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As Brookings Metro commemorated its first 25 years of impact, we cast a vision for every community in our nation to be prosperous, just, and resilient, no matter its starting point.

To help local leaders in government, business, nonprofits, and philanthropy realize this vision, we produce: trusted, future-leaning research; deliver actionable knowledge on how markets and public policies jointly create lasting change; and convene collaborative networks that bring leaders together to get things done. Our work primarily focuses on:

  • Inclusive Innovation and Talent Development to ensure the rapidly expanding digital economy delivers benefits and greater opportunity for women, people of color, and Heartland regions.
  • Resilient Regions to develop new approaches to regional land use, transportation, housing, and infrastructure that promote climate resilience and an equitable economy.
  • Transformative Placemaking to integrate investments and strategies at a hyperlocal scale, yielding vibrant, opportunity-rich neighborhoods and commercial corridors.
  • Valuing Black Assets to embrace and invest in the assets critical to wealth creation and economic growth in Black communities.
  • Worker Pay and Power to advance changes in public policy and corporate practice that result in higher pay, a stronger voice, and enhanced job quality for low-wage workers.

We partner with local leaders on these issues to bring about change at scale, across communities and in tandem with state and federal policies, and to ensure Brookings Metro reflects the diversity of experiences and perspectives represented in the communities and leaders we serve.

Action as an imperative

In pursuit of our mission to collaborate with local leaders to transform original research insights into policy and practical solutions that scale nationally, Brookings Metro is building a stronger bridge between local leaders and federal decisionmakers so that unprecedented federal investments yield transformative local change. Using our world-class communications platform, we share stories of change and progress that can inform and inspire impact at scale.

Our values

Brookings Metro values real world impact, a just society, diverse voices, a culture of collaboration in our workplace and communities, and a commitment to learning. We recruit and retain a team that reflects true diversity in race, gender, experience, and perspective. We elevate lived and local experiences in our research ideas and networks and give space for others to lead.

Learn more about how you can support Brookings Metro as we celebrate 25 years of impact.

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