Building a Globally Connected City in Denver

Jul 25, 2013 9:00 AM ET

Only a few weeks after Denver launched its first nonstop flight to Asia—landing in Tokyo—local business, civic and government leaders came together in Colorado's largest city to discuss how it can capitalize on its assets to compete in the global marketplace. 

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Kelly J. Brough, Brookings Senior Non-Resident Global Fellow Greg Clark, and Global Cities Chairman and former mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, were among the speakers who touted Denver’s bold efforts to compete on a global scale at the Global Cities forum in late June (top right).

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About the Global Cities Initiative

GCI released new research, “Ten Traits of Globally Fluent Metro Areas,” at the Global Cities forum in Denver.

The report identifies key traits of globally fluent metro areas and highlights their critical relationship to the competitiveness, productivity and prosperity of cities and regions in the 21st century. More than 40 cities from the US and around the world are featured as case studies in the report. See more »

Bruce Katz and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock discuss Denver’s position in the global economy and its strengths as a global city.
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Mayor Michael B. Hancock and panelists on the behaviors that help make a city more global. Watch Video »

Participants discuss the importance of international connectivity to a city’s success.  Watch Video »


Global Cities Initiative sparks talk on how Denver competes globally Denver Post (6/27/13)

Denver trying to become bigger player in global business  (NBC  Denver) (6/26/13)

Denver called a 'competitive middleweight' among global cities at forum Denver Business Journal (6/26/13)

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The Global Cities Initiative aims to equip metropolitan leaders with the information, policy ideas and global connections they need to bolster their position within the global economy. The initiative combines the Brookings Institution’s deep expertise in fact-based, metropolitan-focused research and JPMorgan Chase’s longstanding commitment to investing in cities.