U.S. Economic Development Administration: Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE)
October 6 - October 10
The objective of the Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) is to showcase successful first-hand examples of entrepreneurship, innovation, strategic investments and public-private partnerships from a specific region or country that contribute to the economic development at the local, national, and regional levels.
The event brings decision-makers from across the Americas and beyond. During the program, participants will ride a custom charter bus stopping at innovation hubs, leading firms, academic institutions, and research centers. Each visit offers a unique opportunity to explore local and regional economic development models, share experiences and knowledge, and build networks among the local and visiting stakeholders to enhance the innovation and competitiveness of the Americas and beyond. Local and regional hosts will prepare presentations, discussion panels, walking tours, and networking events to create multidirectional collaboration channels for participants to explore mutually beneficial partnership opportunities and exchange good practices on innovation and entrepreneurship with host sites and fellow ACE leaders.
Target participants are decision makers, including Ministers/Vice Ministers or equivalent, members of Congress/Legislature/Parliament, Private Sector Leaders, Mayors or Senior Leaders from cities or provinces, Chancellors/Presidents/Vice Presidents of Universities, Presidents of Competitiveness Councils, Senior leaders of regional economic development partnership groups, innovation agencies or other key public or private and academic sector individuals, CEOs or top business representatives, entrepreneurs and young leaders, among others.
The program is designed to facilitate active participant engagement in discussions, sharing of information, and partnership opportunities. Participants are expected to interact with the group, organizers, and host communities in order to take full advantage of the Exchange.
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