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OECD Territorial Reviews: The Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Area, United States 2012

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The OECD Territorial Review of the Chicago Tri-State metropolitan area, the first of its kind conducted by the OECD in the United States, assesses the region’s capacity to contribute effectively to regional and national economic performance and quality of life. The Review focuses on four thematic policy issues: i) the effectiveness and coordination of workforce development programmes in the Chicago Tri-State metro-region; ii) the metro-region’s capacity for innovation; iii) its role as a major centre for logistics in North America; and (iv) its capacity to encourage green growth over the long term. The review also focuses on the state of region-wide institutional collaboration and offers a vision for effective tri-state region-wide stakeholder engagement.  

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Effective institutional arrangements in the tri-state region

This chapter focuses on the effectiveness of region-wide governance. The region faces challenges associated with articulating and implementing region-wide plans to address workforce development, innovation capacity, transportation and logistics and green growth. At issue is how to go about developing and implementing these action plans effectively, and how to monitor progress and measure success over time. Main challenges include institutional fragmentation and the region’s limited capacity to think and act regionally. These challenges make interstate, region-wide co-ordination difficult, leaving little energy or political capital for focusing on long-term issues. These challenges hinder the ability to appreciate the true nature of the region’s competitors, both international and domestic. This chapter proposes a road map to encourage more effective, on-going Tri-State collaboration to drive growth.

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