It is hard to discuss the topic of "What are communities need for their future" and not look at the work being done by Bruce Katz at the Brookings Institute. Although his travel schedule has made it impossible for Bruce to join us for our Regional Leadership Conference in person. We believe his work sets the stage and have included one of his videos here.
Bruce J. Katz ~ Vice President Brookings Institution, Founding Director Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program
Bruce J. Katz is a vice president at the Brookings Institution and founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. He is also co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution (Brookings Press, 2013), a distillation of his work on the emerging metropolitan-led "next economy" and its practitioners around the country working to produce more and better jobs driven by innovation, exports and sustainability.
Katz regularly advises federal, state, regional and municipal leaders on policy reforms that advance the competitiveness of metropolitan areas. He counsels on shifting demographic and market trends as well as on policies critical to metropolitan prosperity (e.g. innovation, human capital, infrastructure, housing) and new forms of metropolitan governance.
After the 2008 presidential election, he co-led the housing and urban issues transition team for the Obama administration and served as a senior advisor to new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan for the first 100 days of the administration.
Katz gives dozens of lectures and presentations annually in the United States before public, corporate, civic and university audiences. In recent years, he has also lectured about urban and metropolitan issues in countries such as Canada, China, Germany, Turkey, Great Britain, Italy and South Africa. In 2006, he received the prestigious Heinz Award in Public Policy for his contributions to the understanding of the "function and values of cities and metropolitan areas and profoundly influencing their economic vitality, livability and sustainability."
Katz is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics.