Metropolitan Economic Strategy: Advancing Innovation, Prosperity, and Quality of Life
Metropolitan Economic Strategy: Advancing Innovation, Prosperity, and Quality of Life, is Global Urban Development’s special blend of technological innovation, global competitiveness, sustainability, and inclusiveness designed to generate prosperity and quality of life for central cities, metropolitan areas, urban regions, states/provinces, and nations worldwide.
GUD created its program committee on Metropolitan Economic Strategy: Advancing Innovation, Prosperity, and Quality of Life program committee in order to make Metropolitan Economic Strategy a global policy initiative. One early project involved producing a major theme paper on “Productive Cities and Metropolitan Economic Strategy” for the UN International Forum on Urban Poverty in Marrakech, Morocco in 2001. In 2002 GUD conducted, with funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), four days of professional training on Metropolitan Economic Strategy for senior national, provincial, and city government economic development officials participating in the South African Cities Network (thanks to Andrew Boraine). GUD later conducted professional training on urban economic development for senior USAID officials in Washington, DC during 2006. Thanks to David Dowall for his collaboration.
During 2003 and 2004, GUD advised the Central Bohemia Regional Government (around Prague) and the Metropolitan Strategic Plan Association of Barcelona. GUD also wrote two major reports for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on “Leveraging Private Financing and Investment for Economic and Community Development” and on the internationally recognized, award-winning NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) Sustainable Economic Development Strategy in Washington, DC. (Thanks to Jonathan Potter, Marco Marchese, and the OECD’s Local Economic and Employment Development Program). In 2002 GUD produced a major report for the National Governors Association (NGA) on State Policy Approaches to Promote Metropolitan Economic Strategy, and during 2004-5 we provided strategic advice on Metropolitan Economic Strategy for the Hampton Roads Partnership in Norfolk, Virginia. Over the past decade GUD focused on globalizing Metropolitan Economic Strategy, as expressed by our research project on cross-border international urban regions, through our Metropolitan Economic Strategy reports on Barcelona, Belo Horizonte, Cape Town, Curitiba, Johannesburg, San Diego-Tijuana, Shanghai, Singapore, and Trieste-Koper, and in our comparative study for the Brookings Institution on national policies supporting Metropolitan Economic Strategy.
Currently GUD is working on Metropolitan Economic Strategy, Sustainable Innovation, and Inclusive Prosperity in Brazil. We are advising the Federation of Industries of Minas Gerais (FIEMG) and the State Government of Minas Gerais, the Federation of Industries of Rio Grande do Sul (FIERGS) and the State Government of Rio Grande do Sul, and the Federal Government, including the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI). Please read GUD’s two recent Brazil reports, “Advanced Manufacturing and Sustainable Innovation: The Third Wave of Industrial and Urban Economic Growth for Minas Gerais” (October 2012) and “Local and Regional Economic Development Opportunities Related to the Implementation of the Sao Jose do Norte EBR Shipyard in Rio Grande do Sul” (December 2012). Recently Ernani Jardim de Miranda Machado, a Brazilian technology entrepreneur, has joined GUD as our Director of Technology Research, and he is working with us on developing sustainable and innovative new technologies for Brazil and many other countries.
At the 2012 UN World Urban Forum on September 5, GUD organized a Networking Event on “Metropolitan Economic Strategy and Sustainable Economic Development in Brazil.” Featured speakers included Dr. Mauro Borges Lemos, ABDI President; Olavo Machado Jr., FIEMG President; Marcus Coester, President of the Rio Grande do Sul Development Agency (AGDI); Ines Magalhaes, National Secretary of Housing at the Ministry of Cities; Cid Blanco Jr., Director of Culture, Communications, and Events at the Olympic Public Authority; Fabio Veras, Deputy Secretary of Economic Development, State of Minas Gerais; and Marc Weiss. GUD recently made presentations on Metropolitan Economic Strategy to the US State Department, USAID, and the FIERGS International Congress on Innovation.
Please click here for “Teamwork: Why Metropolitan Economic Strategy is the Key to Generating Sustainable Prosperity and Quality of Life for the World.” This article from the inaugural 2005 issue of GUD Magazine summarizes our strategic policy framework. Click here for “Metropolitan Economic Strategy: The Key to Prosperity,” a shorter version published in 2006 in the Harvard College Economics Review.
Please click here for GUD’s 2013 Columbia University slide presentation on Metropolitan Economic Strategy, Sustainable Innovation, and Inclusive Prosperity.
GUD’s 2002 NGA report is the most detailed summary of our framework. GUD’s 2008 OECD Report on NoMa is a good example of how Metropolitan Economic Strategy can generate successful economic growth and sustainable development.
Economic Development: Advancing Innovation, Prosperity, and Quality of Life
Co-Chairs: Marlene Fernandes, Vinay Lall, and Marc Weiss
Sergio Besserman Vianna
Cid Blanco Jr.
J. Thomas Cochran
Lauren Moser Counts
Hernando De Soto
Richard David Hames
Andreia Marin Martins
Laurie Kaye Nijaki
Marta Nunes da Costa
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
Mary Jane Ortega
Christina Carvalho Pinto
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
D. Wayne Silby
Mary Jo Waits
Lisa Van Well
Darcy Stallings Winslow