Metropolitan Policy Program

The Urban Markets Initiative

The Urban Markets Initiative (UMI), was launched in 2003 as special project of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.

UMI's mission was to identify ways to create more accurate, accessible, and “actionable” information on urban areas that could catalyze increased public and private investment in those markets, drive positive community change, and better connect residents to broader economic opportunities.

On July 1, 2008, Brookings ended UMI as a separate entity and instead folded the federal data and information activities of UMI into its core programming. Other UMI activities have continued in partnership with other organizations. UMI had an impressive record of accomplishments during the life of the project. For more detailed information on the work, products, and impact of UMI view the research and commentary page.