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Last Updated: 9/26/2013

Summit on Regional Competitiveness Webcast

The Alliance for Regional Development is an emerging economic development entity working to implement the recommendations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)regional analysis in a 21-county, tri-state area of the Seventh Federal Reserve District. This effort, when successful, would bring many economic development strategies of Community Development and Policy Study's stakeholders to a scale and impact not seen before.


Regional economic development offers a sizable opportunity for sustainable growth in key clusters. The Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan OECD Review provides a framework for discussion and collaboration between Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin in four key economic drivers:

  • Matching Skills to Jobs
  • Innovation
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Increasing the Region’s Competitiveness Through Green Growth


The Summit on Regional Competitiveness convened premier leaders of business, government, and academia to address the core components, efficiencies and points of coordination for each of these drivers.


This was a high profile one-day event. Individual panels addressed in detail each of the four drivers.


Monday, 11/17/14
8:30 AM
Welcome and Keynote Address
Daniel Sullivan, Director of Research and Executive Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Keynote Address
Austan Goolsbee, Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business
Summit Emcee
Theresa E Mintle, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
9:30 AM
Matching Skills to Jobs in the Tri-State Region

This panel will explore potential regional approaches for articulating and employing workforce development strategies that respond effectively to business needs and solutions for closing the skills gaps while retaining workers

Jonas Prising, President, Manpower Group
Scott Walker, Governor, State of Wisconsin
Tom Easterday, Executive Vice President, Secretary and Chief Legal Counsel, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.
Reggie Newson, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Karin Norington-Reaves, Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
Linda Woloshansky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center of Workforce Innovations
10:45 AM
Transportation and Logistics in the Tri-State Region

How can regional integrated planning secure the region’s future as a mega-logistics hub? This panel will attempt to answer this question and will include the connectivity between and among air, road, port, and rail transportation, as well as the design and employment of new sources of revenue.

Michael Mullen, Co-founder, Centerpoint Properties
Pat Quinn, Governor, State of Illinois
Rosemarie Andolino, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation
Vann Cunningham, Assistant Vice President – Economic Development, BNSF Railway Co.
Kristi Lafleur, Executive Director, Illinois Tollway
Paul Will, President and CEO, Celadon
11:45 AM
Networking Lunch
1:30 PM
Case Study Panelists
Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
John Goss, Asian Carp Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality
LTC Kevin J Lovell PMP, Deputy Commander, Chicago District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
2:15 PM
Innovation in the Tri-State Region

This panel will explore how best to guide efforts to enhance the region’s performance in innovation-driven business clusters while discussing our innovation ecosystem, key challenges, and common goals for action.

Robert Wolcott, Co-founder and Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation Network
Mike Pence, Governor, State of Indiana
Dean Amhaus, President and CEO, The Water Council
Jim O’Connor, Managing Director, MVC Capital, Inc.
Carl Schramm, University Professor, Syracuse University
3:30 PM
Increasing the Region’s Competitiveness Through Green Growth

There are a number of environmental factors impacting economic growth and development in our region. This panel will explore new solutions and opportunities to increase the region’s competitiveness with a focus on different technologies and policies that will help preserve our environment for future generations. The panel will present perspectives of academia, green energy developers, and industry, while covering the four areas of focus for the Alliance (Human Capital, Transportation and Logistics, Innovation and Green Growth).

Jim Stanley, Executive Vice President and Group CEO, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO)
Gary Corbett, Chief Executive Officer, Fair Oaks Farms
David Garman, Founding Dean, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences
Pin Ni, President, Wanxiang America Corporation
Blake Zuidema, Director, Automotive Product Applications, ArcelorMittal
4:30 PM
Town Hall - Effective Institutional Arrangements in the Tri-State Region
Paul Jones, Executive Chairman, A. O. Smith Corporation (AOS-NYSE)
Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board
Victor Smith, Secretary of Commerce, State of Indiana
5:15 PM
Closing Remarks
Kelly O’Brien, Senior Vice President for Economic Development, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Event Information
Event Contact
Rhonda Branham

Registration Deadline
Friday, September 20, 2013

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Third Floor Conference Center
230 S LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60604


8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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