As part of a program organized by the Regional Transit Leadership Council, Aaron Gruen concluded the event by addressing how more regional collaboration is needed to increase productivity, innovation, and economic growth. The most valuable real estate in the world has shifted from physical places to cyberspace. While there will always be tension between collaboration and competition acutely felt by local governments, the bigger threat to the Southeast Wisconsin region is not communities within or near them but from beyond the Midwest, including other regions in the United States and mega-regions outside the United States from Shanghai to Seoul to Santiago. He outlined the regional collaboration needed to spur economic development and improve southeast Wisconsin as a place to live and work.
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