Past Events

Industry Clusters on the Prairie: Economic Drivers in South Central Minnesota

February 16, 2024
North Mankato, MN

Leaders from industry, economic development, research, and transportation came together for a presentation and discussion of new TPEC research about the Medical Device Industry’s economic and transportation impact on Greater Minnesota.

Minnesota Supply Chain Forum: Transportation and Consumer Considerations in the Age of COVID-19

January 25, 2022
Minneapolis, MN

This forum examined business and industry supply chains that are key to Minnesota’s economy, with attention to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ensuring Minnesota's Competitiveness: Pandemic-Influenced Priorities for Infrastructure

October 1, 2021

This forum focused on the importance of the medical device industry to Minnesota’s economic competitiveness and the implications for infrastructure use, supply chains, investments, and economic development.

Medical Industry Cluster Forum

November 8, 2019
Minneapolis, MN

This forum brought together leaders for a discussion of the importance of the medical industry cluster to Minnesota’s economy and its implications for infrastructure use and economic development.

Economic Competitiveness and Freight Movements: An Invitational Roundtable on Market and Policy Directions

October 27, 2017
McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis, MN

This roundtable featured interactive discussions involving private sector, public sector, and academic experts on the relationship of freight movement to Minnesota’s economic competitiveness, including market and policy challenges that are on the horizon.

Impacts of Freight Rail on Minnesota's Economy

February 26, 2016
University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Minneapolis, MN

This event explored freight rail's impact on the Minnesota economy, including a new study on the number of jobs rail contributes to in Minnesota, the industry clusters that are dependent on rail, and a new online freight atlas that can be used to better understand freight flows in the region.

Autonomous Vehicles—The Legal and Policy Road Ahead

October 31, 2014
University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Minneapolis, MN

The conference convened a multidisciplinary group of leaders from academia, government, industry, and civil society to explore the legal, ethical, technical, and policy dimensions of automated and autonomous vehicles.

Mapping the Midwest Future: Regional Innovation Clusters and Competitiveness

September 29-30, 2014
University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Minneapolis, MN

This conference focused on the economic competitiveness of the Midwest region and the industry clusters that are critical to its future economic prosperity.

2013 Fall Forum: Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness

University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs
September 20, 2013

Freight Transportation is vitally important to jobs and economic competitiveness in Minnesota. Local and national perspectives on freight transportation and economic competitiveness were discussed by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Matt Rose, CEO of BNSF Railway; and former Congressman James L. Oberstar. The event included two panel discussions featuring businesses and local policy makers.