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.  



The assets and challenges for the tri-state metropolitan region's competitiveness

This chapter describes the spatial unit of analysis for the Review: The Chicago Tri-State Metro-Region is the third most populous metropolitan area in the United States, and its GDP ranks eighth out of the 90 OECD Metropolitan Regions. The chapter describes the main characteristics of the region’s economy, including new sectors in nanotech, biotech, ICT and green engineering. The chapter assesses the main challenges facing the regional economy: growth rates are slipping due in no small part to the relatively poor productivity of its workforce, with a serious mismatch between skills demand and supply at all levels of business activity. The chapter then outlines the diagnostics that will frame the rest of the Review.


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