9:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT

Past Event

Global Cities Summit

Thursday, September 29, 2016

9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Washington, DC

On September 29, the Metropolitan Policy Program hosted the Global Cities Summit, marking the five-year milestone of the Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase. The Summit reinforced the importance of global competitiveness and engagement, highlighted major urban innovations underway, and catalyzed a next wave of bottom-up initiatives that respond to the ongoing dynamics and challenges in the global economy. Attendees included city and regional leaders representing nearly 40 metro areas from around the globe, as well as participants from national and international business and trade promotion groups, federal agencies and economic development organizations.

The Summit featured the release of new Brookings research Redefining Global Cities: The Seven Types of Global Metro Economies, which introduces a new typology of what constitutes global cities today, demonstrating how global cities vary in how they attract and amass economic drivers and contribute differently to global economic growth. It also launched The Making of Global Cities: Stories from the Global Cities Exchange, a ‘compendium’ of stories and examples from metropolitan areas advancing global trade and investment strategies through the Global Cities Exchange.

See also

Global Cities: A Short History by Greg Clark


Driving equitable economic growth in cities

Back to basics: Investing In your region's competitiveness

The future of global cities


  • September 29
    • Opening Remarks

      Peter Scher Head of Corporate Responsibility and Head of the Washington, D.C. Region - JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    • Presentation

      Amy Liu Headshot
      Amy Liu Vice President - Metropolitan Policy Program, Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy

    • Panel: Back to the Basics

      GCI Panel

      From left to right:

      • Moderator: Mark Muro, Senior Fellow and Policy Director, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program
      • Susan Pretulak, Vice President of Economic Development and Workforce Competitiveness, SC Technical College
      • Gilles Bloch, President, Université Paris-Saclay
      • David Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and BioCrossroads
      • Robert Atkinson, Founder and President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

    • Panel: The Future of Global Cities

      GCI panel

      From left to right:

      • Moderator: Greg Clark, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and author of Global Cities: A Short History (Brookings Press 2016)
      • Andrew Boraine, Chief Executive Officer, Western Cape Economic Development Partnership
      • Honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta
      • Maria Rankka, Chief Executive Officer, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
      • General Raymond Odierno, Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Army and Senior Advisor, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    • Closing Remarks

      Amy Liu Headshot
      Amy Liu Vice President - Metropolitan Policy Program, Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy