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  • 16th Annual InterCity Leadership Visit

    October 15-17, 2017


    Join the Minneapolis Regional and Saint Paul Area Chambers of Commerce for the 16th InterCity Leadership Visit.  This year we are headed to Pittsburgh!


    Our MSP region has learned many things throughout the 15 years of annual study visit to another community to look at their best practices around civic issues. There are several successful initiatives here in MSP that were created from our trips. The Itasca Project, MN Compass, Greater MSP are just a few that resulted from the cross-sector collaborative discussions that took place on InterCity Leadership Visits.


    Why Pittsburgh?

    Pittsburgh has a long history as a center of manufacturing and headquarters companies which contributed to a rich civic culture, including renowned museums, parks, libraries, medical centers, etc.  The decline of manufacturing in the late 20th century brought challenges to the region but in recent years, Pittsburgh has seen an explosion in economic activity.


    Today Pittsburgh is leading the nation in terms of the number of young people with advanced degrees and has seen a greater influx of millennials than the national average.  Google and Uber have established research bases in the region to test autonomous vehicles.  Challenges for the region sound familiar to those of us in MSP – particularly the looming labor shortage.  Pittsburgh expects an average of 29,000 baby boomers to be eligible for retirement each of the next ten years.  Also like MSP, Pittsburgh lacks diversity and has launched several strategies to attract more and diverse populations.


    Among the topics we are likely to explore on this year’s ICLV are how the “steel city” is creating an arts economy out of the ashes of its former industrial infrastructure. We’ll also look at efforts to create a regional development fund that would provide $49 million in patient capital mortgage loans to catalyze development.  And, we’ll explore Pittsburgh’s burgeoning tech sector that is home to Google, Apple, Bosch, Uber, IBM and some 1,600 tech firms that generate more than $20 billion in payroll annually.  Pittsburgh is also home to federal tech installations, including centers for cyber defense, robotics, energy research and the nuclear navy.  And, we’ll learn about how Pittsburgh is capitalizing on its extensive – and long neglected – riverfronts to create walkable, dynamic, urban places.


    To register, please visit


    The past two ICLV’s have sold out in less than 2 weeks.
    Don’t delay – you don’t want to end up on the waiting list!


    Dates and Details

    October 15 | Depart MSP at 9:20 a.m. arrive PIT at 12:25 p.m.
    October 17 | Depart PIT at 5:33 p.m. arrive MSP at 6:46 p.m.



    $2495 per person including air, ground transportation, hotel and meals.



    Please contact us with any questions:

    Wendy Helgeson | 612-501-0377 |


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