Ms. BETI Goes to Washington

PSRC’s Communications Director liked this post title better than “BETI Does DC”…each to their own, I guess. But the point is not which movie title to reference, but rather that BETI is getting “her” big premiere.

After many, many months of work and a soft roll-out in Chicago, it’s prime time for BETI and her peers from Cleveland and Twin Cities at the April 11 Brookings Event “Metropolitan Business Plans: A New Approach to Economic Growth.” It’s a pretty exciting opportunity to present on a national stage about the innovative work we’ve done to catalyze the building efficiency cluster in our region.

And if you’re interested, you can come.

To quote the invitation:

Metropolitan business planning—which adapts the discipline of private-sector business planning to the task of sharpening regional strategy setting—represents a new paradigm in regional economic development and intergovernmental policy coordination. For more than a year the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings has been working to pilot the concept with leadership consortia in Northeast Ohio, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and the Puget Sound region.

On April 11, Brookings will host a forum to introduce the metropolitan business planning concept. Bruce Katz, vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, will offer opening remarks on the business planning template, followed by speakers from each pilot program. Federal, regional, and private sector leaders will anchor the implementation session.

You’ll note on that yours truly will be delivering the BETI presentation in front of what looks to be a distinguished audience of federal officials, congressional staff and regional leaders from around the country. Hopefully I’ll be able to live up to the high standard that Phil Bussey set in Chicago with his BETI presentation. And there will be a follow up panel that includes some of our BETI partners and leaders, including Everett Mayor (and PSRC President) Ray Stephanson and Daniel Malarkey from the State Department of Commerce.

It should be pretty interesting to hear folks talk about their specific Metropolitan Business Plans, as well as how the concept has broad application in regional economic development. As I noted recently, the federal government clearly agrees already.

We’d love to see you there. Register now!

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