... and So Do Metros
I am reading a compelling new book I think you will want to read. The Metropolitan Revolution by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, chronicles the successes of metro leaders across the country who face major economic and social challenges and recognize that Washington is not coming to the rescue. Bruce is a pal of long-standing (we met when we participated in a Metro Mayors Caucus forum. He is what I would call a municipal brainiac - time spent with Bruce is always time well spent.
The book's premise? Mayors, educators, philanthropists, and business and community leaders are doing the hard work to grow more jobs and make their regions prosperous. In places as diverse as Denver, Houston, Cleveland, and New York, they are investing in infrastructure, making manufacturing a priority, linking small businesses to global markets, and training workers for the skills they need. The Metropolitan Revolution documents how this is happening and how anyone who cares about the community can participate.
The Metropolitan Revolution profiles these success stories, shares their lessons, and catalyzes action. Metro innovations are contagious and I believe that, after reading this book, you will find new ways to shape the future of cities and towns.
The stuff on the Denver region makes me proud of the people I know and work with both within our municipal family and beyond.
I hope you will buy the book or e-book. You can also download the iPad app, which brings examples of the revolution to life, and view the animated book trailer.
And, if you are as inspired by the book as I am, please consider using social media to spread the word and share the book with your own networks. You can follow the conversation about the book on Twitter at hashtag #metrorev.
I hope you will read the book. As you know, I have often said that in this day and age, to solve problems locally, municipal leaders need to think regionally. Municipalities matter ... and so do metros. What do you think?