The Great Lakes Region: Facing the Future

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Pictured: Sodus Bay Lighthouse on Lake Ontario

Credit: Stephen Bonk

Hear some of the region's best minds debate whether a unified Great Lakes region is possible.

It is often said there is strength in numbers.  In this global age, cities, states and countries are learning they can often accomplish more by working together.  But balkanization, competition and lack of coordination often prevent genuine cooperation.

The eight American states and two Canadian provinces that form the Great Lakes region are struggling economically despite having vast natural resources, great cities and world-class universities. Some experts are convinced that overcoming our local and regional differences and pooling our talent, markets and resources could be the key to securing the region's economic future.

Tune to AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2 on Monday, November 21 at 3 p.m. for Facing the Future, where you'll hear some of the region's best minds debate whether a unified Great Lakes region is possible, what it would look like and what it could mean for our lives and livelihoods. Guests include: Jennifer Bradley, fellow and co-director of the Great Lakes Economic Initiative at the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institute;Richard C. Longworth, Senior Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and author of, Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism; and Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, a teacher at University of Victoria's School of Public Administration and is co-director of the Local Government Institute.