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City Spotlight Series

The City Spotlight Series provides foreign media with the opportunity to hear from municipal leaders throughout the United States.  Each briefing sheds a spotlight on a local issue that has global interest whether it be U.S. culture, history, economy and international trade, or politics. Our speakers provide insights on matters that are important at the local level and help explain public discourse and opinion in the United States to foreign audiences.


On November 1, 2022, Kenny McDonald, President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership and David Roberts, Chief Innovation Officer of Indiana Economic Development Corporation updated U.S.-based foreign media on regional developments to build the economy of the future, including the microelectronics and the semiconductor talent pipeline. The region, also known as “Silicon Prairie,” is on the forefront of this growing strategic industry for the United States – from collaborating with the education sector to strengthening the semiconductor supply chain following the signing of the U.S. CHIPS and Science Act.  President Biden attended Intel’s groundbreaking in September 2022 of a new $20 billion semiconductor manufacturing facility in Central Ohio. Journalists reporting for audiences based in Japan, Korea, Nigeria, Switzerland, and Taiwan as well as globally through Al Jazeera English, participated in the virtual press briefing.

Tim Kelly, Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, joins the FPC for a conversation on his city generally and specifically its digital infrastructure and commitment to sustainability. Chattanooga is home to fast, cheap, and widespread internet service and reportedly America’s first citywide gigabit network.  The high-speed broadband network built by Chattanooga’s electric utility has generated nearly $2.7 billion in economic benefits since it was built more than a decade ago, according to an economic analysis. It helped generate an estimated 9,516 jobs, helped attract $110 million in research projects and has lured an extra $244 million in business ventures to Chattanooga using the fiber-optic network.

 

Tim Cowden, President and CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council and Justin Meyer, Deputy Director of Aviation of the Kansas City Aviation Department, join the FPC for a conversation about Kansas City, Missouri and the greater Kansas City region in the heart of America’s Midwest. Briefers provide an overview of Kansas City, Missouri and the region and brief press on economic development and some major infrastructure projects underway, to include a new $1.5B airport slated to open in March 2023, a $350M extension of its downtown streetcar system, and the KC Current’s $70M soccer stadium – the first built for a women’s team (and led by a female construction team).

The NYFPC hosted Houston International and Trade Director Christopher Olson and Bob Harvey, President and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership. Olson spoke about the Mayor’s leadership of the Climate Mayors and Houston’s Climate Action Plan to make the city carbon neutral by 2050.

The Port of Long Beach, California is the second-busiest port in North America, with 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports and handling $200 billion in trade annually. Mario Cordero, Executive Director, Port of Long Beach, California, discusses the recent completion of the Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) at Middle Harbor, one of the most advanced cargo facilities in the world, and how the Port of Long Beach has tackled increased shipping traffic, the challenges of operating safely in a pandemic, and LBCT’s role in alleviating global supply chain challenges.

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