The Brookings Institution and Rockefeller Foundation have released the second annual list of top ten initiatives around the country that show the most promise for creating jobs, growing regional economies, and boosting global competitiveness in 2013.
The list includes two projects (one metro and one state) in each of the following five categories – low carbon, exports, human capital, innovation, and governance.
Metro – Portland, Oregon: Metropolitan Export Plan – An ambitious strategy to help business and distinctive clusters of firms access global markets.
State – Florida: Office of Freight Logistics and Passenger Operations – A new department to coordinate and prioritize freight and port strategies and investments.
Metro – Chicago, IL: “Retrofit Chicago” – Leveraging private investment in a new Infrastructure Trust for the energy retrofit of public buildings.
State – California: Cap-and-Trade – The launch of a carbon trading system to lower carbon emissions and further demarcate the state as the center of the American clean economy.
Metro – Youngstown, OH: National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute – A new regional manufacturing initiative to exploit the full opportunities brought by 3D printing.
State – Massachusetts: Top-USA Massachusetts – A research exchange between Boston-area and Brazilian research institutions.
Metro – San Antonio, TX: Pre-K Expansion – A commitment to expand pre-k education to give every student a strong start on the path to secondary and post-secondary success.
State – Kansas: Career and Technical Education Initiative – State incentives for enrollment in and completion of local technical education and community college classes.
Metro – Los Angeles, CA: America Fast Forward – Metro-federal partnership in accelerated build-out of transit expansion.
State – California, Washington, Oregon: West Coast Infrastructure Exchange – Three-state initiative to coordinate cross-state infrastructure investments
This innovations list was put out by the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation, which presents fiscally-responsible state policies and practical metropolitan-led solutions that leaders can use to move toward the next economy.
“These ten innovations represent extraordinary examples of how communities are building on their distinctive advantages to better position themselves in a global marketplace that is fiercely competitive and undergoing massive change,” said Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation.
Read more about each of the aforementioned projects on the Brookings.edu site.