Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Minneapolis-St. Paul Regional Cluster Competitiveness Forum, Nov. 22nd

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Friday, November 22, 2013,
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM,
Humphrey School of Public Affairs,
Cowles Auditorium,
301 19th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN

Register here.

Sponsors: State and Local Policy Program, Humphrey School of Public Affairs; University of Minnesota Center for Integrative Leadership; University of Minnesota Metro Consortium; ULI/Regional Council of Mayors.

The Humphrey School's State and Local Policy Program recently completed a study of twelve competitive industry clusters in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region and the potential for knowledge flows across occupations in basic (exporting) industries within the region. The study was funded with a grant from the University of Minnesota's Metro Consortium. The authors of this study will present their findings and two panels of industry and policy leaders will discuss the potential for emerging clusters and the policy implications for the study.

A copy of the full study is available here.


08:00 - 08:30 AM Coffee and rolls

08:30 - 08:45 AM Welcome and opening remarks, Dean Eric Schwartz, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Vision for the Greater MSP Region, Michael Langley, President, GREATER MSP.

08:45 - 09:15 AM Summary of MSP Regional Cluster Competitiveness Study: Lee Munnich, Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Jonathan Dworin, Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Nebiyou Tilahun, University of Illinois, Chicago.

09:15 - 10:15 AM PANEL 1: Emerging Industries in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Region. Moderator: Matt Schmit, Minnesota State Senator, District 21. Robotics - Mike Davin, Editor, The Business of Robotics. Biorenewables - Brendan Jordan, Great Plains Institute and BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota. Water Technology - Steve Riedel, Minnesota Trade Office, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

10:15 - 10:30 AM Break

10:30 - 11:30 AM PANEL 2: Where do we go from here? Moderator: Steve Kelley, Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Jim Hovland, Mayor of Edina; Co-Chair of Regional Council of Mayors. Tom Fisher, Dean, University of Minnesota College of Design. Peter Frosch, GREATER MSP. Libby Starling, Metro Council. Phil Barnes, Minnesota Department of Transportation.

11:30 - 12:00 PM Audience discussion and closing remarks

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness Forum Videos Available

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Value of Freight Transportation to the Minnesota Economy Forum at the Humphrey School, Friday, September 20, 2013

The BNSF Foundation has partnered with the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs to explore the role freight transportation plays in economic and community life in Minnesota, and the means for understanding and enhancing the value of freight transportation to the Minnesota economy, particularly the private freight rail networks. The forum on September 20th was part of the research objective to engage Minnesota's transportation community in understanding how to further add value to the state's economy and transportation planning.

Discussion focused on how to maximize the role freight can play in Minnesota's economy, the impact of freight rail in the state, the most effective policies to improve the freight transportation network, and the economic benefits of an efficient system.

Watch videos of the forum presentations by clicking on the links below

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks -- James L. Oberstar, former U.S. Congressman, Minnesota [Video]

  • Presentation: The Value of Freight Economy in Minnesota -- Lee Munnich and Tom Horan, State & Local Policy Program, Humphrey School of Public Affairs[Video] [Slides]

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  • Keynote -- Matt Rose, Chairman & CEO, BNSF Railway [Video]

  • Keynote -- Amy Klobuchar U.S. Senator, Minnesota [Video]

  • Panel Discussion: Business/Shipper Perspectives -- Scott Nagel, President, ADM-Benson Quinn; Mahendra Mishra, Assistant Vice President, Essar Steel; Steve Weiby, Vice President, C.H. Robinson; Greg Pace, USMC Fellow, U.S. Chamber of Commerce [Video]

  • Panel Discussion: Policy Perspectives -- Sen. Scott Dibble; Chair, Minnnesota Senate Transportation Committee; Rep. Mike Beard, Ranking Member, Minnesota House Transportation Finance Committee; Louie Jambois, President, St. Paul Port Authority; William Gardner, Director, Office of Freight & Commercial Vehicle Operations, Minnesota Department of Transportation [Video]

  • Closing Remarks -- James L. Oberstar [Video]

Sponsored by the Humphrey School's State and Local Policy Program, the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies, and the BNSF Foundation.

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