May 13

Past Event

Global Cities Phoenix: Building and Sustaining a Competitive Region



As we emerge from the Great Recession, 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 talent and capital. Only by harnessing the power of cities and metropolitan areas can we foster job growth in the near term and restructure our economy for the long haul.

On Tuesday, May 13, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and JPMorgan Chase hosted a forum, “Global Cities Phoenix: Building and Sustaining a Competitive Region” The region has already begun to address the challenges and possibilities of globalization through its metropolitan business plan and civic partnership, Velocity: Transforming the Greater Phoenix Economy, which is advancing a set of core strategies to reposition the region as a center of global innovation, talent, entrepreneurship, and trade.

Speakers at the forum highlighted new initiatives to expand export and international investment; discussed how Greater Phoenix can better leverage its industry strengths to take advantage of the North American co-production platform; and shared innovative practices from other U.S. regions that can be applied to enhance the region’s economic prosperity.


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Arizona Republic Editorial: Want to Boost the Economy? Think Exports


Barry Broome, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Phoenix Economic Council

The Honorable Greg Stanton, Mayor, City of Phoenix

Peter Scher, The Honorable William M. Daley, and the Honorable Ambassador Carla A. Hills

Amy Liu, Senior Fellow and Co-director, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program; Co-director, Global Cities Initiative

Curtis Reed, Jr., Marek Gootman, Barry Broome, Lee Benson, Derrick Olsen, and David Graham

Event Agenda

  • 8:30 - 9:30

    Registration and Networking Breakfast

  • 9:30 - 9:40

    Welcoming Remarks

    • Curtis Reed, Jr.

      Marketing Manager for Arizona and Nevada


  • 9:40 - 9:50

    Opening Remarks

    • The Honorable Greg Stanton


      City of Phoenix

  • 9:50 - 10:10


  • 10:10 - 10:55

    Dialogue on Global Trade

    • Peter Scher

      Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Responsibility

      JPMorgan Chase

    • The Honorable William M. Daley

      Former Chief of Staff under President Obama, former Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase, former Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton

    • The Honorable Ambassador Carla A. Hills

      Hills & Company International Consultants

      Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

  • 10:55 - 11:05

    Presentation: Preliminary Export Market Assessment Findings

    • Barry Broome

      President and Chief Executive Officer

      Greater Phoenix Economic Council

  • 11:05 - 12:15

    Panel Discussion: Metro Trade and Investment

    • Marek Gootman

      Director of Strategic Partnerships

      Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

      Co-director, Global Cities Initiative

    • Lee Benson

      Chief Executive Officer

      Able Engineering and Able Aerospace

    • Barry Broome

      President and Chief Executive Officer

      Greater Phoenix Economic Council

    • David Graham

      Chief of Staff to Councilman Mark Kersery

      City of San Diego

    • Derrick Olsen

      Vice President of Regional Strategy and Coordination

      Great Portland, Inc.

  • 12:15 - 12:30

    Concluding Remarks: Federal Investment in Exports

    • The Honorable Penny Pritzker

      Secretary of Commerce


May 13, 2014

8:30 AM - 12:15 PM MDT

KAET Studio, Arizona State University

555 N Central Avenue


For More Information

Karen Slachetka


About the Global Cities Initiative

The Global Cities Initiative is a five-year project that aims to help leaders in U.S. metropolitan areas reorient their economies toward greater engagement in world markets. Click here to learn more »