Jefferson - The Next 10 Years

June 15th,2018 | 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Bruce J. Katz

The purpose of this event is twofold: We will host special guests and renowned urban experts Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak, authors of The New Localism. They will discuss their new book, which devotes special attention to Erie, revealing where the real power to create change lies and how it can be used to address our most serious social, economic, and environmental challenges in Erie.


Too, we will detail our exciting plans for the next 10 years. While the Jefferson team is proud of our many accomplishments in our first decade as Erie’s think tank for community progress – sponsoring more than 1,000 programs on local, state, national and global issues – looking ahead to the next 10 years is both exciting and important to the entire Erie community.


What do we have in mind? Here is a glimpse:

-Offer additional programming at Jefferson Satellites throughout the area so that location is never an impediment for adult education;

-Institute a Scholars-in-Residence program in which experts in various subjects will conduct research, author publications, and hold public presentations;

-Expand our rapidly growing Civic Leadership Academy with the Raimy Fellowship Program;

-Announce the lineup for the Jefferson’s Global Summit X*, scheduled for Fall 2018,

*featuring former Director of the National Security Agency and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency General Michael Hayden, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, former deputy assistant to President Trump Sebastian Gorka, among many others.

Bruce J. Katz

Bruce Katz is Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution and founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. He is also co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution (Brookings Press, 2013), a distillation of his work on the emerging metropolitan-led "next economy" and its practitioners around the country working to produce more and better jobs driven by innovation, exports and sustainability. Katz regularly advises federal, state, regional and municipal leaders on policy reforms that advance the competitiveness of metropolitan areas. He counsels on shifting demographic and market trends as well as on policies critical to metropolitan prosperity and new forms of metropolitan governance. After the 2008 presidential election, he co-led the housing and urban issues transition team for the Obama administration and served as a senior advisor to new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan for the first 100 days of the administration. Katz is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics.