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.
Regional business plans are underway in Northeast Ohio (Cleveland), Minneapolis-Saint Paul, and the Seattle/Puget Sound region, a group of metro areas that began their work in 2010.
Read the Metropolitan Business Plans framing paper »
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