Jul 27

Past Event

Export Nation: U.S. Metros and National Export Growth

Event Materials



  • Macro Export Vision Needs Metro Plan

    Bruce Katz: If the U.S. wants to continue to expand its exports then it must develop a plan to connect its macro vision to the realities of the export industries in its metropolitan areas.

  • Making the U.S. an Export Nation

    Bruce Katz: The vision for the U.S. as an export nation is a stark departure from the current order of business here in the states.

  • Smaller Markets Are Big Exporters

    Bruce Katz: The 10 largest U.S. metro areas generate 43% of the country''s exports. But smaller markets are also big exporters.

  • Export Nation

    BruceKatz highlights the major findings from the analysis of U.S. exports of goods and services produced in the country''s 100 largest metro areas.

  • Exporting Goods, Services a Boon

    Fred Hochberg, Ex-Im Bank: When President Obama says exporting more goods and services will be a boon for the nation, this is the right message to help put the U.S. back on track as an exporting country.

  • An American Firm in the Global Market

    Bryan Ashley, Suniva, Inc.: Suniva''s success lies, in part, in its design, which is a solidly American firm that has a clear focus on reaching a global marketplace.

  • The Role of Federal Government

    Mayor Chuck Reed, San Jose, Calif.: The federal government plays a significant role in helping municipalities develop their export capabilities; it''s a synergy that local governments should develop more.

  • Export Nation Event: Panel One

    Fred P. Hochberg, chairman Export-Import Bank of the United States; Francisco Snchez, U.S. Dept. of Commerce. Moderated by Chrystia Freeland, global editor-at-large, Reuters.

  • Export Nation Event: Panel Two

    Bryan Ashley, chief marketing officer, Suniva, Inc.: J. Bradford Jensen, senior fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Sean Randolph, president, Bay Area Council Economic Institute; Mayor Chuck Reed, City of San Jose. Moderated by Ch


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As job growth continues to lag behind the economic recovery, new policies should emphasize innovative directions to rebalance the U.S. economy away from excessive consumption and toward exports, innovation and production.

On Tuesday, July 27, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings unveiled “Export Nation: How U.S. Metros Lead National Export Growth and Boost Competitiveness.” This report demonstrates the key role exports can play in stimulating and rebalancing our national economy through our 100 largest metropolitan areas, and concludes with a list of broad policy recommendations for increasing U.S. exports. What do our nation’s metros sell abroad and what are some of our critical exporting firms? What countries do our metro regions trade with? How many jobs in each metro area are in export-related industries?

Bruce Katz, vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, opened the session with James Rubin of BC Partners. Chrystia Freeland, global editor-at-large for Reuters, moderated a panel discussion focused on strategies that businesses, as well as federal and local governments, should employ to advance a national export initiative.

Watch Bruce Katz's complete presentation »

Event Agenda

  • Welcome

    • James Rubin

      Senior Partner, BC Partners

  • Remarks

  • Panel One

    • Fred P. Hochberg


      Export-Import Bank of the United States

    • Francisco Sánchez

      Undersecretary, Commerce for International Trade

      Department of Commerce

    • Moderator: Chrystia Freeland

      Global Editor-at-Large


  • Panel Two

    • Bryan Ashley

      Chief Marketing Officer

      Suniva, Inc.

    • J. Bradford Jensen

      Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

      McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

    • Sean Randolph

      President, Bay Area Council Economic Institute

    • The Honorable Chuck Reed


      City of San Jose

    • Moderator: Chrystia Freeland

      Global Editor-at-Large



July 27, 2010

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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