Metropolitan Chicago's Freight Cluster:
A Drill-Down Report on Infrastructure, Innovation, and Workforce
While the Chicago metropolitan region enjoys a diverse mix of industries, it also realizes significant gains through its economic specializations. These "industry clusters" create high-quality jobs, spur innovation, and generate growth among numerous interconnected industries. GO TO 2040 calls for strategically organizing the region around its existing and emerging clusters of specialization to better compete in the national and international marketplace. Prominent clusters in the regional economy include freight, advanced manufacturing, and biotech/biomed.
This report (PDF) analyzes freight, one of the Chicago region's strongest specializations, to identify major issues affecting this cluster's competitive advantage in the 21st Century. The report identifies key infrastructure, workforce, and innovation challenges and opportunities influencing future cluster growth and concludes with a set of regional strategies to better align resources and investments with the needs of the freight cluster. A companion technical document (PDF) provides in-depth analysis as well as corresponding citations to support the conclusions of the summary report.