Despite massive job losses in the last decade, U.S. manufacturing remains critical to the nation’s economic future. On February 22, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings hosts a forum exploring the type of manufacturing the nation is most likely to retain and build, as well as policies for strengthening high-wage, export-intensive production in America. In a related blog post, Howard Wial and Jonathan Rothwell explain why policymakers need to support the manufacturing sector.
The Metropolitan Export Initiative is a collaborative effort to help regional civic, business, and political leaders create and implement customized export plans. These localized plans will apply market intelligence to develop better targeted, integrated export-related services and strategies for connecting regional firms to global customers, as outlined by their individualized export goals. The first plan to be announced highlights market strengths and exporting goals in Greater Portland.
Bruce Katz writes that creating more and better jobs in America requires a new vision of federalism, combining federal, state, metro and private-sector resources and creativity. Katz argues that the next president should embrace collaborative federalism to help unleash the talents and energies of an entrepreneurial nation.