Federal Policies should take Advantage of Metro Areas

Alan Berube and
Alan Berube Interim Vice President and Director - Brookings Metro

Bruce Katz
Bruce Katz Founding Director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab - Drexel University

November 11, 2007

Cleveland ranks 19th among global metropolitan areas in per-capita income, just ahead of Portland and right behind Paris. Such a ranking reflects that America’s metropolitan areas—the nation’s collections of cities, suburbs and counties—are our economic centers. Yet, as Bruce Katz and Alan Berube ask in the Plain Dealer, when are the presidential candidates going to talk about what really matters—economic growth, widening educational and income gaps, and environmental quality and energy independence—for the future of metropolitan Cleveland and metropolitan America as a whole?

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