Bringing Together Professionals.
The Robert Ady Scholarship is awarded to economic development professionals from the Midwest who are newer to the profession, with the goal of promoting the field to the next generation of economic development professionals. The scholarship is named in honor of Bob Ady, who spent his entire career working in the site selection field. His efforts helped turn the fledgling field of site selection into a professional occupation. As a capstone to his career, he founded the Site Selectors Guild. It was a life-long dream of his to bring together professionals in this field and provide a common voice as an industry.
When people who knew Bob describe him, they frequently mention his willingness to take the time to engage with any economic developer. He genuinely loved meeting new people and providing whatever expertise he could. He also mentored a generation of site selectors who have gone on to lead their own successful practices. His influence lives on in many ways, and this scholarship is just one more.
Over the past several years, the Ady family, in conjunction with the Mid-America Economic Development Council, have provided up to 12 scholarships annually. Scholarships include registration for the annual Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum held each December in Chicago, Illinois.