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Unformatted text preview: ential for building relationships and trust. Consider the benefits gained by students in Cleveland who
come to hear a lecture 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 t...
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