Mark Muro, a senior fellow and the director of policy at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, leads the program’s advanced and inclusive economy activities. Mark is an expert on regional technology ecosystems and economic development and has published extensively on manufacturing, digital trends, energy issues, and regional industry clusters.
Mark’s most recent work has focused on the industry underpinnings of building an “advanced economy that works for all.” Mark is currently leading working the “digitization” of the economy and recently released a major state and metro benchmarking report entitled “America’s Advanced Industries: New Trends.”
In recent years Muro has led the development of state advanced industries strategies for Rhode Island, Tennessee’s automotive industry, and Colorado’s space / aerospace sector and wrote the report “Powering Advanced Industries, State by State.”
Mark is also an advisor to the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute and the author of numerous publications on regional technology ecosystems and economic development strategies, including “The New `Cluster Moment’: How Regional Innovation Clusters Can Foster the Next Economy.”
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree in American studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Big cities are increasingly the sought-after platforms for the kind of high-creativity, high-productivity knowledge-research-and-technology work that is increasingly the main source of U.S. growth... Scale matters because it maximizes the possibilities, whether for accessing critical tech, hiring the right person, and immersing in a cutting edge business community.
My fear is that the Republicans to date may not fully understand what modern advanced manufacturing is... It’s not necessarily thousands of people pouring into the plant as in the old days.
The sheer scale of the tech boom is really straining the primary hubs and ratcheting up the pressure to move outwards... It’s having cascading real estate effects.