Weekly B-MOW: The Brookings Global Metro Summit Was Great!

December 12, 2010

It’s been a sad, sad time around the Prosperity Blog for our loyal readers. I can only imagine you hitting “refresh” on your browsers over and over again, while you waited in vain for a new post to appear. “Why hast thou forsaken me,” you cried out (shocking your co-workers in the neighboring cubicles). My only excuse is that it’s been all Brookings Global Metro Summit all the time around here, prepping for our big moment in the international sun to show off our work on the Metropolitan Business Plan project. And I hope that you find it some measure of compensation that – although you didn’t get any blog posts in the last few weeks – the event went great, highlighting our great work on BETI and the forward-thinking, innovative nature of the Puget Sound region! In fact, I hereby dub it “The Best Meeting of the Week.

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Weekly B-MOW: Brookings’ Chicago Summit Prep Meeting

November 19, 2010

Can a meeting to prepare for a meeting be considered a “Best Meeting of the Week” candidate? It’s one of those age old ethics/taste questions that are up to the individual, like “can I wear the t-shirt of the band to their concert” or “can I post about cheerleaders on the Prosperity Blog?” Luckily, I’m like New York Times Magazine’s The Ethicist, with my clear-eyed judgment about these things, and I say you can. Which clears the way for this week’s B-MOW: Brookings’ Chicago Summit Prep Meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly B-MOW: Adventures at the White House!

November 1, 2010

As I mentioned in last week’s (similarly late) B-MOW, I spent last Friday afternoon at the White House, in a meeting facilitated by the Brookings Institute with about two dozen senior Administration officials. And I know that we do a lot of big time things around here, but a cozy sit down in the Old Executive Office Building? You can bet that’s going to qualify as the Best Meeting of the Week! Here’s the lowdown from the Secretary of War Suite: Read the rest of this entry »

Energy Efficiency as an “Export-Oriented Cluster”

December 18, 2009

As I’ve mentioned, the central Puget Sound region has been selected by the Brookings Institute as one of three regions across the country to pilot their new “Metropolitan Business Plan” concept. The idea is that regions should be able to submit to the federal government a “reverse RFP”; that is, rather than applying to hundreds of federal programs siloed across dozens of agencies, regions would be able to submit comprehensive business plans that receive more flexible, performance-based, funding.  (see the one pager here) Read the rest of this entry »

Silos: So Good For Grain, So Bad For Government

December 2, 2009

I was reading my recent issue of Governing Magazine (standard issue for all good economic policy analysts) and seeing who made the 2009 Public Officials of the Year List (it was Gregoire in 2007). This year, one of the big names was Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland and former Mayor of Baltimore…or as devotees of HBO’s The Wire know him, “Tommy Carcetti.” The biggest praise for O’Malley was his breaking down of bureaucratic silos: Read the rest of this entry »