The Art of the (Real) Deal

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Cities need to innovate. They need to develop new instruments, intermediaries, and institutions to supercharge partnerships with the private and civic sector.

This is a guest post by Bruce Katz. This post is based on remarks given to the National League of Cities 2016 Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 7, 2016.

As the contours of the general election begin to take shape, it’s time for cities to step into the ring. Let’s call this the Art of the (Real) Deal.

To put our nation on a path to innovative, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, we need greater investments in three key areas — innovation, infrastructure, and inclusion. In the eyes of manyobservers, we now face an investment deficit in these areas of $3-4 trillion over the next decade.

We must invest more in basic science and applied research. We must retrofit our crumbling physical infrastructure…

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