August 1-3, 2018, the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City (EDCMC), is partnering with Webster Global Site Selectors to host the SiteLink conference at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel, and Spa. Sponsored by several Economic Development Organizations in Northern Indiana, Southwestern Michigan, and private sector companies, SiteLink will convene a forum of internationally recognized site selectors who will make presentations on their areas of expertise.  Site selectors are specialists hired by companies to evaluate needs and make recommendations on the best places for business expansion or relocation.  Fifty or more Economic Development professionals from across the states will attend the SiteLink Forum to learn from the experts in site selection.   Site Selectors will meet with attendees one-on-one to provide feedback and advice on business recruitment strategies.  “Because the SiteLink Forum is kept small, it allows many of the attendees to meet with Site Selectors and share information about their communities and projects,” said Paige Webster, President of Webster Global and organizer of the event.  There will be a variety of networking events, which provide individuals the opportunity to build relationships with the site selectors and regional leaders in Economic Development.

The site selectors planning to attend the SiteLink Forum event include:

  • James Blair, Managing Director, Navigator Consulting, LLC; Atlanta, GA
  • Amy Gerber, Executive Managing Director- Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield; Atlanta, GA
  • Tim Feemster, Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics; Dallas, TX
  • Stuart Lipper, Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL); Iselin, NJ
  • Allea Newbold, Principal, Ryan; Tampa, FL
  • Joseph Vranich, Principal, Spectrum Location Solutions; Cranberry, PA
  • Paige Webster, President, Webster Global Site Selectors; Phoenix, AZ

The Economic Development Corporation Michigan City is pleased to be hosting with several other Gold sponsors from the Region that include Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, La Porte County Office of Economic Development, and Lake County IN Economic Alliance.  Each of these four Gold Sponsors will have an opportunity to community tours to show off their communities and the assets they have to offer to the site selectors.  Some of the activities that site selectors will participate in are visits to industrial sites, tours of state of the art healthcare facilities, samplings of local cuisine, views of the lakefront, and participation in local festivities.   The conference will end right as Grand Prix Boat Race and The Taste weekend begins in Michigan City.  A few of the site selectors will be extending their visit in Michigan City to explore the beach front community and to attend the races on Sunday, August 5th.   “We are excited and proud to host the SiteLink Forum in Michigan City this year,” said Clarence Hulse, Executive Director for the EDCMC, “We look forward to showing what a great place our city is for building business and a great quality of life.”

Full bios on the site selectors, a list of all sponsors, and registration for the event can be found at