Jun 19

Past Event

Going Global: Boosting Greater Miami's Economic Future

Event Materials


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The Great Recession stalled the U.S. economy and virtually reset the world economic map with most of the growth concentrated in the rising nations—and the urban and metropolitan areas—of Asia and Latin America. U.S. urban and metropolitan areas need to reorient their economies toward greater engagement in the global marketplace in order to create more and better jobs, spur global demand abroad and attract global talent and capital at home. The Global Cities Initiative—a joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase—aims to help leaders in U.S. metropolitan areas reorient their economies toward greater engagement in world markets.

On June 18 and 19, the Metropolitan Policy program at Brookings and JPMorgan Chase hosted a forum at the University of Miami, “Going Global: Boosting Miami’s Economic Future,” the third in a series of domestic and international forums being convened this year by the Global Cities Initiative. The forum explored how metropolitan-led economic growth—including global trade and investment—are important for job creation, and how Miami can leverage its position in the global market.

Speakers and panels provided context on the region’s position in the global marketplace and offered insight into how metropolitan leaders can work together and with international partners to expand world-wide business opportunities and global trade and investment, and enhance the region’s economic prosperity. The Greater Miami metro is a sophisticated global market with a significant export profile. With potential for further economic growth, it is the gateway for one-third of totally U.S./Latin American trade value.

Materials from the event can be downloaded from the upper right side of this page.

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Event Agenda

  • 9:00

    Opening Remarks

    • Donna Shalala


      University of Miami

    • Mel Martinez

      former U.S. Senator and Chairman of Florida, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

      JPMorgan Chase

  • Presentation: Greater Miami and the Next Economy

  • Panel: Realizing Greater Miami’s Potential for Global Engagement

    • Moderator

      Brad McDearman

      Non-Resident Senior Fellow

      Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

    • Alice Ancona

      Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs

      Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

    • Sam Kaplan


      Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle

    • Manuel "Manny" Mencia

      Senior Vice President

      Enterprise Florida

    • Carlos Valderrama

      Senior Vice President for Global Initiatives

      Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Panel: The Role of Public Sector Leadership

    • Moderator

      Portrait: Amy Liu

      Amy Liu

      Co-Director and Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program

    • Honorable Jim Cason


      City of Coral Gables

    • Honorable Richard M. Daley

      Former Mayor, City of Chicago

      Senior Advisor, JPMorgan Chase

    • Honorable Carlos Gimenez


      Miami-Dade County

    • Honorable Tomás Regalado


      City of Miami

  • Panel: Goods Movement & Global Economic Engagement

    • Moderator

      Portrait: Rob Puentes
    • Juan Flores

      State Freight and Logistics Administrator

      Florida Department of Transportation

    • Frank Santeiro

      Managing Director, Latin American and Caribbean Division

      FedEx Express

    • Alex Gomez

      Project Manager

      Flagler Development

    • Eric Olafson

      Intergovernmental Affairs


  • Concluding Remarks

  • 12:30 - 2:00

    Networking Lunch


June 19, 2012

8:30 AM - 2:00 PM EDT

Newman Alumni Center at the University of Miami

6200 San Amaro Drive


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