Global Cities Initiative: A Joint Project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase

Global Cities Exchange Kick-Off Event

On December 12 and 13, 2013, the Global Cities Initiative brought together business, political, and civic leaders from eight regions for the first meeting of a new peer learning network created to help local and regional leaders, with their states, develop and implement global trade and investment. Initial participating regions in this network, the Global Cities Exchange, include Atlanta; the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, S.C.  metro area; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Fla.; Milwaukee; Phoenix; Sacramento, Calif.; and Wichita, Kan.

These metro area teams were joined by 12 other metro areas that have already completed export plans through Brookings’ Metropolitan Export Initiative (MEI).

On the first day of the working session, newly selected metro teams learned the fundamentals of developing a regional export plan. Specifically, the teams studied organizational strategies for success, the fundamentals of a market assessment, and also heard from other regions and experts with regional export plan experience.

On the second day, the new regional teams were joined by past MEI cohort members for a presentation by Amy Liu on how the Global Cities Initiative will organize all these regional efforts under one banner. This vision will lay the foundation for the next four years of work the teams will undertake, in coordination with key federal agencies, to boost exports and foreign direct investment in the United States, as well as to explore and share new information and best practices around global engagement and commerce.

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Photos from the event:


Amy Liu, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program


Strobe Talbott, President of the Brookings Institution


Peter Scher, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Responsibility, J.P. Morgan


Attendees take part in one of the event's sessions