The Business of Cities first began working with Brookings in 2012, at the start of the Global Cities Initiative launched by Brookings in collaboration with JP Morgan.
The Business of Cities first began working directly with The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program in 2012, at the start of the Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase & Co. This ground-breaking initiative has been dedicated to helping U.S. and other international metropolitan areas equip themselves for a global future, following a 20th century in which the dominant domestic market provided limited incentives to globalise.
Back in 2012, Prof. Greg Clark and Dr Tim Moonen collaborated closely with Brookings fellows Brad McDearman and Joseph Parilla on a major piece of research to identify the ingredients of a metropolis that is capable of participating seamlessly in a wide range of global markets. We reviewed over 40 city-regions between us, uncovering their long history of trade, innovation and good governance. This work resulted in the "The 10 Traits of Globally Fluent Metro Areas”, which summarised the core ingredients that are observable across cities around the world, from Tokyo to Sao Paulo, from Wichita to Nanjing. The report also identified a series of practical pathways through which cities can become more attuned to global markets, shifts, and forces and successfully transition from being 'globally-aware,' to ‘globally-oriented,’ to 'globally-fluent.'.
Subsequently, The Business of Cities and the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program have coordinated to deliver a variety of events, convenings, research, and workshops. We have provided keen perspective, insight, and guidance to Brookings Metro senior staff on key initiatives involving a host of American city participants as they launched their global trade and investment programmes. The Business of Cities has also been integral in providing world-class research and stimulating panel moderation to Brookings events and convenings that have brought together city and business leaders from around the globe.
More recently, in 2018 The Business of Cities teamed up with Brookings on a unique and novel dedicated programme with participants from four U.S. metros (Atlanta, Columbus, Louisville, Philadelphia) as they develop an enhanced global identity strategy and alliance. This fascinating project has involved a myriad of input, including detailed perception analysis of the four cities, group collaborations and workshops in Washington D.C., webinars with experts and identity leaders in other global cities, transatlantic conference calls and ongoing strategic assistance. The outcomes of this exciting collaboration will become more tangible during 2019.
We are midway through an exciting 12 month project in partnership with the Brookings Institution, working closely with four US metropolitan areas – Atlanta, Columbus, Louisville & Philadelphia - as they develop their global identity and narrative.
A case study for the Global Cities Initiative : A joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase
Hong Kong: A globally fluent metropolitan city written for the Global Cities Initiative, a Brookings and JPMorgan Chase joint project.
A case study for the Global Cities Initiative : A Joint Project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase.
Swift global integration, the rapid expansion of a global consumer class, and the rise of urban areas as the engines of global economic growth have ushered in a new era that demands more global engagement from America’s city and regional leaders.