Milwaukee’s Future in the Chicago Megacity

07/17/2012 - 08:15
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Milwaukee’s Future in the Chicago Megacity
Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Time: 8:15am
Location: Eckstein Hall
Access: RSVP Required
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Registration for this event is closed.  We are no longer accepting reservations – the event is sold-out. Please note - You can watch the conference from home or work.  We will live-stream the event.  Scroll to the bottom of the registration page – look for:  This conference will also be streamed live.  Click on “streamed live” the day of the conference and you will be able to watch.  If you select this option, we will refund your registration.


Join us for a one-day conference, sponsored by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Lubar Fund for Public Policy Research at Marquette University Law School, addressing Milwaukee’s economic future as part of the Tri-State Region. Chicago, as an international hub of commerce and finance and home to many of the region’s major corporations, is the de facto capital of this region, stretching from around the southern tip of Lake Michigan to Milwaukee. Chicago is one of the world’s emerging “megacities,” ranked No. 6 in Foreign Policy magazine’s Global Cities Index (behind only New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, and Hong Kong). An expansive new report by the international Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development argues that closer ties between the Milwaukee region and Chicagoland are of singular importance—ties that can be strengthened through transportation links, commerce, and services.

Our forum will consider Milwaukee’s opportunity to strengthen its stature as part of this global megacity. It will address the central questions of how closely the Milwaukee region should connect its future to Chicago and how that might be accomplished through public policy and business might. Conference participants will include the following:

  • Tom Barrett, Mayor of the City of Milwaukee
  • Mike Gousha, Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy, Marquette Law School
  • John Gurda, author of The Making of Milwaukee
  • David Haynes, Editorial Page Editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Paul Jadin, CEO and Secretary, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Jeff Joerres, Chairman, CEO and President, ManpowerGroup
  • Marty Kaiser, Editor and Senior Vice President, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Joseph Kearney, Dean, Marquette Law School
  • Gale Klappa, Chairman, CEO and President, Wisconsin Energy Corporation and We Energies
  • Richard Longworth, senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, author of Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism
  • Eric Lynde, Senior Transportation Planner for the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
  • Kelly O'Brien, Senior Vice President for Economic Development, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President
  • Aaron Renn, publisher of, a leading urban-affairs blog
  • Joseph Szabo, Federal Railroad Administrator
  • Julia Taylor, President, Greater Milwaukee Committee
  • William Testa, Vice President and Director of Regional Programs, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Paula Worthington, Senior Lecturer at the Harris School, University of Chicago

July 17, 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall
$20 per person (lunch will be provided).
Parking available on site

Please reserve your spot by July 9.


This conference will also be streamed live.


Eckstein Hall
1215 W. Michigan Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233
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