Working teams organized by the Alliance and comprised of leaders drawn from all three states began developing strategic plans to implement the OECD’s recommendations for improving and solidifying our regional economy as well as other opportunities for collaboration. Our efforts have already drawn international praise and, when complete, will serve as a national model for other regions facing similar economic challenges.

The Working Teams first convened in March 2014 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, and subsequently met in June 2014 at the Purdue Calumet Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation in Hammond, Indiana, and in October 2104 at The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread in Racine, Wisconsin. Each team also held a monthly conference call throughout 2014 and collaborated in real-time via Basecamp.

The Working Teams will have an opportunity to showcase their strategic implementation plans at the second-annual Summit on Regional Competitiveness on December 19, 2014, hosted by the Alliance in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Learn more about each team:

Learn more about the Working Team members: