Obama advisor to join Manchester at MIPIM line-up

Simon Donohue

A former housing and urban issues advisor to President Obama will be the keynote speaker at the Manchester at MIPIM European Cities partnership event in 2014.

Bruce Katz, a vice president of Washington's influential Brookings Institution, will speak of the importance of co-operation between global trading cities at The Majestic Hotel in Cannes on Tuesday 11 March.

His speech will include insights from his book, The Metropolitan Revolution, How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy.

He said : "Every time I visit the United Kingdom, I gain new insights on regional development. I'm looking forward to joining the Manchester at MIPIM event both to share lessons from The Metropolitan Revolution and to learn from other innovative leaders."

The Manchester at MIPIM European Cities event is organised in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which promotes policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council, said: "This is a great addition to the partnership programme. Bruce is one of the most authoritative figures in the field of urban development and the issues facing metropolitan areas.

"His participation, along with other significant industry figures will be a serious draw and place Manchester firmly at the heart of the MIPIM discussion."

Katz will visit Manchester in November as part of a tour to promote The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy, a book he co-authored.

Katz co-led the housing and urban issues transition team for the Obama administration in 2008.

He also served as a senior advisor to the secretary of housing and urban development, Shaun Donovan, for the first 100 days of the administration.

For more information about the Manchester at MIPIM Partnership, follow @mcrMIPIM on Twitter or visit www.manchesteratmipim.com.

MIPIM 2014 takes place between Tuesday 11 and Friday 14 March at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.

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