During the last
week of November, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program brought together a
delegation of more than 40 metropolitan leaders and experts in São Paulo,
Brazil for the inaugural global convening of the Global Cities Initiative
(GCI), a joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase.
On Monday, the delegation arrived in São Paulo. Alan Berube posted his first of a series of blog posts during the week, setting the stage for the trip and covering the Metropolitan Policy Program's new Metro Trade paper:
After a day of travel, the delegation received a welcome from GCI co-chairs Bruce Katz and former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and heard a series of presentations, including an overview of recent economic trends in Brazil and São Paulo from Aod Cunha from JPMorgan Chase.
For cities to compete
globally they must learn from one
another on shared challenges around urbanization, governance, and metropolitan
growth. In that spirit, leaders from an array of U.S. cities and regions participated
in a day of workshops during which they imparted their experiences in
metropolitan development and economic growth strategies that might hold lessons
for the city and state of São Paulo.
In one workshop, Marcos Campagnone of the state of São Paulo, Domingos Pires of the city of São Paulo, Michael Sacks of World Business Chicago, Brad Whitehead from Northeast Ohio's Fund for Our Economic Future, and Brookings' Amy Liu shared strategies for growing metropolitan economies, followed by a group discussion.