Jun 11

Past Event

The Summit for American Prosperity: Washington and Metro Areas Working Together



  • Bruce Katz

    Katz says these are challenging times for the nation and that the federal government needs to reevaluate its approach in dealing with urban centers and the nation''s woes.

    Bruce Katz

  • Amy Liu

    Liu says our economic woes and stagnating wages are threatening the American way of life and dictate the need for a new partnership between municipalities and the federal government.

    Amy Liu

  • The Hon. Edward Rendell

    Concerned about the nation''s strength in the global economy, Governor Rendell says the U.S. has to invest in its cities or face a future of probable mediocrity.

  • The Hon. Greg Nickels

    Greg Nickels says the best way forward for the country is for the federal government to recognize that what''s good for our cities is good for the nation.


Brookings's Metropolitan Policy Program hosted The Summit for American Prosperity: Washington and Metropolitan Areas Working Together at the Washington Hilton on
June 11 and 12, 2008. 

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This Summit launched the policy phase of the Blueprint for American Prosperity: Unleashing the Potential of a Metropolitan Nation, an ambitious, multi-year initiative to build long-term U.S. prosperity by reinvigorating the federal role in promoting the health and vitality of America's metropolitan areas. This Summit builds on the Blueprint's earlier efforts to demonstrate that the nation's assets are concentrated in our metro areas, and are the vital engines of the U.S. and global economy. 

Event Highlights:

Blueprint Reports and Policy Briefs:

Among those who addressed the Summit were:

  • The Hon. Edward G. Rendell, Governor, Pennsylvania
  • Michael Porter, Professor, Harvard Business School
  • Henry Cisneros, Chairman, CityView
  • Strobe Talbott, President, Brookings
  • The Hon. Michael Nutter, Mayor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Michael Mandel, Chief Economist, Business Week
  • Hilary Pennington, Director of Special Initiatives, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Hon. Ron Sims, County Executive, King County, WA (Seattle)
  • The Hon. AC Wharton, Jr., Mayor, Shelby County (Memphis), Tennessee
  • Rob Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
  • Tom Darden, CEO, Cherokee Investment Partners
  • Jonathan Capehart, Editorial Writer, The Washington Post 

The next Administration and Congress will confront increasingly complex global and domestic realities, and their improved partnership with local and regional leaders and the private sector will be essential to helping our nation adapt and prosper in this new environment. The Summit was a valuable opportunity to place this important discussion on the national stage and to strengthen our collective efforts to promote reforms.


June 11-12, 2008

The Washington Hilton

1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW


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Marie Coleman