Apr 10

Past Event

Greater Seattle’s Global Identity: Building and Sustaining a Competitive Region

Event Materials



As we emerge from the Great Recession, it is clear that our nation’s economy must be purposefully restructured from one focused inward and characterized by excessive consumption and debt to one that is globally engaged and driven by production and innovation. A growing chorus of leaders is calling for a new growth model, one that creates more and better jobs by engaging rising global demand and attracting global talent and capital. These leaders recognize that only by harnessing the power of cities and metropolitan areas can we hope to foster job growth in the near term and restructure our economy for the long haul.

On Thursday, April 10, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and JPMorgan Chase hosted a forum, “Great Seattle’s Global Identity: Building and Sustaining a Competitive Region” focused on this new endeavor. We know that the Greater Seattle has already begun to embrace the challenges and possibilities of globalization and holds tremendous potential for continued economic growth in the years ahead.

Speakers at the forum provided context on the region’s position in the global marketplace and offered insight into how area leaders are working together, and with international partners, to expand global trade and enhance Seattle’s economic prosperity.

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Event Photos

Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest, JPMorgan Chase

Dow Constantine, King County Executive

Amy Liu, Greg Root, Maud Daudon, Derrick Olsen, Sean Barr

Mayor Ray Stephanson, City of Everett; Mayor Ed Murray, City of Seattle; Mayor Marilyn Strickland, City of Tacoma

Presentation by Bruce Katz

Event Agenda

  • 9:30 - 9:40

    Host Welcome

    • Ana Mari Cauce


      University of Washington

  • 9:40 - 9:45

    Opening Remarks

    • Phyllis Campbell

      Chairman, Pacific Northwest

      JPMorgan Chase

  • 9:45 - 9:50


    • Honorable Dow Constantine


      King County

  • 9:50 - 10:10


  • 10:10 - 10:50

    Response Panel

    • Moderator

      Portrait: Amy Liu

      Amy Liu

      Co-Director and Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program

    • Sean Barr

      Vice President, Economic Development

      San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation

    • Maud Daudon

      President and Chief Executive Officer

      Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

    • Derrick Olsen

      Vice President of Regional Strategy and Coordination

      Greater Portland, Inc.

    • Greg Root


      SuperGraphics Division, GM Nameplate

  • 10:50 - 11:05

    Audience Q&A

  • 11:05 - 11:15

    Closing Remarks

    • The Honorable Ed Murray


      City of Seattle

    • The Honorable Ray Stephanson


      City of Everett

    • The Honorable Marilyn Strickland


      City of Tacoma


April 10, 2014

9:30 AM - 11:15 AM PDT

University of Washington

Husky Union Building

4001 NE Stevens Way


For More Information

Brookings Office of Communications


About the Global Cities Initiative

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