One year ago, Bruce Katz, vice president and director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, recommended that President Barack Obama invest in infrastructure in order to drive long-term prosperity. In the wake of the economic crisis, infrastructure projects have made up a significant share of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. But, Katz argues, we need an innovation-focused national strategy to incentivize a new, stronger economy—with high-speed rail, clean energy technology and grants to projects with strong potential to boost economic growth and create jobs.
On Wednesday, January 20, as part of a Brookings project to assess the president’s performance in 2009 on a range of policy issues, Katz was be on hand to discuss President Obama’s progress on infrastructure projects and innovation. POLITICO Senior Editor Fred Barbash moderated the discussion.
Registration is encouraged, but not required. You may submit advance questions to ScoutingReport@brookings.edu.
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