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Feb 20

Past Event

Powering Advanced Industries: A Bipartisan Dialogue on State Strategies

Event Materials



  • Advanced Industries: A Platform for National Competitiveness and Growth

    Bruce Katz: Advanced industries are at the vanguard of commercialization of innovation. This is a platform for national competitiveness and national growth that is significant.

    Bruce Katz

  • What TN, CO Governors Have In Common

    Yuki Noguchi, National Public Radio: Gov. Haslam and Gov. Hickenlooper have a lot more in common than their party affiliations might suggest.

  • Tennessee: A Solid Auto Business with a Great Supply Chain

    Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee: You compete where you have an asset and an advantage you can use and where there are a lot of continuing benefits. When I came into office I saw that Tennessee had developed a solid auto business with a great supply chain.

  • Having a Trained Workforce Really Matters

    Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee: It's a much more competitive world now and the bottom line is that a trained workforce really matters. In Tennessee we don't talk about K-12 anymore; we talk about K to J, having a job.

  • Aerospace has Tremendous Benefits for Colorado

    Gov. John Hickenlooper, Colorado: Advanced industries is the place where all of the basic things that people across the state wanted came together. The people, engineers and scientists involved, and all the long tails these industries have, have a tremendous benefit.

  • Push Federal Research Dollars to Where They'll Have Most Impact

    Gov. John Hickenlooper, Colorado: We need to be organized and pragmatic about exports and push the kinds of research dollars that come out of Washington into those places that are more rapidly going to generate real products and real services.


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Presentation by Bruce Katz:

See our framing paper, Powering Advanced Industries: State By State

Innovation and STEM-worker intensive advanced industries drive regional and national economic development in the United States. For that reason, states like Colorado and Tennessee are increasingly taking the lead in fostering these crown-jewel industries in the face of inaction in Washington.

In Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper is actively working to promote innovation in his state’s advanced industry sector, including the space and aerospace economy, which provides thousands of jobs in both the public and private sectors with spillover effects in advanced telecommunications, software, and advanced materials.

In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam is moving to expand the South’s leading automotive manufacturing supply chain by upgrading its workforce and catalyzing innovation. There the auto industry is already a powerful driver of the state economy employing nearly 100,000 Tennesseans and accounting for one-third of the state’s manufacturing jobs. In each instance, both states have acted on their own to work with the private sector to renew the nation’s strategic economic base from the bottom-up.

On February 20, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings hosted a forum highlighting the importance of the nation’s advanced industries and state-level actions being taken to expand them. Brookings Vice President Bruce Katz and McKinsey Americas Advanced Industries Director Daniel Pacthod framed the discussion by describing the nature and importance of advanced industries. Their remarks were followed by a bipartisan dialogue between Govs. Haslam and Hickenlooper, discussing their efforts to expand key advanced industry clusters and the need for a supportive federal platform for those efforts.

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Event Agenda

  • Welcome and Introduction

    • Bruce Katz

      Bruce Katz

      Centennial Scholar

    • David Pacthom

      Daniel Pacthod

      Director, Advanced Industries and Aerospace and Defense Practice, Americas

      McKinsey & Co.

  • Moderated Dialogue

    • Bill Haslam

      Bill Haslam


      State of Tennessee

    • John Hickenlooper

      John Hickenlooper


      State of Colorado

  • Moderator

    • Yuki Noguchi’s

      Yuki Noguchi

      National Correspondent

      National Public Radio


February 20, 2014

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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SERIES: Advanced Industries Series | Number 35