RAEDC is Accelerating Aerospace Innovation

Rockford is known as an aerospace hub and as a leading community in the industry. Its strategic location, robust infrastructure, and skilled workforce make it an ideal destination for aerospace companies. As the leader of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council, I see firsthand how important and impactful aerospace is to our region and am dedicated to increasing opportunities for its growth.

RAEDC is proud to host the Midwest Aerospace Conference, MAC2023 with IMEC on September 20. It will bring together the best of the best in the industry, creating a unique platform for networking and innovation. The conference is a dynamic gathering of visionaries and professionals where innovation takes flight and industry leaders come together to shape the future of aerospace. Attendees can expect a transformative experience filled with inspiring speakers, interactive breakout sessions, access to exhibitors, and unparalleled networking opportunities.

One of the highlights of MAC2023 is the opportunity for matchmaking.

This year, we’re amping up our matchmaking abilities by partnering with govmates, a teaming partner platform for federal contractors that takes a formulaic and methodical approach to matching buyers and sellers, to provide a wider breadth of participants in the matchmaking session.

The goal is to provide Rockford-area companies access to more prime contractors with the intention to increase sales.

In advance of the event, govmates collects granular information from both buyers and sellers. Each buyer (federal agency, large prime or systems integrator) provides specific criteria they seek in a small business teaming partner and each seller (small businesses) creates a matchmaking profile that contains information to connect their organizations to participating buyers.

We believe that partnerships are a key component for small business growth, and we are proud to bring together our ecosystem to support non-traditional engagement.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with industry leaders, peers, and exhibitors. Our exhibit room will showcase the latest innovations and solutions in aerospace, allowing attendees to discover firsthand the advancements that are driving the industry forward. Engaging with exhibitors and fellow participants will foster collaboration, spark new ideas, and create valuable connections that can lead to future partnerships and opportunities.

MAC2023 will feature a lineup of renowned speakers who will share their insights and vision for the industry. These thought leaders have made significant contributions to aerospace and will provide attendees with invaluable knowledge and inspiration.

In addition to the inspiring sessions, the conference will feature interactive breakout sessions that delve into key topics relevant to the industry. Workforce development, automation, and cutting-edge technologies in manufacturing will be among the many subjects covered in these engaging sessions. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in discussions, share ideas, and gain practical insights that can be applied in their respective fields.

Our goal for all MAC2023 attendees is that they gain access to a wealth of knowledge, inspiration, and networking opportunities. We want everyone to leave with a deeper understanding of the industry’s current landscape and emerging trends, as well as practical strategies to navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities ahead. Whether you are a seasoned professional, an aspiring entrepreneur, or a student looking to enter the aerospace field, this conference promises to be a transformative experience that will propel your career and contribute to the advancement of the industry here in the Rockford region.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the MAC2023. Contact me at tthill@rockfordil.com for exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities. Join us as we shape the future of aerospace together!