2021 Illinois Financial Forecast Forum: 
Private Sector Views that will Impact the Public Sector

January 21-22, 2021

The Illinois City/County Management Association, Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, and the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies present the Annual Illinois Financial Forecast Forum: Private Sector Views that will Impact the Public Sector. This year, the Annual Illinois Financial Forecast Forum will be delivered online. Register online or call us at 815-753-1907 or to register by phone or mail.

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2021 Schedule

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021
Time Session Description
12:45 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
1– 2 p.m.

Economic & Industry Perspectives

Rick Mattoon, Senior Economist, Chicago Federal Reserve

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Real Estate Perspectives: Community Strategies for Coping with Development Impacts of COVID and Demographic Waves

Moderator: Stephen B. Friedman, President, SB Friedman Development Advisors


How Are These Trends Impacting Commercial Markets and Location Choice?

Mary Ludgin, Senior Managing Director and Director of Global Investment Research, Heitman
Impacts on Residential Preferences and Need for Workforce and Affordable Housing
Fran Lefor-Rood, Senior Vice President, SB Friedman

Are Place-making and TOD Still the Right Strategies?

Elizabeth Schuh, Former CMAP Principal Policy Analyst and Project Manager of ON TO 2050 Regional Plan, Special Project Manager, SB Friedman

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Future Trends in Health and Labor

Moderator: Greg Kuhn, Interim Director, Center for Governmental Studies


Ben Gehrt, Attorney, Clark Baird Smith

Mike Wojcik, Senior Vice President/Principal, The Horton Group


Friday, Jan. 22, 2021
Time Session Description
9–10 a.m.

Economic Overview and What Should Local Governments Do in the New Economic Order? (Things really are different after COVID)

Moderator: Sofia Anastopoulos, Executive Director, Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund



Jason Headings, Meeder Investment Management

Jason Click, Meeder Investment Management

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Manufacturing and Automotive Industry Update

Marc Scarpelli, former Chair of NADA and President of Raymond Chevrolet, Kia and Ray Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge in Antioch and Fox Lake

Cindy Tomei, Vice-President, Membership and Marketing, Illinois Manufacturers Association

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Dynamic Trends in the Current and Future Retail Environment

Credits: CEU – Earn 0.6; CPE - Earn 7

The Forum program addresses the following ICMA Practice Areas: 6 (Strategic Leadership) and 12 (Finanacial Management and Budgeting)

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