On January 26, 2015 Houston joined a prestigious economic development network created by the Global Cities Initiative. The Global Cities Initiative (GCI), a five-year joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase, was launched in 2012 to help business and civic leaders grow their metropolitan economies by strengthening international connections and competitiveness.
The Brookings Institution selected metro areas through a competitive process based upon their readiness and commitment to pursue GCI Exchange’s global competitiveness principles. As the fourth largest city in the nation, Houston will greatly benefit from the program, including data production and research to guide decisions, fostering practice and policy innovations and facilitating a peer learning network.
In addition to Houston, the 2015 GCI Exchange members include: Baltimore; Fresno, Calif.; Kansas City, Mo.; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; Seattle; and St. Louis. The cities join Atlanta; Charleston, S.C.; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Des Moines, Iowa; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Fla.; Los Angeles; Louisville-Lexington, Ky.; Minneapolis-Saint Paul; Milwaukee; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; Sacramento, Calif.; San Antonio; San Diego; Syracuse, N.Y.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Upstate S.C. representing the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson CSA; and Wichita, Kan.
For more information please visit: http://www.brookings.edu/about/projects/global-cities