A great article in the Business section of today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for those of you who may have missed it: Milwaukee-area research schools are a study in collaboration.
I'm a big proponent of greater collaboration between the universities in the area, and have been following the debates, commentaries, and developments surrounding this issue for at least a couple of years now.
There is no doubt that the Milwaukee area, together with UW-Madison, has a powerhouse of academic research, technologies, and resources that can truly make the region a leading hub in the 21st century, information-based economy. Unfortunately, the potential of this powerhouse has not yet been fully unleashed, the result of too many components (the individual universities) working separately rather than in harmony. It's efforts like the one this article talks about that will get this powerhouse firing on all cylinders.
I truly commend these efforts, and hope that we will see further progress. There's a lot that could be at stake here, including new start-up businesses, job creation, new treatments and even cures for diseases, technologies and devices that make life a little easier, processes that can make manufacturing more efficient, you name it.