In the face of federal gridlock, economic stagnation, and fiscal turmoil, power in the United States is shifting away from Washington and toward our major metropolitan areas. Across the nation, these communities and their pragmatic leaders are taking on the big issues that Washington won't.
This is the argument Bruce Katz makes in a discussion of his new book The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Following his presentation, Katz will be joined by Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III and Mid-America Regional Council Executive Director David Warm for a panel discussion about how Kansas City is contributing to the metropolitan revolution.
Katz's book (co-authored with Jennifer Bradley) describes how this revolution is taking root in New York City, where efforts are underway to diversify the city's vast economy; in Portland, Oregon, which is selling the "sustainability" solutions it has perfected to other cities around the world; in Northeast Ohio, where groups are using industrial-age skills to invent new, 21st-century materials, tools, and processes; in Houston, Texas, where a modern settlement house helps immigrants climb the employment ladder.
Katz highlights these success stories and the people behind them to show how the emerging, metropolitan-led "next economy" will produce more and better jobs driven by innovation, exports, and sustainability.
Katz is a vice president at the Brookings Institution, founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. He is an expert on shifting demographic and market trends, as well as on policies critical to metropolitan prosperity and new forms of metropolitan governance.
After the 2008 presidential election, Katz was a leader of the housing and urban issues transition team for the Obama administration and served as a senior advisor to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan for the first 100 days of the administration.
Katz is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.
The event is co-sponsored by the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th & Baltimore. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407.