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  • Midwest Summits

  • Convening regional and national thought leaders and area chambers for conversations on four significant regional topics.
    These events are also livestreamed to communities across several states in the Midwest by co-hosting chambers of commercce, associations and media outlets.

  • Watch live - Midwest Summit Livestreams

    The next livestream: June 11, 2024, 8 to 11 a.m. CT

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  • Livestreamed across the Upper Midwest Livestreamed across the Upper Midwest

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  • Forum Communications: As a dedicated Media Sponsor, The Forum streams each summit on their news sites in over 20 markets across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

    Co-hosting chambers: Spanning five states, these chambers of commerce share the summit livestreams to their communities and membership bases, all at no cost to the viewers.

    We would also like to thank:

    • Media Sponsor KFGO and Joel Heitkamp for producing a live radio show from each summit, and having on-air conversations with our keynote speakers and panelists.
    • iDigital for hosting billboards across North Dakota and Minnesota to promote the event series and critical conversations.
    • Prairie Business Magazine for running dedicated Midwest Summit stories for their readers across the Upper Midwest.
    • AM 1100 The Flag for producing a live radio show from each summit, and having on-air conversations with our keynote speakers and panelists.
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  • Economic Outlook

    Midwest Economic Outlook Summit
    Thursday, February 22, 2024

    Developing and maintaining a vibrant economy is essential to the continued growth of the Midwest. The Midwest Economic Outlook Summit will bring together industry leaders and economic experts from across the Midwest to take part in a holistic discussion. Our nation recently faced a global recession, record U.S. unemployment and extreme economic uncertainty. This is an opportunity to learn about regional and national economic trends, examine factors that keep our region competitive and hear from industry leaders from across various sectors including agriculture, energy, health care, and more.

    2024 registration and event information

     

    2024 Premier Sponsors

    '23 recap '23 recap

    Wednesday, February 8, 2023

    Event video recording

    2023 photo album

    2023 BRIDGE recap

    2023 InForum story

    Keynote Speakers
    Douglas G. Duncan
    Senior Vice President, Fannie Mae (view Doug's slideshow)
    Ron J. FeldmanFirst Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

    Expert Panel
    Camille Grade
    Chief Market Officer, Bushel
    Randy MartinsonFounder, Martinson Ag Risk Management
    Darrin PetersonPresident, Marvin

    Expert Panel
    Stacey Ackerman, CFP, CTFA, CSRIC, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Private Bank
    Geoff BartshSenior VP of Market Growth and Retention, Medica
    John TumaCommissioner, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

    2023 Premier Sponsors

    '22 recap '22 recap

    Thursday, March 24, 2022

    Event video recording

    2022 photo album 

    2022 BRIDGE recap

    2022 InForum story

    Keynote Speakers
    Neel Kashkari, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
    Dr. Scott Beaulier, Dean, North Dakota State University College of Business
    Steve Grove, Commissioner MN Department of Employment and Economic Development

    James Leiman, Commissioner, 
    North Dakota Department of Commerce

    Expert Panel
    Kristie Fiegen
    Public Utilities Commissioner, State of South Dakota
    Shawn RileyChief Information Officer, State of North Dakota
    Robert Sinner, Partner, President, SB&B Foods, LLC

    Expert Panel
    Tiffany Lawrence, President & CEO, Sanford Health Fargo
    Rachel LolmasteymaughExecutive Director, Midwest Manufacturers Association
    Bruce NustadPresident, Minnesota Retailers Association

     

    2022 Premier Sponsors

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  • Cybersecurity/Tech

    Midwest Cybersecurity & Tech Summit
    Thursday, August 15, 2024

    The intersection of technology across Midwestern industries is crucial to sustaining the region's competitive advantage. Communities must continue to prioritize technology and innovation to remain stable and secure. Whether it be on the farm, in the warehouse or in the storefront, industry leaders are taking the next step forward. The Midwest Cybersecurity & Technology Summit will bring together key lawmakers, industry leaders, and economic experts to take part in a cutting-edge discussion.

    2024 registration and event information

    2024 Premier Sponsor

     

    '23 recap '23 recap

    August 17, 2023

    Event video recording

    2023 photos

    2023 BRIDGE recap

    2023 InForum story

    Keynote Address: AI Revolution - Unleashing the Power, Shaping the Future and Embracing Responsibility
    Michael MattmillerSenior Director, State Government Affairs, Microsoft

    Keynote Address: Driving Innovation and Sustainability - The Role of Technology and the CHIPs Act
    Dr. Behrooz Shirazi, Deputy Division Director, National Science Foundation

    Expert Panel: Building a Tech Ecosystem
    Kristi BergDept. Chair, Business Information Technology, Minot State University
    Eileen ManningFounding Partner & Executive Producer, Cyber Security Summit
    Shawn RileyCo-founder, Bisblox
    Moderator by Kyle HendricksonDirector of Cybersecurity, Eide Bailly LLP

    Keynote Address: Power Cyber - The Symbiotic Relationship Among Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing
    Dr. Jose-Marie GriffithsPresident, Dakota State University

    2023 Premier Sponsors

       

     

    '22 recap '22 recap

    Event video recording

    2022 photo recap

    2022 BRIDGE recap

    2022 InForum story

    Keynote Speakers
    Jerry Wynne, Vice President of Security, Chief Information Security Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
    Jeff Crawford, Systems Engineer Specialist - Cortex, Palo Alto Networks
    Blake Griffin, President, Communication Network Engineering

    Expert Panel: A New Frontier
    Mike Maniscalco, EVP of Technology, Applied Blockchain (Cryptocurrency focus) 
    Justin Otto, SMB Director of Sales, Arctic Wolf (Cybersecurity focus)
    Jen Turnbow, Deputy Director for Planning, ND Department of Transportation (Unmanned Aerial Systems focus)
    Moderator - Shawn Riley, Chief Information Officer, State of North Dakota

