Friday, March 4, 2011

Power of 32 Brings Bruce Katz to Pittsburgh



Taylor Praskach

Judith Kelly + Associates


Power of 32 Brings Bruce Katz to Pittsburgh

Vice President and Founding Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings Set to Speak on March 10th

(PITTSBURGH, PA) March 2, 2011—Bruce Katz believes that a globally competitive economy must leverage the resources of innovation, human capital, infrastructure, and quality places. The Power of 32 region is rich in these assets, and people from around the 32 counties and four states are invited to hear the insights about the future of our region on March 10th from 4:30-6:00pm at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

Katz is the vice president and founding director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, an initiative that has helped cities and suburbs grow in more competitive sustainable and inclusive ways. Katz works to boost productivity, innovation, and growth through a national innovation foundation.

Katz’s connection to Pittsburgh goes back to 2006 when he received the Heinz Award in Public Policy for re-imagining the function and value of cities and metropolitan areas and profoundly influencing their economic vitality, livability, and sustainability.

His areas of expertise include, but not limited to, community reinvestment, demographic trends, economic development, housing, transportation reform, urban and metropolitan policy, urban and regional politics, among others.

“We are so pleased to have Mr. Katz come and share his knowledge of the need for regional collaboration to be competitive. This is an opportunity for the public to have their questions about the economy answered by someone with immense insight on our region,” says Selena Schmidt, executive director of Power of 32.

After graduating from Yale University Law School, Katz began to build his professional career and served as an associate at a Washington, D.C. law firm where he specialized in housing and urban development. Later, he worked as counsel and eventually staff director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs. Katz also was the chief of staff and senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

This special event is free and open to the public. The session is meant to inform and inspire attendants, as well as provide the opportunity to meet with colleagues throughout the region.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP by calling 412.648.9301.

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