But today, individual states aren't big enough or rich enough to compete on a global scale. A shift in thinking toward a more regional approach is crucial, agrees Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council.
The council has coined the "I-Q Corridor" a 400-mile swath from Chicago to Minneapolis running through Milwaukee and Madison. That region taken as a whole has the economic strength to be a force in a world economy, Still says.
"It may seem like a long way from Chicago to the Twin Cities but it's a shorter drive or flight than what separates San Diego from Silicon Valley," he said.
The I-Q Corridor appeals to my Goldilocks sensibilities: Big enough, but not too big. Cleveburgh, my current blog muse, would seem to be a shadow of the linkages between Minneapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago. Imagine a ring around, roughly, Lake Erie and the urban corridors radiating outward (e.g. to Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Ann Arbor). The alpha world city anchoring this mega-region could be Toronto. Whatever the case, the international perspective would be advantageous.
The aim of the publication, if it should ever come to fruition, would be to inform this mega-regional identity and facilitate economic cooperation. We would generate the kind of tacit knowledge that lends itself to transactions of all kinds, including venture capital. That's a sketch of my position and I am planning on fleshing it out for the upcoming Rust Belt Bloggers Summit in Erie this July.