NW Indiana Reaching Out Regionally

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?The Summit on Regional Competitiveness is scheduled for October 23 in Chicago. ?The Summit on Regional Competitiveness is scheduled for October 23 in Chicago.

Northwest Indiana leaders will take part next week in a summit focusing on regional economic development. Organizers say the event in Chicago will focus on "unlocking the economic potential" of northwest Indiana, northeast Illinois and southeast Wisconsin.

The third annual Summit on Regional Competitiveness is scheduled for Friday, October 23 in Chicago. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will be one of the featured speakers. Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Ty Warner will also take part. Other presentations will focus on grant opportunities and the future of rail and air logistics in the region.

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

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