Last week I had the opportunity to discuss metropolitan Chicago’s
logistics industry with seven County Board chairs and the Deputy Mayor
of the City of Chicago. The group convened to consider how counties and
the city can work together with the private sector to promote the
region’s economic growth.
I shared the usual facts – transportation and logistics are a $14
billion industry at the heart of Chicago’s economy, and while we have
opportunities we have challenges that include being the third most
congested region in the nation. Most important, we need to pay
attention to this industry if we are going to keep our regional
This was a group that was looking for action, and I was proud to tell
them about Supply Chain Innovation Network of Chicago (SINC). Like the
business leaders from trucking, rail, supply chain and manufacturing
that have come together to form SINC, these elected officials want to
know what they can accomplish. Here are a few of the suggestions I
With SINC’s private sector leadership working with these elected
officials I’m optimistic that we can help move some of these agenda
items forward sooner rather than later. You can help by joining SINC
and helping to move these and other critical agenda items forward. The
Chicago region depends on it – and so do our businesses.
Originally posted Jan 29, 2014
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