On October 16, 2017, the Alliance for Regional Development in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago hosted the 5th Annual Summit on Regional Competitiveness. This high-profile event, included a series of best practice vignettes, panels, and keynote speeches including:

The Future of Work…

  • Becky Frankiewicz, President, North America, ManpowerGroup

The Funding of Infrastructure…

  • Steve Schlickman, Transportation Team Manager, President, Schlickman & Associates
  • Jim Ray, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Infrastructure, U.S. Department of Transportation

A Look at a Regional Workforce Initiative…

  • Anne Edmunds, Workforce Team Manager, Regional Vice President, ManpowerGroup
  • Earl Buford, President & CEO, Employ Milwaukee
  • Karin Norington-Reaves, CEO, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
  • Linda Woloshansky, President & CEO, Center of Workforce Innovations

Leading Journalists Discuss Hot Topics…

  • Niala Boodhoo, Host/Executive Producer, Illinois Public Media’s The 21st
  • Jim Dedelow, Owner, WJOB 1230 AM
  • Greg Hinz, Columnist, Crain’s Chicago Business
  • John Schmid, Reporter, Economics and Globalization, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Re-purposing Real Estate Impacted by Ecommerce…

  • Jim Ford, President & CEO, TRES LLC
  • Tricia Braun, Deputy Secretary & Chief Operating Officer, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Steve Horvath, Principal and President, CONLON Commercial
  • Neil Pendleton, Managing Director, Asset Services, CBRE

Social Impact Investment…

  • Greg Hummel, Partner, Bryan Cave LLP
  • Roberta Gordon, Counsel, Bryan Cave LLP
  • Tom Middleton, Fellow of Advanced Leadership Institute, Harvard University
  • Lyneir Richardson, CEO, Chicago Trend

Planning Leaders’ Transportation Priorities for the Region…

  • Steve Schlickman, Transportation Team Manager, President & CEO, Schlickman & Associates
  • Michael Hahn, Executive Director, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
  • Joseph Szabo, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Tyson Warner, Executive Director, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

Insights About Energy as a Connector…

  • Paul Jones, Retired Chairman and CEO, A.O. Smith Corporation; Chairman, Alliance for Regional Development
  • Erik Birkerts, CEO, Clean Energy Trust

Presentation of the First “Visionary Leader” Award…

  • Terry Mazany, Former President & CEO, The Chicago Community Trust
  • Toni Preckwinkle, Board President, Cook County Government, Illinois

Showcasing the Region’s Best Practices…

  • Michael Hostad, Executive Director, Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE)
  • Dr. Byron Brazier, President, Brazier Foundation

Below are the photos, transcripts, and videos from the event.



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For more information, please contact Kelly O’Brien, President of the Alliance for Regional Development, at kobrien@alliancerd.org