SelectChicago’s FDI 101 Seminar

Thank you to everyone that attended the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) 101 seminar on February 21, 2018! We hope you found the event informative and worthwhile. Our primary goal was to increase your understanding of the economic development tool known as FDI, which is accelerating in popularity at the local level. Many aspects of FDI were covered during the event and the presenters did an outstanding job of sharing their knowledge and experience. If you were unable to attend, you can watch the entire FDI 101 presentation online at and scroll down to the February 21, 2018 Foreign Direct Investment 101 video. This online video was made possible by at Two Bald Guys and a Microphone, who were gracious enough to live stream and record the event. We thank Two Bald Guys for their support of SelectChicago.

Click Here to download the presentation materials in PDF format.

We also want to give special thanks to our host John Dallas and the crew at The Enclave for Entrepreneurs as well as our Guest Presenters:

Teresa Nortillo, Vice President, StateBook International
Ginta Rubin, Managing Director of NRW.INVEST North America LLC
Steve Kim, Managing Partner, RKJ Legal
Dr. John Gatto, President of FrankfurtRhineMain Corp. and Economic Development Officer/ Government Affairs Chief of German Federal State of Hessen

SelectChicago’s FDI 201 Seminar

Thank you to everyone that attended FDI 201 on April 19, 2018 at the Illinois Science and Technology Park in Skokie, Illinois. There were over 50 people in attendance learning about Foreign Direct Investment. We look forward to seeing everyone in June at SelectChicago!

Click Here to download the Presentation materials. A video of the seminar will be forthcoming.

FDI Podcast 

Doug Petroshius and Michael Edgar appeared on Episode 22 of the Strictly Business Podcast with its host, Josh Grodzin, Elk Grove Village. The podcast provides an in-depth discussion about FDI and SelectChicago. You also hear eight FDI 101 attendees share their impressions of FDI and SelectChicago. Add the Strictly Business Podcast to your Podcatcher or iTunes or visit the podcast website to listen.


The federal government is the authority in the United States that designates an investor as FDI. Check out their Fact Sheet for more information on FDI.