Launch Event
September 29-30, 2014
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

We hope you will join us for the official launch of the new U.S. Cluster Mapping website at Mapping the Midwest Future: Regional Innovation Clusters and Competitiveness, hosted by the University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  This conference will be a Midwest convening across 12 states and four Canadian provinces.

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

  • Monday, September 29: 8:15am to 4:45pm CDT (reception follows)
  • Tuesday, September 30: 8:15am to 12:30pm CDT

Topics critical to the competitiveness of the Midwest region will be addressed, including transportation and logistics, education, and the food-water-energy nexus.


For program information, contact Conference Coordinator Burke Murphy. For registration information, contact Nicole Freese. For parking and directions, click here.

Co-sponsored by

Supported by

Greater MSP, University of Minnesota Office of University Economic Development, 
Minnesota Department of Economic Development (DEED)