With a major change of management underway in Washington, now is a good time for the “megapolitan” areas of the Intermountain West to better organize their energies and consider how to amplify their voice in national affairs as federal policy responses are renegotiated.
At a forum in Phoenix, Arizona, Fellow and Policy Director Mark Muro and Nonresident Senior Fellow Rob Lang reviewed the recent Brookings report “Mountain Megas.” This forum encouraged a free-wheeling discussion of ways megapolitan leaders in the West can reorient the federal-state-mega partnership in order to address common challenges and shared opportunities.
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and ASU President Michael M. Crow spoke, along with other outstanding state and local megapolitan leaders.
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Senior Research Fellow, Morrison Institute for Public Policy
Mayor, City of Mesa
President and CEO, Science Foundation Arizona
President/CEO, Arizona Community Foundation
Director, Sonoran Institute
Policy Advisor for Growth and Infrastructure, Governor’s Office, State of Arizona
Bruce Katz, of the Brookings Institution, said [land mapping] is not just about "real estate," but about access "to a talent pool." "Automobiles are essentially computers on wheels," said Katz, who focuses on the challenges and opportunities of global urbanization. "The broader Detroit area is one of the greatest hubs of technological innovation around manufacturing."