10 Innovations Driving America’s Cities and States Forward

The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and The Rockefeller Foundation has 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. This year’s list of “Innovations to Watch” represents the most forward-thinking and effective solutions that are now being implemented by America’s states and metropolitan areas in the arenas of low carbon, exports, human capital, innovation, and governance.  The innovations are part of 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. For example, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and local business and civic leaders championed a ballot initiative, which passed in November, to provide $31 million per year in new sales tax revenues to build city centers in which thousands of pre-K children will be educated mostly for free.  The long-term goal: build a more skilled workforce for the region.

Brookings Institution

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