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George W. Bush Institute Highlights the Midwest as Model of Economic Growth

February 2, 2013

On the heels of Chicago’s teacher strike, the Bush Institute and Illinois Policy Institute convene economic leaders for candid discussion on how the Midwest region can help drive the national economy

Continuing to promote a tax debate focused on competition and growth, the George W. Bush Institute convened leading economic thinkers in Chicago to highlight Midwest states practicing successful tax policies that possess the means necessary to get our national economy back on track. The Midwest is a laboratory for tax policy, and it is producing both winning and losing methods of interest to state, national and international tax planners. Chicago’s rich trading history provided a backdrop for experts to discuss how to, once again, make the city, and region, a more competitive marketplace.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, U.S. Representative Aaron Schock, former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, David Booth and John Cochrane were among the many regional voices that convened in Chicago to discuss the successful approaches taken to help make the Midwest a competitive economic market with the potential to help drive the nation toward four percent economic growth.

“The Bush Institute is focusing the conversation on finding the best policies to drive economic growth,” said James K. Glassman, Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute. “We are taking an in-depth look at regions around the country to highlight successful approaches to spurring our nation’s GDP.”

The 4% Growth Project launched in April 2011 as a signature program of the Bush Institute. Earlier this summer, the Bush Institute published its first book, The 4% Solution: Unleashing the Economic Growth America Needs, to serve as a blueprint on how to restart America’s economic engines and set an ambitious goal of significant, sustainable GDP growth.

The conference featured several prominent speakers, with a keynote from Mitch Daniels, Governor of Indiana. Other participants included: Jim Glassman, George W. Bush Institute; Amity Shlaes, George W. Bush Institute; John Tillman, Illinois Policy Institute; Mike Hicks, Ball State University; Lawrence McQuillan, Illinois Policy Institute; Matthew Denhart, George W. Bush Institute; Kristina Rasmussen, Illinois Policy Institute; Bruce Rauner, GTCR Private Equity; Jimmy John Liautaud, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches; James North, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches; Bill Little, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Edward Lazear, Hoover Institute; Dan Proft, WLS 890 AM; Ike Brannon, American Action Forum, George W. Bush Institute; Brian Wesbury, First Trust Advisors, George W. Bush Institute.

The event sponsors included: Highland Capital Management, LP; Byron Trott, BDT Capital Partners; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; First Trust; and local partner, the Illinois Policy Institute.

About the George W. Bush Institute:

The George W. Bush Institute seeks to improve the human condition through human freedom, education reform, global health, and economic growth. In all its programming, the Institute integrates initiatives that empower women and military servicemen and women. The Bush Institute is the innovation policy arm of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which includes the Presidential library, located on the campus of SMU in Dallas. For more information, please visit http://www.bushcenter.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.