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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
8:16 PM

Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment

No swath of the U.S. economy has been more widely celebrated as a source of economic renewal than the ?clean? or ?green? economy. However, surprisingly little is really known about these industries? nature, size and growth?especially at the regional level. As a result, debates on transitioning to a green or clean economy are frequently short on facts and long on speculation as the nation searches for new sources of economic growth.

The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings will bring together business, economic development and political leaders to review the progress of clean industries, identify policy issues and opportunities, and consider how faster and broader growth of the clean economy could be encouraged at the national, state and regional level. A report and first-of-its-kind database, produced in collaboration with Battelle?s Technology Partnership Practice, will be released at the event, providing new measures of the clean economy at the national and metropolitan levels. Also featured will be an interactive web tool that will allow users to track jobs, growth, segments, and other variables nationally, by state and by region.

Brookings Managing Director William Antholis will welcome participants and Bruce Katz, vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, will present the findings of this major new report on the status of the U.S. clean economy. Panel discussions will follow, presenting the corporate and regional perspective.

The event will be webcast live on the Brookings website. After each panel, the speakers will take audience questions. Participants may join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #CleanEcon.

No swath of the U.S. economy has been more widely celebrated as a source of economic renewal than the ?clean? or ?green? economy. However, surprisingly little is really known about these industries? nature, size and growth?especially at the regional level. As a result, debates on transitioning to a green or clean economy are frequently short on facts and long on speculation as the nation searches for new sources of economic growth. The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings will bring together business, economic development and political leaders to review the progress of clean industries, identify policy issues and opportunities, and consider how faster and broader growth of the clean economy could be encouraged at the national, state and regional level. A report and first-of-its-kind database, produced in collaboration with Battelle?s Technology Partnership Practice, will be released at the event, providing new measures of the clean economy at the national and metropolitan levels. Also featured will be an interactive web tool that will allow users to track jobs, growth, segments, and other variables nationally, by state and by region. Brookings Managing Director William Antholis will welcome participants and Bruce Katz, vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, will present the findings of this major new report on the status of the U.S. clean economy. Panel discussions will follow, presenting the corporate and regional perspective. The event will be webcast live on the Brookings website. After each panel, the speakers will take audience questions. Participants may join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #CleanEcon.

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