A Strategic Approach to Regional Economies

What makes a great city? What sets a city apart as instantly identifiable anywhere in the world? How can metropolitan regions become global cities? If you were to ask the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, they would tell you that it all starts with having a strategic economic plan. 

Brookings came to our hometown of Indianapolis this week as part of their Global Cities Initiative.  The initiative served to highlight Indianapolis for partnering with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Butler University to design and implement a regional strategy to boost global trade and investment, forge international partnerships, and advocate for state and national policy changes.

Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO, Michael Huber, introduced the plan and joined other experts to demonstrate how Indianapolis could continue its leadership in export intensity and innovation by continuing to promote advanced industries throughout the region.  The event sparked a great deal of discussion both online and offline. Check out our Storify to learn more about coverage from the event and about Indianapolis’ plan for the future: