Transatlantic Cities and Regions: Tracing Ten Years of Impact
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GMF established the Comparative Domestic Policy (CDP) program in 2006 to bind the United States and Europe in their shared economic, social, and environmental challenges in the domestic policy sphere. The program offered an opportunity to ignite the organization’s rich network of Marshall Memorial Fellowship alumni who are active in key leadership positions at the subnational level. Over ten years, the program evolved to have a more strategic focus on transatlantic cities and their metropolitan regions and was renamed in 2010 as the Urban and Regional Policy (URP) program.
At the conclusion of 2016, the URP program elected to take stock of its ten-year history and reflect on the evolution of the role that transatlantic cities have played both in GMF’s strategic agenda and in the broader transatlantic relationship. More importantly, we wanted to highlight the program’s impact on the people, places, and policies that have been influenced by transatlantic dialogue. From Charlotte, North Carolina to Bottrop, Germany, cities of all types can learn from each other, improving the policies and practices that directly affect the lives of their residents, while at the same time strengthening the transatlantic relationship on an often unaddressed, yet fundamental, level.
For ten years GMF’s Urban and Regional Policy Program (URP) has been engaging leading U.S. and European policymakers and practitioners, supporting their individual professional development, facilitating the exchange of transatlantic solutions for building sustainable, inclusive, and globally-competitive cities, and strengthening the transatlantic relationship at the local level. Through policy analysis and outcome-oriented convening, the program has brought together local and regional leaders to learn about alternative approaches to urban and regional challenges and provide a forum for networking among leaders in European and U.S. cities and regions, encouraging an active exchange of ideas.
The following report highlights the evolution of the program, its main initiatives, and key success stories that demonstrate the value of transatlantic learning in a concrete and meaningful way.