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Last Updated: 10/15/15

News Release: Regional Summit Features Discussion on Growing Tri-State Economy

Regional Summit Features Discussion on Growing Tri-State Economy

CHICAGO — The Alliance for Regional Development – in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – on October 23 will host the Third-Annual Summit on Regional Competitiveness: A Way Forward: Stakeholder Leadership Unlocking the Economic Potential of the Tri-State Region.

The summit will be held at the Bank and will demonstrate how cross-jurisdictional cooperation can move regional economic strategies forward and help the region compete more effectively in the global marketplace.

The program will include Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as well as:

  • The Regional Economy “Kicking the can — what to do when you run out of road.”
  • Federal government Region V leaders discussing department priorities and grant opportunities.
  • Planning agency leaders discussing cutting-edge economic development initiatives and areas for collaboration.
  • The recent Tri-State Megacity Poll.
  • What the future looks like for rail, air and logistics in this region.
  • Utilizing strategic doing for collaborative success.

Media welcome. Registration required. Media, to register please contact Laura LaBarbera at laura.labarbera@chi.frb.org or at 312-322-2387. 

What: Third-Annual Summit on Regional Competitiveness

When: Friday, October 23, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Conference Center, 230 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago, Ill.

Who: Other confirmed speakers include:

Bernardo J. Ayala, Marketing and Sales Vice-President, Union Pacific
MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council
Jeremiah P. Boyle, Community Development Managing Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Deborah L. Ford, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin Parkside
Steven R. Forrer, Executive Vice President, Aviation Facilities Company, Inc.
Charles Franklin, Professor of Law and Public Policy, Marquette University
Susan Hedman, Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency
Greg Hinz, Columnist, Crain’s Chicago Business
Gregory Hummel, Partner, Bryan Cave
Davd A. Javdan, Managing Director, Alvarez and Marsal Holdings
Paul Jones, Wisconsin Chairman of the Alliance for Regional Development , and retired Chairman of A.O. Smith Corporation
Rick Mattoon, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Ed Morrison, Regional Economic Development Advisor, Purdue University
Antonio R. Riley, Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Carmel Ruffolo, Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation, Marquette University
Marisol Simon, Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
Steve Schlickman, Director, Urban Transportation Center, University of Illinois Chicago
Joseph C. Szabo, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Jeannette Tamayo, Regional Administrator, U.S. Economic Development Administration
Ty Warner, Executive Director, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC)
Kenneth R. Yunker, Executive Director, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC)
Doug R. Waggoner, Chairman & CEO, Echo Global Logistics
Rose Zibert, Acting Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration 

The Alliance for Regional Development is a neutral platform bring together high-level government, business, and institutional leaders across jurisdictional lines to provide a coordinated response to the OECD territorial review of Chicago’s tri-state area — including northeast Illinois, southeast Wisconsin, and northwest Indiana — and to explore the potential for collaboration in the areas of Green Growth, Human Capital, Innovation, and Transportation & Logistics. To learn more, please visit www.alliancerd.org.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the nation’s central bank. The Chicago Reserve Bank serves the seventh Federal Reserve District, which encompasses the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, southern Wisconsin, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and the state of Iowa. In addition to participation in the formulation of monetary policy, each Reserve Bank supervises member banks and bank holding companies, provides financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government, and monitors economic conditions in its District.

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