cities and metropolitan areas in the U.S. will be the drivers of thecountry’s ability to compete globally and meet future economic, social,and environmental challenges.Metropolitan areas in the country are an engine of economic growth,educational attainment, and cultural creativity. Vice president anddirector of Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program Bruce Katz madethe case as to why the nation’s metro areas are critically important tothe nation’s well-being...and contended that the U.S. federalgovernment is out of step with the rapid changes affecting the newspatial geography of the changing economy. The leadership in othercountries – such as China, Germany and Spain – is utilizing their federalgovernments to make critical investments, strengthen connectivity andinfrastructure, and promote emerging technologies, compared to a U.S.federal government often seen as “strangely adrift,” Katz argued.Katz argued the U.S. federal government needs to lead where it canand must with priority issues for reform to boost innovation andproductivity in priority areas of urban school reform, attaining higherlevels of educational attainment, improving transportation linkagesbetween and within metro areas, increasing the supply of workforcehousing, and improving the energy efﬁciency of the nation’s housing.” Tuesday, November 6, 2007, The Cleveland Plain Dealer published 30 pagesof delinquent Cuyahoga County property tax payments, an early indicator of home owners on their way toward foreclosure. What is the role of Ohiolibraries to advance economic growth, educational attainment, and culturalcreativity in communities and regions?
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