As some of you know, I’m an Economic Development Manager for the City of San Antonio. Recently, I was asked to project manage for the City the development of an export strategy with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Export Initiative. I’m thrilled to be doing this and the strategy development will get underway next week during a two-day training session in Washington, DC. The goal of the first session is to provide research and assessment tools to communities so they can begin to develop, and ultimately implement, their own export policy. We will bring our draft strategies back to Brookings for a second session in February 2013.
From an earlier post on this site, San Antonio was one of eight communities chosen for this year’s initiative. Other communities that will take part include San Diego; Chicago; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Des Moines, Iowa; Charleston, S.C.; Louisville, Ky.; and Columbus, Ohio. This is a great economic development opportunity for the communities involved and a way to broaden their markets from local, regional, and national to international.
Since this is a unique project, I’ll be providing posts on this site to keep you updated on the development of the strategy. For now, you can read more about the Brookings Metro Export Initiative below and I would encourage the readers of this site to visit the Brookings website on this initiative (link below).
Brookings Metropolitan Export Initiative
The Metropolitan Export Initiative (MEI) is a ground-up collaborative effort to help regional civic, business, and political leaders—with their states—create and implement customized Metropolitan Export Plans (MEPs).