A new regional export plan for central Indiana will be unveiled Thursday in Indianapolis. The Global Cities Initiative forum is a joint effort of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase. It will feature presentations from Indy Chamber President Michael Huber and Mayor Greg Ballard. February 13, 2015

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Metro Indianapolis business and civic leaders will discuss their new regional export plan at a forum on Thursday, February 19, Global Cities Indianapolis: Building and Sustaining a Competitive Region. This forum, hosted by the Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase, will be held at Indianapolis' Alexander Hotel.

During the forum Mayor Ballard and other metropolitan leaders from around the country will discuss ways to strengthen the Metro Indy economy by expanding local business opportunities with international markets. Michael Huber, president and CEO of the Indy Chamber, will present the region's new export plan, produced as part of the Global Cities Initiative’s Exchange.

Launched in 2012, the Global Cities Initiative helps business and civic leaders grow their metropolitan economies by strengthening international connections and competitiveness. GCI activities include producing data and research to guide decisions, fostering practice and policy innovations, and facilitating its Exchange, a peer learning network of 28 metro areas working together to develop export and foreign direct investment strategies.

Visit the event page here: www.brookings.edu/events/2015/02/19-global-cities-indianapolis

The Brookings Institution is a private non-profit organization. Its mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations for policymakers and the public. Support for the Global Cities Initiative was generously provided by JPMorgan Chase. Brookings recognizes that the value it provides is in its absolute commitment to quality, independence and impact, and makes all final determinations of the scholarly activities in the Global Cities Initiative, including the research agenda and products.

Launched in 2012, the Global Cities Initiative is a five-year joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase aimed at helping city and metropolitan leaders become more globally fluent by providing an in-depth and data-driven look at their regional standing on crucial global economic measures, highlighting best policy and practice innovations from around the world, and creating an international network of leaders who ultimately trade and grow together.

The Initiative is chaired by Richard M. Daley, the former mayor of Chicago, and directed by Bruce Katz and Amy Liu, co-directors of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. For more information please visit www.brookings.edu/projects/global-cities.aspx or www.jpmorganchase.com/globalcities.

Source: Brookings Institution

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