Bruce Katz

The One Building that Explains How Detroit Could Come Back
A plan to foster innovation amidst bankruptcy
August 28, 2013

The old Argonaut Building has a big place in Detroit’s history. From 1936 to 1956, it was the home of the General Motors Research Laboratory, the first in-house research & design studio in the automotive industry.

Remake Federalism to Renew the Economy
November 13, 2012

With the 2012 election completed Washington faces a daunting overhang of substantial economic, fiscal, and governance problems. Reform must begin now.  Yet from where will the impetus for progress come? In a different era, the federal government might have launched decisive initiatives on its own to restructure the economy, address the budget, and renew governance.

Small Town America is Metropolitan America
August 25, 2011

Each year, Money magazine sets out to identify the “100 Best Places to Live in America.” As we noted when we reviewed the magazine’s 2009 list here, the American appetite for rankings and hometown pride drives a plethora of such lists. Reflecting America’s “small town” mythology and nostalgia, Money’s focus in both 2009 and 2011 was on small-to-medium sized communities (populations between 8,500 and 50,000) with a desirable location (within 60 miles of a major airport) and a modicum of diversity (less than 95 percent white).

Focus on Export Bright Spot to Boost Jobs
August 17, 2011

Note: This post has been updated to correct an editing error. As President Obama wraps up his bus motorcade today in Western Illinois, he’ll find himself in proximity to one of the few bright spots of a recovery so halting it still feels like a recession: exporters Exports have been a quiet hero during the last few years.

Made in America, Made for the World
April 22, 2011

Can U.S. firms--and workers--still make things here at home? For the past six weeks, ABC News has been examining this question in its “Made in America” series. This past week, they visited a group of small “Manufacturing All Stars” across the country, including Annin Flagmakers outside the Columbus metro, Channel Craft Toys in greater Pittsburgh, and Nordic Ware, a family owned kitchenware manufacturer in Minneapolis. What did they learn?

The Era of Divergence (and Distinctiveness)
February 18, 2011

Germany vs. Spain. Texas vs. Florida. These aren’t predictions for the next World Cup final or BCS title game but rather examples of the regional divergence in economic performance and fiscal outlook described by Gillian Tett in the Financial Times last Friday. She argues that while international attention has been focused on the divergence of the Eurozone (between countries with strong, growing economies and those without), the U.S.

Budget 2012: Invest in Exports to Compete
February 17, 2011

Efforts to boost U.S. competitiveness feature prominently in the administration’s FY 2012 budget.  Significantly, the proposal expands the nation’s export playbook because growing exports requires more than trade and currency policy tweaks.

Cut and Invest to Spark Economic Growth
December 15, 2010

With American CEOs gathered at Blair House for a discussion on the economy this morning, the overriding challenge for the president and business is twofold: how to grow jobs in the near term while retooling the economy for the long haul. The United States cannot return to an economy characterized by excessive, debt-leveraged consumption. Rather, we want to move forward to an economy driven by exports, powered by low carbon and fuelled by innovation. The playbook of our competitors is quite straightforward: invest with public and private capital in the things that matter (e.g., first class infr

Governing for Growth
September 28, 2010

On November 3, the day after the midterm elections, 37 “governors elect” will begin to organize or reorganize their governments. This year will bring added drama to what normally is a low-key exercise. With Washington mired in hyper-partisanship and the economic recovery sluggish, voters will look to governors to help boost job creation in the near term and retool their economies for the long haul.

The Cluster Moment: Getting Real About the Economy
September 24, 2010

Yesterday we contributed to the growing buzz around cluster practice and policy with a big event at the Mayflower Hotel, co-hosted with our friends at the Center for American Progress, the Council on Competitiveness, and the National Association of Development Associations. But leaving that aside, it’s interesting to note, and try to explain, the extent to which regional industry or innovation clusters are back in the mix this fall. Readers of this blog have followed the extent to which clusters—geographic concentrations of interconnected firms and supporting and coordinating organizations—are

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