    Expert Panel: Tech Integration
    Dan Sly119 CF, Commander, North Dakota Air National Guard, 119th Wing (Military focus)
    Ryan GoellnerEVP of Technology and Project Management, Gate City Bank (Finance focus)
    Dan InmanVP & Chief Information Security Officer, Minnkota Power Cooperative (Energy focus)
    Nathan JoraanstadDirector of Engineering, Bushel (Agriculture focus)
    William MayhewVP Health Software and DevOps, WEX (Healthcare focus)
    Moderator - Shawn RileyChief Information Officer, State of North Dakota

    2022 Premier Sponsor

     

  • Agriculture

    Midwest Agriculture Summit
    Tuesday, June 11, 2024

    Agriculture is a fundamental sector of the Midwestern economy. The Midwest Agriculture Summit will take an in-depth look at key industry facets across multiple states while exploring and discussing agriculture. Together, our communities are leading the industry by creating innovative solutions to address some of the world's largest problems. The Midwest Agriculture Summit will highlight local and national ag legislation, ag tech and innovation, and the ag economy including markets, trends and more.

    2024 registration and event information

    2024 Premier Sponsor

    '23 recap '23 recap

    Tuesday, June 6, 2023

    Event video recording

    2023 photo album

    2023 BRIDGE recap

    2023 InForum story

    Keynote Speakers
    Dr. Walter KemmsiesManaging Partner, The Kemmsies Group
    Xochitl Torres SmallUnder Secretary for Rural Development, United States Department of Agriculture

    Expert Panel: Navigating the Farm Bill
    Dr. Scott BrownAssociate Extension Professor, University of Missouri - Columbia
    Collin C. PetersonFormer United States Representative
    Moderated by Dr. Greg LardyVice President for Agricultural Affairs, North Dakota State University

    Brief Remarks:
    U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
    U.S. Senator John Hoeven

    Expert Panel: Headwaters Tech Hub
    Todd O'HairPresident & CEO, Montana Chamber of Commerce
    Adam GilbertsonSenior Vice President of Field Technology & Innovation, RDO Equipment Co.

    Expert Panel: Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
    Jared KnockBusiness Development, AgSpire
    Michael ReeseDirector, West Central Research and Outreach Center
    Kayla Ver HelstSustainability Officer, Bank of North Dakota
    Moderated by Jeff SchmidtChief Risk Officer, AgCountry

    2023 Premier Sponsor

    '22 recap '22 recap

    Tuesday, June 28, 2022

    2022 photo album

    2022 BRIDGE recap

    2022 InForum story

    Keynote Address
    Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary, USDA

    Expert Panel: Strengthening Our Voice in Washington
    U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
    U.S. Senator John Hoeven

    U.S. House Representative Michelle Fischbach

    Moderated by Howard Olson, AgCountry Farm Credit Services

    Keynote Address:
    Zach Ducheneaux, Administrator, USDA

    Expert Panel: Ag Technology and Innovation
    Brian Ingulsrud, Vice President, American Crystal Sugar Company
    Joel Kaczynski, Precision Ag Solutions Manager, RDO Equipment
    Nancy Johnson,
    Executive Director, ND Soybean Growers Association
    Taya Spelhaug,
    Microsoft, Grand Farm board

     

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  • Energy

    Midwest Energy Summit
    Q4, 2024

    The impact of the energy sector spans far beyond the light switch - it truly powers our entire world. With varying beliefs and many approaches to long-term energy production and sustainability, robust discussions are pivotal to reliability and accessibility. This event will be energized by dynamic speakers and panelists, including key lawmakers, economic experts and industry professionals, all with diverse perspectives on trending topics and the future of energy.

    2024 information coming soon

    2024 Premier Sponsors

     

    '23 recap '23 recap

    Midwest Energy Summit
    Wednesday, November 29, 2023

    The impact of the energy sector spans far beyond the light switch - it truly powers our entire world. With varying beliefs and many approaches to long-term energy production and sustainability, robust discussions are pivotal to reliability and accessibility. This event will be energized by dynamic speakers and panelists, including key lawmakers, economic experts and industry professionals, all with diverse perspectives on trending topics and the future of energy.

    2023 registration and event information

    2023 Premier Sponsors

     

    '22 recap '22 recap

    Tuesday, November 1, 2022

    Event video recording

    2022 photo album 

    2022 BRIDGE recap

    2022 InForum story

    Keynote Speakers
    Tony ClarkSenior Advisor, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
    Julie Fedorchak, Commissioner, North Dakota Public Service

    Expert Panel: Future of Energy Supply
    Eric PalmerSupervisor of Utility Planning, Minnesota Power
    Valerie WeigelVice President of Asset Management and Commodity Strategy, Basin Electric Power Cooperative
    Craig BlethVice President of Power Supply, Minnkota Power Cooperative
    Brad TollersonVice President of Energy Supply, Otter Tail Power Company
    Pamela Gorman ProchaskaDirector of Nuclear Policy, Xcel Energy
    Moderated by North Dakota Lt. Governor Brent Sanford

    Ted-Style Talks on Trending Topics

    Innovative Solutions for Biomass and Renewable Fuels
    Kate Blair KlossnerGovernment Affairs Manager, Marathon Petroleum Corporation

    Carbon Capture
    Wade BoeshansExecutive Vice President, Summit Carbon Solutions

    Long-Range Transmission Planning
    Brian TullohExecutive Director of External Affairs, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)

    2022 Premier Sponsors

     

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       Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce