In this keynote presentation at the Benchmarking Connecticut 2006 Conference, Bruce Katz argues that to remain competitive in the knowledge economy, Connecticut needs an urban and metropolitan vision for economic growth. This vision will require a dramatic overhaul of state policies, and will depend on the formation of new political coalitions. To maintain a competitive edge, constituencies that are naturally disposed to urban regeneration—mayors, leaders in older suburbs, developers, business alliances, banks, universities, hospitals, creative firms—must establish a pro-urban, pro-innovation coalition for state policy reform.
My biggest concern is that Washington is signaling to Russia that it’s OK to meddle in the politics of sovereign nations which are your neighbors. Meddling is going on from Paris to Ukraine, from east to west and north to south, within Europe and at its borders, and always with the intent of undermining the credibility and effectiveness of democratic institutions. And it is being either denied or downplayed.