State and local policy decisions are vitally important to the national economy. On matters ranging from transportation infrastructure to land-use regulation, getting policies right at the state and local levels is a prerequisite for broadly shared economic growth. Unfortunately, the resources needed for effective fact-based scrutiny of these policies are often lacking in city and state governments—which can create impediments to economic growth and opportunity. Identifying options for increasing evidence-based policymaking in states and municipalities can play a critical role in expanding economic growth.
On January 31, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution will host a forum exploring how to improve public policy outcomes at the state and local level. The forum will feature introductory remarks by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin and keynote remarks by John W. Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado.
The forum will also include two panel discussions, featuring: Michael Nutter, former mayor of Philadelphia and David N. Dinkins professor of professional practice in urban and public affairs, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs; Brian T. Kenner, deputy mayor for planning and economic development, District of Columbia; Jason Furman, professor of practice, Harvard Kennedy School; Jeffrey Liebman, director, Government Performance Lab, professor of public policy, Harvard Kennedy School; and Monica Tibbits-Nutt, executive director, 128 Business Council.
The event will coincide with the release of three new Hamilton Project papers that will examine policy options to make better use of data when evaluating and implementing state policies; shape housing policy to improve access to high productivity jobs; and strengthen transportation policy to improve economic opportunity.
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