KUSA - Topic one among a lot of Denver business leaders this week is the world. The Global Cities Initiative has come to town. It's a joint program of the Brookings program and JPMorgan Chase.
Global Cities is a five-year project from JPMorgan Chase and the Brookings Institute. Denver is one of five cities hosting research and discussion forums to give business, civic and government leaders data, policy ideas, and global connections to help their communities thrive in the global economy.
"Vibrant, global cities don't just appear on their own. It takes strategy, collaboration, data and insight," said Richard M. Daley, chair of the Global Cities Initiative and former mayor of Chicago. "Of course, it also takes leadership. That's what the Global Cities forums are all about. We are getting the right people around the table to explore opportunities and actions to drive local and regional economic growth and help cities better compete in the global economy."
"In the 21st century, cities and metropolitan areas will be the engines of national economies and the hubs of global trade," said Bruce Katz, director of the Global Cities Initiative, vice president and founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. "The inevitable result: national trade policies will become increasingly locally focused and local economic development will increasingly drive national policies and engage global partners."
Once all the forums are complete, Brookings will deliver new research focused on the trading and investment-oriented strengths of Denver and the other cities visited.
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