Metropolitan Policy Program Update
February 16, 2012
A car factory.

Why — and Which — Manufacturing Matters: Innovation and Production in the United States

UPCOMING EVENT - FEBRUARY 22, 2012

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.

Introducing the Metropolitan Export Initiative

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.

Remaking Federalism to Remake the American Economy

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.

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Recent posts explore the pluses and minuses of the new congressional FAA bill, how portions of that bill may conflict with portions of President Obama’s proposed budget, and a new plan in Nevada that could put the state on a better economic footing.

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