True regionalism: a business agenda for economic transformation in the Great Lakes region.

Position:Super Regionalism

A recent Brookings Institute study says if the Great Lakes region were a country, it would have the second largest economy in the world--second only to the U.S. Defined as the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, globalization and intense competition have changed the dynamics of the region's economy, which is at a critical point in determining its economic future.


The Chamber's involvement in the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council and the more recent Great Lakes Metro Chambers Policy Agenda plays a direct role in addressing the needs of the region and offers a link to members who want to get more involved in these efforts or understand their implications.

The Great Lakes Manufacturing Council

The Chamber continues to play an active role in the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council, a regional organization that was created to maintain and increase the competitive advantage for manufacturing and preserve the prosperity of the Great Lakes region. The Council's latest endeavor is the Great Lakes' Manufacturing Talent Pipeline Project, which aims to move manufacturing workers from their current level to the meet the requirements of industry- certifications and standards.

The first step is to establish a Great Lakes Regional Leadership Group, which consists of representatives from major manufacturing sectors and select leaders from education, economic development and related fields. In the first year, the group will work to:

* Inventory programs and practices across the region that align to the Manufacturing Framework, identify alignment of programs and gaps

* Deploy Learning Academies. Conduct peer-to-peer learning across the region

* Link technical programs to adult bridge programs with content and articulation of pathways for workers.

There are opportunities for Chamber members and area businesses to get involved in the effort. For more information, contact Chamber Executive Vice President Ed Wolking at or visit

Great Lakes Metro Chambers Policy Agenda

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