I mentioned a few weeks ago that the Brookings Institution was putting on an event in DC focused on our work on metropolitan business planning and BETI. What I may not have mentioned is that the event was a packed audience of 300 economic development and policy people from around the country, as well as congressional and Administration folks.
Our region was very well represented in the agenda, and our metropolitan business plan work clearly demonstrated our depth of thinking, breadth of collaboration and specificity of ideas. Another great moment for the central Puget Sound and the state of Washington.
I know that most of you weren’t there, so I wanted to give you a little taste of what you missed:
First, here’s…most of…my presentation on BETI. The guy I gave my video camera to missed my opening joke, and then left before my big close; so hard to find good help these days.
And then here’s a little snippet from the second panel discussion featuring Everett Mayor and PSRC President Ray Stephanson, Daniel Malarkey from the Washington State Department of Commerce and Kim Nelson, Director of Microsoft’s U.S. Public Sector’s State and Local Government Solutions.
If you can’t get enough wonky metropolitan economic discussion, you can also see video of some of the opening and closing speakers on Brookings website.
And if you’re really, really a gutton for punishment, Brookings has the audio of the entire event. Although the benefit is that you’d get to hear my opening and closing remarks…which starts at 46:45, in case you’re interested.