A Program to Boost U.S. Exports and Trade Capacity

Despite the size and growth of consumer demand outside of the United States, too many firms and too many parts of the U.S. remain focused on domestic markets and are missing out on opportunities to innovate, expand and reach a wider consumer base around the world, says Amy Liu, senior fellow and co-director of the Metropolitan Policy Program. Liu—in a new report, “Strengthen Federalism: Establish a Regional Export Accelerator Challenge (REACH) Grant Program to Boost U.S. Exports and Trade Capacity,” co-authored with Brad McDearman and Marek Gootman—writes that some markets like Syracuse, New York are successfully innovating to meet global market demands. With a little help from the federal government, she argues, metros and regions all across the country can produce similar results.