by Bruce Katz, Ben Preis, Ira Goldstein and Emily Dowdall · September 23
Investor Home Purchases and the Rising Threat to Owners and Renters

Housing markets in the United States today are rapidly changing. We are bombarded in the news about corporations purchasing homes across sunbelt metros like Atlanta, Charlotte, and Phoenix. Reporting and research highlight the challenges faced by renters in private equity-backed properties, from maintenance requests gone unfulfilled to evictions as a core part of a fee-based business model. During the first two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, homebuyers fought over a limited supply of for-sale housing, often finding out that they were beat by all-cash corporate offers. Now we wonder: will these homes ever come back on the market, and what happens to the tenants who live in these new rental properties?

by Bruce Katz · September 15
A G7 Roadmap for Sustainable Urban Development

This past Tuesday I was privileged to present at the Meeting of G7 Urban Ministers in Potsdam Germany.  My keynote address was entitled A G7 Roadmap for Sustainable Urban Development and can be accessed here.  At the outset, I want to thank Mary Rowe, the President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute, for the time spent in reviewing multiple versions of the talk.

by Bruce Katz and Michael Saadine · August 19
Is Workforce Housing the New Economic Development?

It is no secret that the country’s housing market is suffering from an acute supply and demand imbalance. Supply has lagged with decades of under-building adding up to a severe shortage. Years of latent, suppressed demand have been released by healthier consumer financials and remote work flexibility. While the Federal Reserve has temporarily poured cold water on some demand segments by increasing mortgage rates at record pace, our long-term issues won’t be solved without generating more units to meet growing housing needs.

by Bruce Katz · July 28
What Follows Infrastructure Spending?

As the implementation of the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act picks up steam, cities, counties and states are scrambling to identify projects that can deliver a new vision of mobility, connectivity, sustainability and quality placemaking.

by Bruce Katz and Florian Schalliol · July 14
Erie Organizes (Again) for Success

Erie, Pennsylvania is on a roll. Like many communities in the Midwest, this city and county experienced the harsh effects of deindustrialization, decline and disinvestment. Over the past decade, however, a group of dedicated local government, corporate, university and civic leaders, spurred by Erie Insurance Company’s growth and investment, has begun to build the city back. There is no better evidence of this fact than a substantial recent development: today, Erie has one of the most ambitious Investment Playbooks in the country and a bold new governance model to ensure its sound implementation.

Bruce Katz, Aunnie Patton Power, Ian O’Grady, and Elijah E. Davis · June 17
Supply Chain Finance: Innovations for Supporting Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Join us, Tuesday, June 21, 1pm ET for a conversation on the potential of supply chain financing.

Supply Chain Finance: Innovations for Supporting Inclusive Entrepreneurship

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by Bruce Katz and Mary Ellen Wiederwohl · June 2
Averting a Lost Decade

Yesterday, Accelerator for America, the Nowak Metro Finance Lab and Mastercard’s Center for Inclusive Growth released Averting a Lost Decade: Rethinking an Inclusive Recovery for Disadvantaged Neighborhoods.

by Bruce Katz, Domenika Lynch, Ben Preis, Karyn Bruggeman, Ian O’Grady and Brian Reyes · May 20
Unlocking the Procurement Economy

The Procurement Economy is having its moment in the sun. Last week the National Minority Supplier Development Council held a major conference in Chicago. The conference was an all-star event, attracting Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker, federal officials like Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and EDA Administrator Alejandra Castillo, private sector leaders like John Rogers and Magic Johnson and a plethora of leaders from financial institutions, public authorities, constituency organizations and local governments.

by Bruce Katz and Lori Bamberger · May 12
Boosting Homeownership in an Era of Parasitic Capital

As the United States emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is becoming increasingly clear that the country is entering a period of deep economic uncertainty and adjustment. While the media has extensively covered the acceleration of remote work and the fragility of global supply chains since the beginning of the crisis, only recently has attention focused on the dramatic rise of investor purchases of single-family homes and what that and other forces might mean for homeownership generally and among Black- and Latino-owners in particular.

by Bruce Katz · April 28
Infrastructure with a Purpose

Two weeks ago, I traveled to Toronto to participate in the Good Roads Conference. My talk, Mastering the New Disorder: Cities, Infrastructure and the Post Pandemic Economy – The New Localism, focused on the role of cities and metropolitan areas in delivering the unprecedented federal infrastructure investments that are being made in the United States.