The first SelectChicago event was held in 2016 and was hosted by the Greater Waukegan Development Coalition (GWDC). While SelectChicago is inspired by the SelectUSA conference model, GWDC felt that if foreign investors were visiting the Chicago area, that they should tour the Chicago area, meet with Chicago area officials, and visit development sites. Therefore, the GWDC created the first SelectChicago Showcase Tour. This tour still serves as a model for all SelectChicago Showcase Communities today. While this video is a summary of that visit, it also is an exemplary representation of SelectChicago’s mission.