Connectivity will be a key factor in U.S. efforts to lead the global economy in the coming decades. So said businesspeople and entrepreneurs at the Forbes Reinventing America Summit, which took place Thursday in Chicago for the second straight year.
They referred to offline collaborations as well as digital and technological connections. And they urged Chicago, which some attendees called the “capital of the Midwest,” to seek links to neighboring states and their startup communities — a move they said could even draw venture capital to the region. Silicon Valley attracts most of the country’s venture investments.