The National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry will open its 20th anniversary conference Wednesday night in Chicago. Considered the premier gathering of deal-making investors and seniors housing operators, the NIC meeting will run until noon Friday at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

Featured speakers include leading economist Mark Zandi, who will address the outlook for economic recovery and the capital markets Thursday morning, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who will give his perspective on the impact of healthcare reform. Medicare changes, Medicaid funding, today’s financing market, sales and marketing, and other investment-oriented sessions will be held throughout the day Thursday, and Friday morning.