November 2015


The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities & Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics & Fragile Economy

Ms. Jennifer Bradley will do a presentation on The Metropolitan Revolution publication, followed by a roundtable discussion. The presentation will cover key examples of regional collaboration for economic development, addressing issues such as transportation planning, the connection between land use/zoning and innovation, and high leverage land use and infrastructure strategies that support economic diversification. Participants will leave with an understanding of models of regional collaboration around key issues.

From The Metropolitan Revolution Website
In the face of federal gridlock, economic stagnation and fiscal turmoil, power in the United States is shifting away from Washington, D.C., and toward our major cities and metropolitan areas. Across the nation, these communities, and their resolutely pragmatic leaders, are taking on the big issues that Washington won’t. They are reshaping our economy and fixing our broken political system. In The Metropolitan Revolution, Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley chronicle this sea change away from the ever centralizing government of the post-World War II era, showcasing examples of how ground-up innovations are solving our toughest problems and revamping U.S. economic relationships with the world.

Prince George’s County is part of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Planners will hear about case studies highlighting regional collaboration on economic development and transportation planning, the connection between land use/zoning and innovation, and high leverage land use and infrastructure strategies that support economic diversification. This is particularly relevant to Prince George’s County planners as they strive to create implementation tools to leverage the County’s 15 Metro stations to transform these areas from underperforming suburban areas to vibrant multi-use urban areas. Through roundtable discussion, with Jennifer Bradley, participants will leave with ideas for regional collaboration to promote economic diversification in Prince George’s County.

Date & Time

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Note time change


Note location change
1st Floor Council Hearing Room
County Administration Building (CAB)
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772


1.5 (Approved)

Speaker / Instructor Biography

Jennifer Bradley is the founding director of the Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute. She joined Aspen in 2015 after spending seven years as a fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. While at Brookings, she co-authored The Metropolitan Revolution (Brookings Press, 2013) with Bruce Katz. The book, which was widely praised and cited, explains the critical role of metropolitan areas in the country’s economy, society, and politics.

Ms. Bradley has worked extensively on the challenges and opportunities of older industrial cities and has co-authored major economic turnaround strategies for Ohio and Michigan. She has also written for Newsweek, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, and Next American City. A former attorney, Jennifer co-authored Supreme Court amicus briefs in cases that affirmed the constitutional powers of local governments and secured greater environmental protections, including the landmark case, Massachusetts v. EPA. She is a co-author of key amicus briefs joined by the American Planning Association and of the APA Publication, The Good News About Takings.

Jennifer has a J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, an MPhil from Oxford University, which she attended on a Rhodes Scholarship, and a B.A. from the University of Texas. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C. An expert is defined by APA as a professional who has made a contribution to the profession through practice, teaching, research, or publications; completed works that proclaim individuality and mastery of the principles of planning taught; and whose work demonstrates outstanding quality and professionalism.