Past Cities Projects
The American Assembly has a long record of advancing policy discussion about and connecting stakeholders in underserved cities and urban areas, with recent emphasis on stabilization and economic development strategies for the industrial cities of the American Midwest and Northeast. Notable past Assembly Cities projects and publications include:
- Goals for Americans, 1960
- The States and the Urban Crisis, 1969
- The Future of American Transportation, 1971
- The Farm and the City, 1980
- Interwoven Destinies: Cities and the Nation, 1993
- Revitalizing America's Distressed Communities: Increasing Private Investment and Business Opportunities, 1995
- Community Capitalism: Rediscovering the Markets of America's Urban Neighborhoods, 1997
- The Economy: Sustaining Growth with Opportunity, 1999
- Keeping America in Business: Advancing Workers Businesses, and Economic Growth, 2003
- Workforce Intermediaries for the 21st Century, 2003
- Retooling for Growth: Building a 21st Century Economy in America's Older Industrial Areas, 2007
Revitalizing America's Distressed Communities: Increasing Private Investment and Business Opportunities
At the end of the twentieth century, one system defined and continues to define the global economy -- capitalism. In many of America's urban areas, capitalism is the great unrealized ideal. This 1997 Assembly claimed that national corporations and local entrepreneurs have an unprecedented opportunity to create markets, new profits, and new communities. These areas are major untapped domestic markets and filled with business opportunities.
The first of several influential urban policy Assemblies, this 1993 American Assembly discussed the converging economic and demographic forces that make this a particularly challenging time for U.S. cities, with the goal of recommending policies that could stimulate and inform a new national dialogue on urban issues.
Conceived and directed by Paul C. Brophy and co-chaired by Kenneth Lewis and Governor Edward Rendell, the Assembly examined policies, approaches, and development strategies aimed at meeting the needs of older industrial metropolitan areas seeking to find their place in a changing global economy.
On September 24, 2008, The American Assembly convened a meeting in Scranton, Pennsylvania, organized with "Retooling for Growth" participant Austin Burke, President of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.
"Building a 21st Century Economy in Northeastern Pennsylvania" convened 200 participants from anchor institutions, social service agencies, local business, and law and policy makers.
This collection offers practical, achievable strategies for revitalizing America's older industrial cities and building upon their significant (and often overlooked) economic, physical, and cultural resources.
From the 2007 Assembly of the same name, this report explores policy strategies for revitalizing older US industrial areas that no longer effectively compete in the global economy.
In this volume, former HUD Secretary Henry G. Cisneros brings together urban experts to explore strategies for rejuvenating America's cities. A wide range of contributors, from Eli Ginzberg and Elliott Sclar to Robert H. McNulty, survey the most challenging urban policy issues, from cities' shrinking employment base, to "white flight," to decreasing federal and state aid. The volume takes its place within the larger effort, in the late 1980s and early1990s, to reinvent municipal government and regional administration.