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Brookings Institution, Metropolitan Policy Program

Washington, D.C.

Brookings Institution, Metropolitan Policy Program was awarded $15,870,534 between 1997 and 2016, including 16 grants in Housing, Community & Economic Development, MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions, and Policy Research.


2016 • 2 years • Policy Research

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. whose mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level. Created in 1996, the mission of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program (Brookings Metro) is to deliver research and solutions that help metropolitan leaders build an advanced economy that works for all. This award will support general operations of Brookings Metro over the next two years, when the organization will be focused intensively on helping places deliver more productive growth and widespread economic opportunity.


2012 • 4 years • Policy Research

At a time when the country's top 100 metropolitan areas are home to nearly 65 percent of the population and generate 75 percent of the gross domestic product, the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program is focusing on how these areas create innovative policies, practices and institutions that will build the next economy in more resilient and equitable ways. This grant supports the Metropolitan Policy Program's continuing leadership role in defining and advancing an agenda to create more productive, sustainable and inclusive metropolitan areas, providing decision-makers with cutting-edge research and policy ideas for improving the health and prosperity of cities and metropolitan areas.


2012 • 2 years • Policy Research

The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program will use this grant to explore the potential of the referendum process and related ballot measures to fund economy-shaping strategies to create jobs and increase state and regional competitiveness in times of extreme fiscal stress - strategies such as, for example, transformative infrastructure projects (capitalizing infrastructure or green banks, or financing multimodal freight improvements); advanced research and development in high-growth sectors, and expanding university research capacity; commercializing innovation via incubators and advanced manufacturing centers; redeveloping brownfields by creating manufacturing or urban innovation districts; and local government authority to create financing mechanisms for targeted economic development activities.


2009 • 2 years, 3 months • Policy Research

To promote the understanding of and policy guidance about economic changes underway in American cities and metropolitan areas (over two years).


2008 • 5 years • Policy Research

In support of general operations (over five years).


2007 • 4 years • MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

In support of expanding senior staff capacity and creating an endowment.


2004 • 1 year • Policy Research

In support of research on transportation policy and reform.


2004 • 3 years • Policy Research

For an initiative on the economic transformation in American cities and metropolitan areas (over three years).


2002 • 11 months

To support a comprehensive analysis of the 2000 census and its implications for urban policy.


2002 • 1 year • Housing

To support research, recommendations, and communications relating to federal mixed-income housing policy.

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