Mark Zandi, chief economist and co-founder of Moody's Economy.com, and Newt Gingrich, former Republican Speaker of the House and founder of the Center for Health Transformation, will deliver the keynote addresses at the 20th annual NIC Conference slated for Sept. 22 through Sept. 24 in Chicago.

The deal-making event to take place at The Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers will attract 1,600 hundred professionals from across the industry, including seniors housing and care providers, financiers and developers. The program will focus heavily on trends in real estate fundamentals.

Founded in 1991, the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry is a non-profit education and research organization that provides information about business strategy and capital formation. NIC also tracks industry data in the 100 largest metropolitan areas.

“Although the industry has survived tumultuous times, the future still remains challenging,” says Robert Kramer, president of NIC. “Our conference will reveal valuable strategies from savvy industry principals who have adjusted to the difficult economic climate. Attendees of the event will benefit from the numerous dedicated opportunities designed to match capital with quality providers."

Zandi will address attendees at the opening plenary session on Thursday morning, Sept. 23. He will discuss the future of the housing market, consumer spending, and the economic impact of various tax and government spending policies. Zandi also will provide his thoughts about the appropriate policy response to bubbles in asset markets and his suggestions for meeting the nation's fiscal challenges.

Gingrich, who some pundits believe will run for president in 2012, will be the featured speaker at the networking luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 23. He will focus on the economic and political impact of health care reform. Gingrich founded the Center for Health Transformation to foster a modern health system that seeks to provide better outcomes at a lower cost.

In addition, breakout sessions led by prominent seniors housing and care experts will assess the current state of the market and provide strategies for financiers and operators. Networking opportunities also will be available.

For more information, go to www.nic.org.