Metropolitan Policy Program Update
October 27, 2011

Dear Friend,

I want to share with you a new essay for that I co-authored with Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation. While the public has shown a growing dissatisfaction with the heated and bitterly partisan debates of our national political leaders, our article offers a view of a new generation of American leadership emerging from our states, cities and metropolitan regions.

In this essay, Judith and I say these new leaders—a cadre of mayors, governors, academics and business people from around the country—form America’s Pragmatic Caucus. In sharp contrast to Beltway polarization, these bipartisan pioneers—like Michael Nutter in Philadelphia or Ashley Swearingen in Fresno, and the governors of Colorado and Michigan in between—are acting decisively to grow jobs in the near term and retool their metropolitan economies for the long-haul.

Their ability to innovate and get things done, regardless of party label, is precisely what the nation needs to emerge from the current doldrums and into a new next economy. I encourage you to submit your own nominees for membership in the Pragmatic Caucus and continue the debate on Twitter with the hashtag #pragcaucus.

Thank you, as always, for your interest and support of the Metropolitan Policy Program.

Bruce Katz
Bruce Katz
Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program