Innovation and STEM-worker intensive “advanced industries” are the prime movers of regional and national economic development in the United States. For that reason, states like Colorado and Tennessee are increasingly taking the lead in fostering these “crown-jewel” industries’ growth at a time of drift in Washington.
In Colorado, Governor John Hickenlooper is actively working to promote innovation in his state’s space and aerospace sector, which permeates the state’s industrial base, provides thousands of jobs in both the public and private sectors, and spills over into advanced telecom segments, software clusters, and advanced material activity. At the same time, Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee is moving to expand the South’s leading automotive manufacturing supply chain by upgrading its workforce and catalyzing innovation. There the auto industry is already a powerful driver of the state economy that employs nearly 100,000 Tennesseans and accounts for one-third of all of the state’s manufacturing jobs. In each instance, strategic states have acted on their own to work with the private sector to renew the nation’s strategic economic base "bottom-up," one state at a time.
On February 20, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings will host a forum highlighting the importance of the nation’s advanced industries sector and the kind of state-level actions being taken to expand it. Brookings Vice President Bruce Katz and McKinsey Americas Advanced Industries Director Daniel Pacthod will frame the discussion by describing the nature and importance of advanced industries. Their remarks will be followed by a bipartisan dialogue between Governors Haslam and Hickenlooper, who will discuss their states’ efforts to expand key advanced industry clusters and the need for a supportive federal platform for those efforts. Time will be reserved for audience questions.
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Welcome and Introduction
Vice President and Co-Director, Metropolitan Policy Program
The Brookings Institution
Director, Advanced Industries and Aerospace and Defense Practice, Americas
The Honorable Bill Haslam
Governor State of Tennessee
The Honorable John Hickenlooper
State of Colorado
Thursday, February 20, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Brookings InstitutionFalk Auditorium1775 Massachusetts Ave. NWWashington, District of Columbia 20036