The Metro Agenda in the Age of President Trump

January 13, 2017

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Dear Participants in the Young American Leaders Program:

We need your best thinking.  The policies of Donald J. Trump as our 45th president will change the federal context in which American cities operate.  What new opportunities and challenges will the new Administration bring at the city level?  How should city leaders in all sectors—government, business, nonprofits, education, and labor—act on the new landscape?  We hope to tap this group’s collective wisdom on these questions.

To get the conversation rolling, Karen Mills and Jan Rivkin have posted their thoughts below, including an intro post and deep dives in areas of likely federal action (infrastructure, immigration, international trade and investment, economic growth and shared prosperity, healthcare, and corporate tax reform).  Fair warning: just like you, Karen and Jan come to these topics with strong points of view.  They aren’t objective, and they certainly aren’t all-knowing, but they do bring to bear their insights, experiences, and opinions.  We hope their comments spark a wide range of thoughts, questions, and possibilities with you.  Please chime in with posts and comments that give everyone the gift of alternative perspectives.  Don’t be shy about telling the group how and why your views differ from Karen’s and Jan’s.  Let’s do it with the candor, thoughtfulness, and respect that we all enjoyed on campus.

Let the conversation begin!

Responses (7)

Infrastructure Investment
Jan Rivkin
Last modified on February 6, 2017 at 10:09 pm
City leaders can get ahead of new funding opportunities that are likely to emerge under the Trump Administration.
Karen Mills
Last modified on February 7, 2017 at 9:15 am
City leaders must prepare for an as-yet-uncharted end to Obamacare.
Corporate Tax Reform
Jan Rivkin
Last modified on February 6, 2017 at 10:12 pm
City leaders must play their cards right to benefit locally from the likely changes to our nation’s flawed tax code.
Karen Mills
Last modified on February 7, 2017 at 9:16 am
City leaders will confront tough choices with complicated legal, ethical, and economic implications.