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Brookings Institution Expert to Discuss U.S. Status as a ‘Metro Nation’
Success of America’s Cities, Suburbs Key to Global Competitiveness, Bruce J. Katz Says

September 11, 2007

DELAWARE, OHIO – With a presidential election on the horizon, now is the time to establish a national agenda that will support the resurgence of U.S. cities and suburbs, and, in turn, support global competitiveness, says Bruce J. Katz, J.D., vice president of Washington, D.C.’s Brookings Institution.

As part of Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2007 Sagan National Colloquium, Katz will discuss the “Metro Nation: How the United States is Changing and What It Means for National Policy and Politics” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Benes Rooms of the university’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture also will be available for online viewing after Sept. 28 at stream.owu.edu.

“As we approach the presidential election, the United States needs a national agenda—a blueprint for national prosperity—to give cities and metro areas the rules and the tools to leverage their economic assets and prosper,” Katz wrote in a recent commentary in The Washington Post. “This blueprint must respect the central lesson of our time: that the ability of our nation to compete globally and meet the great environmental and social challenges of our time rests largely on the health and vitality and prosperity of major cities and metropolitan areas.”

Katz regularly advises national, state, regional, and municipal leaders on policy reforms to advance the competitiveness of metropolitan areas. He also founded and serves as director of The Brooking Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, which seeks to redefine the challenges facing cities and metropolitan areas by researching major demographic, market, development, and governance trends.

Katz is the editor or co-editor of several books on transportation, demographics, and regionalism, including “Taking the High Road,” “Redefining Urban and Suburban America,” and “Reflections on Regionalism.” In addition to The Washington Post, his opinion pieces and articles have appeared in such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, Los Angeles Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. He is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Sagan National Colloquium examines an issue of national and global significance each year with a fall lecture series. The theme of this year’s 22nd annual Colloquium is “Cities and Suburbs: Life in a Metropolitan World.” Past Colloquium speakers have included President Gerald Ford, Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, and author Kurt Vonnegut. A full schedule of this year’s Colloquium events is available at snc.owu.edu.

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