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.

by Bruce Katz, Nishan Inampudi and Chelsea Gaylord · April 14
Charging Forward on Electric Mobility

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act represents a potential turning point for electric mobility in the U.S. as historic government investment takes aim at meeting climate, equity, and global competition goals. Commitments from automakers, electric vehicle sales targets, growing consumer interest, and emissions regulations essentially assure an increased transition to electrified transportation. Critically, sustaining this transition is reliant upon city and state planning and coordination to stitch electric vehicle charging infrastructure into a connected and reliable national network.

by Bruce Katz · April 1
Mastering the New Disorder

I traveled to Barcelona this week to participate in the Barcelona 2022 REACT Congress. The title of my talk was “Mastering the New Disorder: City Economies In the Next Decade.”