Mapping the Midwest Future

Join us for the launch of the new US Cluster Mapping website

Mapping the Midwest's Future: Regional Innovation Clusters and Competitiveness

September 29−30, 2014
Cowles Auditorium
Humphrey School Of Public Affairs
University Of Minnesota
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

As regional partners to the US National Cluster Mapping Project, we want to welcome the 12 midwestern states and four Canadian provinces to join us in this exciting conversation about "Mapping the Midwest's Future" together. 

Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter will discuss how an innovative US Cluster Mapping tool developed for the US Economic Development Administration can be used to map industry clusters and enhance regional competitiveness. Other speakers will include Matt Rose, executive chairman, BNSF Railway, and Doug Baker, chairman and CEO, Ecolab, Inc., as well as other business, policy, and academic leaders.

Conference topics critical to the competitiveness of the Midwest region will be addressed: transportation and logistics, knowledge creation and education, and the food-water-energy nexus. Interactive discussions will highlight innovative regional cluster initiatives and address the implications for economic development policy in the Midwest.

Midwestern states Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Canadian provinces:  Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
Audience: Midwest legislative and policy leaders, economic development professionals, business leaders, university leaders and faculty

Sponsored by the US Economic Development Administration, Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, The Council of State Governments Midwest, and the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.


University of Minnesota Office of University Economic Development
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

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Professor Michael Porter

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