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The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism

April 23, 2018, 5:15 to 7 p.m. CT

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Chicago Council on Global Affairs Conference Center
130 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Hosted by: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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In what has been dubbed the “age of cities” where does the real power for change lie? While governments at the national level are encumbered by partisanship and budgetary challenges, cities have unleashed their dominance in driving innovation and growth on the world stage. This new concentration of power in urban centerswhat experts Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak describe as the “new localism”has the potential to solve many of the challenges facing modern societies: economic growth, social inclusion, the challenge of diversity, and environmental sustainability. But, as the power and autonomy of cities continues to grow, what are the potential drawbacks of the new power dynamic?

Join MPC and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs for a riveting discussion with Katz and Nowak about their new book, The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism.

Doors open at 5:15 p.m. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m., with a book signing and networking reception immediately following the discussion. Space is limited, so please register in advance. Use the promo code "MPC2018" for a $10 discount.

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This event is in partnership with The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

About the Authors

Bruce Katz is a global urbanist whose ideas focus on developing new models of finance, growth and governance in cities and nations. Previously he served as inaugural Centennial Scholar at Brookings Institution and as vice president and director of Brooking’s Metropolitan Policy Program for 20 years. He is a member of the RSA City Growth Commission in the United Kingdom and a visiting professor at London School of Economics. Katz previously served as chief of staff to the secretary of Housing and Urban Development and staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs. Katz co-led the Obama administration’s housing and urban transition team. He is co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution and The New Localism, editor or coeditor of several books on urban and metropolitan issues, and a frequent media commentator.

Jeremy Nowak is a distinguished visiting fellow at Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. He is the founder of The Reinvestment Fund, one of the largest community investment institutions in the United States, and chaired the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Nowak is also the chief strategist for Spring Point Partners, a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, on the board of directors of the University City Science Center in Philadelphia, a member of the advisory board of the Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania, and a senior fellow at the Center for Impact Investment at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy. A widely published author and columnist, he is the co-author The New Localism.


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