Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation

Building the Next Economy from the Ground Up: Metropolitan Business Plans in U.S. Regions

The Metropolitan Business Plans (MBPs) help metro and state leaders adapt the discipline of private-sector business planning to the task of revitalizing regional development. Such planning provides a framework through which regional business, civic, and government leaders can rigorously analyze the market position of their region; identify strategies by which to capitalize on their unique assets; specify catalytic products, policies and interventions; and establish detailed operational and financial plans. These plans can then, in turn, be used to restructure federal, state and philanthropic engagement in ways that invert the current top-down, highly siloed and often ineffective approach to cities and metropolitan areas while bringing new efficiency to development activity.

Read the Metropolitan Business Plans framing paper »

Read the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky business plan executive summary » (PDF)
For the region's full business plan and other background, visit louisvilleky.gov/BEAM and lexingtonky.gov/BEAM

Read the CenterState New York business plan executive summary » (PDF)
For the region's full business plan and other background, visit CenterStateOpportunity.com

Read the Minneapolis-Saint Paul business plan prospectus » (PDF)
For the region's full business plan and other background, visit Urban Land Institute Minnesota

Read the Northeast Ohio business plan prospectus » (PDF)
For the region's full business plan and other background, visit the Fund for Our Economic Future

Read the Puget Sound business plan prospectus » (PDF)
For the region's full business plan and other background, visit the Puget Sound Regional Council/Prosperity Partnership