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Unformatted text preview: ecture from a university professor in Chicago, or of employees from throughout the Midwest called in for a one-day sales training
in Indianapolis. Companies could also take advantage of the new convenient travel option to locate back-office support
staff outside a major city, where office rents and costs of living are lower, while keeping them closely connected to staff at a front office in
a busy downtown. This kind of regional integration benefits companies , residents of outlying areas, and cities and towns that
can develop new connections to urban economic engines. Our current transportation system, unfortunately, does a poor
job of connect- ing residents and workers in the region. The main highways linking cities within megaregions tend to
be congested—think of I-71 and I-75 in Ohio, or I-90 and I-94 between Chicago and Madison. Air travel for short trips within the Midwest
can be challenging as well. For many short flights, the amount of time that it takes to travel to the airport and go through security...
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