one private sector attendee?

No, but a corporate attendee rate is available.

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What type of projects/sites are investors interested in?

SelectChicago is seeking to attract foreign businesses who can invest between $2 million and $30 million of construction costs into local development projects. The $50+ million investors are expected to be attracted by World Business Chicago and IntersectIllinois. All project types are being sought: industrial, residential, commercial, manufacturing, etc.

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How many foreign investors are projected to attend and from which countries?

Based on our feedback from SelectUSA, which is an annual conference of 3,000 attendees, there is a significant interest in the Chicago area from the foreign investment community. But in order to garner the greatest amount of interest possible for this year and the years to come, we will need as many municipalities and counties to register as possible.

With Chicago having the greatest concentration of trade consulates in the United States we are anticipating a variety of to attend. Our data shows that the Chicago area’s highest concentrations of foreign investment has been from the United Kingdom, Japan, China, Germany, and Lithuania.

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