Conference Program

Preliminary Program

Monday, September 29, 2014

7:30 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast

Moderator for the Day – Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President, MN High Tech Association

Eric Kaler, President, University of Minnesota

Clusters and the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Agenda
Introduction: Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President, MN High Tech Association
Matt Erskine, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, Economic Development Administration

The U.S. Cluster Mapping Project:  A New Tool for Regional Economic Development
Scott Stern, David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology, MIT Sloan School of Management
Mercedes Delgado, Professor of Strategic Management, Fox School of Business, Temple University

Using the U.S. Cluster Mapping Tool
Sarah Jane Maxted, Research Manager, Harvard Business School
Doug Marcey, Director of Engineering, Phase2 Technology

Clusters and Regional Competitiveness
Introduction: Tim WelshGREATER MSP and Director, McKinsey & Company
Michael Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School

10:45 - Break

The Practice Of Cluster-Based Economic Development:   Where We Are, and How to Get to Next Level? 
Interactive Audience Panel
Moderator: Christian Ketels, Faculty and Principal Associate, Harvard Business School
Chip Laingen, Executive Director of The Defense Alliance, Advanced Power & Energy Cluster
Byron Clayton, Vice President of Cluster Acceleration NorTech, Ohio
Brian Kelsey, Director of Economic Development, National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)
David Wolfe, Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs , University of Toronto
John Spears, Director of Clusters and Skills Initiatives, U.S. Small Business Administration
Dan Cunningham, CEO of the Long-Stanton Group, Ohio

12:15 p.m. - Buffet Lunch, Atrium

Freight Rail: The Backbone of the Midwest Economy
Introduction: Mayor Jim Hovland, Mayor of Edina, Co-Chair, Regional Council of Mayors
Matt Rose, Executive Chairman, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Company
Tom Horan, Executive Director, Center for Information Systems and Technology, Claremont Graduate University and Visiting Scholar, Humphrey School
Steve Weiby, Vice President of Global Transportation, C H Robinson

Transportation and Logistics: Moving the Goods to World Markets
Moderator: Laurie McGinnis, Director, Center for Transportation Studies, Univeristy of Minnesota
Glenn Stevens
, Vice President, MICHauto, Strategic Development, Detroit Regional Chamber
John Spacek, Vice President, Centreport, Winnipeg Inland Port, Manitoba, Canada
Lee Munnich, Director, State & Local Policy Program, Humphrey School, University of Minnesota 

3:15 - Break

Knowledge Creation and Education: The Role of Public/Private Partnerships
Moderator David Wolfe, Professor and Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab, University of Toronto
Brian Herman, Vice President of Research, University of Minnesota 
Dan Duncan, Executive Director, Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corporation
Mark Norman, Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership (Iowa/Nebraska)

Reception in the Humphrey Forum
Hosted by Canadian Consul, Remarks from Dean Eric Schwartz and Consul General Jamshed Merchant

Ride the METRO Green Line to dinner with a cluster leader

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

7:30 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast

Moderator Shaye Mandle, President and CEO, Life Science Alley

Water Technology: An Emerging Cluster in the Midwest?
Introduction: Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben, Department of Employment and Economic Development
Doug Baker, Chairman and CEO, Ecolab, Inc. 

Food-Water-Energy Nexus
Moderator: Jeremy Lenz, Lenz Consulting LLC.
Dr. Kevin D. Kephart, Vice President for Research, South Dakota State University
Teresa Harten, Cincinnati Water Technology Cluster Team Lead Office of Research and Development, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Stephen Lowe, USDA Geospatial Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Alan Perlstein, Midwest Energy Research Consortium, Milwaukee

10:00 - Break

Commercializing Advanced Technologies in the Carbon Value Chain
Doug Cameron, Co-President and Director, FirstGreen Partners

Clusters, International Trade, and Global Competitiveness 
Moderator: Professor Myles Shaver, Carlson School of Business
David Griggs, Vice President GREATER MSP, Bilateral Cluster Focused Opportunities  
Christian Ketels, Principal Associate, Harvard Business School and President of The Competitiveness Institute
Jamshed Merchant, Canadian Consul General, Canadian Consulate

How Do We Work Together as a Region? What Are Our Priorities?
Where the Midwest might go with the topical areas of the conference: Transportation and Logistics; Knowledge Creation and the Role of Public Private Partnerships; Food-Water-Energy Nexus; International Trade and Global Competitiveness

12:30 p.m.
Concluding Remarks
Lee Munnich