President Obama instituted a policy that clears the way for undocumented immigrants under the age of 30, with no criminal offenses who also meet other criteria, to live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation. Critics assailed the action saying it’s an election year ploy, but Senior Fellow Audrey Singer says, given the enormity of the nation’s immigrations problems, it’s a step in the right direction.
“This is the way the world thinks about innovation; they don’t think about countries or states or metropolitan areas, or even cities, they think about districts,” he said. “You have that now, and you need to play it out.” [Report release event: Capturing the next economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city]
Bruce Katz of Brookings said Oakland, with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, could become a “playground of innovation” through a partnership recommended in the report. The InnovatePGH partnership would feature collaboration between the city, universities, entrepreneurs and corporations to nurture high-tech business. [Report release event: Capturing the next economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city]